From the vast list of hikes around the west side, Cortney and I decided on Lake Serene in the Central Cascades. By the time we began hiking it was noon:30, and it seemed a little too flat from what we were expecting. We started second guessing ourselves, wondering if we chose the right hike – we were looking for a real leg-burner. After about 1.5 miles down the trail was the fork for Bridal Veil Falls. As we contemplated the diversion, a hiker passed by and offered their advice, “you won’t want to go up after coming back down from the lake. I’d do it now.” So we did, and it was much more massive than we thought – very glad we hiked the extra mile. We took off our shoes and crossed the stream to get to the rocky island for a snack and water break. All the while, kids were either walking through the knee high water or jumping rocks across no problem. It was extremely misty and cooled us down instantly.Now, back on the main trail. The elevation fluctuated for a while before we hit the pool where Bridal Veil Falls leaked into. If only we knew this was the last time to cool off before the intense climb. Wooden stairs after wooden stairs, our iPhone health app told us we climbed 206 flights that day. By the time we reached the top we were dying to jump in. But our stomaches (probably just mine) were begging for food, so instead we ate our delicious Market Time sandwiches. This cooled us down big time, and we decided not to jump in. I still want to. After further exploration around the lake, and recording a persuasive video to convince our dad to join us on our next adventure, we hiked back down.
Washington Trails Association records the hike at 7.2 miles, but we logged in 11.1 miles. I think it’s just us. Hike Ratings: Difficulty – 6.5/10, Views – 8/10.