Lake Serene

Lake Serene is a strenuous, 7.2 mile round trip day hike with 1,920 feet of elevation gain. The trail heads up thickly forested slopes past Bridal Veil Falls to a secluded lake. From the lake, Philadelphia Mountain is a nice winter to early spring scramble.

GETTING THERE

Drive SR-2 to 7 miles east of Gold Bar. Just before a large bridge over the Skykomish River, turn right onto Mount Index Road. Follow the signs to Lake Serene Trailhead (600 ft).

on the trail

Lake Serene (2,520 ft)

7.2 miles round trip, 1,920 feet of elevation gain

Hike the Lake Serene Trail 3.6 miles to the lake.

Bridal Veil Falls (1,450 ft)

4.4 miles round trip, 850 feet of elevation gain

Hie the Lake Serene Trail 2.2 miles to Bridal Veil Falls.

approach & ascent

Philadelphia Mountain (4,262 ft)

10.5 miles round trip, 3,660 feet of elevation gain, Winter Scramble

A good winter to early spring scramble. From Lake Serene head easterly following the ridge to the summit of Philadelphia Mountain. It's 1,740 feet of elevation gain from Lake Serene.

Saving the trail

Recently, The Mountaineers partnered with Forterra and other organizations and outdoor enthusiasts to save a section of the Lake Serene Trail from logging—check out our blog posts on the issue here:

  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous, Winter Scramble, Snow Scramble
  • Length: 7.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,920 ft
  • 2,520 ft
Map
  • USGS Index
  • Green Trails Index No. 142
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Winter Scramble - Philadelphia Mountain

Scrambling Trip
moderate winter scramble with potential for great views of Mt Index and Persis.
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous, Winter Scramble, Snow Scramble
Sat, Feb 12, 2022
Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration opens Jan 31
Seattle Branch

April Break Camp - Field Trip - Bridal Veil Falls

Youth Field trip: Spring Break Camp
Field trip during break camp.
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous, Winter Scramble, Snow Scramble
Wed, Apr 13, 2022
No Prerequisites
15 participants 4 instructors
Registration opens Dec 1; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Field Trip Day - Bridal Veil Falls

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Rockstar Week
Field trip during Rockstar Week.
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous, Winter Scramble, Snow Scramble
Wed, Jul 20, 2022
No Prerequisites
30 participants 14 instructors
Registration opens Feb 1; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
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  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Bridal Veil Falls & Lake Serene
  • Philadelphia Mountain
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