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Upper Lena Lake (Take II)

Disclaimer: We will be in the wilderness. Serious injury or death can occur. I am not a professional guide, by attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and only yourself can be held responsible

Fee: None

Distance: 14 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: 3900 feet elevation gain

Difficulty: Medium to Difficult

Pace: Moderate

Dogs: No

Pass: America the Beautiful (Interagency), Northwest Forest Pass

Type: Out and Back

Water Source: Lena Creek and Upper Lena Lake - Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent water borne illnesses

Drive: 1.5 hours each way

Conditions: Expect rapidly changing weather conditions including rain, wind, and snow. There is a ford that we will have to do. Latest trip reports note that water level is low and the creek can be crossed by using exposed rocks. Be prepared for the possibility of wet feet. Recent trip reports note mosquitos and horse flies are bad.


The trail to Lena Lake is a pretty, and popular, weekend destination. But hearty hikers and backpackers who venture to Upper Lena Lake will leave the crowds behind and experience a little bit of nirvana.

Upper Lena Lake sits in a gorgeous alpine meadow with Mount Lena and Mount Bretherton looming overhead. With the views, the flowers and heather, and the lake, you will be glad you expended the effort to climb up here.

This is a 14 mile round trip beautiful hike. For those who went to Flap Jack lake we went 19 miles that day. This is totally doable. There is a 3900 feet elevation gain and most of that is in the last 4 miles. Most of what is in the last four miles is in the last 2 mile and most of that is in the last 1 mile. Get my drift? It gets very steep at the end. Be prepared!

Bring plenty of water, filters if you have them and bring your swim suit for a dip in the lake.

Driving Directions:

Drive U.S. 101 along Hood Canal to the Hamma Hamma River Road (FR 25) 2.3 miles north of Eldon. Drive 7.6 miles to the trailhead.

Please bring Gas money for drivers $10 suggested

Further Reading:

Current Weather Conditions:

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  • Oscar

    It was a great hike with great people. Kudos for those who jumped in the lake, and for everyone for making great time.

    I look forward to hiking with you again.

    September 8, 2014

    • Steph

      Good times indeed!

      September 8, 2014

    • Janice

      Yes, it was a fun day!

      September 12, 2014

  • Lena

    Thank you so much for organizing and fun company :)

    3 · September 7, 2014

    • Steph

      It was good meeting you Lena. Sorry you had to eat the garden burger. Ha! We will hike agsin soon.

      1 · September 8, 2014

    • Lena

      No problem with burger, didn't need to cook later :) it was nice meeting you too. Recovering for next hike today :)

      1 · September 8, 2014

  • Oscar

    Steph, where do you want to meet? Is anyone else coming from Grays Harbor?

    September 5, 2014

    • Oscar

      I'll expect to meet you in Olympia

      September 6, 2014

    • Steph

      Hey Oscar-I am in Olympia tonight. I just sent u a text.

      September 6, 2014

  • Phyllis

    Sorry to do this but I'm going to bow out. Just completed a trail marathon outside of port Angeles. Legs are dead.

    September 6, 2014

  • Regina

    Hi Oscar, I'm Sandy's +1, can't wait to hike with you again.

    August 31, 2014

    • Oscar

      Can you and your roomy make two strenuous hikes in a row? I remember the last hike we were on. This is good 'cause I need someone to pick on, besides Steph.

      September 4, 2014

    • Steph

      Geeks unite!

      September 4, 2014

  • Steph

    Sounds like a rager!

    1 · August 22, 2014

  • Oscar

    I'll need three drivers who can carry 3 plus themselves.

    September 1, 2014

  • Oscar

    It looks like we'll have some nice weather on Sunday.

    I received a report from the hike last week that there were some yellow jackets in the meadows in the last two miles. 3 people got stung. Be prepared.

    Last year I hiked this in the middle of Sept and didn't encounter any bees or bugs.

    September 1, 2014

  • Kayleigh

    Sorry, too advanced for me

    August 22, 2014

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