Lake Serene Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Riggins, Idaho that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,515 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly







no shade
9 months ago

It is moderately difficult at most. Not bad even with a fairly heavy pack for camping. I did it mid-week and didn’t see another hiker even though there were lots of cars at the trailhead (they must’ve been on the Grass Mountain Lakes trail). Not a lot of shade so bring plenty of water and sunscreen. I was also glad to have mosquito repellent. There is a very nice camp site by the lake. Al coyote started howling from across the lake in the evening after I got camp set up. Lots of fish hitting the surface but I had a spinning rod along (barbless jigs) but you really need a fly rod and flies.

Sat Feb 02 2019

It was a hard hike, totalling over 7 miles.

Tue Sep 04 2018

This was an interesting hike. The hike in was good, but the downhill right after you go over the crest of the ridge at 1.5 miles is fairly steep in spots and has loose rock. What is nice to go down is very tiring going back up. The last part of the trail just before the lake is hard to locate so we ended up climbing over boulders thinking it was the path. At times we were not sure we were on the right Trails and a few more trail markets would have been beneficial. The lake was beautiful and we were the only ones there...finally met some others on our hike back out. It didn't appear to be moderately trafficked, but seemed like only a few had taken on the challenge.

Wed Jul 25 2018

Excellent hike great workout

Thu Jul 12 2018

Beautiful hike! Lake was full of fish

Sun Jul 01 2018

Great hike today with perfect weather. Approximately an hour in and a bit longer on the way out. The road had just been graded.

Mon Sep 18 2017

Serene Lake is a sweet gem of a hike. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a trail you could easily day hike or backpack and camp.

Sun Sep 04 2016

Nice hike. The lake is tucked in and takes you by surprise

Wed Jun 24 2015

Very nice trail. Not much shade on the trail. Very pretty

8 months ago