Lower Lena Lake Trail

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Lower Lena Lake Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lilliwaup, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,610 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Nice trail in Olympic National Forest up to to Lake Lena. Moderate climb. Dogs are allowed, but be careful not to follow the trail to Upper Lake Lena, it is part of Olympic National Park and dogs aren't allowed on trails in the park. There are several switchbacks which make it a moderate climb. The trail is very well kept and it is BEAUTIFUL! Expect company, it is a very popular trail. You will need a Recreation pass to park at the trailhead.

2 days ago

Closed because of a forest fire

7 days ago

Loved this hike. Our gps said 6.9 miles. Pretty easy but enough to keep it interesting and keep you puffing a little if you move at a good pace. Loved the shaded forest, pretty bridges and views. Then the top is gorgeous! We swam in the lake after lunch and had a blast. Loved it! Highly recommend for beginners.

10 days ago

It’s a nice lake to end up at, but compared to Mt Ellinor and Staircase, it’s not quite as scenic. the actual hiking seemed like a B-level of mt ellinor which has much better views.

hiking
15 days ago

nice hike, go early in the morning, parking is limited on the weekend's.

17 days ago

This was closer to 8 miles by the time we got back to our car. Moderate (& maybe easy) for experienced hikers or fit folks. but for this chubby hiker, it was hard. It took 3 hours up, and 1 hr 45 mins down. Lots of small breaks. i would do it again after more experience. Some confusion toward the end of the trail, and we ended up off trail (i think its the old trail) down to the lake. Lots of horse flies down by the water. Very trafficked trail, & lots of dogs. Most were leashed, but not all. Narrow trail, up hill (switch backs) almost completely to the lake. Don't forget to purchase a parking pass (at trail head.) The Washington state parks pass doesnt work.

26 days ago

July 12, 2018. Beautiful morning. Cool on hike up all in lovely forest but very warm hiking down from Lower Lena Lake. No bugs!! Moderate difficulty for senior hikers 75+

29 days ago

I will definitely do this hike again! Wooded the whole way without views until you get to the lake. The view there is amazing! Great hike.

29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty fun, simple trail to do in our spare time.

1 month ago

Fabulous hike. Ever steps was worth it. The scenic views were spectacular!

1 month ago

Great hike! Well-maintained trail with a rewarding view of Lena Lake at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a great day for a hike. The weather was nice and just right for hiking - 60s.
It is best to go early. As we were going back down we met a lot of hikers and many dogs.
All of the dogs were on leashes and well-behaved. We took our 3 dogs and they did great.

1 month ago

Perfect. Even jumped in the water. Lots of people but it’s worth it

1 month ago

Great hike and beautiful lake.

backpacking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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. ❤

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

backpacking
2 months 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.

backpacking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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!

3 months ago

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
3 months 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
3 months 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.

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