Distance: 7.2 miles round trip
Time: 4 1/2 hours
Elevation Gain: 2000 feet
Potties: Yes (at parking and near top)
Pass required: NW Forest Pass
I hiked to Lake Serene yesterday with my friend Suzy. This hike is a just off of Highway 2 a little bit past Gold Bar.
The first couple of miles were medium in difficulty, but once you reached mile 2, the rocky and steep switchbacks started. I wouldn't recommend this hike for children under 5, and anyone with balance issues.
|Look how clear the water is|
I took a couple more pictures along the way.
|The last couple of miles looked like this. Steep and rocky.|
|Here is Suzy walking on the bridge right before the lake.|
|Photo courtesy of Suzy:) Me showing my upper arm strength.|
All in all a great hike and a good challenge. I will be making this trek again for sure and leave myself more time to linger at the lake.
To get to the trailhead, travel east on Highway 2 from Monroe, WA. At milepost 35.2, about 21 miles east of Monroe, turn right onto Mount Index Road (Forest Road 6020 - gravel). Travel 0.3 mile on Forest Road 6020 and branch right onto Forest Road 6020-109 (gravel) follow the sign that says Lake Serene. The trailhead parking is just ahead.