Lena Lake


Day Hike - Lower Lena Lake

Enjoy the best early season alpine lake hike in Washington, on a good trail through a forest canopy to a scenic lake created 1,300 years ago by a geologic upheaval. Our lunch spot and turnaround point is a prominent viewpoint overlooking the lake. We return by the same route.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,000 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 10 AM at the trailhead parking area on the paved Hamma Hamma River Road, which forks west from US 101 north of Eldon on the west side of Hood Canal.  A Northwest Forest Pass or National Park Pass must be displayed by each car at the trailhead parking area.  There are restrooms there. 

The grade of this trail has been eased to make it attractive to families with young children.  It is now the best EASY hike in the Olympics.  As we near the lake, we can see near the trail some of the giant boulders that tumbled down the mountainside to block Lena Creek and create Lower Lena Lake.  The outflow from the lake flows underground through the boulders and emerges above ground by the lower part of the trail.

There are restrooms at the trailhead and outhouses by the lake.  In between, trail bathroom breaks can be taken if needed.

Following this hike, we customarily have an optional stop for ice cream at the popular Hoodsport Coffee Company in Hoodsport.  Despite their name, their ice crem is their drawing card.  There are public restrooms nearby.


Lena Lake

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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