The very aptly titled Spectacle Lake is one of countless lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness located in a solid granite bowl. This one in particular was formed where a natural dam of sorts blocks the flow of Delate Creek further down the valley. As the lake water overtops the dam it slides and cascades 53 feet into a narrow gorge in an attractive waterfall as Delate Creek begins its precipitous descent to join the Cooper River. The falls are rather photogenic, lending well to scenes with the surrounding lofty peaks (Three Queens, Four Brothers and Chikamin - Lemah can't be seen in conjunction with the falls) and are well lit at sunrise. Those visiting Spectacle Lake should spend the extra 10 minutes to walk to the outlet to take in the falls.
- Spectacle Lake Falls is the name of this waterfall.
Spectacle Lake Falls is located immediately at the outlet of Spectacle Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The shortest approach to the lake is 11 miles via the Pete Lake Trail and the PCT or 9 1/2 miles via the Pete Lake Trail, the Pete Lake Cutoff (which requires fording Lemah Creek) and the PCT. The outlet of the lake and the falls are found about 1/3 mile north of where the spur from the PCT runs into the lake.