Hiking Lower Lena Lake

Trail Specifics:

6.6 Miles Round trip

Elevation 1610 Ft . Above sea level

Difficulty 2/5

Situated in the Olympic National Forest in Washington State. Lower Lena is a beautiful sprawling first come first serve hike-in campground and an epic destination for a day hike. The beautiful setting of this trail through the forest leads to a pristine glacier fed lake that is perfect for swimming in the summer months, but can be enjoyed year round.

This hike is considered moderate. Best trekked in May through September, however it is open year-round. Dog are welcome along this trail as well.

Getting There: 

From Hoodsport, travel US 101 North for 14 miles. At Milepost 318 turn left (West) onto Hamma Hamma River Road (Forest Road 25). Continue for 7.5 paved miles to the trailhead.  

Required Passes:

For camping a valid recreation pass in required for each calendar day you will be visiting.

On the Trail: 

The day hike to lower Lena Lake is one of the most popular in the olympics. It stands as one of the easiest hikes to a backcountry lake and features developed campsite which attracts many backpackers at the height of the season.

The trail begins in  a second growth timber and climbs gradually through switchbacks. Lena Creek can be heard crashing in the background. After a mile you will venture through an immense oldgrowth. As you come to Lena Creek you will find yourself on a bridge over the dried subterranean passage below featuring massive rocks and moss below. 

The trail continues following a winding ledge and after a 3 mile junction you will find yourself in  an open, inviting ledge that offers a great resting spot and a panoramic view of Lena Lake. The trail continues to by depending until you reach the lake and the trail continues through the various established campsites. 


Closest town: Hoodsport

Restroom: Vault Toilet

Fee: $5 / vehicle / day

Usage: Heavy

Operated by: Forest Service




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