Lower Lena Lake Trail

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Olympic National Forest

Lower Lena Lake Trail is a 6.6 mile heavily 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

camping

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

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

this was definitely moderate. I enjoyed the challenge. good day hike. would have loved if there was mile marker placed throughout hike though. just to gauge how far we were in. bring lots of water and make sure you are ready for a hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Got to the trail head at noon on a Monday and the lot was almost full. Passed a few groups coming back from camping. Trail is in excellent shape and the lake is gorgeous!

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful trail and lake. It’s a lot of switchbacks almost all the way there. Parking at the trailhead is crowded and they check for Forest Passes. Lots of camping options at the lake and a tree log to jump off on the far side.

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hiking
3 days ago

Pretty and busy.

recorded Lower Lena Lake Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Nice hike with moderate incline. The first 1/3 has the most incline and lots of switchbacks. You’ll cross a couple of bridges and the trail eventually flattens out for the 2nd 1/3 part. Once you get to the lake, you hike parallel to it with little views. Check out the lake front near the camping sites; ideal spots for a break. 95% of the people didn’t wear facial coverings which is awesome on a busy day and a small trail.....

hiking
6 days ago

Not bad not much for views

hiking
blowdown
10 days ago

Nice trail, the lake is pretty. No crazy sights on the trail, straight forward until you get to the lake. First mile has a lot of switch backs but it’s a gradual incline. Giving 3 stars just because it’s not my favorite. The camping looked nice though around the lake! Finished in 3 hours

hiking
11 days ago

Great family hike. We did this with 4 girls, ages 6-10 and while tired by the end for sure, all enjoyed it, as did the parents. Definitely one of the more crowded trails (relatively speaking, for the Olympics) but worth it. Parts of the trail were a bit wet but overall in great shape.

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blowdown
rocky
11 days ago

camping
muddy
11 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

i didn’t know how many miles were all together if it was 3.3miles there or 6.6miles there, overall a good trail but don’t know the exact mileage

hiking
17 days ago

Loved this hike. The first mile is the worst part with the switchbacks, but not horrible. We arrived at 7:45 AM on Sunday and there were only a few parking spaces left. Most were likely overnight campers. On the walk back around 10-11 am day hikers increased. Overall well maintained trail. Some muddy spots but not bad at all. The lake is serene and just lovely.

17 days ago

Very accessible trail, even for kids as there is a tangible end point that even the most "Call of Dutied" teenager will enjoy.

hiking
rocky
18 days ago

Beautiful hike! This was my first hike with my backpacking pack and it was definitely a challenge for me! A lot of switchbacks, but worth every penny once you get to the top! We got there and started our hike at 7:30 am and there were 4 cars; when we got back down to the trail head there was probably like 30!

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muddy
19 days ago

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blowdown
20 days ago

One log to go under. Lots of water on the trail but not muddy. We backpacked and had a nice night with a spot on the water. Bathrooms are out of order at the lake but in good condition at the trailhead. Views are lovely. Not busy for backpacking but pretty busy for a day hike even during the week. Lot was pretty empty when we arrived at 1000 on Wednesday. Full when we left at noon on Thursday. Please pack out your trash and don’t feed the wildlife.

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rocky
20 days ago

hiking
muddy
24 days ago

Steady incline on the way up- which was nice and made it a good workout. Kind of anticlimactic until you hit the lake. Super muddy but the weather was shit.

hiking
25 days ago

Lovely hike. It wasn't too tough. Ended up being closer to 7-7.5 miles. Several nice spots at the lake to chill. The birds will eat out of your hand at the lake =)

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike with trail in good condition. Just a few wet spots that my dogs enjoyed. Parking was handy and plenty of room. It was cool and cloudy with a few raindrops which was perfect. It’s the Olympics after all. Boulder garden above the falls was magical! The lake was lovely and had lunch on the beach all to ourselves. But my favorite segment was the boulders. Imagining what geologic activity caused their placement and finding the quiet emerald pool amongst the boulders that quickly becomes a roaring falls. Could have spent hours there.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, well maintained trail. Got there at 9:30 on Saturday and parking lot was full. Disappointed to see very few people wearing buffs/face coverings.

hiking
1 month ago

Steeper than we realized, but we were carrying 30+ lbs to camp at the top. Pretty trail. Campgrounds are nice, but sites are very small. Not much room for more than one tent at many. Seems like most all campsites were occupied on Friday night.

walking
blowdown
fee
muddy
1 month ago

fee
1 month ago

Be aware there is a 5 dollar fee to hike this trail. That being said, traffic was light to moderate, even on a cloudy day. Trail is occasionally rocky and has exposed tree roots that are easily tripped on so be mindful while gazing at the scenery while hiking. The trail is mostly switchbacks until you near the lake. The lake is absurdly beautiful and makes this one a must-hike for the serene seeker!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is a bit longer than advertised, but it is beautiful the whole way.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is in excellent condition!! What a great day for a hike and paddle on the lake. Brought my packraft up and found a small beach to launch off of. Trail has a few streams crossing but not overly muddy and one down tree across trail that someone has put a notch in to help boost yourself over. All in all a great time!!

hiking
1 month ago

Camped here on Memorial Day weekend! Fantastic Trail and plenty of campsites.

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