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Lake Serene Trail and Bridal Veil Falls

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Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

Lake Serene Trail and Bridal Veil Falls is a 10.2 mile heavily trafficked 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, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3,261 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Note: As of May 2020, the parking lot has reopened but the restrooms are still closed. Lake Serene is an alpine lake nestled in the Cascade mountains of Washington State. Lake Serene Trail is a popular hike within the Mount Baker Snoqualamie Forest. The trailhead can be accessed off of Mount Index Road near Stevens Pass. Make sure to get an early start in order to get a parking spot at the trailhead. What the trail lacks in length, it makes up for in elevation gain. The first mile and a half winds across a well manicured and slightly inclined path, at the end of which you can choose to go another mile on Bridal Veil Falls Trail to Bridal Veil Falls or another two miles to the main trail to Lake Serene. The extra mile is certainly worth the side trip to see the falls. One you have returned to Serene Lake Trail, the two miles to the lake traverse a large climb, through a series of long, wooden steps, rocky passages, and switchbacks. Approximately 1.4 miles into the lake trail, you will encounter a very steep grade. Once you reach the lake, you will be rewarded by the stunning blue lake is that is clear, cool, inviting, and surrounded by high ridges and remnants of the previous winter snowfall. Find a spot along this gorgeous lake to eat lunch and take a rest. From the lake, you can also cross a log bridge and take a short trail that will take you to a large, smooth rock named "Lunch Rock", where you will find people relaxing and jumping into the lake. When you are ready, return via the way you came. This is a great hike and a must see destination that will greatly satisfy your sense of adventure and search of natural beauty. A Northwest Forest Pass is required.

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12 hours ago

Great trail with lots to see! Definitely recommend going early and not on a weekend. This trail can get super crowded. Spring is awesome and the waterfalls are gushing right now so if that’s your thing go soon. Trail was muddy, few washed out areas and some downed trees but all and all a beautiful hike. Trail is pretty clear all the way to the lake. Some snow near the lake and a lot still on the lake. Good time to go for a different view. Hike was about 10 miles round trip and took us about 5 hours. Wear good shoes. And please carry out your trash. There was way to much trash at the trailhead and on the trail. Sad to see.

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1 day ago

By far the hardest hike I’ve done. But views are worth it. Very rocky, so wear good shoes

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1 day ago

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1 day ago

Awesome trail! This was a beautiful trail, rain or shine, but I don’t recommend hiking this in the rain... It’s a long one and the fall of from the trees ends up soaking you to the core 10x faster.

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rocky
1 day ago

100% recommendation

1 day ago

Essentially dogs were taking their pet humans for a walk today. It was so busy. I can't blame anyone since I was out as well. I do find it odd that everyone needs to bring their dog on a 8 mile hike even if it is a Pomeranian or clearly not fit for the trail. Seems cruel. In the future I will try to find less busy trails. The hike was pretty and a good workout.

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2 days ago

Good trail. Muddy throughout. The lake is still mostly frozen over. Lots of foot traffic.

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rocky
2 days ago

Great hike yesterday, def some regular branches on the trail but also plenty of bigger trees that fell across the trail while we were up top, some slight off trail hiking, but for the most part felt pretty safe, def worth the views up top

2 days ago

crowded, and lots of mud and puddles, but otherwise a great hike!

Hiked this 5/24. We started at 6:30 with only a few other cars in the lot. Overall a great hike with fantastic views of both the lake and the falls. The lake still has a partial covering of ice and the falls are pushing out a pretty good volume of water. This is a 4 star hike that gets 3 stars due to overcrowding. If you’re looking for solace you won’t find it here (yeah I know it’s a holiday weekend). Also, discarded doggie bags, plastic water bottles and other trash are there to remind you that easily accessed hikes like this one are often a mixed bag.

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3 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in the area with great scenery and sitting by the lake can be very peaceful and inspiring. It needs to be done in all seasons to appreciate fully. Yesterday was a circus. I had low expectations as I figured with campsites & some trails closed that a sunny Sunday on Memorial Day Weekend would bring out the hoard, I was not wrong. This is a narrow, rocky trail, took us about two hours longer than normal yesterday due to the crowds, which included a number of our canine friends less capable than their owners of navigating this trail. Trail etiquette was seriously lacking, though I suspect this was more due to ignorance than anything else. There is trash everywhere, everything from the occasional corner off a granola bar wrapper to water bottles, snack wrappers, fluorescent colored gum, tissues, toilet paper, baby diapers, and bags of dog poo. Some of these people need to be taught the concept of “pack in-pack out” and “leave it better than you found it”, use your “quiet voice” in the wilderness, and most of us are more into the sounds of nature than your music. If you want to listen to tunes on the trail use earbuds please. Those who perhaps cannot be excused out of “not knowing any better” need to be beaten with a trekking pole until they can recite from memory the hikers creed. Several navigable blow downs, some slide & rockfall remnants, needs some TLC from a trail crew. Toilets closed at parking lot as expected. Muddy, more due to heavy use than anything else, no snow on the trail, lake is still 70% frozen with snow in the peaks and ravines. Gorgeous day & views ... other than the humans.

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3 days ago

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