Lower Lena Lake
If you haven’t been out to Lower Lena Lake – add it to your list! We got lucky with some sunny weather at the end of April and decided to take advantage of it with a trip out to the Olympic Peninsula (one of my favorite places) and it was definitely worth the drive.
The road leading up to the trailhead is paved the whole way and in great shape. You will need a Forest Service Pass or an America the Beautiful pass for parking. There is a decent amount of parking, but you will have company – this is a busy trail. We arrived at the trailhead just before noon on a Saturday and parked along the road past the designated parking area. Dogs are allowed on the Lower Lena Lake trail but keep in mind that they are not allowed on the Upper Lena Lake trail because it is part of the Olympic National Park.
This is an out and back trail that is just over 6 miles with a moderate incline. The trail is kept in great shape and the incline is made easier with several switchbacks. When we were there the trail was covered with water in a few places. However, it was easy to keep our feet dry with a handful of strategic steps. I would say that this is a great trail for beginners. There were many children on the trail that day and they seemed to be keeping up with their parents so it also seemed to be an appropriate trail for children.
Don’t forget your favorite beverage to enjoy when you get to the lake! That is typically my favorite part of every hike and an the ice cream stop on the way home.