9/23/2011 (4:30 PM)  -  9/25/2011
Olympic National Park
Two options - backpack to Lower, day hike to upper, or backpack to both

Lower Lena
The hike is very popular one and easy to get to, so expect to see several hikers on summer weekends and holidays. The trail is quite wide in the beginning and is very well maintained the entire route. A series of gentle sloping switch-backs will be found after the first .25 miles, but they are easy to traverse and weave through quiet, deep woods of 2nd grow Fir and Cedar. You will cross several bridges along the way, but most river beds are dry in late summer. Approximately .5 mi. from the lake, the trail splits to the left, for Upper Lena Lake. If you brought Fido, you will enter the Olympic National Park approximately 1/2 mile past Lower Lena and dogs are not allowed in the Park, so keep the pup at Lower Lena. The trail eventually opens up to a spectacular mountain lake, with several campsites along the west shore and heavy boulders on the eastern side. Many hikers dive off these rocks, but caution is the word of the day. Overall - a GREAT hike for all!

Upper Lena
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

GPS Route Details
Start Coordinates: 47.599697, -123.150665
Total distance: 13.68 Miles
Max Elevation: 4,709.28 Feet
Vertical Gain: 5,523.79 Feet
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