Babies and all we decide to try and conquer Bridal Veil Falls, near Lake Serene in Washington. From the web, we were able to assess that hike would be 4 miles, round trip, with an amazing waterfall at the mid-way point of the trail. On a hot day, you knew that a waterfall hike is just what one could use. But with two babies, it promised to be an exciting expedition.
When we arrived in the parking lot of the trailhead, we were surprised on how many cars were in the lot. We actually had to park on the side of one of the roads, about 5 minutes from the trailhead. It was to be expected though; July in Seattle area rarely sees trails empty. We loaded up, including the babies, and headed out on the trail.
The girls ended up taking the first length of the trial with the babies on their backs. And seriously, they volunteered for it. Tough gals, leaving the guys impressed. They had no issues lugging the babies up the first few hundred feet. The trail was very green, surrounded by trees, creeks, devils club, and suspected wildlife (you could hear them but not really see them).
While on the trail we passed lots of people. So many that it was very rare to not be in the presence o fa different group the entire trip. The cool thing about this trail is it is acceable to most, with a huge variety of people different shapes, sizes and ages. Including some kiddos that were able to walk themselves up to the waterfall.
If you chose to go to Bridal Veil Falls, like we did, instead of Lake Serene the turnaround point for the hike is the falls. Not only is there a great view from there, the falls themselves present a natural cool down area which is great on a very warm summers day in Washington. I had to restrain myself from not diving head first in the pool under the falls. Instead I just dunked my hat. The water was really cold and refreshing.
After a break at the falls, we headed back down. Like any other hike, the last portion seemed longer but was way more relaxing than on the way up. It would have been nice to bring one or two more layers for packing, so I could have switched out my drenched shirt. But other than that, it was a great hike with the family. In fact, my little girl was either giggling, smiling or sleeping. So to have a 7 month old on a trail, with no hissy fits, I would call this hike family friendly.