The views were smoky due to the Butte Fire, which was burning quite heavily that weekend. It was a cloudy night and a new moon. The darkness was deep and the silence at the lake was amazing. At time it felt like being in an isolation cell with no light and no sound, but in a good way. Then in the morning the reflections on the lake were beautiful and birds were flying all around us, including two ducks floating on the lake. This lake is only 2 miles and 1200 feet of elevation gain from Sonora Pass highway. A nice, quick escape from civilization!