It’s a long day hike, our watch recorded 17 miles around trip. I would definitely go back and backpack. Nice mountain view on the background of the lake. No bears!

hiking
blowdown
rocky
10 hours ago

Hiked on 6/4/2020. My trail recording had the total length out and back at 15.8 miles with a few detours to check out some views. Definitely more than 13.9 miles round trip per all trails. Started at 6am and got back down at 11:30am. Trail is in decent shape. Overall a great hike with relative elevation gain up to the lakes and awesome views of the Skokomish River throughout the lower part of the hike! Recommend

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muddy
over grown
rocky
snow
1 day ago

(Hiked 6/2/20) Absolutely gorgeous trail, even on a drizzly day! My partner and I loved the constant change in scenery and the creek and little waterfalls you follow along the way up. Still good patches of snow for the last .5 - .75 miles, but spikes would only be necessary if you wanted to hike completely around the lake. Did see bear tracks and a black bear! Dissension was tricky on the knees dude to the slippery roots and rocks and the overgrown parts. We will definitely be back this summer to camp! Should also mention that there are lots of potholes on the drive up.

hiking
snow
2 days ago

Hiked 6/2/2020 Road to the trailhead was totally clear, some pot holes to look out for but we managed just fine in a little Camry. All the way up to the first lake the trail was clear with incredible views and forest scenery. A few snow patches in the last half mile but they were easy to get through with just hiking boots. The plan was to go all the way to Royal Basin, and we had brought microspikes, but the weather took a bad turn so we decided to head back. The final push to royal basin looked very manageable with more cooperative weather, but I would recommend spikes or gaiters if that’s your plan. Even saw a black bear across the river on the hike down.

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

Turned this short out and back into a fun little overnighter. It was cold and wet but we had a good time all the same. The trail is in good condition (just a little snow) and there are some vistas if you're willing to hike a little off trail. If you live on the OP, definitely add this to your day hike repertoire.

blowdown
muddy
scramble
snow
3 days ago

vertical grind with so much beauty. the thrill of conquering root rope walls is empowering. snow about 6 inches starting at bog. watch out for stepping through holes. creek crossing at Natl Park line is tricky. last mile is vertical snow field. micro spikes recommended.

Not really a trail, but a path. Quick stop off the road to see a beautiful waterfall.

Good trail to do if you feel like going further than Sol Duc Falls. Thursday there was still snow covering the trail and connecting trails along the southern half of the lake.

Super beautiful and super cool! I walked this trail in my Nike slides and round trip (with hella pics at and under the falls) it took about an hour! Super easy and beautiful!!

Make sure you start the trail counterclockwise if you don’t want to go up a large hill for the first half of the hike!

Easy trail to add onto your storm king hike or just as a fun excursion!

Was not planning on hiking this day but couldn’t pass it up! Trail was very well maintained. I ended up doing the loop in a dress and birks with no issues.

Great trail if you love forestry scenery and pretty creeks! Definitely one of those loop trails where it’s a steep incline going up and a quick decent down. Not easy on the knees! I loved all of the little bridges crossing over the waterways. Perfect 3 hr hike for a drizzly day since the main attraction wasn’t the little glimpses of Ellinor (although that would have been nice to see!)

The road to visitor center is still closed but you can walk the 6 miles in and back to get to trail. The walk in and out was serene and beautiful. The trail was completely empty except for some elk and myself. Such an amazing opportunity with no cars and seeing no other hikers for the first few hours. 12 mile walk on the road in and out was long but worth it to me.

hiking
scramble
snow
5 days ago

This one burns the legs. Don’t let the ropes intimidate you- it’s not that bad. Snow starts just past the scramble up the ropes and it got deep. Did this hike without any special gear. The lake was still covered in snow- wouldn’t know it even existed if I didn’t read ahead. I will come back in the summer. Hiked this trail in the second week of May.

Beautiful hike, gorgeous waterfalls, loved the bridge crossings. Lovely Day hike!

Short easy hike with a waterfall at the end. Waterfall was cool but nothing spectacular.

A really nice easy hike. The falls were awesome and the mossy forest was great.

This should be called lake of satan hahaha. The trail is very steep, rocky and rooted. Ropes involved!

Steep. Soo steep! It really doesn’t let up after 0.5 miles in. And the ropes are scary. There’s a little rocky cliff to cross to get to the summit but the views are incredible! Worth it for sure!

Beautiful waterfall worth seeing if you are in the area. Easy walk from the parking lot. Family friendly. We tacked on a few miles along the Elwha River to see some more pretty sights and we popped off along the river for lunch.

hiking
muddy
over grown
snow
washed out
6 days ago

Hike to Lower Lena is pleasant and relatively easy, lake is beautiful right now. Heading to Upper Lena Lake is a steep increase in difficulty, with the lead-in from the National Forest to the National Park having lots of downed branches; super fun, though, and very much looks like an unfinished creation. At about 3500 ft, though, you start running into snow, which is very unstable right now. Turned back probably .5 miles before at a snow field with a little stream crossing that looked sketchy. Saw some folks who had gotten to the upper lake, and they said they had to full on ford a river (shoes off, socks off), and the lake is frozen so they only stayed 5 minutes. Still, worth it to head up to around the snow.

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