Upper Lena Lake Trail

Upper Lena Lake

Upper Lena Lake


Trail Conditions
Camping Information
Special Concerns

Camp Area Map

Notices: Permits are limited May 1 through Sept. 30. Reservations recommended.


Ecosystem type: Montane forest, subalpine lake basin
Trail tread types: Maintained
General elevation trend: Moderate to steep
River crossings: Lena Creek
Unique features: Mountain views, wildflowers
Level of difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
Distance: 7.3 miles
Elevation change: 700 ft. to 4550 ft.
Best Season: Mid July through September



Permits/Reservations: Permits are limited between May 1 through September 30. Reservations recommended.
Food Storage Method: Community bear wires are located at Upper Lena Lake.
Campsites: Upper Lena Lake
Toilet Facilities: Toilets are located at Upper Lena Lake.
Water Source: Lena Creek and Upper Lena Lake - Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent getting Giardia.
Stock: Prohibited


Special Concerns:

Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in designated sites.
Campfires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are not allowed at Upper Lena Lake. Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day.



  • Always carry the 10 Essentials: map, compass, flashlight, knife, matches, nylon cord, extra food and water, and raingear with warm clothes.
  • Map & compass navigation skills may be necessary in places along this trail. Snow may cover higher reaches of this trail in any season, so know how to navigate without a trail for guidance.
  • Ice ax and self-arrest skills are necessary to hike this trail when snow covered.
  • Let someone know where and when you are taking your hike. Make emergency plans for them to follow if you do not return.
  • Watch the weather before and during your hike. Storms move quickly. Whiteouts are sudden. Always check the weather forecast prior to your hike.
Mt. Bretherton & Heather

Mt. Bretherton

NPS Jim Patterson

Upper Lena View South

Upper Lena Lake

NPS Pablo McLoud

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