We hiked down the wash which began tantalizingly simple. However, as the walls became taller above us on both sides of the wash, the hike met several dry fall obstacles. All of the dry falls had an "up and around" trail but the opportunity to scramble called to most of us like a siren.
As we dropped down towards to lake, we started noticing the colorful rock around us. The rock was created when an ancient volcano erupted turning rock to liquid and carrying stones that it met up with in its downhill path. When the liquid hardened, the finished product was very colorful pyroclastic rock.