We were disappointed in the lack of clarity in the sky, as there are several wildfires in the region. Luckily we got there when we did, as a thunderstorm rolled through two days later and started a wildfire on the slopes.
Unfortunately, we didn’t make the hike down to the lake. You can see the trail extending down from the lower left, using switchbacks to drop down the steep slopes toward the lake. It’s only about two miles round trip, but in our haste to pack the car and drive out to southeast Oregon, we left all of our water carrying bottles and bladders at the house and the water filter was back at the camp. So at the elevation (~9,000′) on a hot day, we wisely decided to not make the jaunt. Oh well, a good excuse to return to the lake.
Perhaps even camp.