I'd been suffering from shin splints for the past couple weeks and hadn't run in almost 7 days which is an eternity to me. I was definitely getting a little stir crazy and finally went into see my physical therapist. After quite a bit of rehabilitation exercises and massages I decided I would give a little trail run a try. I had a 20 mile run planned for the upcoming weekend so I wanted to make sure I was good to go!
I settled on Lake Serene, a very popular trail near the town of Index. The trail had been closed for the better part of a year and because of it is usually so crowded I had stayed away from it in the summer months and only been on the trail when it was covered in several feet of snow.
I was hoping since it was a weekday and I was starting early that I wouldn't run into the usual crowd of people. I couldn't have planned it more perfectly! The trail starts out relatively flat, with very minimal elevation gain for the first 2.5 miles which made for an excellent running start. The final 1.5 miles climbs 1,300 ft up roots and stairs to the shores of the Alpine lake.
The water is a beautiful deep blue and across the water Mt Index rises high above the lake. Kayuh and I had the entire place to ourselves for almost an hour. We enjoyed the peace and serenity and let the sun's warmth envelope us as we lounged on the rocks.
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Before attempting Lake Serene, please visit WTA.com for hike difficulty, gear requirements, and recent trip reports.