There are lots of back country lakes in that area, this one is especially pretty. I will go back there toward the end of June when there will be deep snow banks below the cliffs on the far side of the water. It’s a bit of a drive to the trail head, but a wonderful trail of about two miles to the lake. It does climb about a thousand feet, but it’s really not much of a strain to make the hike and it’s well worth the effort! The lake is in the far northern part of the 37,000 acre roadless area that also contains several other lakes and some fantastic back country hiking.
I see you have the photo tagged with the Cube Iron-Silcox area. Is dissolved iron partially responsible for the color of the water, or is it caused purely by reflection from the trees? Whichever doesn’t really matter. It’s just lovely, and I’ll bet the water’s drinkable, too.
I have no idea why the water is that color. Bright green is very unusual for these back country lakes. The water is ice cold and the lake seems to be full of trout. I’m sure it would be drinkable. This is one place that I am sure I will visit again and probably spend a night there so I can see the lake when the first rays of the sun touch it early in the morning.
The green that bright is very unusual. I was told this morning by someone at the local Ranger Station that it is a type of algae in the water that makes the color. The water is green, but exceptionally clear.