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Ultimate Guide to Lena Creek Campground | Olympic National Park

Lena Creek Campground is a small, conveniently located campground near the Lena Lake Trail, in the depths of Olympic National Park.


It's a first-come-first-serve only campground that has 13 sites. It's about 7.7 miles up N Hamma Hamma Road and from Highway 101. The campground is close to several popular hiking trails and lakes.


Where is Lena Creek Campground?

Lena Creek Campground is on the shore of the Hamma Hamma River, close to the popular Lena Lake trailhead. It is on Hamma Hamma Road, about 30 minutes from Hoodsport.


The address is: NF-25Lilliwaup, WA 98555


The campground is in Olympic National Park but no National Parks pass is needed!


From Port Angeles: 1 hour 40 minutes

From Forks: 2 hours 45 minutes

From Seattle: 2 hours 10 minutes

From Olympia: 1 hour 10 minutes



Lena Creek Campground welcome sign
Lena Creek Campground welcome sign

Lena Creek Campground Directions

Use the map below to navigate to Lena Creek Campground:



Lena Creek Campground Information

This small campground, around 7.5 miles from Highway 101 along N Hamma Hamm Road, is nestled in the woods. It's a quiet escape from the bustling highway and the more crowded campsites in the northern part of Olympic National Park.



It's a convenient overnight spot if you're looking to hike to Lena Lake, the Brothers, Mount Stone, Mount Skokomish, or the Lake of the Angels.


Number of Sites: 13


Open campsite at Lena Creek Campground
Open campsite at Lena Creek Campground

There are only 13 sites at Lena Creek Campground. They are space, private, and have plenty of room for a car, tent, and your other camping gear.


The campground is close to Hamma Hamma River, allowing you to spend pleasant evenings listening to the water. The only thing that might disturb you is the occasional car driving down the dirt road to the Lena Lake trailhead or further into the park.


When to Visit Lena Creek Campground?

The best time of year to visit Lena Creek Campground is in summer of fall!


The summer season is absolutely gorgeous in this area of Washington but it can also be quite muggy and hot, especially if its rained lately. This area of Washington is notoriously humid so you may want to keep your visit till the fall when the temperatures drop but before the snow returns.


The best months to visit Lena Creek Campground are June-October.

By November, the rains have returned for the winter. But, the campground is open year-round! So if you're passing through and don't mind some mist, it's still a great option.

The scenic road through Lena Creek Campground
The scenic road through Lena Creek Campground


Why Choose Lena Creek Campground?

Lena Creek Campground is an ideal spot for those passing through this area along Highway 101 or looking to hike to Lena Lake.


It's also well-suited to those hoping to make the climb up to Lake of the Angels, Mount Stone or Mount Skokomish which are accessed via the nearby Putvin Trailhead.


You might also choose this campground because you're planning on hiking out the text morning to climb The Brothers.




Lena Creek Campground Amenities

The many amenities you'll have access to at Lena Creek Campground include:

  • Picnic tables

  • Trails

  • Water access

  • Fire pits

  • Pull thru

  • Vault toilets

  • Pets are allowed



Lena Creek Campground Reservations

Lena Creek Campground is not open for reservations. It is a first-come-first-serve only campground with 13 individual sites.


Call 360-765-2200 for more information.



Information Panels at Lena Creek Campground
Information Panels at Lena Creek Campground

Lena Creek Campground Price

The Lena Creek Campground costs $14 per night.


It's relatively inexpensive compared to the much larger, and sometimes much more crowded sites in other areas of the park. But, make sure to get their early as there is no reservation system.


The entire campground is first-come-first-serve.


Pricing Information

  • $14 per night per site

  • $5.00 per extra vehicle


Rules and Regulations

There are a few rules and regulations to keep in mind at Lena Creek Campground:

  • Up to 8 guests per campsite

  • Up to 6 vehicles per campsite

  • Tents and RVs are allowed



Lena Creek Campground thru road
Lena Creek Campground thru road

What to Do Near Lena Creek Campground?

Lena Creek Campground is a perfect jumping-off point for various adventures around Olympic National Park



Hike to Lena Lake

The ever-popular Lena Lake is the main attraction along Hamma Hamma Road. It's a fairly easy hike, but it does take 7.2 miles for the round-trip adventure. Along the way you'll gain around 1,300 feet in elevation.

Distance

​Elevation Gain

Time Required

Difficulty

7.2 miles

1,300 feet

5 hours

4/10

The lake is an idyllic, Olympic destination with dense, green forest along its shores and moss-covered trees to marvel at. There is also a campground on the bank of the lake--Lena Lake Campground.


Learn more about the sights in Olympic National Park with Traverse the Pacific Northwest's 13 Surprising Facts.



Hiking Near Lena Creek Campground

Here are a few of our favorite trails near Lena Creek Campground that you might want to visit while you're there:


The notoriously difficult Putvin Trail leads intrepid hikers to the banks of Lake of the Angels, a gorgeous secluded lake at around 4,800'. The trail ascends a vicious 3,400 feet in only 4 miles so it's not for the faint of heart!

Looking down at the Lake of the Angels
Looking down at the Lake of the Angels

Distance

Elevation Gain

​​Time Required

Difficulty

​7.8 miles

3,800

6.5 hours

7/10

Although it begins fairly tame, the trail soon rises through the Olympic rainforest and well above the heads of most hikers in the park on any given day.




2. Mildred Lakes Trail

The lovely Mildred Lakes Trail is a less-commonly hiked lake trail in Mount Skokomish Wilderness. It's challenging, requiring hikers to again nearly 3,000 feet in just 3 miles.

Distance

​Elevation Gain

Time Required

Difficulty

6.2 miles

3,000 feet

5 hours

4/10

The trail is not well-maintained but the lake is well worth the effort! You can enjoy fishing and even swimming if the water isn't too cold! Make sure you have your GPS on you if you try this hike as you may lose the trail on the way up or down.



3. Dry Creek Trail

The Dry Creek Trail is about 1 hour away from the Lena Creek Campground but may be the moderate hike you're looking for! It's 6.8 miles but only gains 1,000 feet or so along the way.



Distance

​Elevation Gain

Time Required

Difficulty

6.8 mile

1,000 feet

3 hours

3/10

This is an out-and-back trail that leads up into the woods towards Dry Mountain. You can turn around whenever you want to, but you're not going to want to miss the river at the end of the trail!


Check out Traverse the Pacific Northwest's guide to the 10 Best Hikes in Olympic National Park for many more awesome options!



Campgrounds Near Lena Creek Recreation Area

If you can't find a site at Lena Creek Campground, try these other options:

  • Hamma Hamma Campground - just down the road from Lena Creek Campground

  • Dosewallips State Park Campground - up Highway 101 about 15 minutes from Lena Creek

  • Seal Rock Campground - just past Dosewallips State Park



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