Love that little day hike. I've been taking my boys up there since they were 8 and 10 (about 8 years). Great lake for flies and Pistol Petes. Did you come in from Summit Lake or Echo Lake? I've come in from Summit once and never again but I had to try if once.
Yes, hiked in and back out since it was shorter than hiking in from Summit then out to Echo then a very long walk around on the road back to the truck. Definitely shorter hike. The way in is straight down and back out is straight up. You could probably jump out as far as you can and you would land most of the way down. Lol
I am pretty sure that you have to be a resident of Idaho Springs to fish Idaho Springs Res. Not 100% positive on that but there are posted regulations at the lake.
I had thought about snow shoeing up to these lakes in the winter with camping gear. Amazing place in the summer so I bet it would be even more beautiful in the winter. Also haul hand auger and an ice rod.
I found out about that place from "Fishing Close to Home" publication so it must be available for the public. Also, I only c&r so I can't attest to the c&r only signs because it's implied to me wherever.
Reply by: bron Posted: 6/27/2016 9:45:52 AM Points: 39235
I just wondered if any of you guys had fished it--didn't know there was a gate (I'm jealous of that deal though). I only knew it was a tough hike from Echo Lake--wondered if it was worth it. I do C & R too.