Beyond Bridal Veil Falls lies the jewel of the adventure – Lake Serene. If you choose to go this route, make sure that you’re in good shape and have packed sufficient calories and water. The path to Lake Serene is a series of rocky steps – a rather strenuous vertical climb interspersed by springs and waterfalls that splash across the trail.
-Good traction is a must.
-Decent hiking poles are highly recommended for stability.
-Be sure to have YAK Tracks or some form of additional traction in the event of snow and ice.
The blue-green lake is a tranquil expanse surrounded by evergreen trees, scree, and the towering, rocky heights of Mount Index. It’s a natural amphitheater that evokes wonder and, yes, serenity.
The calm waters invite you to pause, allowing for a moment of quiet reflection amidst the grandeur of nature. Take a break on the “lunch rock.” You’ll know it when you see it because folks camp there to take in stunning views over a mid-hike sandwich and a thermos of coffee.
For those with a sense of adventure, a challenging side trail leads to the stunning Bridal Veil Overlook. From this vantage point, hikers are rewarded with a panoramic view of the falls and the pristine lake below. It's an ideal spot for capturing the beauty of the landscape or simply relishing the accomplishment of the ascent. Be careful to not venture too close to the ledge for super obvious reasons.