ElevationAscent: 1,365' 416 m
Descent: -1,364' -416 m
High: 1,953' 595 m
Low: 727' 221 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“Head steadily uphill to enjoy quiet Lena Lake amid Old Growth forest. A favorite east Olympic trail!”— Emily Roeben
The route is mostly shaded because of the old growth forest. The trees start big and then get bigger the farther into the woods you go. Boulders along the trail add intrigue, some of them being quite large.
The water in Lena Lake is COLD. The lake formed (according to signage at the lake) 1,300 years ago when a landslide blocked Lena Creek. The creek still flows into the north end of the lake, and out the south end, via an underground channel. The moving water keeps the temperature chilly, although dogs and kids still might enjoy the experience.
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.
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Land Manager: USFS - Hood Canal Ranger District