Hike to Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls in Washington

Challenge yourself with a hike to Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls, where breathtaking views and serene waters await just outside Seattle.

Last updated: May 2024

    Free, but a Northwest Forest Pass is required


    More than 500 Miles from you


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  1. Start: Arrive at the trailhead off Stevens Pass Highway, park, and prepare your gear.
  2. Trail Beginning: Follow the flat, gradual trail with two creek crossings.
  3. Bridal Veil Falls Junction: Continue up to the junction and decide whether to visit the falls first or head straight to Lake Serene.
  4. Ascent: Navigate through the boulder field and climb numerous staircases.
  5. Arrival at Lake Serene: Enjoy the lake views, have a snack at Lunch Rock, and use the vaulted toilet if needed.
  6. Optional Bridal Veil Falls: On the way back, visit Bridal Veil Falls if not done earlier.
  7. Return: Head back to the trailhead, ensuring you pack out all trash and follow leave no trace principles.



Lake Serene Trail #1068, Gold Bar, WA 98251

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Packing List

  • Backpack with the 10 essentials (navigation, sun protection, insulation, illumination, first aid supplies, fire, repair kit and tools, nutrition, hydration, emergency shelter)
  • Water and water filter
  • Insulated water bottle or water bladder
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Bug spray
  • Hiking poles
  • Mosquito net
  • Extra layers of clothing
  • Camera

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