Lake Serene

Lake Serene is a strenuous, 7.2 mile in-and-out day hike with 1,920 ft in 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.


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

Hike the trail to Lake Serene (2,520 ft). It's 7.2 mils round trip with 1,920 feet of elevation gain.

approach & ascent

A good winter to early spring scramble. From lake Serene head generally east following the ridge to the summit of Philadelphia Mountain (4,262 ft). It's 1,740 feet of elevation gain from Lake Serene. It's a total round trip of ~10.5 miles and 3,660 total elevation gain. It

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

Upcoming Activities

CHS Tacoma July Hikes - Lake Serene

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip will open for registration
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Sun, Jul 25, 2021
No Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration opens Jun 15
Tacoma Branch
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