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07.24.17

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  • Tower Lake from the headwall.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • A closer look at Tower Lake with the trail to the forest on the left.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • The right side of Tower Lake, where the path to Rockbound continues.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • The weary photographer rests on top of a boulder at Rockbound.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • A view of Eightmile Lake from camp.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Alpine Lakes Wilderness boundary.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Jamison Lake in the morning.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • South shore of Rock Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Looking across Green Lakes at South Sister (10,358 ft).- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Looking across Green Lakes at South Sister (10,358 ft).- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • View looking southeast toward Broken Top (9,177 ft).- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Row boats for rent at Clear Lake Resort.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Mount Hood (11,249 ft) looking southeast across Lost Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa) at Lost Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Mowich Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Mowich Lake looking east.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Mowich Lake looking south toward Mount Rainier (14,411 ft).- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Mowich Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Meadow and Eagle Cap, Glacier Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Glacier Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Eagle Cap and Glacier Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • View of Craig Mountain (9,209 ft) looming over Ice Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Ice Lake - Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Ice Lake's west shore.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Brook trout in Ice Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • A view of the Matterhorn (9,826 ft) from Ice Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Ice Lake from Hurwal Divide.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Lake Aloha.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • The glaciated basin that holds Lake Aloha.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Camping at Lake Aloha.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Sunset over Lake Aloha.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • The view of Echo Lakes on the way back from Aloha.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Secret Cove.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Calawee Cove and Lester Beach at D.L. Bliss State Park, Lake Tahoe.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Sugar Pine Point State Park on Lake Tahoe.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Morning glass across Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Lake Tahoe from the Stateline Fire Lookout.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Overlooking Lake Tahoe and the Northstar slopes from Martis Lookout.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Sundial Peak (10,320 ft) and Dromedary Peak (11,433 ft) over Lake Blanche.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Twin Peaks and lower Maybird Lake. - Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Chasm Lake and Longs Peak.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • The shore of Emerald Lake from Sapphire Scramble.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • The stunning view from the north shore of Alice Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Trailside scenery along Alice Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Broken Top Crater.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • A view of the Matterhorn (9,826 ft) from Ice Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Upper Thornton Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Enjoying one last look at Ring Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
  • Beautiful Rainbow Lake.- Amazing Alpine Lakes
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What makes an Alpine Lake so special? Fed by mountain runoff, Alpine Lakes are known for their crystal clear water and pristine high elevation scenery. Many are shaped by glacial activity, resulting in dramatically sloped ridges that descend at a steep pitch pitch from surrounding mountain peaks right to the lakeshores. Striking flora and elusive fauna grow and thrive in these environments, as well.

The most beautiful lakes are usually alpine, a term that means “relating to the high mountains.” In addition to the characteristics described above, they are usually defined by their proximity at 5,000 feet in elevation or higher.

While the majority of alpine lakes are relatively small and require rigorous hiking to remote locations, there are some that are easily accessible as well as behemoth in size. Whether you are seeking a backcountry lake to dip your toes in where you can feel like the only person in the world or a beach to drive to and launch your paddle board, alpine lakes offer some of the prettiest views and refreshing experiences out there.

Here’s a few of our favorite alpine lakes that are great places to escape to and experience what mountain living is all about.

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