At A Glance

TRAIL LENGTH: 5 miles, round-trip

Elevation Gain: 1000 feet

HIGH POINT: 1,500'

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring to Fall

POPULARITY: Very popular

GOOD FOR: Active hikers  

WATCH FOR: off-trail navigation, mines, parking, no cell reception

FEES & PERMITS: Northwest Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Pass

NEAREST RANGER: Skykomish Ranger District

COORDINATES:  N47° 47.577' W121° 34.353' & N47° 47.473' W121° 34.240'

LOCATION: In Snohomish County, near the town of Index, in Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

HIGHLIGHTS: mines

HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE: Very little is known about either mine, but the area was very popular for mining gold, silver, copper, and lead.



Driving Directions

FROM HIGHWAY 2:

  • Turn south on Mt. Index Road
  • Follow the road for .5 miles
  • Veer right into parking lot
     

Trail Directions

FROM PARKING LOT:

  • Pride of Index Mine
    • Take Lake Serene/Bridal Veil Falls trail
    • Follow trail for about 1.75 miles
    • Go right off-trail on footpath
    • Follow narrow footpath .25 miles to cliff wall
    • Go left, following cliff to entrance of Pride of Index Mine
       
  • Honeymoon Mine
    • Follow the path back to main trail
    • Take right trail up towards Bridal Veil Falls
    • Follow trail for about .5 miles to boardwalk
    • Turn right off-trail just before stairs to falls
    • Go uphill to small plateau
    • Climb to plateau and waterfall
    • Mine entrance is on left side of waterfall

THINGS TO SEE:

  • Pride of Index Mine
  • Honeymoon Mine
  • Cabin reamins

History

Researching primary materials is just as exciting as finding the actual places where the history took place, but it's a slow and challenging process.  Exploring History in Your Hiking Boots will be including gems below as we find them.