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Photos of Chester Lake up to Three Lakes Valley

Distance: 9.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,414 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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3 months ago

We went on Oct 12, and were treated to a beautifully frozen Chester Lake. Pushing our way through knee deep snow, we pushed past the Elephant Rocks to the first lake of the valley. This and the other lakes are frozen over/covered with snow right now, but if you push through the deep snow and steep incline past the first lake, you'll be treated to an amazing 360 panoramic view, with imposing mountains behind and to your side, and an excellent wide open view into a larch filled alpine valley. One of the best viewpoints I've been to! We got to the second lake and noticed it had also dried up and subsequently been covered with snow, so we turned around. As noted below, Chester Lake is very busy, but the crowds really thin out as soon as you push onwards from there.