Length: 5.5 mile RT
Elevation Change: 1300' cumulative elevation gain
Season: Summer thru Fall
Permit: Northwest Forest Pass
The trailhead for this hike is located across the
Hamma Hamma Road from the Lena Lake Campground
in the Hoods Canal scenic area.
This trailhead serves two very popular hikes: Lena
Lake and Upper Lena Lake, which translates into a very
busy trailhead. The volume of hikers has merited
a deluxe restroom facility at the trailhead.
The trail to Lena Lake offers a gradual
uphill climb on a very well maintained trail.
The Lena Lake trailhead is easy to find, and parking
occupies both sides of the Hamma Hamma road across from
the no-reservation campground of Lena Lake Campground.
The gravel portion of the road is in great shape.
The lake itself makes for a lovely lunch spot for the
entire family. There is even a location at the lake
nicknamed aptly the "lunch counter", as it is the
perfect area to sit and enjoy the view of the lake.
The water level of this naturally dammed
lake can vary dramatically depending upon the amount of
rainfall or season. But if you are looking for solitude
in the wilderness, this is not your event. Even mid-week
this trail draws a large crowd of hikers of all ages due
to its moderate nature and pleasant reward. The trail
is mostly pine needle covered and wide. Because the
lake area is peppered with campsites for backpackers, there
is a toilet available at the lake. Circumnavigation of the
lake is not recommended as there is no trail, and some areas
are next to impassable.
Lena Lake from lunch counter