Lake Serene Trail

#1 of 25 trails in Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

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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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6 Completed 4 Reviews

Fantastic hike. The first 3rd incline is steady but not difficult, and at the end you're treated to some beautiful water falls. After that the last 2 3rds get much steeper but plenty of places to stop and rest. During the last 3rd there are tons of beautiful wide open views of the surrounding area but it pales in comparison to Lake Serene at the summit. Generally quite busy but absolutely worth it.

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22 Completed 7 Reviews

Always busy on the weekends, so get there early. Or go during the week, lots of incline so be prepared with plenty of water. The lake is pretty with not much clear access around the lake but you can get around if you try. Bridal veil falls is on the trail and worth the extra mile hike. shortly after that turn off if you continue on the lake serene trail there is a wooden bridge. Right after the wooden bridge there is a quick right turn up along the creek and you can get right under the lower part of bridal veil. Worth the look and give yourself plenty of time to explore.

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4 Completed 4 Reviews

We approached this hike on a rainy day on June 29th. Although wet and rainy, the parking lot was still brimming full of people. No worries; the hike to Lake Serene is a intermediate-to-difficult one for recreational hikers which tends to discourage a lot of people.

We start at the trailhead and walk approximately 2 miles in which we come to a cross....Left is Lake Serene, the latter is Bridal Falls (which is gorgeous in its own right)

The hike gets down to serious business as the gradual ascent gets steeper and steeper with each switchback gaining more elevation. The trail is properly maintained and easily navigated. My poor girlfriend thought this hike would completed in a few short hours, but we were both proved wrong!

Yet, the bend around the corner when everything opens up is one of glory. The views on the top of this hike are breathtaking and you quickly admire the majesty that is the lake that is perched on top of the mountain.

I highly recommend this trail to anyone. Amazing all the way around (even if it was raining)

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16 Completed 3 Reviews

This is God gift...Fully Wonderful place on the top....

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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Did this for my first hike of the season on June 1st. The parking lot was full but air of foot traffic was going to the falls. The climb was very steep but worth it once reaching the lake. It was still frozen over and beginning to thaw. A friend went one week later (today) and there is no ice left on the lake. Very difficult hike for a recreational hiker but so worth it.

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2 Completed 2 Reviews

How you rate a trail depends on what you value. It is an easy access trail with a steady stream of traffic. If you want solitude ....this is the wrong hike. It is more like making a trip to the shopping mall.

It is a great training route though. It is close to home, good climb, and I can knock it out in 4-5 hours including my drive time. Lake Serene is pretty and watching avalanches off Index is a treat early in the season.

Most people rate this a strenuous hike. I've found one person's strenuous is another's easy but if the amount of times you are asked "are we almost there" as you descend is an indicator, most find it difficult. I get an evil thrill out of telling people they have another hour or so right near the top. It is one of my favorite parts of this hike.

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25 Completed 2 Reviews

Beautiful hike. Has potential for lots of parking lot traffic due to the lower side hike Bridal veil falls, which comes from Lake Serene farther up ahead. I went in the fall and there was no snow at bridal veil but once we started ascending it became a bit more slow going. Very peaceful up top and quiet. Some people were actually snow camping up there. Cool hike.

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13 Completed 13 Reviews

Fantastic Day on the Trail with taking the side trail to Bridal Veil Falls. The trailhead was easy access off of Highway 2 and there were around 10 cars in the parking lot around 11am on a Friday.
The Trail eases itself into the elevation gain for a good 1.5 miles up past the Bridal Veil Trailhead, and then start the switch backs! 23 switchback in all at a unforgiving grade, but a good way to get warm when there is snow at the top.
The lake was frozen the first Friday in May, but spectacular. There were avalanche a plenty coming down the 2000ft of rock face across the lake which made it an amazing experience. Overall one of the best day hikes within driving distance from Seattle. Trail conditions are good but lots of rocks and roots, so care should be given, especially on the way down.

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3 Completed 1 Reviews

It was SO WORTH that upward hike! The falls we saw were AMAZING!!! Wet rocks make for a treacherous hike, especially with kids. Probably better for kids over 10, or try in the summer not the rainy spring :).

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113 Completed 18 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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