Finding Serenity at Lake Serene

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The last time I wrote about one of my hiking adventures, it started off great, but really didn’t end well. But I survived, so on that scale, yes it did end well! It’s a matter of perspective.

On Saturday, I went on my first hike of the spring to Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls. This hike is really two hikes in one. The main destination is Lake Serene, but there’s an absolutely wonderful half mile (1 mile round trip) side trip to the Bridal Veil Falls on the way to Lake Serene.

The trail starts in the small town of Index in the county of HomeController (sorry, I couldn’t resist). The entire trail is lush with greenery as you would expect in the pacific northwest. All along the trail are many little waterfalls and river crossings like the one seen here.


The early part of the hike is dominated by moss covered trees and bushes. Higher up there’s less moss, but just as many trees.

IMG_0359Nearly two miles in, there’s a juncture with a sign pointing to the right towards Bridal Veil Falls. There’s a juncture before this one without the sign, don’t take that one, take this one.

The roar of the falls served as our guide through the series of switchbacks leading us to a grand view.


There are two viewing platforms, both with great views of the falls.

The trail is well marked and easy to follow, though it wasn’t without its occasional obstacle. Nothing a strong man like myself can’t handle though.

IMG_0372 As we got closer to the lake, we captured glimpses of snow capped mountains jutting into the sky. Near the end of the trail, we rounded a bend and were greeted with the sight of a calm lake nestled in a snow covered valley surrounded by jagged peaks. The lake lives up to its name.

IMG_0376We followed a little trail along the lake to a large rock face where we were able to get a better view of the trail. There just happened to be a large group of friends already there, breaking the sense of solitude. IMG_0386But who are we to blame them, the view was beautiful despite the clouds and rain rolling in right as we got there.

IMG_0392If you live in the Seattle or Bellevue area, I highly recommend this hike. One member of the large group told us that he did the same hike a month ago and the lake was still frozen over and they sat back and enjoyed the dramatic site of constant avalanches on the other side of the lake. We didn’t get the opportunity to witness any.

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14 responses

  1. Avatar for Dhananjay Goyani
    Dhananjay Goyani May 23rd, 2010

    Oh my god! This is pure beauty! ;-)
    btw, much liked your action with the trail. :-)

  2. Avatar for Neil
    Neil May 23rd, 2010

    Great shot of you with the tree stump :P that's a keeper.
    Serenity is the right word for your trip, I want to go now.

  3. Avatar for Simon
    Simon May 23rd, 2010

    Beautiful!! My wife and I are headed to St. Helens, Rainier, and Olympic next month. It'll still be a bit snowy, but we are thrilled to see big mountains as we don't really have a comparison here in Baltimore. =]

  4. Avatar for willvv
    willvv May 23rd, 2010

    Nice pics Phil.
    Definitely that's nicer than the time I went there, at least nicer weather.
    I went in February last year, and it was all full of snow, and a part of the trail had disappeared (I had to climb a little bit), but it is a great experience.
    This picture was taken on top of that rock where you are all sitting down: ... and yes, it was cold.
    Good think you're enjoying the nature.

  5. Avatar for Mohammad Azam
    Mohammad Azam May 23rd, 2010

    I visited the water fall (can't remember the name) during my MVP 2010 visit and it was also very nice!

  6. Avatar for Brad Mead
    Brad Mead May 23rd, 2010

    Man am I envious! Makes me think I should get my rear in gear, find a Seattle job and escape Phoenix. I did do the Mt Si hikes when I was up last month. But here's a few for you to check out too Phil:
    Snow Lake (Leaves from Alpental Ski Are parking lot)
    And the there is a really neat day hike or even better backpack camping trip on the peninsula that takes off from lake Ozette:
    Ozette is a long but enjoyable drive out on to the penninsula and a really great time for 7-14 year olds if you happen to have any. I think your boy is still a little young from what I remember seeing him last month when you came by the Alt.Net meeting. Then again if you can pack him out there at low tide I think he would be fascinated by the sea creatures at low tide :-)

  7. Avatar for Matt Frear
    Matt Frear May 24th, 2010

    Wow, beautiful. It reminds me of New Zealand, with the ferns and moss.

  8. Avatar for Raj
    Raj May 24th, 2010

    Absolutely Beautiful. Nice pics Phil!

  9. Avatar for Shawn McConnell
    Shawn McConnell May 24th, 2010

    Phil you have to lay off the steroids, I am sure everyone was happy you cleared the log off the trail but talk about show off : )

  10. Avatar for Daniel Chow
    Daniel Chow May 26th, 2010

    Wow! MY GOD! is that Pandora ?!

  11. Avatar for Gabriel Guimarães
    Gabriel Guimarães May 28th, 2010

    Thought it was related to the firefly series in the beggining lol.
    The Index Town reminds me something like "The warrior must recognizes himself in everything that surrounds him", says the MVC Jedi...
    And your little oriental hat really scared me, MVC Zen Master on the woods...
    I was just wondering: How cold was the weather?
    Because you were wearing short's.
    and there was snow, and a view of a really cold climate.
    It wasn't really cold or I'm just a Brasilian used to hot weather that can't stand to cold, and on US it's normal to walk with shorts in the middle of the snow?

  12. Avatar for Muhammad
    Muhammad June 6th, 2010

    Absolutely beautiful.Nice picture phil!!!!!!!

  13. Avatar for Top Quality Coffee
    Top Quality Coffee June 10th, 2010

    These are beautiful places, indeed! I really love nature, and I want to see different places that we can treasure. Let us take care of the gorgeous areas in our country to be able to maintain the beauty it has.

  14. Avatar for abz'
    abz' June 24th, 2010

    very beautiful... i love walks like this.