Hike to Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls

8 Miles Round Trip - 2200 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Lake Serene Trail - Bridal Veil Falls - Search Nearby - Added by Scott Kranz

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.

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Photography
Hiking
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall

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8 Miles
2200 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Amazing, Strenuous And Rewarding Hike

I completed this hike during March, which left me encountering snow towards the top of the hike and surrounding Lake Serene. But this was just another beautiful sight. Watching snow fall from atop the high rock outcrops, and giving complete peace and quiet. 22 switchbacks were difficult to climb, but like most hikes, worth the strain. Views from atop are excellent and breathtaking. A great day hike for anybody interested. Would love to go back during the summer.

Fantastic For Star Gazing

Because this lake is hidden by the tall peaks surrounding it, it creates a nice blockage from any light pollution. This makes it a great location to view stars!

Incredible Hike!

Not much to see during the hike itself, but the Lake itself is incredible and unmatched. Not for the faint of heart, I'd suggest getting an early start because of crowds and in the winter, well, you know... The sun setting at 4:30 (i'm not salty). Hit the falls on the way up, you're not gonna feel like seeing them on the way back, trust me!