Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lake Serene

On our way home from Spokane, Friday, August 20, my wife and I hiked the trail to Lake Serene.  We were looking for a very rare orchid there, but were also interested in the scenery which we had been told was spectacular, both up at the lake and on the way at Bridal Veil Falls.

The day was overcast and we hiked through a heavy mist.  We had a very early start, too, and for all these reasons found almost no one on trail until we started back.  By then the mist had cleared and the sun was shining and the trail was very busy.

Busy trails of this sort are not the kind we prefer, but this proved very worthwhile.  We did not find the orchid, but saw the falls through the mist and enjoyed the spectacular scenery at the lake which lies at the foot of Mount Index.  The pictures explain why we would recommend this hike.

We hiked a total of about seven or eight miles, which included a side trail to the falls and gained about 2000 feet in elevation.  Because we spend a lot of time taking pictures, we took about seven hours to do the hike, including time spent at the lake relaxing and enjoying the scenery.

There were hardly any flowers blooming, but the leaves were falling, both because it's late in the season and because it's been very dry.  We did see some slugs, one orchid, the Giant Rattlesnake Orchis, and lots of spider webs which had collected the mist and really stood out.

 Old Growth Forest



 Pacific Banana Slug (Ariolimax columbianus)

Pacific Banana Slug (Ariolimax columbianus)
 Unidentified Club Moss

 Unidentified Conk (Shelf Fungus)

 Unidentified Fungi

 Sweating Conk (Red Banded Polypore)

 Bridal Veil Falls

Downstream from the Falls
 Upper Falls

 Cape Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)

 Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

 Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

Giant Rattlesnake Orchis (Goodyera oblongifolia)

Fallen Maple Leaf

Spider Webs

 Lake Serene

Lake Serene and Mount Index

And last, but not least, a few photos taken on the same trail of the view, of Bridal Veil Falls and of Lake Serene on another occasion - a beautiful sunny day.


  1. Your 'unidentified parasitic plant' is a club moss (probably a Lycopodium species). As far as I know, they're not parasitic.

  2. Thanks for the ID, Prem. I'll have to change the name on the photo.

  3. You have some very beautiful photos here.
    Thanks very much for the good closeup of Pearly Everlasting.
    Thanks also for these memorable images.

  4. Thanks, om, for the comments and nice compliments. They are much appreciated.

  5. So many beautiful shots =) A wondrous place with new things to discover around every bend! ~Fizzie~

    1. Thanks, Fizzie. That's one of the things we love about hiking. Always something to see and admire.


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