Lena Lakes, Olympic National Forest Trip Report
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October 25, 2003
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Driving Directions:Take US101 along Hood Canal about 14 miles north of the town of Hoodsport, cross the Hamma Hamma River bridge, 1/2 a mile beyond Waketickeh Creek turn left on the Hamma Hamma River road #25 and drive 8 miles to the trailhead.
Trail Notes:This hike starts off easy enough climbing 1,100 feet over the first 2.7 miles to Lower Lena Lake. From there the trail to Upper Lena Lake takes on a different demeanor. The grade gradually steepens then flattens out en route to the footbridge crossing Lena Creek. After this point the trail steepens and the track becomes rougher. One should take their time remaining cautious moving up past the wooden stairs. Above the wooden stairs the trail becomes downright 'fun' if you like scrambling (which I do). The trail moves across exposed rock requiring the use of hands when wet. In particular there is one exposed area where if you look down trail you can see a multi hundred foot abyss right off the trail. Beyond this section the trail mellows out and moves across a flat are up towards a crossing of Lena creek. The stream when flowing (like it was when I hiked it requires the use of dedicated footwear or else a tricky crossing either in terms of soaking your boots or alternately being swept away in the even of a slip where the channel narrows. In any event this is where the I turned around. Bring footwear for crossing streams!
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Lower/ Upper Lena Lake
Reviewed By: Hikerman on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 @ 01:57:36 AM
Review: Me and two of my friends made our way to upper lena lake in late june 07. The hike from the car to lower lena lake was quite easy, however the hike to the upper lake was kind of hard. It didnt help that there were like 20 or 30 fallen trees blocking the trail. there were a handfull of places that were still covered in snow where we had to mark our path so we could find our way back later on. also there was a small glacier covering the river in one spot that we had to cross over. that sketched me out a bit. i didnt know if it was strong enough to support us and if it had caved in, we would have dropped like ten feet down into the covered freezing river. when we finally made it to the upper lake it was still frozen over. we didnt cross path with a single person the whole hike to upper lena or see any sign of people being there before us. it was a fun hike though and the camping was good at the lower lake. not too crowded.
Lower Lena Lake
Reviewed By: Tinadam on Sunday, November 26, 2006 @ 12:44:06 PM
Review: We made it to the Lower Lena lake in May 2006. The hike was pretty much non-stop switchbacks most of the way. Some light snow cover as we got near the lake. The lake was gorgeous, very deep blue, with a nice vista off the trail. There are a bunch of campsites down near the water, all of which were packed when we got there (this was probably around 3:00 PM). I was disappointed that I couldn't actually get close to the water without entering someone's campsite. The vista was about as close as I got.
Lower Lena Lake
Reviewed By: Valerie on Saturday, April 23, 2005 @ 02:25:08 PM
Review: Hiked to lower Lena evening of 4/22/05. Absolutely beautiful hike. Weather was amazing and Lake was gorgeous. Weird to see the mountains without snow. Spent the night, not too cold, humming birds and a grey jay in a.m...
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