Lake Serene is one of the more popular hikes on the US 2 corridor, and a decent springtime destination as it doesn't go up very high. However, like any number of popular hikes, it can be quite busy on the weekend. Luckily for us, we had another very delayed start (the combination of a brunch date and an accident north of Seattle will do that), and didn't make it to the trailhead until nearly 4 PM.
Arriving at 4 meant that despite the presence of a large parking lot we still had to park down on the road, which is common on sunny weekends like this one. Parking either in the lot or adjacent requires a NW Forest Pass.
At the parking area proper there is a pit toilet, as well as a sign with a simplified map indicating the trail route, and attractions along the way, including Bridal Veil Falls and old mining ruins. While the text indicates it is a "more difficult" trail the route is for the most part pretty straightforward.
The first section of the trail, all the way to the junction to the Bridal Veil Falls viewpoint, is along an old road that was used to access mining activity farther up the mountain. This is probably a good thing, as the trail can be very busy on nice days, especially in the spring, when other locations have not melted out. Lake Serene appears on a number of "Top hikes in Washington" lists online, and as expected we saw many--perhaps more than 100--people coming down on our way up, in various states of outdoor preparedness. I tend to fall in the camp that argues the more people who are interested in the outdoors the better, but the number of selfie sticks and external speakers we encountered was a bit much. Not to mention the quantity of green and... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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