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Sheer drop of cliff into lake

Our hike on the second day of backpacking the High Sierra Trail (HST) ended at Precipice Lake. This lake became one of the best lakes I’d seen. The sheer drop of the cliff into the lake is just mind boggling to look at. It is definitely one of those things where you have to actually see it to believe it. The hike to the lake involving over 2,100 feet elevation gain from Hamilton Lakes wore me out quite a bit with the heavy pack that I was carrying. I had wanted to jump into the lake prior to when I got there, but the lake at 10,384 feet was icy cold. Even some patches of snow still lingering right at the shore kept me out of the water. Instead, I just relaxed while soaking in the almost surreal beauty of the precipice dropping right into the lake.

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