Cliff Lake Professional Review and Guide
"This sweet little lake is made all the more tempting because it lies off the beaten path. Even on the busiest summer weekends, this secluded tarn sees little traffic, as hikers often skip past it as they hike between Summit Lake and Terrace Lake. Even if such a traverse is your goal, make time to check out Cliff Lake. The shallow, gray-green pool rests in a depression at the base of the westfacing cliffs of Reading Peak, from whence (obviously) comes the name. The cliffs present two faces: they are crumpled into spills of talus on the southeast shore of the lake, and rear in great, black-streaked domes on its southwest shore. Below all this, the lake is clear, sandy, and inviting. Highlights: Separated from the more easily reached Terrace and Shadow Lakes by a length of little-used trail, Cliff Lake offers blissful solitude and lovely panoramic views of the north face of Reading Peak."