Lower Lena Lake
Saturday April 27th 2013, 8am
Disclaimer: We will be in the wilderness. Serious injury or death can occur. I am not a professional guide, by attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and only yourself can be held responsible.
Distance: 6.4 Miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet elevation gain with switchbacks
Pass: America the Beautiful (Interagency), Northwest Forest Pass
Type: Out and back
Toilet Facilities: Pit toilets are located near the established camp sites near the lake
Drive: 1.5 hours each way
Conditions: Expect muddy trail conditions with possible snow (As of right now the trail is snow free). Expect rapidly changing weather conditions including rain, snow, and wind.
Description: (From Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula, by Craig Romano)
An extremely popular backcountry lake surrounded by ancient timber.
The trail takes off in second-growth timber, climbing gently and carefree. Lena Creek can be heard crashing in the distance. After about a mile, come to impressive old growth. As the trail nears Lena Creek, prepare for a surprise. You soon find yourself standing on a bridge over missing waters. Lena Creek makes a subterranean passage below, leaving you standing high and dry over a mossy, rocky draw.
Now winding around and below a ledge, the trail makes a final push to the lake. At 3 miles a junction is reached. Venture right, and within a few hundred feet encounter an inviting sunny ledge that provides a resting spot and a wonderful view of Lena Lake 100 feet below.
The trail continues, descending to the shoreline and passing overused campsites. A half mile beyond where Lena Creek tumbles into the lake makes for a scenic lunch spot.
Drive U.S. 101 along Hood Canal to the Hamma Hamma River Road (FR 25) 2.3 miles north of Eldon. Drive 7.6 miles to the trailhead, elevation 700 feet.
Please bring Gas money for drivers $10 suggested