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Climbing through thick conifer woods to a scenic lake, the Lena Lake National Recreation Trail is managed by Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal District. (photos by Stuart Macdonald, September 2008)
On the Lena Lake Trail, Olympic National Forest
This trail provides access to the largest backcounty lake (55 acres) on the Olympic Peninsula. It also provides access to the Olympic National Park (Upper Lena Lake) and to The Brothers Wilderness. Lena Lake is a popular destination for fishing and Boy Scout camp outs. Beyobnd the lake, the trail connects to Upper Lena Lake Trail, which is in the Olympic National Park.
Activities in the area include camping, fishing, family day
hiking, and bird and wildlife watching. Only hiking and wheelchair access are allowed on the trail. Horses, pack stock, bicycles, and motorized recreation vehicles are all prohibited.
There are two impressive bridges built of poles and logs along the trail crossing over rocky drainageways. The trail climbs through second growth Douglas fir and into old growth forest. Numerous switchbacks lead the hiker up over a thousand feet of elevation gain to the lake. The lake is hidden in the dense forest so even after glimpsing it, hikers need to continue quite a ways on the trail before actually being able to see it well or get down to the lake.
crossing one of The two large log bridges on the trail
-Be sure to fill out a backcountry permit for overnight trips (available along the trail at the Park boundary.)
- Firearms and pets are prohibited in the Park. Stoves only, no fires above 3,500’ elevation.
The Brothers - Mt. Anderson Custom Correct Map or The Brothers USGS Quad.
Destination............................. Miles... Elevation
Trailhead .................................. 0.0...... 650 feet
First bridge................................ 1.9... 1,600
Second bridge............................ 2.6... 1,800
Junction with Upper Lena Trail... 3.0.... 1,900
Lena Lake Campground............. 3.2.... 1,800
Jct. with Brothers Trail............... 3.6.... 1,800
CAMPGROUND: There are 28 rustic campsites around the lake, with a composting toilet and metal fire rings.
Rock outcrops along the trail
The trail to Lena Lake is well maintained and is a moderate grade with long switchbacks. Please stay on the trail. Cutting switchbacks will save only seconds, while the destroyed vegetation will take years to recover. This is a National Recreation Trail and is heavily used during the summer months. Beyond Lower Lena Lake, the trails are much steeper and receive less maintenance.
A NW Forest Pass or a Golden Passport (Eagle, Age or Access) is required on each vehicle parked at trailhead. Day and Annual NW Passes are available at FS offices and vendors, but not at trailheads.
Travel Highway 101 to FS Road #25 (Hamma Hamma Recreation Area) 14 miles north of Hoodsport. Turn west on FS Road #25 go for eight miles to the Lena Lake Trailhead. Road is paved to the Lena Lake Trailhead.
For more information:
Olympic National Forest
Hood Canal District - Quilcene Office
295142 Highway 101 S. P.O. Box 280
Quilcene, WA 98376 (360) 765-2200