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Bridal Veil Falls

Smaller cascades en route to the Falls ©Orion Ahrensfeld

Hidden within the folds mossy mountains, beneath the snowy pinnacle of Mount Index, a waterfall is waiting for your discovery. Although the journey begins along an old service road, within minutes you’ll find yourself on a scenic trail nestled deep within the maples and alder. If you hike this trail during the winter you can catch stunning views of Mount Index through the bare forest canopy before the trail turns to wind around the mountain’s base.

©Orion Ahrensfeld

Roughly .5 miles into the trail you will find a turnoff sign for Bridal Veil Falls. Follow the side trail to the right (the main trail continues on to Lake Serene). The Bridal Veil Falls trail narrows and climbs higher into the mountain in a knot of switchbacks and wooden stairs. The rumble of pouring water summons you upward and onward as you make your way up the final flight of stairs. Put down your pack and don your raingear before exploring the falls; particularly in the winter this water feature is a misty wall of rushing water that will soak you quickly if you aren’t prepared.

Season: Four Seasons
Length: 5 Miles round trip
Difficulty: My sister could do it
Variety: Out and back
Elevation gain: 800 Ft.
Highest Point: 1600 Ft
Maps: Green Trails #142 Index WA
Open To: Hikers and Dogs
Passes Permits: Northwest Forest Pass

Driving Directions:

From 1-405 take exit 23 towards Woodinville/Wenachee/US-2. Merge onto WA-522 E and continue for 13.4 miles. Turn left onto US-2 E/Stevens Pass Highway. Follow the highway for 20.7 miles and turn right onto Mt. Index Road. Follow the dirt road for .4 miles and turn right at the first fork, following the sign for Lake Serene Trail 1068. Follow the road for 500 feet to reach the parking area.


Trailpedia Bridal Veil Falls

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