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Lake: Gibraltar Lakes - IPWA
Fish: Cutthroat Trout

Easier Route to Gibraltar?

Post By: ND Transplant      Posted: 8/19/2021 11:05:15 AM     Points: 11868    
Hey guys and gals. I am trying to hike and fish every named alpine lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness this summer and Gibralter is one of a handful I have left to do but 16.5 miles is insane. Does anyone know of any decent shortcuts? Thank you in advance. I do have a truck that can do Rollins pass pretty well.
 Reply by: Matt      Posted: 8/20/2021 2:01:50 PM     Points: 86414
Check out the Fly Fishing Guide to Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness Area by Schweitzer & Kruise & Swigle, if you haven't already! If you have access to an OHV, it seems that'll shorten the hike to about 4.5 miles after you drive from Camp Dick parking to the last spot you can get to at the IPWA border, near the Buchanan Pass Trailhead, then park and hike. I don't know the area, but that's what I found, hope it helps.
 Reply by: WapitiStalker      Posted: 8/24/2021 5:38:43 PM     Points: 150
Middle St. Vrain creek forest road 114.1 that goes up the mountain from peaceful valley seems to be the best road to take you closer to the trailhead that goes to Gibraltar lakes. it seems to pass a campground and seems to be closer to 6 miles from the end of the motor vehicle road and wilderness boundary to the lake. Seems like a rough road but if you have a truck you should be able to drive all the way up to the halfway point of Buchanan trail 910 and go west on that trail to the lake. it becomes st vrain glacier trail 911 halfway to the lake on the hike too.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 8/25/2021 2:00:37 PM     Points: 11592
Well good luck on the quest sounds awesome. As for the short cut Iím no help but hereís a kool app for Colorado trails. Buddy just showed me a couple weeks ago. Was helpful when we were out trail riding.

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