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Upper Lena Lake

Backcountry Response Team

Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:30 AM — Sun Sep 19, 2021 3:30 PM

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Region

Olympic Peninsula — East - Hood Canal

Features: Logout, Earn Northwest Forest Pass

Crew Leader: Scott Dallasta

Upper Lena Lake. Photo by Bill Hinsee.

Overview

Join us for four days amidst old-growth forest, alpine meadows and two beautiful lakes. All the foot traffic to these well-loved lakes means the trail needs our help to keep it in shape and safe for hikers.

About the Area

The trail to Lena Lake is a pretty -- and popular -- weekend destination. But hearty hikers and backpackers who venture to Upper Lena Lake will find fewer people and experience a little bit of mountain bliss. 


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

What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference!

Project Description

We'll be working between Lena and Upper Lena Lakes. The work will concentrate on logging out, brushing, tread repair and drainage, getting the trail ready for hikers and backpackers.

Camping and Hiking Information

  • Type: Backcountry basecamp
  • Location:Lena Lake
  • Weather: Be prepared for variable conditions including heat, cold, wind and rain
  • Initial hike to camp: 3.5 miles with 1300 feet of gain at a moderate pace while carrying your backpack fully loaded with all provisions including camping gear and food, plus tools (provided by WTA)
  • Expected daily hike to project: up to 6 miles roundtrip with 2000 feet of gain at a moderate pace

Schedule

  • Day 1: Meet the crew rain or shine, then hike in, begin work on the project and set up camp
  • Day 2+: Make breakfast and pack a lunch before heading out on trail with the crew by 8:00 AM. Work at your own pace, take plenty of breaks and enjoy lunch on the trail. Arrive back in camp by 4:00 or 5:00 PM for a relaxing evening. Prepare your own dinner and swap stories with the crew.
  • Final Day: Break down camp, finish trail project, hike out and say goodbye to the crew at the trailhead

For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Planning Information

Get ready for a challenging backcountry adventure!

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • A great attitude for working with a team! WTA provides the training and tools you need for the project
  • Backpacking gear and food for multiple nights on the trail
  • Good physical condition to hike with a fully-loaded backpack and be physically active for about 8-9 hours daily on uneven terrain 
  • Backpacking experience including ability to run your own camp following Leave No Trace principles
  • Day work party experience recommended
  • Flexibility to adapt to changes due to unpredictable weather or land manager requests
  • Minimum age: 18

What to Bring

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)

Backpacking gear

  • Backpack to carry all of your gear
  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Cooking gear and enough food (plus a little extra) for the entire trip
  • At least two 1-liter water bottles and a way to purify your water
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Extra warm clothing
  • Camp clothing such as shorts, shirt and sandals
  • Sun and bug protection
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Personal items such as medication, hand sanitizer and toiletries
  • ​First aid kit
  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

Trail work gear

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended such as safety glasses
  • WTA hard hat (provided, unless you have one)

For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed while working. Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

More Information

From the Hiking Guide

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Directions

From Hoodsport, drive travel north on Hwy 101 for 14 miles. Make a left onto Hamma Hamma River Road at milepost 318. Continue for 7.5 paved miles to the trailhead. Keep in mind that the parking flanks an active road, so if you must park across the road from the trailhead, look both ways before crossing!

Note: Please follow the written directions above instead of using a GPS device. This will ensure that you get to the correct meeting location for this work party. The location of the pinpoint below is only approximate.

Getting to WTA work parties can involve travel on rough, unpaved roads in areas without cellular service and without street addresses that can be accurately used by navigation devices. Unless specifically noted otherwise, routes can generally be traveled by all types of vehicles. Volunteers with limited experience driving on unpaved mountain roads may want to allow extra time, beyond what is recommended in the directions above, to get to the meeting location.

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