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Map of Lena Lake Hike

Length: 5.5 mile RT
Elevation Change: 1300' cumulative elevation gain
Season: Summer thru Fall
Difficulty:   Moderate
Northwest Forest Pass

Features: 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

How to get there:

From Hoodsport, Washington travel 14 miles north on US Highway 101 to Forest Service Road #25 (Hamma Hamma Recreation Area.) Turn west on Forest Service Road 25 and travel 7.6 miles to the Lena Lake Trailhead. The road is paved and wide to the Lena Lake Trailhead. Parking is on both sides of the road within sight of the Lena Lake Campground.
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