dogs on leash
This trail was hard! Make sure to stop off and see Bridal Veil falls along the way. I would recommend hiking on to Lake Serene in the summer. Bring your sunglasses! The sun reflecting off the lake is blinding. In the winter, the lake is not Serene at all; I experienced 60mph winds and all the water in my CamelBack hose froze solid.
My friend & I did this hike a couple months ago & it was great! The first couple of miles were flat land so we thought it would be easy, but we were wrong once we hit mile 3 or 4. It is most definitely the most beautiful hike I have been on in Washington. My friend & I accidentally cut through a wrong area when the trail gets less maintained & went much much higher than most, but I was just as pretty then too. (I am 90% sure this is the hike I am thinking of.)
Did this a week ago.... the trail was icy the whole way up.. powder(1-4 feet ) last 1/2 mile... I highly recommend spikes though my hiking partner made it to the top and back with no traction.. The trail is pretty easy-going and relatively flat until you pass the lower Falls. After that, it's a pretty steep incline. I hike/climb regularly and I found this to be a pretty tough run. But of course, well worth the effort. Pro tip: tried to get to the trailhead very early… The sun was already behind Mount index by 11 AM
Amazing hike in 4 inches then about 4-5 feet at the top of snow on Jan 11th. Came prepared, layers and had lunch at the lake (CHILLY!)
The waterfalls were frozen over and the lake was burried under snow, just beautiful. Difficult to get to the top and took our time since there were points where there was no trail at all.
Full gear recommended for the snow.
j s. on Goldmyer Hot Springs Trail
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