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Moonset over Eagles Nest

There is no easy way to access this remote wilderness, and getting here involved a long strenuous day with quite a bit of off-trail hiking, cross-country navigation, and class 3 climbing. And if that wasn’t grueling enough, I was also carrying a backpack fully loaded with overnight gear and camera equipment.

The Gore Range is noted for its rugged peaks and knife-edge ridges, so finding a high alpine plateau in the midst of these mountains is quite rare. This lake occupies a unique location, nestled under the remote north face of Mount Powell and the connecting ridge to Eagles Nest, which gives the wilderness its name.

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