Hike to Lena Lake
Washington › Lena Lake Trail #810
Added by Rose Freeman
Distance: 5 miles round trip. Elevation gain: 1,300 ft. Wander through a mossy forest to a lake surrounded by trees and valleys. Excellent hike for families or more experienced explorers who want to continue up to Upper Lena Lake.
The trail climbs gently up and is accessible almost every season, weather permitting. Snow shoes may be needed December-February, so make sure and check with the Hoodsport Ranger Station.
Just 45 minutes north of Hoodsport (a darling small town on the shores of Puget Sound), this trailhead has space for about 30 cars in a lot off of paved Hamma Hamma road. The trail climbs gently through second growth forest up switchbacks into sections of an old growth forest. You will hear Lena Creek as you traverse up through the trees. At the top of the first ridge, the trail wanders deeper into the forest and across two bridges. From there, the trail ascends several more switchbacks until you reach the lake. When you arrive, the fork right takes you down to the shores of Lena Lake. The main trail left leads you to a rocky overlook above the lake and several campsites. Enjoy your favorite hot drink and enjoy the view!
Since this trail is on the Olympic Peninsula be prepared for rapidly changing weather and make sure to wear waterproof layers!
After your hike, make sure and stop by my favorite spot - Hoodsport Coffee Company!
- REI day pack
- Lowa boots
- Trekking poles
- Extra clothing & waterproof jacket!
- First aid
- Waterproof matches
- Extra food
- Water filter
- Backpacking stove & fuel
- Starbucks via
- Paper cups for coffee
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What a view!
The trail was in great condition and the switchbacks were easy to navigate despite the heavy rain. Beautiful waterfalls and cool bridges on the way up, and the view of Lena Lake was amazing! Glad we could bring our dog along - too bad they can't venture all the way to Upper Lena Lake... (the trail is a bit rocky so be sure to watch their paws)
A Hidden Gem...
The trail was fairly maintained with quite a few downed trees. Plenty of slush still on the trail in mid-March, but nothing that requires chains. The lake is an emerald beauty, quite a bit larger than expected. Nestled deep, not too much in the panoramic landscape arena, but beautiful nonetheless. Go to the far side of the lake for peace; lots of people cramp the shores where they arrive and most lack general wilderness etiquette. Or go on to upper Lena.
The Olympics Are So Rainy, But Lena Is Epic
Good hike. Easy. Go on a weekday so you avoid people. Gone three times. Possible to get in snow. Tons of moss and old trees. With upper Lena lake and the brothers above. It leaves more to be desired
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