Upper Lena Lake
General Location: West of Brinnon, WA in Hamma Hamma River Drainage area.
Trailhead: Lena Lake trailhead (USFS)
Notices: A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at this Forest Service Trailhead. A backcountry permit is required for camping at Upper Lena Lake. Permits can be obtained from the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles by phone or in person.
Vegetation damage and social trails at Upper Lena Lake
Ecosystem type: Subalpine lake basin
Trail tread types: Well-maintained
General elevation trend: Steep
River crossings: None - most creeks have footlogs or bridges.
Unique features: Subalpine meadows, wildflowers, fishing
Level of difficulty: Difficult
Distance: 7.0 miles to the lake
Elevation change: 650 feet to 4,549 feet
Best Season: Mid July through September - The upper portion of the trail usually doesn't melt out until July.
Upper Lena Lake Trail
Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits by phone from the WIC in Port Angeles. No reservations.
Food Storage Method: Community bear wires are available at Upper Lena Lake. Bear canisters are recommended in nearby areas.
Location and sites: Upper Lena Lake
Toilet Facilities: Pit toilets - In other areas bury human waste 6-8 inches deep at least 200 ft. from campsites or water. Pack out your toilet paper.
Water Source: Upper Lena Lake and outlet stream - Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent getting Giardia.
Stock: Trail closed to stock due to steepness and rugged terrain.
Leave No Trace: Due to widespread vegetation damage and year of overuse, a revegetation project was done in recent years at Upper Lena Lake. Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further damage.
Camping Regulations: Camp in established sites only. Please camp lightly to protect vegetation.
Fires: Campfires are prohibited.
Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day.
Safety: Most passes remain snow-covered into July and can be hazardous.