"This trip gives you a choice. For an easier hike, follow the very popular trail to attractive Lena Lake, a lowerelevation destination that is open for most of the year. For more dramatic scenery, continue on a rougher trail that takes you into the high country around spectacular Upper Lena Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Olympic Mountains. Hikers with children younger than teenagers should stop at Lena Lake." Read more
"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." Read more
"A 6.6-mile round-trip day hike to Lena Lake, or a 6.9-mile backpack one way to Upper Lena Lake. This trail is a wide and easy track as far as the lower lake, but then it turns into a steep and rough track upon entering the park. Upper Lena is by far the more scenic of the two lakes, and its alpine setting is dominated by the rugged peaks of Mount Bretherton. The path to it is very steep and has an unstable bed; it is not recommended in wet weather. The trail begins by zigzagging lazily upward from the floor of the Hamma Hamma Valley. A lowland forest of Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, and bigleaf maple." Read more
"The Lower Lena Lake Trail doesn’t offer panoramic vistas, but a pretty forest surrounds the route, with a nice creek basin to cross and the beautiful
lake to enjoy. Beyond the lake, a short excursion to the Valley of Silent Men
leads snowshoers into a cathedral-like forest of massive trees, ﬂanking a
clear, tumbling stream in a narrow valley." Read more