Lake Serene Trail

HARD
#1 of 24 trails in Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
true
Lake Serene Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Bar, WA that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.8 miles 2326 feet Out & Back
dogs on leash hiking trail running lake river views waterfall wild flowers
Hide Map

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.

Jon Little
2 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

A great day and a wonderful hike. Lots of folks out enjoying the outdoors. Lake still about half covered in snow.

Michael S
2 days ago

7 Completed1 Reviews

beautiful. go early.

Ann Ng
3 days ago

13 Completed1 Reviews

word of advice: stop by Bridal Veil first before going to Lake Serene. You won't be able to go there on your way back from the lake :) Difficult but so worth it

Rachel Hartranft
12 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Luke McAlister
17 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Nice quad burner! This trail gets pretty busy on nice days and parking is difficult so show up early. The views near the top are really nice and our early spring hike today had lots of snow on the peaks.

Be sure to take the Bridal Veil Falls 1 mile round trip excursion as it is quite worth it to get some waterfall spray to refresh you and some photo ops.

Rob Kroll
17 days ago

28 Completed4 Reviews

Great hike. Beautiful lake and waterfall.

Matthew Crump
18 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Great hike, challenging at times, but overall a fun one. The best part is you are offered scenic views and waterfalls throughout the entire hike, not just at the top, as you get with some hikes.

Katherine Crabtree
20 days ago

11 Completed0 Reviews

Romaine Romaine Bush
20 days ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

Great trail! I would say it's moderate though.

Mitch Amort
21 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Valter Federau
1 month ago

7 Completed0 Reviews

Gabriel Rocklin
1 month ago

8 Completed0 Reviews

Gaby Serra
2 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Aaron Brengle
2 months ago

49 Completed45 Reviews

Haven't been up here for 2 years, way too crowded during the summer months, my wife's first time and first snow hike. Trail had 3-4 hard, large blow-downs over the trail, but passible. Snow started at the avvy fields up above the switchbacks, only about .75 miles worth leading to the lake. Lake was mostly frozen and a few avalanches were heard coming down Index. Wet, cold, but always beautiful, the wife wants to go back when it's summer and enjoy the serenity of Serene.

Melissa Ziegler
3 months ago

11 Completed6 Reviews

I love this hike. Amazing views the entire way and tons of rapid waterfalls today due to snow melt. The hike today was full of slushy snow. At the bottom still pretty packed but in the top by the lake there were some places you could sink waist deep. Lots of water running under the snow on the face of the cliff, makes it a little dangerous when it's this warm (45).

Khao Ny
5 months ago

12 Completed1 Reviews

It's the second time since I'm in the area (few months now). First hike was pretty hard when you don't know what's lying ahead. Second hike was easier but still challenging. At this time of year, there's snow, ice and a lot of obstacles (since recent storm) on trail. Great hike if careful for those factors. Great a reward at the end! Amazing view of the lake. It's now part of my favorite hike.

Ross Hazard
5 months ago

5 Completed3 Reviews

Candice Bannon
7 months ago

4 Completed1 Reviews

Jen DeMare
7 months ago

8 Completed3 Reviews

A fantastic hike.

The first 1.5 miles is easy till you cross over the bridge and start your way up the additional 2 miles to Lake Serene. Those 2 miles are more intense than stated. The trail is only 2000 feet of elevation gain, yet the large rocks, big steps, slippery rocks and lumber steps was harder than I expected. Truthfully I find this hike harder than Big Si.

The views throughout this whole hike are breathtaking. Waterfalls you can see in the distance and up close, views of mountains, and the lake is stunning.

As an avid hiker it took us 3.5-4 hours round trip. NOT a mountain anyone is running down due to the boulders and slippery rocks. I would suggest hiking poles! We hit the trail on a Saturday at 11am and parking was hard to come by, yet along the trail and at the lake were actually very few people, (I think most go up to Bridal) we passed maybe 12 people heading to Lake Serene.

Overall, now my favorite hike, gorgeous and challenging, must be done and seen with your own eyes.

CeCe Mamallo
7 months ago

7 Completed2 Reviews

This was a hard workout with a lot of steep stairs but the views were definitely worth it! The beginning portion is easy with not a very high incline. About 1/3 of the way through you see beautiful waterfalls. The top is really rewarding when you see the clear lake.