Skyline Divide

What seemed to start off as a typical walk through a forested trail turned into a spectacular ridge hike above the treeline among beautiful mountain peaks.  Fall fills the valley with glorious colors and bountiful berries.  The smell of warm blueberries is intoxicating on this warm September day. 

Annette Lake

Beautiful day for a hike to Annette Lake near Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Mountains.  Grab your hiking shoes, backpack, forest pass and good friends. 

Waterfalls, wildflowers, forests, mountain views and an alpine lake with a waterfall. Intermediate day hike or you can backpacked in, stay at the lakes campsites to catch the sunrise and sunsets on the lake.

After a 1.5 mile climb.... the cool water looks inviting   

After a 1.5 mile climb.... the cool water looks inviting

 

 

 

 

Serene Lake - Bridal Veil Falls

Our first Glimpse of the lake

Our first Glimpse of the lake

Consider this a must-do if you are in Seattle and feel like knocking out two amazing hikes AND getting to see a hidden lake all along US 2.

The trail starts out on an old road with the typical amazing forest surrounding you. After roughly 2miles the road will end and you can go right (signage is easy to see) to Bridal Veil Falls or you can keep going and go straight to Lake Serene. This is where I would suggest going up to Bridal Veil since it's only an extra mile and totally worth it. Plus there's nothing like swimming under a waterfall.

First stop Bridal Falls.  Great place to cool off

First stop Bridal Falls.  Great place to cool off

Once back on the main trail you'll cross over a bridge, good place for a photo, and then start to climb. It will be a combo of stone steps, rocks and trail, but just be prepared to push (gaining 1300' in 1.5 miles). Along the way you will see a bunch of peaks in the Wild Sky Wildnerness.

Get ready to climb.  Seven hundred plus stairs along the trail. 

Get ready to climb.  Seven hundred plus stairs along the trail. 

At the top you will see the stunning Lake Serene and all its glory. There is a 3000 vertical foot wall that sits behind the lake, so venture around a little bit before stopping to each your snacks/ lunch. If you're up for it, don't hesitate to jump in! Go back down the same way you came and take it slow, you've done all the hard work already.