Lena Lakes

Hoodsport, Washington

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Take an easy kid-friendly hike or choose a challenging grunt. Lower Lena Lake is flanked by old growth, easy to hike to, accessible most of the year, and one of the most popular backcountry destinations in the Olympics. Upper Lena Lake sits in a stunning high basin surrounded by alpine meadows and rocky peaks; it’s reached by a steep, rocky, root-tangled trail. But that rough approach keeps the crowds away—not so at Lower Lena, especially on a sunny weekend. The day hike to Lena Lake is one of the most popular in the Olympics. As one of the easiest trails to a backcountry lake, and with developed campsites, it attracts throngs of backpackers too, especially neophytes.

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"Take an easy kid-friendly hike or choose a challenging grunt. Lower Lena Lake is flanked by old growth, easy to hike to, accessible most of the year, and one of the most popular backcountry destinations in the Olympics. Upper Lena Lake sits in a stunning high basin surrounded by alpine meadows and rocky peaks; it’s reached by a steep, rocky, root-tangled trail. But that rough approach keeps the crowds away—not so at Lower Lena, especially on a sunny weekend.

The day hike to Lena Lake is one of the most popular in the Olympics. As one of the easiest trails to a backcountry lake, and with developed campsites, it attracts throngs of backpackers too, especially neophytes."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Hoodsport
Distance: 6-14 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Season: Lower Lena April to November; Upper Lena July to October
Additional Use: Camping
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene and Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S, Custom Correct Mount Skokomish–Lake Cushman

Lena Lakes Reviews

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9/11/2009
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.
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10/22/2005
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.
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1/21/2002
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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