Lena Lake Trail 810

Olympic National Forest, Washington

Distance2.8mi
Elevation Gain2,004ft
Trailhead Elevation688ft
Top2,006ft
Elevation Min/Max688/2006ft
Elevation Start/End688/688ft

Lena Lake Trail 810

Lena Lake Trail #810 is a hiking trail in Mason County and Jefferson County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Forest. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 688 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.7 miles or more with a total elevation gain of 2,004 feet. This trail connects with the following: The Brothers Trail #821.

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One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press)
Doug Lorain
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"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
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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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." Read more
Hiking Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"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
Snowshoe Routes: Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"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

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5/21/2010
The trail up to Lena Lake is a gentle graded set of switch backs. I personally do not enjoy the monotony of switch backs but the scenery of ONF in a down pour of rain was worth it. The lake is definitely a popular hike, I assumed that due to the rainy conditions I would be one of a few there, wrong... many of the camp sites were flooded and there appeared to be some kind of semi-organized group in the few open ones. I did manage to find two empty sites uphill past the the outhouse. This really is a beautiful lake, I will be returning later in summer to explore the shoreline. The rain produced a lot of run off and the lake was very high.
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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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8/2/2006
The trail from the park boundary to Upper Lena is not well maintained. It deserves it's "Strenuous" rating. The last 2 miles are extremely steep, rocky and needs to have brush cleared. Several sections of the trail have water running down it. Upper Lena Lake however is one of the most beautiful lakes in ONP. Milk Lake is located in a cirque a half mile beyond Upper Lena. It is a little over half frozen. We traversed the snow fields beyond Milk Lake to reach the ridge leading to the summit of Mt. Brotherton. Beyond the snow fields the scramble to the ridge leading to the summit is steep and over loose rocks and bolders. It's not for the faint of heart. The views from Mt. Brotherton are breath taking. Saw several mountain goats while climbing Brotherton. The trail to Scout Lake is easy until just above the lake. It's a difficult scramble down to the lake. Also, the trail is difficult to find any many places. You defintley should have a map and compass if you plan on going to Scout Lake. The trail passes several scenic ponds and has good views of the back side of Mt. Brotherton.
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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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Trail Information

Olympic National Forest
Nearby City
Olympic National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Several options
Trail Type
Camping
Additional Use
Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene and Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S, Custom Correct Mount Skokomish–Lake Cushman
Local Maps

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Dec 2018