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Just did this hike today! I would suggest holding off for another week if you're thinking of going. The snow at the top is starting to melt, and I fell through to my waist in about half a dozen thin spots. If you decide to make the hike anyway, I just need to reiterate what those before me have said: appropriate footwear is your friend, tennis shoes probably won't cut it right now.
Beautiful hike. The trailhead is easy to find and has restrooms. You will need the Northwest Forest Pass or pay $5 on the spot. The hike starts out somewhat flat and smooth. About 2 miles in you will reach a Y. To the right is Bridal Vail Falls and the left is Lake Serene. We decided to go to the lake...there's still a good view of the falls from this trail. After you pass the waterfall, the trail becomes rocky and is loaded with switchbacks and stairs. After about a mile of switchbacks, you will reach the top where it is snowy and slushy. The snow lasts for about 3/4 mile all the way until you reach the lake. Microspikes and proper hiking boots help a lot. Many people wearing tennis shoes struggled and slipped. Many even turned back due to being unprepared. Make sure you are wearing proper shoes. The lake was beautiful and still mostly covered in ice and snow. It was pretty windy at the top so a windbreaker is a must.
Trail is hard to navigate and took alot of time just trying to stay on the trail. We missed the trail the first time off the logging road. Alltrails navigation helped us realize it and we turned around looking for the pink markers that lead into the trees. Following these Pink (Some Yellow) Markers are key. The trail leads you under and over many trees. It was a challenge but we enjoyed it. There are some straight up hills that make it seem you are not on the trail but you can see the markers on the trees that will help you know which direction to go. Be patient and pay attention to your surroundings. There are many slippery parts throughout the trail along with soft wood when standing on it. All in all it was enjoyable.