LOCATION: LAKE DIABLO, WA • SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
After seeing countless, breathtaking photos of Lake Diablo on Instagram I knew we had to add it to our list of places to visit during our trip to Seattle. Only 2 and a half hours northeast of Seattle it was feasible for a quick day trip. The color of the water at Diablo Lake is what mesmerized me from all the photos I had seen on the web but the color in person doesn’t even compare, it’s so much more vibrant in person! We woke up early that morning, packed some snacks and headed to fill up on donuts. We had read about so many delicious donut spots in Seattle, with more than forty different types of doughnuts we decided on TopPot donuts. We filled our box with a variety to please us both and two large cups of coffee before hitting the road.
As we made our way into North Cascades National Park, we passed by a couple different lakes and kept looking for the teal hues to determine if it was Diablo. First we passed Gorge Lake before winding up and around the mountain until we could see flashes of the infamous bright turquoise shade glistening in the sun. When we finally arrived mid-morning, I was anxious to get out of the car and see the Instagram worthy lake with my own eyes. The air was cool and crisp so I began adding more layers before making my way over to the look-out point. The look-out point is where most of the well-known photos are taken. We tried to find a couple more vantage points to show off the lake’s natural beauty but nothing seem to do it justice like the bird’s eye view from the top of the mountain.
After gazing at the unique, intense turquoise hue of the lake’s water we couldn’t help but wonder how the lake got it’s vibrant shade. We learned that the teal hue is attributed to the the surrounding glaciers that grind rocks into a fine powder that is carried into the lake through creeks. The fine powder from the rocks stays suspended in the lake, giving the water its brilliant color.
I layered on this red Patagonia jacket that ended up being the perfect amount of warmth combined with my beanie and paired with my gray denim (last seen here and here) and a simple black tee. I always get so much wear out of my Patagonia jackets because they’re the perfect extra layer. Light enough to wear to the gym over work-out clothes, running errands or underneath a heavier piece as it gets cooler in the year.