The reward of seeing that was worth all of the effort. I have to admit, that hike would have been much easier 50 years ago! However, it’s not a bad thing to move at a slower pace on trails like that one!
The vertical faces coming right up out of the lake with little to no shoreline is so different than what we see here. It looks like you’d need a kayak to explore all the way around it. I’d be happy to just be able to stand and look at it.
Most of these high lakes are like this. The mountains are very rugged and rocky, little erosion has taken place. There are few beaches, usually only along the outlet end. I’m also quite content to just stand or sit a look.
It’s difficult to show perspective of this lake. It is quite long, and that gap is St Paul Pass and its lowest point is a thousand feet higher than the lake. Just a few miles on the other side is St Paul Lake which I visited a few weeks ago. There is no trail. Hopefully, next summer I will try to hike to the pass from the other side, but that will be a two day venture.
Did you take a quick, cool dip?
Many of our lakes have a lot of vegetation growing in them this time of year because they are warm … the crystal clear lake looks very tempting .. especially after a long hike.
There is still a lot of places in that wilderness to explore but if nothing is prettier than this I will not be disappointed. This photo was from the D80, by the way. I will take it with me tomorrow too because I think the views from that trail will be incredible.