Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls Hike – 7.2 Miles

Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls are in my top 10 must hikes in the Northwest. It’s 7.2 miles roundtrip with 23 switchbacks, strong elevation gains and a picturesque view as you get to the top of the mountain. The trail beings quietly through a groomed trail and slowly increases elevation as you head closer to Lake Serene. After about 2-3 miles in, you’ll come to a fork where you can either hike up to Bridal Veil Falls or continue towards Lake Serene. I highly recommend hiking up to the falls and cooling off by the mist coming off of the waterfall.

Tip: Make sure to bring you Northwest Forest Pass. If you don’t have, you can visit a local shack located just up the street and you can get a day pass for $5.

Location: Lake Serene (#1068) Central Cascades, Stevens Pass
West Mount Baker Snoqualmie, N 47° 47.0520, W 121° 34.3320

Roundtrip: 7.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 2000 ft
Highest Point: 2521 ft
Features: Lakes, Waterfalls, Wildflowers/Meadows, Mountain views

Required Permit: Northwest Forest Pass

Driving Directions:
From Everett, follow US 2 east to the hamlet of Gold Bar. Continue on US 2 for 7 more miles to just before it crosses the Skykomish River (near milepost 35), and turn right onto Mount Index Road. Proceed on this dirt road 0.4 mile, turning right on the spur road signed “Lake Serene Trail 1068.” The trailhead and large parking area are 500 feet farther (elev. 600 ft.). Privy available.

Difficulty Level: 4/5

Written by Charles Koh

Founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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