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Good 3 mile climb. Lena Lake is beautiful and worth the hike. There were a few wet spots on the trail but not muddy.

Beautiful day for a nice hike. Not challenging as the climb was gradual. The Lake was pretty and the flowers were starting to pop out. Lunch on lunch rock was perfect! We had the trail almost to ourselves today.

hiking
11 days ago

Our corgi, Eevie, went with us to Lower Lena Lake. She's 7 months old and did the hike just fine. The switch backs were tiring but water reinvigorated her spirits. Once we got to the lake, we pitched up our hammocks and had lunch, then hiked back down. Traffic was pretty heavy on Mother's Day but it was beautiful and there was enough wide areas for passing.

trail running
15 days ago

Wow. Just wow. This trail had all the different kinds of beauty, both close up and landscapes. The terrain was just right for trail running, while the surface was sometimes technical and challenging, but it was so breathtakingly beautiful!

Weather was beautiful, there were quite a few hikers on the lower Lena trail. 1.5 miles past Lena lake we hit snow on the upper Lena trail. Overall we were very happy.

backpacking
19 days ago

Great for beginner backpackers! We packed in on a Friday, which was good, as it became crowded by Saturday.

When we got there, there were recent car break-ins, as an FYI. We had no problems.

backpacking
22 days ago

Awesome first backpacking trip. Only spent a night but it was fun. Date was 5/1/18, little cold at night but worth it.

1 month ago

great place to stop . on main road.

Great hike with views of the river. The trail is in good shape until Five Mile Camp with only a few blowdowns. After Five Mile Camp there are lots of blowdowns and the trail is more overgrown.

As others have noted, the switchbacks are brutal.

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked this back in December with a buddy. We spent one night at lower Lena lake and had a great time! This was my first hike in the Olympics, and I was amazed by the massive trees and beautiful blue lake. Look forward to my next trip out!

Good hike family friendly weather was perfect. Good for all level hikers.

The switchbacks are brutal but the view is worth the work. The traffic was heavier than I expected it would be. All things considered, a beautiful trail.

Beautiful falls right off of the road. Enjoyed stopping by..

A great hike today. Due to the snow fall the past two weeks, the last half of the trail still has snow on it ... so bring your trekking poles. :)

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike with the snow! Still doable with hiking boots, but would recommend having something else, especially for going back down.

backpacking
2 months ago

I can see how this trail could be really rewarding. Today the first couple miles had no snow but toward the lake it was snowy. There were several people stuck slipping and sliding but we marched right through with micro-spikes (highly recommended). The day was overcast and off and on rain. The Lake was mostly frozen. Fairly easy hike with mild elevation gain. Great trail!

Such a beautiful day and hike! It was quiet and beautiful and clear. Fresh snowfall early in the morning and myself and another group were the first ones up... It was a decent hike upwards for the first half, but nothing too difficult. Didn’t even need cramp-ons.

I took the Upper Lena Lake trail for a mile and turned around - it got way too slick and icy in patches. I have good boots, but not good enough for that one.

The hike down was much wetter and more slick. Not terrible, just had to be cautious. And there were a ton more people heading up as I finished (11:00-ish).

Definitely worth doing and the lake would be so beautiful to hang out at on a warm sunny day!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked 2/12/18 and LOOOOVEEDD it. Would personally rate as easy, but that’s just me. Was a beautiful day and didn’t want to leave the lake.

We hiked this trail on a snowy February day, but when we arrived we only had sun. I'm from out of state, so perhaps this is a rain shadow hike? The trail is very well marked with pit toilets at the trailhead. I liked that the trail ascends very consistently at more or less the same incline. It made it more enjoyable but still enough of a challenge. For a winter hike, bring lots of layers. There was a lot of wind at the top and I quickly added about 3 layers to stay warm. My black lab mutt was shivering, so we had a coat and a backpack for her. When you get to the top down by the lake, the trail continues on the left a ways. Don't try to go right as the trail ends and there are large boulders. The trail only had a few muddy spots. There was a very thin layer of snow at the top. The lake itself is relatively large for an alpine lake. We arrived in the afternoon and had to sit in the shade along the shoreline. The drive to get here is also really pretty since you drive along the sound for a while.

Beautiful way to spend a sunny winter day, steady uphill hike. Busy even on a cold day, better to start early before the crowds. Rocks and tree roots throughout the trail but still a very well maintained trail.

Beautiful Hike !!! Breath taking view of the lake

hiking
5 months ago

This trail was beautiful! It was nice and steady, pretty easy hike. The trail was in good shape, just a few little streams to pass over (didn’t even get the boots wet) No mud. The lake is beautiful, especially with the snow. Even for late December there was very little snow on the trail and easily managed. A lot of toe grabber rocks on the way down.

5 months ago

easy, falls are right off the road.

hiking
6 months ago

Road was in good condition and there was only very minor snow at the top on 11/19.

hiking
6 months ago

This was one the most beautiful hikes I have done in a long time. The lake was amazing!
Highly recommend!

did this trail 4/16.....it kicked my butt....steep switchbacks. (many). beautiful views if the lake at the top. hard on the knees coming down.

Tough terrain at times but worth it. Lake was pretty low.

Best place for a moderately difficult day hike and a great view for lunch!

just awsome

Hiked this today with our 9 year old daughter, and had a great time, although we goofed up and thought the end of the trail was the lookout point. Apparently we were wrong, I guess if you keep going you get all the way to the lake. So kinda sad that we missed out on that. Also do not be fooled by the name! Lol LOWER does not mean it is not high up! Lol. This hike was ALL uphill! and very rocky. But it was a very cool hike. We loved it very much. great work out forsure. I would definatly wear hiking boots because of all the rocks. all in all a great day. Also it's dog friendly, but I would honestly feel bad bringing my pup on this trail, it would probably hurt his paws.

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