Lake Serene Trail

#1 of 25 trails in Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

Join the largest community of outdoor enthusiasts.

Get Started

Upgrade to Pro

Unlimited access to National Geographic TOPO! & Trails Illustrated Maps

Learn More »

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.

Share your experience to help other people learn more about this trail:

Write ReviewUpload PhotosUpload Tracks

Dmitri Essiounine (154)

9 Completed7 Reviews

John Walters (175)

28 Completed7 Reviews

fantastic,,,, obviously see the falls also,,

Jacob Bearchum (110)

7 Completed7 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.

Marcus Osborn (190)

23 Completed7 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.

Layne Norris (162)

4 Completed4 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)

sharky wheeler (110)

16 Completed3 Reviews

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

Lonnie Peck (120)

3 Completed1 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.

Kevin Haskins (64)

2 Completed2 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.

Nathan Cogley (84)

25 Completed2 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.

Aaron Brengle (242)

13 Completed13 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.

Support