Lake Serene


Day Hike - Lake Serene

Hikes with Spikes to a large frozen waterfall and frozen snow-covered lake. Light snow and cold weather forecasted. The waterfall should be spectacular!

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,920 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,641 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.5

8:00 AM Lake Serene TH  Northwest Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Pass

Getting There

To reach the trailhead from Everett, follow Highway 2 east to the small town of Gold Bar. Continue on Highway 2 for seven more miles. Just as the road curves left to reveal a large bridge over the Skykomish River, turn right onto Mount Index Road. Proceed on this dirt road a quarter mile. Turn right again, following the sign to Lake Serene Trail 1068 and the parking lot 500 feet ahead.

Covid -19   We will follow all Mountaineers Protocols including bringing a cloth facemask and hand sanitizer.  The facemask must be worn when within 6' of others.

This may be a difficult trip depending on the trail conditions.  The waterfall will be significantly frozen and the trail will likely have icy sections.  There are steps that go to the upper parts of the falls that may be impassable due to ice. Microspikes and poles are required. It the trail is icy to the point of being unsafe we will turn around or only go to Lake Serene and skip the upper parts of the falls.  It will be cold high about 20 and snow on the trail for the last several hundred feet. It is forecasted for light snow during the hike time.  If significant low-land snow is predicted by Thursday afternoon we will cancel the trip so that we don't fret about driving home after the trip on snow.  If it all works out this should be a unique and awesome trip to see the icy  and large waterfall and frozen lake.  Please consider seriously whether you have the experience and  conditioning for this trip.  Rob


Lake Serene

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes--like a lot of warm clothes and hat
  • Two sets of gloves--extra warm ones
  • Two Trekking poles
  • Microspikes
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