Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Serene Trail

Snohomish County, Washington

Distance1.8mi
Elevation Gain1,538ft
Trailhead Elevation1,188ft
Top1,530ft
Elevation Min/Max623/1530ft
Elevation Start/End1188/1176ft

Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Serene Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: National Forest Development Road 6020 and Lake Serene Trail.

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Hiking Waterfalls in Washington (Falcon Guides)
Roddy Scheer with Adam Sawyer
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"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." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"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." Read more
100 Classic Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"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." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma (Menasha Ridge Press)
Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens
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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." Read more
Hiking through History Washington (Falcon Guides)
Nathan and Jeremy Barnes
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"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." Read more

Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Serene Trail Reviews

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8/12/2012
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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6/25/2012
This was a great trail! Great views, great heart rate (switchbacks) and great payoff at the top. The lake is BEAUTIFUL! I brough both my dogs, everyone on the trail didn't seem to mind, and more so welcomed them. There were many other dogs as well. The lake was semi covered with ice still and the trail a bit muddy at times but a great hike overall
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6/12/2011
incredible, great for kids. can get right up to the falls. about 5 miles out and back without hitting Lake Serene (just to falls).
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5/16/2010
Good trail for early in the summer or late spring. Fairly easy trail, incredible waterfall and views into the valley. Very crowded, get there very early if going on a weekend.
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7/10/2009
The trail was very well maintained at the time of the hike. The first 1.5 miles to the creek crossing and view of the falls is gentle. After the view from the trail which is fantastic, the trail climbs steeply and in the next 2 miles you climb about 493 wooden steps and many more rock steps provided by the forest service. As you reach the lake the grade lessens as does the tree cover you have for most of the hike. Once you get to the lake there are very few trails and you are left to scramble rock, trees, and brush to move around the lake. The view is worth the pain and the reward on the way down is a soak in the ice cold falls.
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5/16/2009
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10/21/2007
Trail head is marked only Lake Serene, no mention of Bridal Veil Falls. The trail starts as you go past a road barrier and head up a road. When I was there this morning, there were walking sticks left by the trail head sign. I would have been helped much by taking one! There are upwards of 20 water crossings on the trail to the falls, and the last 8 are guaranteed to fill your boots at the very least. It was a very rainy day so perhaps other days are not so bad, but at this point, the trail is largely covered in mud and running water, especially further along. I wore head to toe Gore-Tex and I still ended up soaked within the first 30 minutes. The falls are gorgeous. The last 1/2 mile is pretty steep, with water rushing down the trail, and the smaller falls you have to navigate through to get to the end are full and difficult to cross. It's worth the view, as it's such a short trip, but this is not a place I'd take a child.
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5/20/2007
Bridal veil falls about halfway up were beautiful. The lake is still mostly frozen over, and due to fog the views of Mt. Index were patchy at best. Great hike.
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Trail Information

Snohomish County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Waterfalls
Features
Skykomish Ranger District—Skykomish Office, 74920 NE Stevens Pass Hwy., PO Box 305, Skykomish, WA 98288; (360) 677-2414; fs.usda.gov/mbs
Local Contacts
USGS Index; Green Trails Map #142 (Index)
Local Maps