Hike to Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls

Lake Serene Trail - Bridal Veil Falls

A fantastic hike to see a hidden lake in between two peaks. Should take 3-4 hours and don't forget to keep going to see the Bridal Veil Falls waterfall in all its glory.

Consider this a must-do if you are in Seattle and feel like knocking out two amazing hikes AND getting to see a hidden lake all along US 2.

The trail starts out on an old road with the typical amazing forest surrounding you. After roughly 2miles the road will end and you can go right (signage is easy to see) to Bridal Veil Falls or you can keep going and go straight to Lake Serene. This is where I would suggest going up to Bridal Veil since it's only an extra mile and totally worth it. Plus there's nothing like swimming under a waterfall.

For Bridal Veil, it's a staircase to the top (1/2 mile up, 1/2 mile back) and if the falls are flowing, you can hear them all the way up. There will also be water on the trail itself, so make sure you have good hiking shoes (possibly waterproofed) with a good tread. As with any falls, the rocks around it are slick, so be careful and if you are brave, don't hesitate to jump on in. There's nothing like a cold waterfall beating down on you to make you feel alive.

Once back on the main trail you'll cross over a bridge, good place for a photo, and then start to climb. It will be a combo of stone steps, rocks and trail, but just be prepared to push (gaining 1300' in 1.5 miles). Along the way you will see a bunch of peaks in the Wild Sky Wildnerness.

At the top you will see the stunning Lake Serene and all its glory. There is a 3000 vertical foot wall that sits behind the lake, so venture around a little bit before stopping to each your snacks/ lunch. If you're up for it, don't hesitate to jump in! Go back down the same way you came and take it slow, you've done all the hard work already.

This hike will be WAY less crowded in the winter, but be very prepared with your gear if you do. Snowshoes, snow gear, micro-spikes, etc. are all very good investments if you wanting to go up during this time.

Pack List

  • Northwest Forest Pass required
  • Daypack for essentials
  • Water
  • Snacks/ lunch
  • Camera
  • Trail Shoes/ Hiking Boots
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RT Distance 8 Miles
Elevation Gain 2200 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall

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Perfect

Just hiked lake serene 12/13. Beautiful hike, ice and snow on the trail for the last portion before the lake. Microspikes or crampons recommended in the winter. We loved this hike!!

Hard Hike

Stunning views and quite woods surround this trail, but don't be deceived. This is a steep hike, and I firmly recommend boots with well fitting ankle support. The Bridal Veil Falls can be reached via the main trail, and once you have ascended the ladder-walkways, it's a fantastic opportunity to rest and relax. Ascending to Lake Serene requires you to backtrack down the trail, and to then hike back into the mountain pass. Round trip, the hike was 5hrs. 🏔

Best Hike Ever

Fairly hard hike but the reward at the top is worth the effort.


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