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Name: kcjonez Date: June 13, 2009 Rating:
 
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This is no cakewalk. I was going to hike into Litchenwasser w/ a buddy but he bailed out to play golf. The only reason why I attempted this adventure solo was because I still had cell phone service. First off this is about 1000ft + rise in 1.5 mile so do the math. Found a couple logs downed about 200 yards from the first road cut-back crossed the river and started up. I searched for the fisherman trail w/o much luck. I decided to stick near the outlet creek and go straight up. The terrain was hell - wet, slick, icy snow, and at times dangerous. Almost turned around a couple times but got past the worst of the rise and arrived at the lake in about 1:30. To my dismay the lake was frozen over but yet a beautiful sight. T-storms rolled in w/ rain, so I made a fire, got warm, and finally the sky opened and the sun came out about an hour later. Decided to throw a line in the swimming pool sized area free of ice near the outlet. Tried some eggs and 2nd cast - fish on. 11 inch fighting cutt! Took the bait deep so this guy became dinner. Removed all the barbs off my hook and fished about another hour catching two more. Not bad considering only %2 of the lake was exposed. The weather came in again so I bailed out. With the rain, the hike down was very dangerous! I found trail markers however they seemed to lead to the most vertical and rocky terrain on the ridge. I will come back in July! I'm curious, from my detailed map it would seem easier to reach the lake from the south and park at the third cut-back - probably an easier 750ft rise in. Any comments?

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Name: Cracker Jack Date: May 27, 2005 Rating:
 
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My cousin Apple Jack and myself hiked up the devils trail (as its become known) to Lake Licktenwasser aprox. 5500 feet elevation. On the way up we encountered snow on the ground wich I figured there would be at the least some. This made the trail (what little of it there is anyways) pritty difficult to find. But an hour and forty five mins. later we arrived at the beautiful Alpine lake.I tossed my first lure and no bite. Every time I've been to this lake I've always had a fat fighting cut on the first cast. The water was way too cold but I did eventualy catch a small 8 or 9 inch cutt. My cousin Apple Jack's first hike to this lake caught 2. The first was only about 5 inches and the second about 7 or 8. The south end were the 5 inlet steams are were covered in snow but 80% of the lake was accessable. All in all a very good first hike of the season. Cracker Jack-Catching & Releasing

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Name: Cracker Jack Date: April 17, 2005 Rating:
 
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Hello once again to all my fellow fisherman. As summer time nears and I anticipate the melting of mountain snow and the thaw of my favorite Alpine lakes I remembered some Important Info I needed to pass along to you. On about my 5th hike to Lichtenwasser Lake using the fisherman's trail that I found from using this fine website. I finally decided to try to make it around the whole lake. When I got to the north end of the lake I ran into some old timers. They told me many interesting facts about the lake. From the early 1960's up until about 7 years ago only a small few knew about how to reach the lake and they kept it a secret. Eventually the group grew older had children, grandchildren and met and made new friends and invited them along to share in their secret special place. One of the old timers even told me they had on the lake shore a thirty person wedding including a priest and children.Somewere along the way one of these newly trusted friends wrote a hiking book and included details on how to reach the lake. The secret was out. The old timers told of how people started coming that first year and the steady increase since. They told me of two fellows two years back who had built a camp fire during the height of the fire season. There was a ban on camp fires and they let them know. The two men said the had it under control and for them not to worry. About an hour later one of the pine trees caught fire 20 feet up and they couldn't get it to go out .one of the old timers hiked out and called the forestry service and they landed a chopper on the lake and put out the smoldering pine. In my conversation I proudly told them how I had found the directions to the lake from this fine website and how I almost didn't find my way to the lake but had noticed orange tags hanging in the trees and had luckily decided to follow them. I also shared with them how I was a catch and release fishermen and that I remove two of the three hooks from my lure as not too harm the fish. I thanked them for the Knowledge shared and I then went upon my way. About a week later I returned to find the orange tags that had once marked the last 1/4 mile of the hike had been removed. But It was too late. I had already been there 5 times and made it to the lake no problems. So the whole point to this long story is mainly this: my previous instructions no longer work. So if you find yourselves 1 mile and a 1000 feet up a mountain without a  trail, don't say I didn't warn you. Release It C.J.
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Name: Cracker Jack Date: June 28, 2004 Rating:
 
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On a sunny June after noon I decided to try finding the fishermans trail to Lichtenwasser lake using the directions off this web site. Well ....... lets just say I had a little difficulty. At first I couldn't find it. It is about 2 miles at the sharp bend in the road but you can no longer look up the road and see the cars parked at the trail head to Valhalla. That trail head has been moved. It is now at about 3.1 miles. So I started up the trail. I figure (from the top map) its about A mile and a half to the lake. IT IS DANGEROUS AND CONFUSING. I lost the trail three times and had to back track. and the last part of the trail STAY LEFT) isn't a trail muddy mountain climb). Then you follow orange tags about 100 yards) hanging in the trees till you arrive at this BEAUTIFUL ALPINE lake. The trail is a little slice of HELL .Bring your sense of direction and DON'T let go. As for the fishing it was great. I kept 2. 11 and twelve inch CUTTS the rest I caught and released(7 total). I WILL BE BACK!!! so here is the info and thanx for yours. KEEP IT CLEAN . Cracker Jack

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Name: Cracker Jack Date: June 28, 2004 Rating:
 
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On a sunny June after noon I decided to try finding the fishermans trail to Lichtenwasser lake using the directions off this web site. Well ....... lets just say I had a little difficulty. At first I couldn't find it. It is about 2 miles at the sharp bend in the road but you can no longer look up the road and see the cars parked at the trail head to Valhalla. That trail head has been moved. It is now at about 3.1 miles. So I started up the trail. I figure (from the top map) its about A mile and a half to the lake. IT IS DANGEROUS AND CONFUSING. I lost the trail three times and had to back track. and the last part of the trail STAY LEFT) isn't a trail muddy mountain climb). Then you follow orange tags about 100 yards) hanging in the trees till you arrive at this BEAUTIFUL ALPINE lake. The trail is a little slice of HELL .Bring your sense of direction and DON'T let go. As for the fishing it was great. I kept 2. 11 and twelve inch CUTTS the rest I caught and released(7 total). I WILL BE BACK!!! so here is the info and thanx for yours. KEEP IT CLEAN . Cracker Jack

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Name: Mark Stennes Date: September 12, 2003 Rating:
 
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Made my first trip to this alpine lake up on Steven's pass with my buddy Jason. We started about 4 in the afternoon so we knew we needed to get a move on and hike fast to get back to the car by 8. Well, we ran into a STEEP hike, and the "trail" was muddy and quite slick. Anyway, took about an hour to get up to the lake, and once we did we started fishing ASAP. I threw my line out with a yellow and orange roostertail and had a fighting Cutt on the first cast. Only about 8" but not bad for the first cast. Given the first fish on the first cast, I thought it would be a bumper fishing trip, but it turns out we only caught 15 fish between us in 2 hours. That is still pretty good, but other remote alpine lakes usually reward a little better than that. Jason and I each caught 13" fish that were fat and healthy and actually put up a pretty good fight. The best place to fish from shore is the left side of the lake right as you arrive where the logjam is. My bet is that if y!ou hike in earlier in the year, the place to fish would be the 4-5 feeder streams on the back side of the lake. However, this dry year as reduced those streams to nearly a trickle. Anyway, this trail and lake is for the adventurous, strong lunged hikers. Have fun.

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Name: David Desrosier Date: July 31, 2000 Rating:
 
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I have been fishing at this remote lake for years now never been disappointed. Between the solitude and scenery oh ya and the fishing. The fish in this lake are cutts to 13 inches. This lake is near lake Valhalla.To get to this lake go over Stevens pass to Smithbrooks road. About 2 miles you will see a sharp bend in road. If you look up you will see where cars are parked for the hike to Valhalla. Park at the bend in road. Walking west about 50 yards you will see where you need to cross the creek. Follow the fisherman's trail up the hill. The trail is very steep. As you keep climbing the trail starts going to the right- stay left and go straight up about 30 yards and presto your there. Follow the left side of lake to other end where the creek enters. It takes about 1hr 30min going up and 45min down. Red eggs work good here as do flys. Good luck and watch for the goats on the rocks.

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