Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Serene Trail is a hiking trail in Snohomish County, Washington. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 1,188 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,538 feet. The Honeymoon Mine (elevation 1,257 feet) quarry can be seen along the trail.
Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Serene Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Roaring out of beautiful Lake Serene above and falling more than 1,000 vertical feet across five sections, Bridal Veil Falls may be one of Washington’s most dramatic cascades. It’s so big that it’s hard to take it all in—indeed only two of the five sections are viewable from the trail.
Nevertheless, hikers interested in bathing in its glory will do just that as the falls’ abundant spray is hard to avoid—and is usually a welcome relief after the switchback- laden hike up from the trailhead."
--Roddy Scheer with Adam Sawyer, Hiking Waterfalls in Washington (Falcon Guides).
"A beautiful waterfall flows out of Lake Serene above and cascades below the rugged east wall of Mount Index at the end of a safe, newly constructed trail, No. 1068, on the east side of Bridal Veil Creek. Take time to see and enjoy a stunning view of Bridal Veil Falls and climb flights of steps paralleling the falls.
Children will be fascinated as they stand directly beside the water and look up a 100-foot rock face to see the streams of water that make up the bridal veil pouring beside them. An old nearby mine, the Honeymoon Mine, brought the original nineteenth-century travelers to the Lake Serene area."
--Joan Burton, Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
"Towering and formidable, Mount Index is perhaps the ?ercest sight along the Stevens Pass Highway. But softening its stark appearance is Bridal Veil Falls. Emanating from beneath Index’s austere crags, the tiered cataract drapes over sheer granite slabs. And feeding those falls is a beautiful re?ecting lake perched beneath those spires.The trail starts on an old road lined with The second platform (elev. 1450 feet) is just a few mossy maples and alders. Cross a couple of more steps away. Except for late summer when creeks and gradually ascend a thickly forested the falls trickle more than pummel, their roar slope. Bear right at another old road and come to should be pretty deafening at this point. Don a A hiker takes in the view at Lake Serene."
--Craig Romano, 100 Classic Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Tackle this classic 8.2-mile hike past cascading waterfalls on the way up to a large mountain lake overshadowed by Mount Index. Popular for more than fifty years, the Lake Serene Trail #1068 got a makeover in the late 1990s, a reroute that smoothed the once-treacherous trail. These days the Lake Serene Trail is still a workout, with twenty-three switchbacks winding up the steep shoulders of Mount Index.
But the scenery is well worth the effort. In about 8 miles, expect several crashing waterfalls, topped off with one of the best views of Mount Index in Washington, unique to the rocky shores of Lake Serene."
--Nathan and Jeremy Barnes, Hiking through History Washington (Falcon Guides).
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