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Hamilton Lake is an alpine tarn tucked in a narrow cirque of cliffs, above treeline and high above Emerald Lake.
To get there, you’ll take the easy hike to Hamilton Falls, then proceed up many switchbacks hundreds of metres of elevation.
This slog through moist and sometimes buggy forest keeps most people away, but efforts are rewarded by climbing above the trees. Behind you are huge views over a long river valley bound by mountains, and ahead lies Hamilton Lake.
It’s a pristine pool of turquoise in a steep-sided bowl with interesting geology.
If the weather is nice, you’ll want to linger on its shore in hard-earned solitude. Sources: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho/activ/randonnee-hike/jour-day