Sister Lakes – Lake Florence
You might remember from my earlier post about Lake Blanche that there are three sister lakes situated in what has been referred to as the Hidden Valley…at the end of a drainage or tributary canyon, Mill B South, which extends off of Big Cottonwood Canyon, just south and east of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
I think I’ve probably already provided as much of the interesting history of the area as I might, so the remainder of this post and the following one on Lake Lillian will be simply sharing the natural beauty of the area. You might recognize Dromedary Peak in the photo above from another earlier post…as you can see here, it provides an appealing backdrop for Lake Florence…and Lake Lillian, as well.
The above photograph shows another side of Sundial Peak, which you might have seen in a couple of other posts, but probably most significantly in the Lake Blanche post referred to earlier. The rocky and beautifully treed ridge above is what you would find between Lakes Blanche and Florence…and in the below photo (taken in July, 2011), you see the waterfall/drainage that leads from L. Blanche to L. Florence. With the greatly diminished snowfall this past winter season, there was very little water flowing between the lakes this year.
The next three photos are very similar, but demonstrate slightly different perspectives of Lake Florence and the rocky backdrop of Dromedary Peak. You might notice a couple of people toward the right side of the second photo below…I don’t know who those folks are, but they had camped at the location overnight and help to add a bit of dimension to the beautiful orange/red rocks that form a portion of the bowl for the lake.
As I mentioned in the Lake Blanche post, dams were built on each of the lakes to preserve a certain amount of water per year…water that was collected from the snow-melt that occurred each spring. The dams were built over a period of several years, started in 1905…completed in 1934…and then breached in 1972 when they were deemed no longer necessary.
If you look closely, you can see a small portion of Lake Lillian…right behind the skinny finger of a dead tree immediately to the left of the dam…on the far left side of the above photo.
For those who are interested, the trail that leads to the Sister Lakes is approximately three miles/4.8 km in length and has an elevation gain of about 2,600 ft/792 meters, with Lake Blanche being at about 8,900 ft/2,713 m and Lake Florence, 200 yards/183 meters to the west at 120 feet/37 meters lower. Sundial Peak is measured at 10,320 ft/3,146 m, Dromedary Peak is at 11,107 ft/3,385 m. The entire Sister Lakes area falls within several thousands of acres that are designated as the Twin Peaks Wilderness Area, which is part of the Wasatch National Forest.
Aside from the beautiful reflection of the ridge in the above photo, you can also see where the waterfall is missing (mentioned in regard to photo #3) in the rocky cleft near the middle of the image.
Wildflowers on the little ridge behind the dam on the far west side of the lake…I checked six on-line resources and can’t identify them properly, but I’m guessing that they’re from somewhere in the Sunflower family….
Similar images, above and below, but from different perspectives….
I’ve included this last photo from July, 2011, so you can see Lake Florence with a bit more water in it…and with a nice snow-patched mountain back-drop…you can also see Lake Lillian in the background.
I hope you’ve enjoyed visiting Lake Florence in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The next post in the series will focus on Lake Lillian, the smallest of the Sister Lakes in the Hidden Valley area of Mill B South, in Big Cottonwood Canyon….
October 19, 2012 at 7:49 am
It sure is, Ruth…thank you!
October 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm
Yeah . . . just makes me want to head out and hike.
. . . sometime in the future, when other obligations are not pulling on me so.
Beautiful settings. The occasional person included in the shot lends a different perspective to the size of what we are looking at.
October 19, 2012 at 8:49 am
I’m glad you found the photos compelling, Emilio…I hope it’s not too long until you can get out there…it’s a treasure, as you know. And yeah…have to put a person in there every now and then…helps everyone know how big things are out there…. 😉
October 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm
A beautiful spot to spend a lazy afternoon. Smashing photographs Scott. 🙂
October 19, 2012 at 9:43 am
I don’t think we’d be getting there if it was SUCH a lazy afternoon, Chillbrook…quite a bit of effort is required to get there and back…but yes, to camp there and “chill” out…yes indeed! 🙂
And thank you, too….. 🙂
October 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm
Gosh, it’s such an incredible area. Your images really do make it look so majestic.
I do like the people in the landscape, Scott, they bring out the vastness of it. Beautiful work.
October 19, 2012 at 11:43 am
It has to be one of my favorite places, Karen…so very incredible. I’m glad the images convey the splendor out there…people included. 🙂
Thank you, Karen….
October 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm
If you didn’t have your campers there, I wouldn’t have realized how large that lake is. They are so absolutely beautiful and I am jealous of your playground.
October 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm
It’s a wonderful place to play, Bella…I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the photos…you could come and play sometime…don’t you do a bit of travelling with your work? 🙂
October 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm
Just magnificent. A wonderful wilderness beautifully explained and photographed. Thanks Scott.
October 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm
Thank you very much, John…I’m happy you enjoyed all of it…and you’re most welcome. 🙂
October 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm
You’ve probably already answered this, but I don’t remember-are all these lakes man made?
October 19, 2012 at 6:03 pm
The lakes themselves aren’t man-made, no…the book I’ve referenced mentioned that before the dams were in-place, the lakes simply flowed over their edges wherever they might, as water does and will do. The dams simply helped contain more than what the natural bowls could have done by themselves, and then channeled the water from one lake to the next…and then down into the natural drainage where the water managed to make it eventually anyway….
October 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm
Simply stunning images, Scott.
October 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm
Thank you, Gunta. 🙂
October 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm
Magnificent views, Scott, beautifully captured. I particularly like the reflections… More please! 😉 (when you get the chance!)
October 20, 2012 at 2:40 am
Thank you, Dreams and Zeros…I do have a final set in this series…and I’m working on putting-together a few more from some other lakes in a nearby canyon…. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them so much. 🙂
October 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm
October 20, 2012 at 10:30 pm
I agree, Terry…thank you.
October 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm
Gorgeous shots and place!
February 15, 2016 at 4:34 pm
Thank you, Cindy…and yes, it is certainly a gorgeous place!
February 16, 2016 at 9:40 pm