Lena Lakes

Quilcene, Washington 98376

Lena Lakes

Lena Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Lena Lakes Reviews

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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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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,965 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Early July to mid-October
Olympic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS The Brothers, Mount Washington; Custom Correct The Brothers– Mount Anderson
Local Maps