• A fallen tree supports new life in the coastal forest.


    National Park Washington

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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