Day Hike - Lake Serene


Day Hike - Lake Serene

This is a strenuous 8.2 mile roundtrip with 2000' of gain, including lovely Bridal Veil falls along the way and a beautiful lake under towering Mt Index.

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  • Sat, Apr 4, 2015
  • Foothills Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,920 ft

Meet at 9:30AM at Brickyard P&R in Bothell, 15530 Juanita-Woodinville Way NE.  Participants are encouraged to connect with each other in advance to arrange carpools.

The trailhead for this hike is off Mt Index Road, which takes off from highway 2 about seven miles past Gold Bar.,-121.572/@47.8088795,-121.6406663,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m1!4e1?hl=en

The hike starts out gradually, but we'll wake ourselves up about 1.7 miles in with a steep side trip up the steps to Bridal Veil falls which should be flowing quite impressively.  Returning to the main trail, from there it's a good workout up a seemingly endless series of steps, finally leveling out to traverse a slope with views to the north, and then rounds a corner to the lake right under the impressive southeast face of Mount Index.

We will move at a moderate (2mph) but steady pace with few rest stops, so participants should be well conditioned and interested in a good workout.  We will stop at the lake for 45 minutes to an hour to have lunch and explore.   (If you are looking for a fast or slow pace or are looking for a lot of lengthy breaks this is probably not the hike for you!)  You never know what the weather will do, so bring raingear and warm non-cotton layers, plus sturdy waterproof footwear.  I will also require microspikes since it's early season and some places could be icy.


Lake Serene

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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