Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Lilliwaup with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

i have made this trip twice now. too many roots and rocks to trip over. always having to look down to watch my step. lake is beautiful though.

One of the best hikes I have done. There actually is very less part of the trail remaining. Most of the part is buried under scree debris. Few points worth noting before going -

1. Most hike is at 45 degrees + angle. Be ready for exhaustive climb.
2. Carry lots of water (2+ liters). Most of the trail is exposed without any tree cover and is on the east face. So for major part of the day you will get direct scorching sun.
3. Use shoes with good grip. Most part is loose rubble and scree without rock holds.
4. Summit climb requires traversing a rock wall exposed to at least 100 ft drop. Be extremely cautious on the patch. Not recommended for people with vertigo traits.
5. Look for carrons at places to find the right trail. I have added few more carrons at ambiguous trail junctions.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful!

Absolutely beautiful! The walk was wonderful and doing it counterclockwise meant we saved the best canyons views for last.

Absolutely worth the grueling and challenging hike. Spent 1 night up at the lake and although my body is still dying, I'm already planning a second trip!
Definitely not for the lighthearted!

Perfect hike for finding swimming holes!

Closed because of a forest fire

Did this with my 8-year old granddaughter and son and we all had lots of fun!!

Hiked this one week ago with my two kids. Putvin trail is maintained and beautiful. Highly recommend. But, the lake of the angels trail is not well maintained and I would NOT recommend for children under 16! Loose dirt, steep, and at times dangerous. We finally had to turn around about 1/2 mile from the lake because it was too dangerous for my 12 year old. One slip on steep, loose dirt and he could have fallen off the side of the mountain. Lake of the angels made Mt. Ellinor(we just hiked it a couple weeks ago) seem easy! Hope this helps!!

Hiked this trail earlier this week. As many other have stated this trail started out in an uphill and never ended until you reached the top. We saw one goat and it climbed to the highest point on the summit. There was a lot of smoke from the Maple Fire so we didn’t have the spectacular views that you would normally have on this trail. Because of that I will be doing this trail again when I know it will be a clear day.

backpacking
11 days ago

I did not make it all the way to the lake due to lots of smoke from the wildfire in Hamma Hamma not too far away, and very hot. I would classify this as a more difficult hike carrying an overnight backpack. Trail was in good condition, some pesky wasps circling my head for much of the hike. I look forward to trying it again when it cools down and the smoke clears out.

This hike has been on my list for a very long time. I can finally check that box! What a beautiful hike. It did, however, meet and exceed previous trip reports on how hard it is. It is very demanding. Steep in parts, steeper still in other parts. I encourage you, if you are setting out on this adventure, to remember to stop and take in the scenery. It is endless beauty from the start to the unbelievably gorgeous lake at the end. If you are thinking of trying this hike/climb be aware there are a couple of kinda dangerous parts aside from the rest of the trail. One is scrambling up rocks and roots, and the other has a fixed rope up a rocky section that is a big help. They both have minimal exposure, and are pretty easy to climb up, just be cautious. The trail is in great shape, and easy to follow. The lake...I’ve looked at so many pictures of this, and my breath was taken away by how beautiful it was in person. My breath was also taken away when I jumped in for a dip! You gotta do it, it is like jumping into an ice cube I think. There was a family of around 6 goats hanging out up there which was pretty cool. Mountains soaring on every side, beautiful sound of the wilderness to accompany you for lunch. It truly is my idea of heaven.

13 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.

Everyone else’s review is spot on. Lower Lena... no problem (very popular with a lot of chatty Cathy’s, small dogs, and families on the weekend) but Upper Lena is a bit challenging. Steep, trails overgrown with vegetation, often difficult to decipher or find, and random spots with heavy horse flies. I counted 15 downed trees that I either had to climb over, under, or around and I missed a switch back shortly after the lower Lena split and wandered off the trail. There was also another questionable creek crossing that was not clearly depicted. Needless to say I found Upper Lena and it was definitely worth it! Heard a mountain goat bleat in the distance around sunset but never saw one. A lot of deer activity at night near my tent (5 feet away/campsite #9) and mosquitoes were thick! Mosquito/insect repellent is a must!

Great hike, but really technical! I carried up 50 lbs on this hike out and back in a day! From a backpacker perspective, this trail sucks in a lot of ways! The trail up to Lower Lena Lake is pretty cut and dry, but upper Lena Lake is a lot more demanding. There were several downed trees which I either had to take my pack off and crawl under or crawl with the pack on. This was irritating and also low-lying vegetation which obstructs the view of the trail. The bugs were relentless at the top so bring plenty of spray. That being said, it was a beautiful lake and a scenic hike. I hike 2 days a week and just think there are nicer trails to pack weight on! Also, I would not solo this one again!

Enjoyable trail. LOTS of stairs and pretty much is a constant uphill hike. Big Boulder field that needs to be crossed but the trail management has organized steps out of the smaller boulders. Above the treeline there is a lot of loose gravel. When you're nearly to the top it gets pretty steep. At that point there are a couple of spots where you may need to use your hands to pull yourself up to the next step. The flowers at the top were beautiful, the squirrels were friendly and very entertaining and the mountain goats up there have no fear of humans. One mama and her baby walked right through a crowd of hikers that were gathered at the summit. Last of all, the view is spectacular!

For the effort involved, this hike boasts nothing special. The viewpoints are mediocre (except at the top, where they’re decent). It possibly gives access to better terrain, but as a hike in and of itself, I wouldn’t recommend it.

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.

Pretty steep, but my 7 and 9 year old kids made it.

So. Much. Up. Consider it your wilderness Stairmaster. Also, for what it’s worth, my GPS recorded the inbound part of the trek (to the summit of Cub[?] mountain, just above the lake) as 4.1 miles with a gain of ~4100 ft (so ~8 mi r/t). There were quite a few flies and dense foliage to slog through near the lake, but the reward was well worth it. Incredible views from the summit and an abundance of huckleberries along the upper parts of the trail. The lake is pristine and very refreshing for a swim!

Hike was a challenge

hiking
21 days ago

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

So much fun! We camped at Flapjack Lakes, and day-hiked up to Gladys Divide and Mount Gladys. We took a few off-trail explorations and found ourselves in the rocky valley on the northwest side of Mount Gladys. VERY COOL in the late afternoon light. We could see the interior Olympics to the north and west, and I believe even Mt. Olympus. Had a blast. Rocky in parts, and lots of flies by the lakes. But awesome!

Tough hike, but glad we made it. Had problems coming back down, because how knee problems. Definitely need to be in good shape with no orthopedic problems. Last bit of the trail needs to have some grooming, wasn't sure we where on the right trail. Hike is actually 6 miles up and back not 4.9 miles

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.

I loved this hike. It is a significant physical challenge, incredibly steep; I spent a lot of time pulling myself up with my arms; nearly a climb. In the woods through the first third, then fully exposed to sun for the remainder. The trail was marked in places, but could be hard to find in others; it wasn’t always obvious, but with careful observation we could see the most travelled route...although as long as you are heading up, you were ok. Two scree fields with loose footing. This offers all the challenges that make for a great hiking experience, but you must be in good shape. The views on this hike begin half way up and only get better as you ascend, and the views from the summit are breath taking. The best part of this hike, on a day that Mt. Ellinor was crowded (peaks are about a mile away from one another), we saw two other hikers. I have to admit I enjoyed the ascent but the descent really took a toll on my feet, ankles and knees. Must have boots with good ankle support and watch your footing, easy to slip and trip. Trailhead is unsigned, look for the large boulder on the left side of the road (just before the parking area at the end of the road). Helpful note: bring plenty of water; also, had good cell signal throughout most of the hike.

hiking
24 days ago

An amazing easy hike . I will be back

Nice hike. Make sure if you are going clockwise that you take the time to walk out to view the river when there are lookouts. If you wait to get to the bridge you'll miss the rapids!

If you’re thinking of doing this hike get on all fours right now and scurry to your nearest incline and climb up and down for three hours then eat some ice cream. Now you’re prepared

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