Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition
by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
We headed out late in the day on a Friday, which meant that the trail was mostly to ourselves. Trail was very clear and well-maintained. I didn't realize how popular the destination was until we left the next day and loads of day hikers passed us on their way up. The hike was stunningly beautiful - giant old trees dripping with moss, huge moss-covered boulders, etc. We camped next to a babbling stream that feeds into the lake. Lovely watching the shadows move across the small canyon, and then back the other way the next morning. If you can, I'd recommend going during the week and camping - far more peaceful.
It was suffering severly from lack of maitinence. At parts I was not quite sure the trail still existed. the Upper Lena was Beautifull. If your up for a little Hike over rocks and fallen trees its not so bad.
I liked the trail it was really pretty but once you start getting higher up their was alot of bugs.Mainly deer flies.So I would recomend bring bug spray.The lake was really pretty with snow around almost all of it.the water is really cold i don't recomend swiming in it.I would go and hike it again defintly.It is a steep climb a nice work out.Hopefully soon I can go and camp there.
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