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Lakes hike suggestions

Postby EatinHardtack » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:48 pm

Alright so I am lazy and it sucks to search the forums on a iPhone. I need a good lake hike with good fishing in either Summit/Chaffee/Park county area. Could do the IPW or Sangres also. Few stats, needs to be 8 miles or less RT, good fishing, not a ton of elevation gain, good fishing. I have done ptarmigan lake south of Yale so something similar would be good. This is for my dad and uncle. Thanks everyone.
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Re: Lakes hike suggestions

Postby My-Therapy » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:58 pm

I backpacked to Lake Ann 2 summers ago and found it to be a nice trail with good scenery the whole way. We had moderate success fishing and if you feel up to it, you can continue a short distance to the top of the Continental Divide. 7 mile round trip hike with a 1,260' gain in elevation, South Clear Creek TH.

Here is a link http://www.utahtrails.com/Colorado%20pages/LakeAnn.html

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Re: Lakes hike suggestions

Postby gb » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:40 pm

Just did this last week and even though it isn't quite where you're looking, it's still worth considering. http://14erskiers.com/blog/2012/07/tr-twin-lakes/

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Re: Lakes hike suggestions

Postby sunny1 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:44 pm

EatinHardtack wrote:Alright so I am lazy and it sucks to search the forums on a iPhone. I need a good lake hike with good fishing in either Summit/Chaffee/Park county area. Could do the IPW or Sangres also. Few stats, needs to be 8 miles or less RT, good fishing, not a ton of elevation gain, good fishing. I have done ptarmigan lake south of Yale so something similar would be good. This is for my dad and uncle. Thanks everyone.


Pitkin Lake in the Gores. 8.9 mi r/t, 2900 ft elev gain - might be more than you were looking for. HUGE trout were jumping and spawning in there a few wks ago.
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Re: Lakes hike suggestions

Postby Jim Davies » Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:57 am

There's Gibson Lake, in the Front range off 285. The hike is a bit shorter than you specified if you have a high-clearance vehicle, but about right if you start at Hall Valley Campground. It was full of jumping fish when I was there last month with my son.
http://www.outdoor.com/activities/backpacking/colorado-gibson-lake-trail/
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Re: Lakes hike suggestions

Postby kbmiller » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:18 am

West Tennessee lakes NW of Leadville. Good fishing (brooks and cutbows), nice gentle hike, good scenery. Another good one is Slide Lake a bit to the north. Caught a bunch of Splake in there earlier this year.

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Re: Lakes hike suggestions

Postby KeithK » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:57 am

I thought South Colony was great last summer... but these other suggestions definitely have the wheels turning. There's still time to get out and throw some hoppers this summer! Thanks for the ideas.
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Re: Lakes hike suggestions

Postby hop2it » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:02 am

I'm thinking about doing Blue Lake Pass in the San Juans. It looks really beautiful! I dont have a 4wd however, to to the trail head from Yankee Boy Basin. I believe I read that there is another way that utilizes a 2wd through Dallas Divide.

If anyone has any additional information for Blue Lake Pass, I'd love to know it! Thanks :)

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Re: Lakes hike suggestions

Postby Nathan Hale » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:19 am

hop2it wrote:I'm thinking about doing Blue Lake Pass in the San Juans. It looks really beautiful! I dont have a 4wd however, to to the trail head from Yankee Boy Basin. I believe I read that there is another way that utilizes a 2wd through Dallas Divide.

If anyone has any additional information for Blue Lake Pass, I'd love to know it! Thanks :)


The Dallas Divide route is a better choice anyway because it lets you go past the lakes and doesn't have a road right through it. These are the directions for getting to the trailhead. Just make sure when you're hiking that you follow the trail to Blue Lakes (the main trail) and not to Blaine Basin.
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Re: Lakes hike suggestions

Postby JQDivide » Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:57 pm

Love to fish the high mountain lakes.

Hunt & Boss Lakes off Monarch Pass, probably moderate because of some steep sections, but fairly short. Real good fishing. Can drive w/ 4x4 to first lake or hike the trail.
Pomeroy Lakes on the back side of Antero, can drive with good 4x4, or hike the road.
Gibson Lake has rumors of large brookies.

Here are a few sites that might help.

These two are from the BV Chamber.
http://www.buenavistacolorado.org/news/ArticleDisplay.asp?pg=1&i=52
http://www.buenavistacolorado.org/news/ArticleDisplay.asp?pg=1&i=61

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Colorado Mountain Fishing. Rick's site is still growing but has some good info.
http://www.coloradomountainfishing.com/

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Re: Lakes hike suggestions

Postby CCSARCAP » Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:50 pm

The Sangres has great fishing but the R/T's are 9-10 miles. Elevation gain runs an average of 2500 feet. The Rainbow trail averages about 9k ele. and the lakes run between 11,400 and 11,700 with the exception of Venable which is exactly 12k. Lake of the Clouds, Venable, Comanche, Dry, Goodwin or any other one has good fishing.

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