Lena Lake


Day Hike - Lena Lake

Visit the most popular alpine lake on the eastern Olympic Peninsula, created 1300 years ago by a geologic upheavel, evidence of which is visible along the trail, passing enroute through a beautiful old growth forest.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft

Meet at 9:30 AM at the trailhead, 7.5 miles west of US 101 (milepost 318), on the paved Hamma Hamma River Road.  It can be reached from the south via I-5 through Olympia and US 101 through Shelton, Hoodsport and Eldon.  From the north take the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry and continue across the Hood Canal Bridge, turning left through Quilcene onto US 101 southbound. 

This hike substitutes for the Upper Palisades Lake hike, which is currently inaccessible due to wild fires and smoke in the area.  The substitute hike was selected primarily to get away from the smoke.  Lower Lena Lake is a popular easy hike entirely under the canopy of an old growth forest on a well-maintained trail.  Following this hike, we customarily have an optional stop for ice cream, for those heading south, at the popular Hoodsport Coffee Company.   The Northwest Forest Pass, or equivalent, must be displayed by each car at the trailhead.  There is a restroom at the trailhead and an outhouse at Lower Lena Lake.  There is also a public restroom in Hoodsport, on the west side of US 101 and south of the junction with the road to Lake Cushman.  The driving time from Seattle to the trailhead seems to be about 2.5 hours, but check with an internet service like Mapquest or Google for your own time.  Use Eldon as your destination and then add ten minutes for the driving time from there to the trailhead.


Lena Lake

  • Green Trails The Brothers No. 168

    Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Custom Correct Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman

    Custom Correct Brothers - Mt Anderson
  • See full route/place details.
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
Trip Reports