Each of these small lakes, sparkling with reflections of the snowcapped summits above, has distinct colours of sapphire, cat’s eye green or royal blue.
In May or early June the woods are graced with many species of wildflowers in bloom. Springtime also is the busiest for the birds, when they fill the forest with joyful song. Ducks, loons and shorebirds also nest in the area, and Turtle Lake wouldn’t be right if didn’t have all those turtles.
Turtle Lake is small, emerald-green and shallow. A fallen log makes an ideal place for turtles to bask in the sunshine. When approaching the lake, be quiet and avoid sudden movements; try not to frighten the timid, sunbathing turtles. If you wait long enough the turtles may ignore you and will clumsily swim around. Turtle Lake is bordered by a gentle grassy slope between the ponderosa pines and is an ideal spot to enjoy the quiet setting.
Canuck Lake is a deep, royal-blue lake with pine and fir forests hugging its shores. The Rocky Mountains rise in an even slope to the summits high above the lakeside.
Yankee Lake is dark blue and Y-shaped, at the base of the Rocky Mountains. This is the nicest lake of the three. At the northern edge of the lake, the trail forks. The right fork is the main trail, but for a nice detour take the left fork around some blowdowns on a trail to reach the joint of the Y. There you will find a rocky beach with water on two sides. It looks like tropical white rock with aquamarine water splashing the gradually sloping shore. This is the spot for your picnic!
The trail between the lakes climbs and descends several times through a forest of Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, western larch and lodgepole pine.