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Lake: Ice Lake

Ice Lake

Post By: whitehook      Posted: 10/8/2018 5:42:59 PM     Points: 19    
Our trip to Ice Lake (near Idaho Springs) this weekend was a monumental challenge, one that I had not expected when we planned it. Even google earth had not depicted the terrain as being as steep as it was. It also didnít help tha we accidentally chose the wrong routes. We made it to the lake nonetheless. At 12,200 feet the lake was completely exposed to the 30mph+ winds but we were luckily blessed with mostly sunny skies. Our original goal when we set out for this trip was to catch some legendary cutthroat trout out of this lake that I had heard rumored was almost never fished. Now I understand why! Unfortunately that goal was not completed. The only fish I hooked, a greenback cutthroat with a fire red belly, got off. That still didnít take away from the trip going down as one of the greatest adventures of my life.
 Reply by: whitehook      Posted: 10/8/2018 5:44:16 PM     Points: 19    
Some pics trying to show the landscape of the trail
 Reply by: whitehook      Posted: 10/8/2018 5:46:15 PM     Points: 19    
We came in from the Kingston peak road. We knew the Loch Lomond trail would be easier but we had never done this road before.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 10/8/2018 6:11:23 PM     Points: 38411    
I always wanted to go there and now Im too old to make that hike. Thank you so much for sharing these photos! Awesome job getting up there! I wish I could give you 20 fins ups per photo!
 Reply by: whitehook      Posted: 10/8/2018 6:59:17 PM     Points: 19    
Thanks Bron!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 10/8/2018 8:07:57 PM     Points: 38411    
You da man for making that trek! To my credit I do Silver Dollar back in the day.
 Reply by: whitehook      Posted: 10/8/2018 9:09:16 PM     Points: 19    
I havenít been there. Ill have to add it to my bucket list for next summer. What species is in that lake?
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 10/9/2018 5:57:15 AM     Points: 38411    
There were cutties back in the day but in recent years it's rumored to have went sterile. It's worth the hike for the scenery but don't expect to catch much now. Murray, right above it, is productive.
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 10/9/2018 6:13:03 AM     Points: 3362    
Narly hike but good fishing. Never made it this year but friends had some good outings this summer during full moons.
And not all rumors are true.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 10/9/2018 6:16:07 PM     Points: 38411    
Hey Matt and Tom...any chance you can move the content of this post to the lake page with the photos and give Whitehook some major points for it?
 Reply by: opencage      Posted: 10/9/2018 7:34:21 PM     Points: 164691    
added to the to-do list, thanks

these high-elevation lakes are the best, great work and hikes and photos
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 10/9/2018 8:01:34 PM     Points: 38411    
Thanks Tom, he deserves it for making that trip.
 Reply by: Chasers      Posted: 11/2/2018 4:31:00 PM     Points: 0    
Hey i went to silver dollar 2 weekends ago looking for early ice and i didnt find anything yet but word on the streets is the lake right above silver dollar has some beautiful cutts in it look up murray lake. Good luck fishing
 Reply by: gsn1574      Posted: 11/2/2018 5:12:47 PM     Points: 963    
There are some interesting rumors on those lakes in that area, some are true. Nice job, that one is a heck of a hike.
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: 11/4/2018 7:37:07 PM     Points: 7918    
It's definitely a cool lake that keeps a lot of people away.

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