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5 Olympic Peninsula Hikes Along the Hamma Hamma River

The area is so nice, they named it twice…

The Hamma Hamma River

The Hamma Hamma River

 

The Hamma Hamma River, located on the eastern slopes of the Olympic Mountains is an amazing place to hike. While the trails aren’t as easy and flat as some of the other river valley hikes, trekking along Hamma Hamma region is like travelling back in time. While the trails here are not for hikers just starting out, the hikes in this area are great for those of us who are looking for a little more effort and great views. From lakes that are more breathtaking the higher in elevation you climb, to valleys so beautiful that you will feel like a hobbit, the Hamma Hamma Region truly is a hidden gem among the rest of the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula.

 

 

What Does Hamma Hamma Mean?

The name Hamma Hamma (pronounced: Ham-Muh Ham-Muh) comes from the name of a Twana village called Hab’hab, which used to be on the banks of this twice named river. Hab’hab refers to a type of reed that grows in the region.

 

 

5 Must Experience Hikes along the Hamma Hamma

 

Lower Lena Lake
Lower Lena Lake

Lower Lena Lake

 

Why: Lower Lena Lake, while not the easiest hike on the Olympic Peninsula, is a perfect day hike and a great place to start your camping experience. Yes, it can get a little crowded, but that just means it is worthwhile. With awesome wooden bridges, moss covered rocks and a huge lake to stand near; this is a fun hike year round. See an underground river, gorgeous cascades and more along this kid-friendly, dog-friendly hike. More info: http://bit.ly/1cpz6oe

Who: Anyone

Distance: 5 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: 1,300 Feet

Where: http://goo.gl/maps/2d670

 

 

The Brothers Basecamp
The Brothers Basecamp Trail

The Brothers Basecamp Trail

 

Why: The trail to the Brothers Basecamp is more like walking through the forests of Middle Earth than anywhere else in the Olympic Peninsula. With boulders the size of houses draped with thick blankets of moss, the path from Lower Lena Lake to the Brothers basecamp will be one you will want to return to over and over again. Waterfalls and a lazy creek will greet you along this trail, as will the occasional deer or mountain goat. Hiking here gets you away from the crowds at Lena Lake while still giving you an amazing experience in the woods. More info: http://bit.ly/1cpz6oe

Who: Moderate Hikers

Distance: 8 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain:  2,500 Feet

Where: http://goo.gl/maps/2d670

 

 

Upper Lena Lake
Upper Lena Lake, Olympic National Park

Upper Lena Lake, Olympic National Park

 

Why: While done more comfortably as a multi-day hiker, the trail to Upper Lena Lake is as pretty as it is steep. While the crowds may flock to Lower Lena, Upper Lena is definitely well worth the effort. With gorgeous views of the Olympic Mountains, remote campsites and frequent Mountain Goat sightings, this trail is the best place to go to get hooked on camping. You will need to cross a creek, but the view of The Brothers will make you forget about the wet shoes.

Who: Advanced Hikers

Distance: 14 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: 4,000 Feet

Where: http://goo.gl/maps/2d670

 

 

Mildred Lakes
The Mildred Lakes Trail

The Mildred Lakes Trail

 

Why: Mildred Lakes is a tough, sometimes hard to follow trail and should not be tried by beginners. This trail is steep, rugged and downright gorgeous. It is also home to some of the best lake fishing in the entire Olympic Peninsula. Start the trail next to a huge waterfall, work your way up the non-maintained trail to discover the true beauty of this region. With huge trees and seasonal huckleberries along the way, this fishing-hole trail is sure to become a favorite, if you can work up the energy to power up the hills. The trail does require a small bit of scrambling, so be aware that it is not just a walk in the park.

Who: Advanced Hikers

Distance: 9 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: 2,300 Feet

Where: http://goo.gl/maps/jszCy

 

 

Lake of the Angels
Lake of the Angels

Lake of the Angels

 

Why: If you are looking for a trail that will not only challenge you physically, but also give you some of the best high alpine views, Lake of the Angels along the Carl Putvin Trail is exactly what you need. It starts out steep, gets even steeper and then, after a small amount of scrambling, spits you out into a gorgeous valley called “The Valley of Heaven”, which is highlighted by the Lake of the False Prophet. While this isn’t the end of the trail, it is the entrance to the Olympic National Park. Hike up another steep, but short hill and fall in love with the view of Mount Skokomish and the Lake of the Angels. While best done as a multi-day hike, it can be done in a day. You will be tired, you might get sore, but hiking to Lake of the Angels is truly one of the best hikes on the Peninsula. More info: http://bit.ly/1mp9nBQ

Who: Advanced Hikers

Distance: 8 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: 3,500 Feet

Where: http://goo.gl/maps/6LYlR

 

 

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