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.