Lower Lena Lake Trail

Hoodsport, Washington 98548

Lower Lena Lake Trail

Lower Lena Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Dominated by a shoulder of The Brothers, this forest lake was formed thousands of years ago by a massive rock slide that dammed the valley. The “dam” leaks and the lake resembles a reservoir in that the water rises and falls with the season. Wading and swimming are possible, but even in summer the water is so cold that only a child will enjoy it. This is one of the most popular hikes on the eastern slope of the Olympic Mountains, so the trail is eroded by the thousands of feet that have traveled it. Expect many roots and rocks for little feet to tumble over.

The trail switchbacks through an area that was first logged by railroad in 1931. The half-century-old trees look pretty big until, at approximately ¾ mile, the trail enters old-growth forest, where you find the really big trees. At 1½ miles, the way crosses a dry streambed of Lena Creek, which runs underground most of the year. If time permits, explore the caves made by giant boulders lying on top of nature’s dam and marvel at the size of the trees growing on it. That rock slide was a long time ago! At 3 miles, reach the shore and outlet of Lower Lena Lake, at 1800 feet."

Lower Lena Lake Trail Reviews

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7/19/2018
This is a popular trail, which is totally understandable. It is beautiful, peaceful (despite the crowds), and Lower Lena Lake is just a wonderful destination whether you attempt it as a day hike or a backpacking excursion. The trail is slightly steep for a little more than the first half, followed by switchbacks. It all becomes easier as you near the lake. The old growth trees start big and then just get bigger the farther into the woods you go. They are so awesome and provide lots of shade.
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6/21/2018
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3/18/2018
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6/21/2009
My wife and I really enjoyed this as a day hike with our two boys (4 and 6) on Father's Day. The trail is excellent (tho' rocky and root-y as good trails can be) and interesting for kids even though there wasn't much wildlife to be seen. Arriving at the lake is a welcome reward and we were lucky on a partly cloudy day that it was sunny while we were there. Very beautiful. Honestly, it was probably 2 miles too long for our 4-year-old but he was a trooper and we had plenty of snacks!
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6/12/2009
Great first hike of the season, absolutely a beautiful hike, can be done in a day but recommend overnighting at Lower Lena.
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4/15/2009
This is a great trail, well marked, lots of elevation climb and gorgeous scenery. The drive up is easy on the car and not hard to find. Lots of parking and good information at the trail head. The lakes are a good reward for a few hours spent climbing elevation. Go check it out!!
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7/7/2008
We took our kids (ages 7 & 10) on their first backpacking trip to (lower) Lena Lake. The lake is beautiful, as is the hike up. There are a bunch of nice campsites at the lake with fire rings. The hike was a bit tougher than we anticipated, with switchbacks for about the first mile and a half. Our kids have been hiking for a few years so it was ok, but it may be a little hard for younger/less experienced children. The only downside about this hike is its popularity. On a nice Saturday in June we were hard pressed to find a parking spot at the trailhead and equally hard pressed to find a campsite at the lake.
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5/21/2006
The trail was very well kept. Parking at the trailhead can be difficult as this is the beginning of 3 very popular hikes. There is a composting toilet at beginning and end of trail - bring air freshner!! The lake is incredible on clear and overcast days.
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Trail Information

Hoodsport
Nearby City
7
Distance
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Duration
May-November
Season
685 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,885 feet
Top Elevation
Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District; Olympic National Park
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 168 The Brothers; USFS Olympic National Forest/Olympic National Park
Local Maps