Hike: Bridal Veil Falls/Lake Serene
Location: Index, WA
After-Trail: I won’t sugar coat it, this hike is tiring and challenging at times. But absolutely rewarding. It’s about 7.5 miles total (that’s including the waterfall detour….which you’d be crazy to miss) and 2000 ft of elevation. There really is nothing better than the woods in Washington. So quiet, lush, and beautiful. The waterfall detour was awesome – there are a couple smaller waterfalls along the way, but Bridal Veil Falls was breathtaking! I’ve never seen anything like it – and you can get right next to it! It’s a super loud roar and you’re bound to get wet, but it was so cool climbing on the rocks and standing right next to the gigantic waterfall that looks like it’s falling from the sky. After the (highly-recommended) detour, you climb a bit more, walk through a gorgeous valley, and come up to Lake Serene. I would recommend going later in the Summer because our view had more snow than water in it. Definitely wear warm clothes because it’s amazing how quickly the temperature drops – not to mention, you begin climbing through the snow. It makes sense why it’s called “Lake Serene” – it’s so quiet and stunningly gorgeous. The views of Skykomish Valley will turn your brain off and you can’t help but enjoy the peacefulness you have reached. This hike is a must-do. It’s great for the mind, body, and soul.
(Don’t forget to get your Discover Pass before you go!)
Link: Lake Serene