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Most hikers stop at the gorgeous Norton Lakes. However, if you are up for a physical challenge and prize views, then you have to add the pass below Norton Peak to your itinerary. From the pass, the views are amazing! To the north, Miner Lake can be seen glistening some 1,100 feet below. The Prairie Creek drainage is beyond the lake with the steeps walls of the Smoky Mountains ridgeline rising behind. To the south, both Norton Lakes can be seen as well as the exquisite headwalls backing Smoky and Big Lost lakes.