Lake Serene & Bridal Veil Falls

Hi All, thanks for patience. Fri = 82 & sunny.  We're heading where there is water!

Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls...

This is one of the highest-rated lake hikes fairly close to Seattle.  It offers forest, creeks, waterfalls and a quintessential Washington Cascades alpine lake -- Lake Serene.

7.2 miles rt.   2,000 elev gain.  Northwest Forest Pass required.

Bring:  LOTS of water.  Big lunch.  Suncream.   Hat.  Bugspray.   Bathing suit should you wish to take a dip

We need DRIVERS.  Please put in comments if you are able and willing to drive.

Organizer:  Joe Staiano,[masked]

Estimated Time back in Seattle:  6:30 pm


Description form WTA - Washington Trails Association

Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls compete for attention on this 7.2 mile trip. Either would be a worthy destination by themselves and combined they are a great day on the trail.   From the parking lot (Northwest Forest Pass required) the trail follows an old road bordered by towering salmonberry bushes and deciduous trees.   Once the trail leaves the old road bed it enters a dense forest and begins climbing. At 1.7 miles a signed trail to the right leads up to Bridal Veil Falls. It's 0.5 miles up to the falls, much of it stairs climbing steeply. The trail splits near the falls forming a loop. Stay low and to the left to get the big view of the falls, then climb the stairs along the water for a more personal and often soaking visit. Exercise caution near the water, especially with children. The creek can sweep hikers off their feet and down the hill.

Back on the main trail to Serene Lake the route crosses the creek then begins the final climb. It's a steady ascent using stairs, roots, and rocks for the final 1.5 miles gaining 1,300 feet.  Keep your eyes open for patches of bunchberry and other shade-loving flowers, especially as you leave the dense forest for the sun-dappled traverse to the ridge.  Once the trail crosses into the basin it's hard not to run down the hill to the lake, but stick to the trail. In an area as popular as Lake Serene it's important to practice the principles of Leave No Trace and good wilderness etiquette. Across the water the cliffs of Mt. Index rise 3,000 feet straight up and snow is piled at the base after a winter full of avalanches.  Follow the trail along the shore to a huge rock perfect for a seat while you contemplate the serenity of nature.

WTA Pro Tip: Visit Bridal Veil Falls on the way to Serene Lake, don't save it for the return. It's too easy to skip the steep climb when the trailhead is so close.


Driving Directions

From Everett, follow US 2 east to the small town of Gold Bar. Continue on Hwy 2 for seven more miles to just before it crosses the Skykomish River near milepost 35. Then, turn right onto Mount Index Road. Proceed on this dirt road for just less than half a mile, and turn right on the spur road signed "Lake Serene Trail 1068." The trailhead and large parking area are 500 feet further on.

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  • DCC

    Sounds like I missed a fun time. Next time I hope. I am almost always available on Fridays. IM me if you want to hike.

    1 · September 5

  • Joe S.

    What a picture-perfect day! We had sooo much fun. Forest, the cool mist of Bridal Veil falls, idyllic Lake Serene, a long lunch-break in the hot sun, lots of yummy chocolate shared, a bit of swimming in the icy lake. What an amazing, fun, and youthful group. Welcome to many persons new to Seattle! Enjoy the pics. Please stay in touch by email. [masked]

    September 5

  • John

    It was great meeting everyone! Hope to see all of you on the trails again!

    1 · September 5

  • Barbara L

    Perfect day in every respect. Thanks, Joe. Not only did you pull together all the right ingredients for a splendid day, but that "hole in one" was awesome!

    1 · September 5

  • Rick

    At the park-and-ride I am looking for other folks

    September 5

  • Holli M

    Where are you all?

    September 5

  • John

    I am coming from Lake Stevens so if anyone is coming from up north I could meet at Safeway in Lake Stevens

    September 3

    • Joe S.

      Hi John, I'll be meeting group at Greenlake P&R, but do keep me informed of you (and anyone else) that is meeting up north. Call me in the morning so we can plan to meet. Joe[masked]

      September 3

    • Joe S.

      hi John, I do not know of anyone else from up north. OUR ROUTE: I5 N to Route 104 to Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell, then 522 to Monroe, then 22mi more. CALL in the morning to let us know your plan. [masked]

      1 · September 4

  • Joe S.

    hi all, Tomorrow...
    7:30 meet at GREENLAKE & 65th P&R.
    7:45 depart.
    8:20 get Mani in Bothell
    9:15 trailhead

    Route:
    I5 N to Route 104 to Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell, then 522 to Monroe, then 22mi more. CALL if you are delayed. [masked]-2200. CALL

    September 4

  • JUJU

    What time at trailhead?

    September 4

    • Joe S.

      Hi Juju. PLEASE call me in morning and let me know if you are meeting at GreenLake P&R (7:30) or at Trailhead (about 9:15 am). CALL ME. [masked]

      September 4

  • Steve W.

    I'm fairly certain I'll be able to go on this hike. I should know by mid afternoon Thursday. If there's a waiting list I'll back off in case I won't be able to make it (it only seems fair).

    I would be willing to drive in needed (I don't have a Pass). I'll be driving from West Seattle if anyone needs a ride.

    1 · September 4

    • Steve W.

      Yes!!!! See you all tomorrow morning.

      1 · September 4

  • Matthew L.

    I've no car, but also no work on Friday. If I can hitch a ride with somebody I'd love to come along

    September 2

    • Matthew L.

      Oh nice! Im also in Capitol hill. If you send me a message:[masked], I can meet you wherever.

      September 4

    • Barbara L

      Amanda, I'm in Belltown. Is there a place I might meet you on your way from the hill?[masked] Thanks.

      September 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    So we meet at 7:30am tmr at Greenlake P&R?

    September 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone. I'm a new comer to Seattle. I am a transferred student from Irvine, CA. I am Chinese. And I love all kinds of outdoor sports. It will be really appreciated if anyone can give me a ride tmr. hope to see you guys tomorrow!

    September 4

  • Matthew J. M.

    Hey Joe, I can drive the 4 door SUV.

    1 · September 4

  • David V

    I can drive. I have a 4 door jeep.

    1 · September 4

  • Mani

    Hi I am in. I live in Bothell. Is there a way I can join you guys from a ParknRide near Bothell such as Canyon Park PnR or Ash Way PnR? I can drive too if needed & I have a Pass.

    September 4

  • Joe S.

    Hello to all RSVP'ers, PLEASE let me know that you received the new info for FRIDAY's hike to Lake Serene. Let me know of you are willing to drive. Joe[masked]

    September 3

    • DCC

      I'm still in.

      1 · September 3

    • amanda k

      Plan sounds good to me. I can drive if needed and I have a pass

      1 · September 3

  • John S.

    Hey Joe, is the destination going to be a surprise? :)

    September 2

  • Linda

    I need to be back in cell range by 5 so something off Mt Loops (Walt Bailey, Dickerman), Salmon le sac, or US2 like tonga ridge, etc would work.

    September 2

  • Ruth

    Up for camping or just a hike.

    September 2

  • John S.

    Summit Lake http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/summit-lake?searchterm=summit+lake is an easy day hike with great views of Mt. Rainier. A bit of a drive, but the historic town Wilkeson, WA is a good stopping place for dinner on the return to Seattle.

    September 2

  • amanda k

    Interested in a day hike Friday not too far from seattle. Can't stay overnight

    1 · September 2

  • DCC

    Open for a day hike. I was considering Whittier Ridge - Lakes Loop in the Mt. St. Helens area (14.2 mi.). Could be opportunity for a swim half way through.

    September 2

  • julie

    Looking forward to the hike!

    1 · September 1

  • erika

    I'm interested in a Friday hike!

    1 · September 1

  • Darcy

    Interested in day hike in morning on Friday

    1 · September 1

  • Jim

    I would like a hike with 7:30 am departure time from a a

    1 · September 1

  • Teri

    Woops, I just saw your Sahale post. Camping/hiking near Marblemount would be great.

    1 · September 1

  • Teri

    Sounds like fun. Another night under the stars would be great. Perhaps some place not too far away - Cle Elum area? Somewhere off the Mountain Loop Highway? I'd want to check on the latest fire info once the hordes leave today.

    1 · September 1

  • Linda

    I am interested in a Friday hike

    2 · September 1

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