Bridal Veil Falls & Lake Serene Hike, Washington.

The best part about losing twenty five pounds? Physical exercise is so much easier. So much so, that you agree to accompany your husband (who is in fantastic shape) on an eight and a half mile round trip hike. The worst part of losing twenty five pounds? Physical exercise is so much easier. So much so, that you agree to an eight and a half mile hike…

My husband  made a check list of several hikes he’d like to knock out before our move to Georgia and we’re slowly trying to fit as many as we can into our three weeks here. Six months ago, I’d let him hike his happy ass up the mountain while I’d have a great time sitting at home and talking like a mad woman to our cat. Yet somehow yesterday I thought it’d be a fun change of pace (heeeeeeeeeeeeh) to hike with him. And honestly, it was. Bridal Veil/Lake Serene on the weekend is typically very crowded, but we were lucky enough to have a Monday off and were greeted at the parking lot by only a small handful of other cars.

Despite how much I ended up enjoying the hike, it was pretty deceiving. The first two miles are very easy, and the trail is well groomed. It’s not exactly a trail that you’d think would take you up the side of the mountain. I was rocking a steady pace and felt really confident in my newly founded abilities to hike. Until the fork. The hike forks off after two miles, with one path that leads to the falls (1 mile out and back) and the other path that leads to the lake (3 miles out and back).

It was a small slap in the face when I realized that the half a mile to the falls would be up several flights of stairs, but the view of the falls and the view from that height were totally worth it. The half a mile back to the main trail was one filled with accomplishment and contentment, until I realized that the last 1.5 miles to the lake were going to be the most intense — and a thousand feet of elevation gain. Ouch.

I didn’t know that anyone could physically climb that many stairs. Seriously, the most intense parts of the hike were covered in stairs. Stair case after stair case of pain and regret. As we ascended the mountain, the fog became more dense, the people less frequent and the sounds much quieter. The scenery there was like nothing I had seen before; it was overgrown and lush. I felt like I was in Jurassic Park. Knowing just how beautiful the falls were, Daniel and I were looking forward to the lake. When we crested the trail and started our approach towards the lake, we remembered that there was fog everywhere. Yep — we just hauled ass to not be able to see this lake. So much for Serene. 

Despite the lack of view, the ass hauling and the inevitable coldness at the top while we devoured our sandwiches, our time on those eight and a half miles was perfect. I have never been much of a hiker and I like to think of myself as a tried & true fairweather outdoorsman, but there was something so gratifying and, yes, serene about our trip. I’m really going to miss our beautiful state.

 

Bridal Veil Falls, Washington

Bridal Veil Falls, Washington

Bridal Veil Falls, Washington

Bridal Veil Falls, Washington

Bridal Veil Falls, Washington

Bridal Veil Falls, Washington

Bridal Veil Falls, Washington

Our sweaty descent.

Bridal Veil Falls, Washington

Bridal Veil Falls, Washington

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