Lena Lakes Trail is a 12.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lilliwaup, WA that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until October.
NOTE: No dogs are allowed in Olympic National Park.
Hiked in late November, trail conditions are still great. Nothing challenging, beautiful up at lower Lena. No snow at Lower Lena, but the snow line starts on the way up to Upper Lena. Road to the trailhead is paved and perfect. Bathrooms are closed up at the lake though~
Too crowded. Plenty of parking,toilet at TH.
Hikers should be aware that dogs are not permitted beyond the National Park boundary. You can take your dog to the lower lake, but not to Upper Lena Lake.
The 3 mi trail to the lower lake is wide, well maintained and easy to moderate. I wish people would stop cutting the switchbacks as this wear on the trail detracts from the beauty of it. As you approach the lake you see glimpses of it through the trees. We continued on the main trail which parallels the west side of the lake until we came to the upper lake trail. This trail immediately becomes a single track trail and you notice the increase in elevation. The upper lakes trail is noticeably more difficult but becomes even more so as you approach Upper Lena Lake. Our last hour or so was very challenging especially with our 20-30 lb packs. I can see why many people camp at Lower Lena and do a day hike up. Along the upper trail, you enter the Olympic National Park so dogs are not allowed past that point. Be prepared for lots of vertical hiking. Upon coming to a beautiful alpine leadow you feel a little relief from the challenge only to realize the rest of the hike is the most difficult. We are seasoned mountain hikers and were exhausted upon our arrival to Upper Lena Lake. There are 8 designated wilderness campsites which require a permit and reservations for a stay. It is needless to say, beautiful and secluded. From Upper Lena you can explore Scout Lake and Milk Lake. We found that trail maps for these trail extensions to be non-existent but the trails seem easy to follow. This is a spectacular hike with views at the top of Mt Lena and Mt Rainier.
Good day for a hike. The lower lake is not hard to get to and is a great lake. Started making my way to the upper but then my knee started to be crappy. For the section I did make my way up was very nice and peaceful. And a thanks to the WTA who were heading up to do some trail maintenance.
The hike was great and the lake was beautiful
This is a hike, not a walk. The lower lake is doable for younger kids, ( lots of switch backs) but to reach the upper lake, it's a lot tougher. Leashed dogs are welcome. You can hike in and out in a day, or hike in and camp. Both lakes are beautiful, but the upper lake is the best.
The lower lake is very accessible and the upper lake is incredible, though a climb.
Gorgeous hike, we went mid July 2016 and the trail was very well maintained. Moderately trafficked, nice camp grounds at the lower Lake and very peaceful setting.
Very nice hike. The lake at the end was worth it!!!
Easy hike. Good for early conditioning. Busy trail but people were friendly. Beautiful lake even on an overcast day.
It was an amazing trip and I'd recommend going of trail a little To the waterfall and getting down to the lake
This was a wonderful hike , we didn't make it to the lake just the first bridge. We hit about a foot of snow covering the trails and coming down fast and hard. Would do this one again in the spring when the snow lets up. A bit fought due to the weather. Wear rain waterproof boots because you cross several small creeks and water is running across the trails. Warm gloves with an extra pair would be recommended as well.
Beautiful snow hike.