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Five Epic Spots to Kayak

Since moving to the Pacific Northwest over two years ago, I've come to love several new activities. I fell quickly in love with hiking.  I later expanded into alpine climbing and mountaineering. Most recently, I've fell in love with kayaking. In particular, I love paddling in North America's most beautiful waters, especially the most remote alpine lakes, experiencing a paddle that few have or no one has experienced.

As my love for kayaking has grown, I've found myself kayaking in some amazing waters. Here are my top five spots I've paddled my kayak ... so far. (There are many more spots to come)!

#5. Frog Lake, Oregon

Frog Lake, Oregon, at sunrise. This morning paddle was accompanied by a layer of thin fog above the water's surface, creating an extra surreal experience, all while Mount Hood hovered above, basking in alpenglow. It's hard to explain the feeling of being the sole person at or on the lake and experiencing the sunrise from such a unique perspective.

#4. Alouette Lake, British Columbia

Alouette Lake, Golden Ears Provincial Park, British Columbia. The sky lit up in a gold hue, creating a surreal environment on and around the water. Hearing nothing more than the sound of my paddle hitting the water and seeing nothing more than the open landscape and the morning light, this was one kayak ride I'll never forget.

Alouette Lake, Golden Ears Provincial Park, British Columbia. The sky lit up in a gold hue, creating a surreal environment on and around the water. Hearing nothing more than the sound of my paddle hitting the water and seeing nothing more than the open landscape and the morning light, this was one kayak ride I'll never forget.

#3. Two Jack Lake, Alberta

Two Jack Lake, Banff, Alberta, at sunrise. No trip to Banff is complete without visiting Two Jack Lack, from which you see the iconic view of Mount Rundle. Riding an Oru Kayak across the mirror-like surface, as the morning light painted the north face of Two Jack, is one experience that everyone should enjoy.

Two Jack Lake, Banff, Alberta, at sunrise. No trip to Banff is complete without visiting Two Jack Lack, from which you see the iconic view of Mount Rundle. Riding an Oru Kayak across the mirror-like surface, as the morning light painted the north face of Two Jack, is one experience that everyone should enjoy.

#2. No Name Lake, Broken Top, Oregon

No Name Lake, Broken Top, Central Oregon. There are few mountains more unique in central Oregon than Broken Top. As you might be aware, near the summit of Broken Top sits a unique lake, called "No Name Lake." We decided to hike the 2 or 3 miles up to No Name Lake with our kayak to enjoy a paddle in this unique environment. Surrounded by the red, crumbling rock and the turquoise water, it felt like we were exploring a different planet. 

#1. Colchuck Lake, Washington

Colchuck Lake, the Enchantments, Washington State. Of all the alpine lakes I've paddled, one stands out among the rest. Colchuck Lake is one the crown jewels of the Cascade's many alpine lakes, in my opinion. It sits on the west edge of the popular hiking and camping zone called "the Enchantments." To reach Colchuck, we hiked in approximately 5 miles and over 2000 of elevation gain with the Oru Kayak. The effort produced a beautiful reward: paddling our kayak on one of the PNW's most iconic waterways. To top it off, the setting sun cast a red glow on the top of Dragontail peak. Truly a day I'll never forget.

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So, let me ask you: Where would you kayak if you could paddle anywhere? On any water?