Consolation Lakes Topo Map

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Although these lakes were mapped by surveyors from a nearby ridge in 1892, and were seen by Walter Wilcox and Samuel Allen in their 1893 attempt to climb Mt. Temple, their discovery is credited to Wilcox, the first man to visit the shores, in 1899. Wilcox was “so pleased with the place,” in contrast to nearby Desolation Valley, that he named it “Consolation.” The photograph that he took from Babel Creek he considered “one of the most beautiful pictures that I have ever seen…. This view combines every element of grandeur and beauty characteristic of the Canadian Rockies— vertical cliffs and glaciers, forests, meadows, and a water surface, the reflections in which give an added interest to the surroundings.”

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