Lake Serene Trail

HARD
#1 of 25 trails in Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
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.

L L Rankin
1 day ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Such a beautiful hike. It is definitely a difficult hike but so worth it. If you're a beginner I would wait until you've accomplished easy hikes.

Lanae Carey
6 days ago

10 Completed3 Reviews

Brooke Paulsen
10 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It was a great hike! A lot harder than we expected but beautiful. It was incredibly foggy so we couldn't see much but we hope to go back in the summer.

Chelsea Peltier
16 days ago

4 Completed3 Reviews

We hiked the lake serene portion, did not make it to bridal veil falls. The hike has a lot of switchbacks and feels more like you're climbing stairs than hiking up a mountain. Very well maintained and if you don't mind makeshift stair hikes then you'll enjoy this trail. The lake is beautiful and worth the 'stairs'. We went swimming and I highly recommend doing so, the water is clean and beautiful!

Mary Anderson
18 days ago

6 Completed7 Reviews

Unable to edit my review below. I just wanted to add the lake is snow free, and if your planning to go to Bridal Veil and Lake Serene the same day, go to Bridal Veil first while you still have the energy, after hiking Lake Serene you probably won't want to go to Bridal Veil.

Mary Anderson
18 days ago

6 Completed7 Reviews

After my friends and I stopped by Bridal Veil Falls we ventured on to Lake Serene. If your new to hiking I do not recommend this trail to you, once you get pass the bridge and the cascading water, its all rocks and stairs after that, even people who appeared to be in great shape were having to stop and catch their breath. I would have rather had steps the entire way, having to step up and over the rock, and not just small ones either really tires your legs out. That's why I gave it 3 stars, it went from moderate to strenuous, but for some it could be strenuous to difficult. There are over 20 switchbacks. Time to get to the lake varies by person, it took us over 4 hours to get up and over 4 to get back down. Overall it is an excellent workout, and definitely worth the challenge if you're up to it. Take extra water, you're going to need it.

Nicole Del Rio
20 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

It was such a refreshing hike. Very hard for sure. Lots of climbing and the difference in elevation is breathtaking, both in beauty as well as literally lol. Well worth the hike.

Alyssa Branscum
21 days ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

Hike was an incline with decent elevation and easy to find. It's definitely a hike worth seeing.

Jon Little
26 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Michael S
26 days ago

8 Completed9 Reviews

beautiful. go early.

Ann Ng
27 days ago

16 Completed2 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
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Luke McAlister
1 month ago

1 Completed1 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
1 month ago

31 Completed5 Reviews

Great hike. Beautiful lake and waterfall.

Matthew Crump
1 month ago

2 Completed1 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
1 month ago

11 Completed11 Reviews

Romaine Romaine Bush
1 month ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

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

Mitch Amort
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Valter Federau
2 months ago

7 Completed7 Reviews

Gabriel Rocklin
2 months ago

9 Completed7 Reviews