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Summit Lake

 
 






Summit Lake (12,830 feet) is an excellent example of a high alpine lake. It lies in a cirque formed by Mount Evans and Mount Spalding with rocky ridges and cliffs rising from the lake to the summits over 1,000 feet above. It is the most accessible lake above timberline as the Summit Lake parking area is just a few hundred feet from the lake. The area to the east of the lake is Summit Lake Flats and is the only known area of permafrost located in the United States outside of Alaska.

While here, do take the short, 1/4-mile, hike to the Chicago Lake Basin overlook, as the view is spectacular.




Image is Mount Evans Summit reflected in a small sky pond near Summit Lake.

 
     
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