About two weeks ago we went hiking at Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls. According to the Washington Trails Association website, it's 8.2 miles round trip.
It's up off of Highway 2, North of Seattle, and you do need a parking pass once there.
The hike starts off pretty easy. There are a couple of places where you're crossing streams on delicately balanced rocks, but it's not bad. Bridal Veil Falls isn't on the main trail, you take a well marked side trail to get there. The hike up to the falls is fairly steep, but the view of the falls is so amazing. They're right in front of you. It was freezing when we were there, so I'd recommend having your rain jacket ready so at least you're not getting wet from the spray.
Once you're back on the main trail, you can get to Lake Serene. I had one trekking pole for this part and it made me want to buy my own set. Honestly if I didn't think I was getting a pair for Christmas, I'd have already ordered some. The poles made the uphill and the downhill so much easier. And it was great to have a third balance point for some of the streams and water runoffs we were crossing.
We got to the top not too long before the sun went behind the mountain. It was perfect. We found an empty bench and sat there to eat lunch while looking over the lake.
This is definitely a hike I'd do again. I'm so glad I finally got to do it. I've been wanting to for about two years.
What's a hike you're wanting to do?