Alta Mountain and Lila Lake Hike

Kidless hike to the top of Alta Mountain and an unexpected side trip to and swim in Lila Lake.
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img_2689 Entering the Alpine Lakes Wilderness shortly after leaving the Rachel Lake trailhead.
Entering the Alpine Lakes Wilderness shortly after leaving the Rachel Lake trailhead.
img_2691 Much of the trail's flat early miles parallel Box Canyon Creek.
Much of the trail's flat early miles parallel Box Canyon Creek.
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img_2694 Not a great picture of our greeter to the trail. Less than a mile in this pretty owl flew straight down the trail towards us before swinging up onto the tree...
Not a great picture of our greeter to the trail. Less than a mile in this pretty owl flew straight down the trail towards us before swinging up onto the tree…
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img_2703 The climb out of the valley towards Rachel Lake begins. Hibox Mountain is the peak to the right.
The climb out of the valley towards Rachel Lake begins. Hibox Mountain is the peak to the right.
img_2705 Rachel Lake was still as glass. We had the lake to ourselves during our snack break.
Rachel Lake was still as glass. We had the lake to ourselves during our snack break.
img_2706 Looking up at where we have to go next. The trail picks its way up this face and then follows the band of trees in the middle of the picture.
Looking up at where we have to go next. The trail picks its way up this face and then follows the band of trees in the middle of the picture.
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