Tales from the Trail of Lake Serene

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to make a bigger effort to explore the North Pacific West.  So, I took advantage of one of our less rainy weekends and decided to hike the Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Serene trail.

For those who aren’t familiar with Lake Serene, it is a glacial lake nestled in Washington’s Cascade Mountains.  The trail is about 7.2 miles (round trip) and has an estimated 2,000ft elevation gain.


I confess, I am not an experienced hiker, but I was initially drawn to this particular trail for its close proximity to Seattle, as well as rumored beauty.

But before leaving, I wanted to do a little background research on Lake Serene.  I discovered a collection of beautiful photos capturing a pristine, aquamarine colored lake nestled in between dramatic mountaintops.

However, most of these photos were taken during the summer, and it being January, I was fully prepared for the clear and present danger of snow and ice.



That being said, I decided to take my chances and embark upon this new experience.  The trail begins on an old logging road just off of Highway 2, and about an hour and a half from Seattle by way of I-5.

The trail starts off pretty easy, as you walk along a wooded path.  Gradually the trail begins to start its incline (Remember that 2,000 ft elevation gain?) as you make your way towards Lake Serene.

Unfortunately, on the day that I went, the trail was icy and I wasn’t able to make it all the way up to Lake Serene.

But, I was able to get a feel for what the trail would entail and I will definitely be going back during a warmer time of year.

From what I can tell, during the summer, the Lake is a great place to picnic and even (if it’s warm enough) a great place to go swimming.

I definitely recommend this trail for anyone that is looking to get some fresh air.  It is a great hike for people of any skill experience—just don’t forget to pack one essential item: snacks!


-Aryn Higgins is a TWIF Blogger and not an experienced hiker