Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls

Index, Washington

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Lake Serene might be the perfect swimming hole. With a fantastic location below the northern wall of Mount Index, crystal-clear water, and a collection of sun-soaked boulders along the shore for diving, it’s hard to imagine any better place to spend a summer’s day. The tough hike in only adds to the experience, keeping away the worst of the crowds and making the swim seem that much more inviting. Both Galena and Mineral City were once boomtowns in the 1800s, but later fell into decline. The final approach road is the original route between the two towns, graded for an expected railroad line that was never built. The trail follows the same path, beginning where the rutted road becomes impassable to all vehicles at a barrier of scattered blocks and boulders. Expect a steady uphill climb, although it is never particularly steep or demanding.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)

Lake Serene might be the perfect swimming hole. With a fantastic location below the northern wall of Mount Index, crystal-clear water, and a collection of sun-soaked boulders along the shore for diving, it’s hard to imagine any better place to spend a summer’s day. The tough hike in only adds to the experience, keeping away the worst of the crowds and making the swim seem that much more inviting.

Both Galena and Mineral City were once boomtowns in the 1800s, but later fell into decline. The final approach road is the original route between the two towns, graded for an expected railroad line that was never built. The trail follows the same path, beginning where the rutted road becomes impassable to all vehicles at a barrier of scattered blocks and boulders. Expect a steady uphill climb, although it is never particularly steep or demanding.

© 2016 Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Index
Distance: 7.4
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Season: Hikable late spring–fall
Trailhead Elevation: 500 feet
Top Elevation: 2,600 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 360-677-2414; www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbs/recarea/?recid=17900
Local Maps: Green Trails: Index 142; USGS Index
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

8/12/2012
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the trail wasnt to busy but space on the rocks along the lakes shore line was hard pressed with just the few that were there. trail was well maintained but rough with some water on the trail



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Apr 2018