Lake Serene


Day Hike - Lake Serene

Join me for a hike to Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Serene. This will be a beautiful -- and challenging -- trip.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous, Winter Scramble
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,521 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

 We will meet around 7:30 at the South Kirkland Park and Ride in the open air lot just northwest of the parking garage. If you plan to meet at the trailhead, please let me know in advance. Drivers will need a Northwest Forest Pass or an America the Beautiful National Park Pass.

This will be my second trip to Bridal Veil Falls, but my first to Lake Serene. What a great name. I hope to return more at peace with the world. 

The distance to Lake Serene is 7.2 miles. The trip to the falls adds another mile.

I encourage you to read the description on WTA, which notes there are stairs to the falls and  a steady ascent from the falls to the lake using stairs, roots, and rocks for the final 1.5 miles gaining 1,300 feet.

We will be hiking at a moderate pace and we will stop as needed. That said, this is a challenging trail. Please be  sure you are comfortable hiking  8.2 miles with 2,000 feet of gain at a 1.5-2.0 mph. You should have hiked a similar type of trail in the past.  Be prepared for both warm and cold weather. The trail may we wet and muddy, so poles are advised. Gaiters and rain pants may be helpful.

For the safety of the group:

* The hike will be rescheduled, relocated, or cancelled if the weather is poor.  

* If you hike faster than the rest of the group, you are expected to wait at all trail junctions and any tricky spots (creek crossings, etc.). 

* Please do not make plans for another activity in the evening that can't wait. If you arrive back at the trailhead before the rest of the group, you are expected to wait  until everyone has arrived  before leaving the hike. 


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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