Posted by: Michael Lanthier
Venturing out for a quick day trip? There are boundless opportunities in Washington's Cascades. One spectacular hike is located south of the Town of Index off Hwy 2, a 7 mile round trip hike to Lake Serene. For more day hiking opportunities stop by Washington Wilderness' office and pick up a Mountaineer's Day Hiking book; 50% of the proceeds go to WWC.
Lake Serene is a clear blue alpine lake resting just below the towering Mount Index. The hike offers a nice exercise gaining about 2000 ft in 3.5 miles. You can take a 1/2 mile detour to Bridal Vail Falls, which is well worth the extra mile, but you will still pass a lower falls if you do not make the detour. Once at the lake a view point gives an open view of the Skykomish River Valley and a peak into the south portion of Wild Sky Wilderness.
To get there travel Hwy 2 towards the town of Index. Turn south on Mount Index Road and take the fork in the right. A parking lot is available at the trail head. You can get a forest service pass and supplies at the general market in Index, which is just 2.5 miles away. There is also a Ranger District Office in Skykomish. The town of Index was a great supporter of Wild Sky Wilderness, which passed in 2008.
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