Upper Lena Lake Trail

Upper Lena Lake
Upper Lena Lake


Trail Conditions
Camping Information
Special Concerns


  • Permits are limited year round. For the most up to date information about how to obtain a Wilderness Permit click here. Early reservations are recommended between May 1 and September 30.

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 feet to 4,550 feet
Best Season: Mid-July through September


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. Visit Stock Use for more information


Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Use Leave No Trace practices during your stay to protect vegetation and reduce impacts to the wilderness. Camp in the designated sites on bare soil.
Campfires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are prohibited 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 rain gear 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 axe 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.
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Last updated: September 6, 2021

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