Because we visited in March (rainy season) there were clouds all about, which pretty much hid the surrounding mountains, but were lucky that the lake was sunny. A beautiful spot. We did hike down --which was not easy. Trail was often washed out and one had to work to find a spot to place your foot. Keeping in mind, too, that you are at 13,000 feet --don't even think about trying to hike back out. It is steep and long. Downhill is OK. We arranged for mules to take us back out. ($30 for two). The owner walks along with you to keep them going. Very fun. Stunning views.