Explore the most popular walking trails near Index with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a good short hike. Good for families on a simple outing wanting to get some nice pictures.

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8 days ago

Didn’t know how hard this was or how far when I looked it up it ended up being like 10-11 miles because we had to walk to the trail head which was 4 miles I think but it ended up being so worth it at the end.

It was nice didn’t make it all the way to the top because of the snow did reach about 2500 feet, still fun doe, I recommend to go in like June, my buddy and I had to walk 4 miles to the trailhead, with camping gear and firewood!

hiking
11 days ago

Be Advised: Right now if you want to get to the lake you have to park at least a few miles out from the trailhead and you defiantly need snow shoes. I would give it another month or two before another attempt.

hiking
12 days ago

Fun hike and great for kids! Brought my older dogs and they did fine. Gradual incline and the view at the end was amazing! Good payoff for an easy hike!

hiking
16 days ago

Punishing trail but very rewarding

hiking
20 days ago

Fairly easy hike with a great payoff. Bring some lunch and soak up views of Index and Barring.

Bridle Veils is not bad, go on ahead to the Lake to make it worth it.

I found the Lookout easy enough but couldn't find the Ridge. I ended up hiking along the service road for a bit which extended the hike by a couple of miles.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous views, easy to moderate hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike in the town of Index. The views are amazing for such a short hike. There are many places to venture to from the top to get different perspectives of Mt. Index . I recommend this hike to everyone. I will be back soon.

hiking
2 months ago

Short and sweet, yet still a great workout. There is quite a bit of snow half way to the lookout so I decided to use my microspikes just to add a bit more traction to my older hiking shoes. The view from the top is beautiful, and only had to share the lookout with one other hiker. For the most part, I had the trail to myself the entire time.

Important——One thing is, the trailhead is located on hwy 2, so if you’re coming from the west make sure you are aware that this sneaks up to you. It’s on the left of highway 2 if you’re heading east and you will have to turn across the highway with little notice. Could be unsafe for some.

hiking
3 months ago

One of the best in NW. Challenging hike all the way to the finish, but definitely wonderful Lake, glacier, and mountain peaks. Trail is well maintained, but on the top it gets confusing where to go for the first timers. You’ll pass a small lake to get to your destination.

hiking
3 months ago

Great little hike. Amazing views at the top. Would definitely recommend.

Took the family up this trail and a sign says it is closed until 7/08/18. I am excited to come back this summer and give it another try.

on Blanca Lake Trail

3 months ago

very hard ,but on the end worth it

hiking
3 months ago

My sister and I decided to head out on Monday trying to get in some trail time before the rain and we lucked out. Really easy switch back hike with a lot of tree cover so we didn't get soaked. Even on a gross day the view was beautiful. Will defiantly be coming back on a clearer day.

hiking
3 months ago

This was back in November so the access is not the same now. We were hoping for a snow shoe but the day before they broke trail and the weather changed so everything was crusty. It was just easier to use spikes. They werent even needed until about half way but I didnt use them until it was time to turn around and head back down. This hike is always incredible!

Beautiful hike and not very challenging. You cross lots of streams so be sure to wear waterproof shoes or bring an extra pair. Be prepared to climb a small waterfall or two to get to the big one!

hiking
4 months ago

Myself, my two huskies and my 8 year old hiked this trail a couple weeks ago; it was perfect. Rainy day so you couldn't enjoy the view too much but the trail was manageable and pretty easy, even with the rain. Would recommend!

It was a good trail and good waterfall

Beautiful hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Went on 12/23 and trail was clear except for a bit of snow/ice near the top. Great views of Baring, Index, and more. Perfect way to break up the Seattle-to-Leavenworth drive. I think All Trails quotes the trail a bit long. WTA said 3.4 (not 3.8) and there were flags every 0.1 mile that corroborated that story. I didn’t bring anything to measure distance myself though.

hiking
4 months ago

Breathtakingly beautiful.

Trail up to the falls is in great condition. Stream crossing are shallow compared to a few weeks ago. Some icey rocks but not enough for spikes.

Arriving to the top is the most satisfying views you can get for an adrenaline junkie. I absolutely loved this hike. It was moderately easy and fun to do. Amazing scenery along the way. Great for families, friends, and pets who's down for an adventure. The path ways are clear and visible to see. Beautiful hike. One of my favorites.

Beautiful day for a hike. We brought our dog this afternoon and took our time, definitely enjoyed the views. The path was well-maintained, totally clear of any snow, and was relatively dry. The falls were absolutely beautiful. We made sure to sit at the top while the sun set—so quiet and peaceful. We got a late start so we didn’t get to see Lake Serene, but we’ll be back soon to give that trail a try.

If significant rain is forecasted for the area, consider doing this hike on another day, particularly if you aren't wearing appropriate rain gear (water proof hiking boots and gaiters). By mid afternoon on this very rainy day, prior easily crossable streams on the trail became much wider. One stream reached a depth of 8-10 inches and at least 10 feet across with rushing water, which made it impossible to cross without fully immersing your boots. Hiking poles would have been helpful to improve stability while crossing this stream. We look forward to coming back to try the hike again in more cooperative weather.

Great bang for your buck on the effort it takes to get up there vs how beautiful the falls are! You can get so close to them.

The waterfall was roaring today. Couldn't get a picture from the lower viewing area because one would get soaked in a short time from all the water spray, it was that intense.

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