Wandering among the lakes

As you continue northeast around Rachel lake to the right, you gain almost half of the elevation with little difficulty, hardly noticing it. A few more switchbacks, tedious but nothing compared to what you already went through below, and you arrive at the "T" junction on top of the ridge. Time for a big decision. Continue right to Alta Mountain, lovely Lila Lake, and a huge overview across the Gold Creek basin to Kendall Butte, Alaska Peak, and a slice of the Cascade Crest Trail... or continue left to the Rampart Lakes? On this day, the lakes were calling me. This is the most northern of the lakes.

One of the Rampart Lakes