Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Olympic National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

4 days ago

Very well-kept for how busy it is. We went early to get a spot to camp, and at 11 a.m. there were few spots left. If you cross the lake at the stream, there are more spots on the other side. The lake is gorgeous, and there were few bugs.
Need the northwest forest pass to park, but you can get one at the trailhead. $5/day.

Nice morning hike. When arriving at the trailhead, I was surprised how many cars there were (suspect campers). Lot was full. Always get there early.
Started the hike at 8:25a, and arrived at the SW outlet of the lake about 9:15 (aka down the trail behind 2nd bridge). Took some pics and then headed up to the campgrounds. Remember before the campgrounds there a large rock face that is raised above the lake and serves a nice lookout point. Trail conditions were really good...mostly dry but some damp spots from stream runoffs. Other than that great.
Though I have to say most who hike here seems to end up camping...hardly saw many day hikers.

Curiously I trekked a little ways (few hundreds yds) on the upper lake trail, but when I spotted a creepy guy hiding deep up on the hillside...it made me nervous being alone. Doubtful a natures calling thing. But I spoke up to say hello and he asked immediately if I was with anyone. Creepy. When I ask what was up there he stated he was taking selfie against a tree. What! 40 ft up a hillside. Anyways. Turned around and headed back down. I saw a couple going up, and whispered to watch out for the guy. Hope they are ok.

Got back to the trailhead at 12:05p. Fabulous morning.

did this hone 6/10. well trafficked. im not in the best shape and we made it in and out in about 3 hours. great beginner hike to kick stsrt the season. ❤

its alright nothing breath taking. maybe i thought to much of it before since almost everyone i know has hiked it already or compared it to my past hikes in the area but yeah nothing i would of put on my bucket list of views. the water was crystal clear though and the fish were not biting lol. do your self a favor don't climb around the logs not all of them are solid and a lot of them are slippery. two fallen trees going to the lake at the top of the trail. but the trail was pretty dry most of the way.

very popular trail. we went in the early afternoon while people where on their way down. peaceful a lot of birds to view also a lot of bugs but not the biting type just the annoying type. ill go again but mostly so i can camp and go for upper next time. my dog got a kick out of it but he is poopered out today. saw one piece of garbage the whole time :D

Absolutely gorgeous with an abundance of delicate native orchids, Johnny Jump Ups, wonderful views and deep snow 9n the upper trail.

Beautiful hike. Path is a little narrow in places & I would consider it fairly popular with other hikers, so had to step to the side to squeeze past each other. Dogs allowed on lower trail, but not on upper trail. Poured rain the whole hike so trail got fairly flooded & pretty slippery in spots.

Lena Creek Campground is across the road so if planning on making a weekend trip, look into this campground to save parking fees at the trailhead.

First hike in the Seattle area and it did not disappoint! Trail was easy to access and clearly sign posted which was great as we’re from out of town. Distance was closer to 11-12 miles according to my phone tracking and as has been described previously, the switchbacks to the top are tough, but the trail is easy to follow and the view from the top does not disappoint! It was a hard first hike but well worth it.

19 days ago

Did my first solo overnighter here, it was an absolutely perfect spot! Beautiful views. The trail was very well maintained and I was pleased to see little to no garbage along the way. There are quite a few campsites, but I suspect they fill up quick this time of year, even on a rainy weekend day there were quite a few people setting up camp.

Both fauna and foliage came through on my first trip there! I spotted a goat climbing down a giant bolder, a stark white (except the tail) blacktail doe, happened upon a huge buck, etc. I won't spoil it all, but when considering Big Hump, be sure to bring extra batteries for your camera or a charger for your phone! I can't wait to press further on my next visit! i may even picnic at the halfway point of Big Hump

24 days ago

I chose Lena Lake for my first backpacking trip to test out my gear and ability. This hike was perfect for such a trip. I was able to pitch my tent right near the lake, even though it was really rocky (having a good sleeping pad came in handy- I couldn’t feel a thing!). There were other campsites that weren’t as close to the lake, and so the rocks would not be as much of an issue, but they were mostly gone when I made it in. I was able to pile the rocks on top of the stakes as a work around, so not the end of the world. I also brought my fishing rod, and was pleased to find the fish were biting pretty eagerly. One the way out I saw a mountain goat mother and kid. All in all, great first backpacking trip.

Hiked the Lower Lena Lake with the family it was a gr8 hike with a continuous but gradual incline most of the way to the lake, worth the breath taking view.

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

1 month ago

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.

1 month 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
1 month 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!

1 month ago

This is a great trail for old-growth cedars, some of which are over 10 feet in diameter. It also has big Douglas-fir and hemlock. It can be hiked at pretty much any time of the year, but is best from May to September, when the vegetation is in good form. The south trailhead is in Olympic National Forest and the north trailhead is at Staircase in Olympic National Park, which means you can bring dogs in from the south, but should not bring them into the Park which is entered about halfway up the trail. At Staircase it is easy to transition onto any of a variety of great hikes that leave from Staircase.

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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

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.

2 months 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.

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. :)

3 months ago

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

3 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!

4 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.

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