The trail to Sapphire Lake was a wish and somewhat a dream for some time. Grandpa Leon (82), dad and I were eager to return to the Trinity Alps wilderness area after a successful group trip several years earlier to the Caribou Lakes. During that trip we hiked up Sawtooth Ridge and viewed our objective for some future date. For the next several years I regularly would stare at a canvas print on my wall of the lakes far in the distance. The "someday" became "today" on September 2nd 2017, when our foursome crested the ridge and viewed the absolutely stunning Sapphire Lake, pictured here. We stayed for a few hours, swimming and enjoying lunch in this sacred place. That memory, and this place, will hopefully remain unchanged for many, many years. Someday in the future I will likely return, hopefully with my children, and I will quietly remember this very special trip, and the very special day when we visited Sapphire Lake together. Pictured left to right: Chris (32), Mike (59), Leon (82), K (54).