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Nestled under the imposing walls of Mt. Index at an elevation of 2525 feet sits Lake Serene. Until recently Lake Serene was stocked primarily by WDFW aircraft. It is now stocked by hand which could improve angling opportunities for hikers looking for a unique fishing opportunity in a beautiful alpine setting in a somewhat low elevation lake.
The hike begins on an old road system to the base of Bridal Veil Falls a worthy destination in it's own right. From the base of the falls a renovated trail system climbs 1500 feet through old timber to reach the lake.
The lake basin faces north and can hold snow until July even on low snow years most likely from avalanche activity throughout the winter from the towering Mt Index. Lake Serene is most likely best fished from a raft although this is not a necessity. Anglers can get their gear in the water from the outlet side of the lake rather easily and more adventurous hikers can venture around the shoreline boulders that have calved off of the Norwegian Buttress and the other sheer faces of Mt. Index.
Day use only - No overnight camping permitted.
Getting here From Everett, follow US 2 seven miles east of Gold Bar. Just before it crosses the Skykomish River - milepost 35 -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.). Restroom available.