Craving the outdoors? Here's another dreamy destination to add to your summer bucket list. Precipice Lake in California is one of the state's best hidden natural wonders.

Located in Sequoia National Park, Precipice is a stunning glacial lake.

The water is filled with varying rainbow shades of color and hidden smack between two 10,000-foot high granite cliffs. 

It's certainly not for the faint of heart. Some parts of the trail require you to walk along a narrow cliff edge and climb up tall ladder rungs!

*jaw drops* 

You'll have to hike high above the clouds to find it, but it's one 100% worth the effort.

To get there, you'll need to take the High Sierra Trail 20 miles into the wilderness. Once you reach the waters, you'll feel like you're in a land far away.

Due to the length of this hike, it's best to split it up over two or more days and camp along the way.

You can camp at the 9-mile mark and then start your day with a 4,000-foot climb over the next 10 miles. Carrying your camping gear can be tiring, so make sure to stop for breaks, water, and snacks along the way.

While this is certainly a difficult trek, you'll be surrounded by enchanting natural beauty the entire way.

It's more than enough to entice you to reach your reward.

The best time to hike the trail is during the late spring or early summer months. Due to the high elevation, the lake is often partially frozen even into summer.

As you wander through thick groves of forest trees and climb higher into the mountains, you'll feel like Indiana Jones on an epic quest.

When you reach the top, why not take a quick dip in the cold water? You've earned it. 

Plus, the rainbow waters make for an amazing photo. Spread out your picnic at the top and enjoy one of the state's best-hidden secrets.

It's a wonder that the crowds haven't found it yet. Now, it's your time to explore.

Precipice Lake

Price: $35 per vehicle 

Location: High Sierra Trail, Sequoia National Park, CA

Why You Should Go: You can explore a multicolored glacier lake that's hidden from the world.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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