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Sunset Lake

by Miles Hecker

Sunset Lake

Sunset Lake Interlude

© Miles Hecker


Sunset Lake is not a spot that most people have heard of. The reason for that is simple, it's a long way off the beaten path. It is in fact a 12 mile hike from the nearest trailhead on the Idaho side of the Tetons. It is a pretty, but not spectacular little lake. It does have a secret, wildflowers. In the first week of August the best wildflower displays in all of Wyoming can be found around sunset lake .

If you love wildflowers, plan a backpacking trip to Sunset Lake the first week in August. It is in the national forrest so no permit is needed.



Early sunrise can give you stunning alpenglow with a super saturated film or vivid digital color settings. Sunset will give you the classic high altitude fire in the sky if the cloud cover is right. The fire is best in mid to late September when the sun sets behind Mt Moran. Moose are often seen at both sunrise and sunset in the river.


LENS: 28-70mm for 35mm camera, 17-50mm for crop sensor cameras

FILTERS: none needed


Slide films: Velvia 100 or Kodak E100SW


About Miles Hecker

Miles has been involved with photography for over forty years. He teaches digital photography at Casper College in Casper,Wyoming. His photos have won awards from Natures Best magazine,, The Luminous Landscape and Wyoming WIldlife . Miles' photos have been published in American Vignette, Backpacker Magazine, Natures Best Images, Popular Photography, Wyoming Audubon, and Wyoming Wildlife. He is co-founder of WyoFOTO LLC.

                                                                                                                                                              April, 2011

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Concepts: Sun, Sunrise, Sunrise equation, Sunset, Sky, Mount Moran, Horizon, Equator

Entities: Sunset Lake, Mount Moran, Miles Hecker, Idaho, Wyoming

Tags: sunset lake, spectacular little lake, wildflowers, best wildflower displays, vivid digital color, classic high altitude, super saturated film, beaten path, nearest trailhead, long way, stunning alpenglow, Mt Moran, mile hike, late september, national forrest, backpacking trip, cloud cover, sunrise, Tetons, Moose