Mileage: 4.2 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 1900/2500ft
Map: Green Trails Index No 142
Favorite Eats After Hike: Wallace Falls Cafe
12/30/2014 This is another one of my repeat hikes, going back when we hiked together as a family. I did go 11/4/2015 but only took one picture. For this hike, I went early and prepared with poles and good traction; it was 20 degrees and super icy. It was fun to hear the screams of those in sneakers and no traction. The trail itself was okay but you have all those stairs. I got up early enough to be first and had a few moments of solitude before heading down. That one little bit of stream crossing over the trail before you get to lake was a mess. Even with good tread on my boots and poles, it took me a bit to find a safe path over. Not to say I didn’t fall at least once on those slippery rocks. I’m pretty sure I had microspikes by the time I did Pilchuck in February. The falls were frozen over in long icy strands, much different than their usual elegant streams. The perfect way to end the year!
Directions: From Everett, follow US 2 east to the small town of Gold Bar. Continue on Hwy 2 for seven more miles to just before it crosses the Skykomish River near milepost 35. Then, turn right onto Mount Index Road. Proceed on this dirt road for just less than half a mile, and turn right on the spur road signed Lake Serene Trail 1068. The trailhead and large parking area are 500 feet further on. This is an incredibly popular and crowded hike. Try to go during the week or on a rainy day.
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