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.


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
  • USGS Index
  • Green Trails Index No. 142
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  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Bridal Veil Falls & Lake Serene
  • Philadelphia Mountain

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