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Lena Lake Hike

Olympic National Forest - Hood Canal

Hood Canal + Eastern Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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  • Lena Lake Trail.- Lena Lake Hike
  • Western red cedar (Thuja plicata).- Lena Lake Hike
  • Unidentified berry species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Lena Lake Hike
  • Lena Lake Trail.- Lena Lake Hike
  • Coastal reindeer (Cladina portento), a type of lichen.- Lena Lake Hike
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  • Hiking through the old-growth along Lena Creek.- Lena Lake Hike
  • Old-growth along Lena Creek.- Lena Lake Hike
  • Step moss (Hylocomium splendens).- Lena Lake Hike
  • Bridge crossing the below-grade stream of Lena Creek.- Lena Lake Hike
  • Cascades near Lena Lake.- Lena Lake Hike
  • View looking southeast across Lena Lake.- Lena Lake Hike
  • View looking south across Lena Lake.- Lena Lake Hike
  • Lena Lake, looking northeast.- Lena Lake Hike
  • Lena Lake campsites.- Lena Lake Hike
  • Lena Lake campsites.- Lena Lake Hike
  • Lena Lake looking south.- Lena Lake Hike
  • Lena Lake looking south.- Lena Lake Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Accessible portion of Olympics. Old-growth. Continuation hikes. Great views.
Cons: 
Very heavily used.
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Region:
Hood Canal + Eastern Olympic Peninsula, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,250.00 ft (381.00 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
650.00 ft (198.12 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Without having to venture into the depths of forests or scaling mountain heights, visitors to Lena Lake get a taste of the Olympic Range's old-growth forests, alpine lakes and viewpoints. Accessible via a paved road, the trailhead leads visitors of many ages and ability levels through stands of western red cedar and Douglas fir. In most places the trail is well-maintained, wide, and has a moderate grade.

Hikers will pass over two footbridges and through a series of switchbacks along the way. After just 3 miles, visitors will reach the 55-acre lake created 1,300 years ago after an earthquake damned Lena Creek.  At this point, the trail forks to the right and leads to a sunny rock outcropping perched 100 feet above the lake. It's here that Lena Lake comes into full view, as do the mountain peaks in the distance. Either head back from this viewpoint or reconnect with the main trail that follows the perimeter of the lake and passes several backcountry campsites, each with a campfire ring. 

Lena Lake is an especially popular hike from early spring through the summer months. Day hikers and backpackers use the trail to access Lena Lake, Upper Lena Lake, and the Brothers Wilderness. Help keep this ecosystem healthy and intact by leaving no trace and staying on the trail at all times. 

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