Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
1,400.00 ft (426.72 m)
Trail type
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
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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. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Accessible portion of Olympics. Old-growth. Continuation hikes. Great views.


Very heavily used.

Trailhead Elevation

650.00 ft (198.12 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day



Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


Gorgeous up there, today! Trail up to the lake is dry and snow free. Above the lake, there is snow and ice on the trails. A few down trees you have to go over or around but other than that trail is in great shape.
Spent a day hiking the lower portion of the trail with some friends. The trail is three miles long, one way, and full of large, loose, rocks so it's important to watch your step. It's mostly an uphill climb but there are plenty of interesting places to stop and take a break if needed. Towards the top of the trail there's a lookout with a gorgeous view of the lake. It's a great spot to have lunch, snap some photos, and enjoy the scenery.
This was a lovely day hike. I went out with a couple of friends and we took our time enjoying the trail and the lake itself. The viewpoint seemed rather busy at lunchtime, but after that we had it all to ourselves. The lake was an amazing shade of blue and such a great place to spend the afternoon. The hike itself was great; not too difficult, but not ridiculously easy. This was a great way to spend the weekend.
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