Lake Serene Trail

Gold Bar, WA
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Lake Serene Trail is a 7.2 mile out and back trail located near Gold Bar, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

From Everett, east on US 2 to mile marker 35. Turn right after the marker on Mount Index Road (FSR 6020) and travel 0.3 miles. Turn right at the fork onto FSR 6020-109 and go 0.1 miles to the trailhead on the left.

Federal Northwest Forest Pass

Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Skykomish District
Tel: 360.677.2414
www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs

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107 Completed 12 Reviews

This is so far the best hiking trail I have experienced in Washington outside of Mount Rainier. Amazing views of Mount Index and the cascades surrounding Stevens Pass, incredible forests and old growth trees, the majestic Bridal Veil Falls, a strenuous uphill descent through rocky, muddy and snow covered ground and the incredible Lake Serene which lives up to its name (especially covered in snow as it was during this visit). This is truly an endurance tester! If you plan on visiting outside of Summer, be prepared for the last mile or so to be a trek through Siberia. It is a busy hike for sure but it wasn't out of control crowded. In the conditions it was helpful to have a lot of friendly people around to communicate about what to experience and trail conditions. I am a Landscape Photographer, and I couldn't have been happier with my experience. Now, I am ready to return in the summer and capture the majestic blue water of Lake Serene. If you're traveling Highway 2 towards Stevens Pass and have time to burn or are looking for a great hike, this is your hike! I cannot stress enough though how STRENUOUS this hike is! Prepare for that going in and you'll be ready and enjoy it even more.

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4 Completed 4 Reviews

The most beautiful hike I've found in WA so far....definitely will be coming back again!

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17 Completed 6 Reviews

If there weren't so many stairs I'd give it 5 stars. But the lake is gorgeous.

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8 Completed 6 Reviews

Wasn't very excited at the beginning as there was a huge crowd and the trail was quite easy. I wasn't going to be let down though as the trail quickly picked up pace after the waterfalls and ended in absolute beauty. I am one of those people that likes to be out in the backcountry alone, but the views and difficulty all but made up for this. Less people and this would be a 5 star hike.

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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Beautiful but busy. It's a fairly rugged trail with a lot of 'up' but very pretty. Along the trail there is a spur which goes to the Bridal Veil falls which is very impressive. Lake Serene is a small lake with a sheer cliff face on one side. Today it still had a fair amount of snow in the shadow of the cliff but there was none on the trail. The lake still had some ice in it.
It was pretty busy today (a Saturday). We got to the parking lot by 8AM and it was mostly full. By the time we left at 2pm there were cars all along the road and onto Hwy 2.

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5 Completed 3 Reviews

This was an amazing hike, it was beautiful. From the glaciers to the lake, and all the other nature that was surrounding you, there is no way you could be disappointed. I definitely would not recommend this hike for children though.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Difficult. Enchanting. Beautiful. Exciting. Pure Adrenaline Rush caused physically and mentally.

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15 Completed 7 Reviews

By far the most profoundly beautiful hike I've ever completed. The alpine lake could not have been anymore aptly named. The views, scenes, and topography of Serene are breath taking and enchanting. I highly recommend a healthy dose of psilocybin cubensis and melting into the majesty of this unparalleled microcosmic universe. Unbelievably gorgeous in every way.

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10 Completed 10 Reviews

This was the best hike I have been on so far. Amazing views throughout the hike of the falls and the valley and a beautiful lake sitting behind mount index at the top. There was snow for the last tenth of a mile or so in mid may buy wasn't a problem whatsoever. The hike is very popular so get there early.

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