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Lower Lena Lake

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

Difficulty: Easy

Pace: Moderate

Dogs: Yes

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.

Driving Directions:
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

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  • Rusty

    That was a really fun hike, all the more so because of the great people in the group. It was a pleasure meeting all of you, hope to see you on the trails again soon. Thanks for organizing, Jason!

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to share a ride from the meetup spot.
    (Was that dog on the sign up list? - that's a joke)

    April 26, 2013

  • Rusty

    Alright, cool! Forgot to mention, I have a +1 dog that would also like to come as long as that's ok with everyone. He's friendly, social, and (mostly!) well-behaved.
    I also have a pass and room for a couple of passengers.
    See y'all in the morning!

    April 26, 2013

  • Rusty

    Hey there. I meant to sign up for that '1 spot left' yesterday, but I guess I didn't get to it in time. I'd still like to go if you wanna open up the RSVP for me :)

    April 26, 2013

  • Kathy

    Goodness, a minor crisis just occured this evening causing me to cancel joining you at Lena Lake.

    April 25, 2013

  • Sharon

    ...opening up another spot for someone else to go; hope to see folks on another hike soon.

    April 25, 2013

  • Kathy

    Checking in to see if anyone wants to meet at the 512 P&R at 7:30. Will check again Friday night for any interest...if not I will not stop at the 512 P&R.

    April 25, 2013

  • S C.

    sorry, had made other plans.

    April 25, 2013

  • Jason W

    Forecast:
    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=47.623535&lon=-123.157167

    The forecast shows rain likely after 11am. Just a reminder to bring raingear.

    April 25, 2013

  • Lynn H.

    So sorry, not able to attend

    April 24, 2013

  • Kathy

    I can meet anyone at the 512 P&R by McDonalds (10417 Pacific Hwy SW, Lakewood 98499) and willing to drive to Lacey P&R and possibly drive to trailhead if needed. I can take three passengers easily, squeeze four. I will leave the 512 P&R at 7:30AM.

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry will have to cancel

    April 24, 2013

  • Jason W

    Walt,

    A Golden Age pass would work.

    Your Golden Age pass was part of the Interagency pass series and that series has been renamed to the America the Beautiful pass. The non expiring passes from the Interagency series like the Access pass and your Golden Age pass are still valid and covers pretty much most sites except for state parks.

    Jason

    April 18, 2013

  • Walt J.

    I'm not sure what these are. Pass: America the Beautiful (Interagency), Northwest Forest Pass

    I have a Discover Pass valid to 06/22/2013 and a Golden Age Passport good for life. Will those do?

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Possible guest.
    Looking forward to it.

    April 17, 2013

  • Kay P.

    I'd love to go; however, I don't want to commit myself yet; as I sprained my ankle & it's slowly recovering. Kay

    April 17, 2013

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