Picture walking through a forest of cosmic alders and moss-covered maple and firs. Then, being greeted by the sound of roaring waters. A peek through the foliage will lead you to one of Washington's tallest gems, a breathtaking 1,328-foot waterfall.\nGetting to this spot might take a little legwork, but it promises to be the most rewarding. The Bridal Veil Falls is a 3.7-mile out-and-back hike with a 1000-feet elevation gain.\nIt derives its name from the veil-like appearance of the 5-tiered cascading waterfall surrounded by winds blowing its mists — a moment of true magic for nature-lovers.\nSince parking is pretty limited, arrive early, and purchase a Northwest Forest Pass for $30 at National Forest offices, visitor centers or online. It's good for a year, so you can visit anytime you want. Hikers also pick this spot year-around but check out for road closures during winter months.\nThe hike begins fairly easy, but after about 1.5 miles the trail splits towards Lake Serene, creating a short ascent.\nThis will take you through dreamy wooden bridges and staircases that might have as well have been laid there by Frodo Baggins, leading you to the inviting sounds of roaring water.\nView this post on Instagram I try to live life based on the general thought of “will I remember this some day?” I still have shreds of responsibility and plenty of work ethic in me... but for the most part, the laundry can wait. On this particular day I was feeling lazy as hell tbh. Didn’t even want to leave the dang house. But @sandychloetapley peeled me out my funky introverted mood and before I knew it we ended up on, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful hikes in Washington. During the entire hike I kept saying “can you believe I almost stayed home today?” Living like this has given me sunsets on mountains instead of in bed scrolling my phone, muscles I didn’t even know I had instead of lounging on the couch, mostly the ability to adapt to unplanned situations instead of always seeking the comfort of routine. Old and gray Rae will be happier thinking about that time me and Moose ate lunch romping through 10 miles of the Alpine Wilderness instead of in my small apartment kitchen waiting for clothes in the dryer. I mean, we all know I make every decision based on Moose’s happiness... and Moose is always happier exploring. Anyway, it’s been working out well for us so far. And don’t worry, today is laundry day. 🤪 . . . #peoplewhohike #travelnurse #travelnursing #idhikethat #girlgetoutside #allaboutadventures #mountainmermaids #womenexploringtheworld #hikerbabes #womenwhohike #offtheclocknurse #womenwhoadventure #pnwsummer #explorewashington #wanderwomeninc #washingtonhikes #seattlehikes #lakeserene #goldbarwashington #goldbarwa #bridalveilfalls A post shared by Rae Marie (@rae.mari) on Sep 23, 2019 at 1:55pm PDT\nChances are you'll feel the gushing spray before you crane your neck and see the Fall in all its glory! Discovered in the 1900s by workers at a nearby mine, this massive waterfall launches into the Skykomish River valley.\nAlthough the best time to visit this is through September, fall and winter come with its own perks — there are light sprinkles of pretty snow that are not too hard to cross. The ease of the hike also makes this trail dog-friendly!\nIt's a fairly muddy trail year-round with several streams to hike around, so don't forget to pack your best waterproof shoes. Since the waterfall is nestled into the cliffs of Mount Index, you can expect a rocky climb. So, hiking with poles is recommended.\nYou can even attempt to get on the rockface for some Instagram-worthy shots, but mind your step as those stones can get slippery.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Carolina Brito (@carobrito_) on Jul 16, 2018 at 3:39pm PDT\nMake sure to pack a change of clothes that you can switch around at the restrooms near the trailhead. All in all, you might leave cold and wet, but you'll take with you the memory of the most spectacular falls.\nBridal Veil Falls\nPrice: $30 for the Northwest Forest Pass\nAddress: Central Cascades, Stevens Pass - West\nWhy You Need To Go: A spectacular sight of one of Washington's tallest waterfalls standing at 1,328 feet. \nWebsite\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.