Midweek hike. This trail gets very crowded on weekends, so the only way to do it is midweek.
Participants include Nicole Hansen and Lisa Grayson.
- Washington Trails Association, Lake Serene – Bridal Veil Falls
Towering and formidable, Mount Index is perhaps the most awesome and fiercest sight and site along US 2. But softening its stark appearance is Bridal Veil Falls. Emanating from beneath the mountain’s austere crags, the tiered and tumbling cataract drapes over granite slabs. To really appreciate this plummeting waterway, however, you’ll need to leave your vehicle and hit the trail. And in your journey, discover a secret – there’s a beautiful lake perched beneath those rugged spires feeding those falls.
From Everett, follow US 2 east to the hamlet of Gold Bar. Continue on US 2 for 7 more miles to just before it crosses the Skykomish River (near milepost 35), and turn right onto Mount Index Road. Proceed on this dirt road 0.4 mile, turning right on the spur road signed “Lake Serene Trail 1068.” The trailhead and large parking area are 500 feet farther (elev. 600 ft.). Privy available.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.8089, -121.5720)
Northwest Forest Pass required.
8.70 miles, 3282 ft. gain, 5 hrs 54 min.