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Lake of the Angels Professional Review and Guide
"Lake of the Angels is a favorite of rangers and, arguably, the most beautiful trail-accessible lake in the Olympic Mountains. That said, in this case, the word trail has to be in quotes. This is one of those old boot-beaten paths so common in this range that tends to scare away all but the best conditioned and most experienced hikers. Though the route is in pretty good shape and generally easy to follow, it is also wickedly steep and even has a few places that are dangerously exposed, where you’ll have to use your hands to both steady your nerves and help pull yourself up a steep rock face. And please keep in mind that the downhill on these sections is often more difficult and dangerous than going up. This is not a hike for anyone who is afraid of heights or who is unwilling to expend a lot of energy to reach the destination. So, while the rewards here are certainly great—an absolutely stunning little alpine lake in a setting that will draw rave reviews from even the most seasoned hiker—the costs in sweat and fear are also great and must be strongly considered before you set out from your car."
--Douglas Lorain, Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
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