Husband and I decided to save Coldwater Lake for the drive out instead of in and we were glad we did. We got more sunlight up on the mountain (where you need to be more careful) and were still rewarded with gorgeous vistas and an uber easy trek around the lake (They're were some great paved paths here and easy well delineated hiking).
I've always thought this Eiseley quote is so beautiful and was happy to see it posted on the trailhead.
Isn't the lake truly magical? It's crystal clear and you can see right down to its volcanic rock base.
You can also see Mt St Helen's peaking out at you amidst the now thriving trees.
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