The surface of Willow Lake is at 11,660 ft elevation, just below tree-line; so the fir and aspen grow right down to the water’s edge. The most spectacular feature of the lake is the 150 ft tall waterfall that feeds the lake at its eastern end. You can walk to this falls along the northern shore of the lake. The trail is about a mile in length. From this vantage point you will be able to see four peaks that form the southwestern wall of the ridge: Challenger Point, Kit Carson Peak, Columbia Point, and Obstructionist Peak. [I have no pictures from this location: It was too late in the day and the dog’s feet were sore. Next time, we’ll begin earlier in the day, and he’ll wear better shoes.] From the west end of the lake, you’ll see the northern end of the Kit Carson massif towering another 2000 ft above you.