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Name: rlkelsey Date: July 03, 2009 Rating:
 
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Did this hike as a first solo of the year.
After stopping at the Verlot ranger station and being told it wasn't recommended without an ice axe, decided to go for it anyway.
As someone previously had posted, this isn't any easy little jaunt. The north side of the ridge coming off Gold Run pass had a lot of snow just over the lip. The snow was pretty soft as I didn't get to the top 'till around 3pm, so easy enough to carefully kick in steps for a ways till the trail reappeared. After heading down and across a rocky slope, lost the trail traversing a snowfield. The map showed the trail following Tomyhoi creek on and off through the meadow above lake, so basically boonied down the snowfield next to creek (not recommended) down onto the flats. (I went to the west of a rock outcropping, basically down a waterfall.) I didn't realise until the trip out that was definitely the wrong way to go, but with nothing but snow, who's to say. Found the trail as the flats meet the woods again, and much of it was actually streambed as the weather had warmed considerably, lots of runoff. Once on the trail down through the woods was nice, but tricky at times when trail again opens up and flirts with creek on and off for awhile. Finally at the bottom i dropped my pack at what seemed to be the only feasible campspot. Nice, right by the creek, but much more work to get down the logjam to the lake, only to skirt the shoreline(accomplished at times doing the limbo under hanging brush, praying my handholds wouldn't break off, laying me into the water), to the one spot suitable for bank fishing, a little gravel bar next to a creek coming in on the west side of lake. This seemed like a decent campspot, and found a decent but seemingly ababndoned route higher up the hill to it from my camp, still alot of bushwhacking.
Once settled in on the shore, my first toss out with a dick nite wee ,made it all better.Landed a 6-7 brookie immediately, and feeling positive, threw him and 3 other litlle fellas back before landing dinner, about a 12 incher. Good enough for tonite.
Sat morn, the 4th, headed back over from camp to catch a 13 incher and a couple 8 and 9's. Plenty for breakfast and lunch. Continued to toss same little lure into the early afternoon, and didn't go more than about 20 min. at a clip without landing soimething. All Brookies. Half the time, I could see 'em hit the lure. Good fishing. Had the lake to myself, but def a bear of a hike.

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Name: Rollin with Rolland Date: July 15, 2008 Rating:
 
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Like others have said before me....THIS IS A DIFFICULT HIKE. At the present time, DO NOT attempt to get to the lake from gold pass ridge unless you have your "A" game on. Trails are snow covered, grow over, and simply washed out. VERY DANGEROUS to say the least. I bush-wacked and broke trail down to the lake from the ridge....it was not fun. The trail follows an old stream bed for awhile after coyote flats, well the stream is up to knee deep right now, and the snow waist deep. Be VERY prepared to spend extra nights, have map and compass with you at all times, and bring plenty of dry gear. You WILL NOT get to or from the lake dry. The trail just to gold pass is not easy right now. Anyway, you get the point, on to the fishing. This lake has confirmed Brookies from me, did not see any Browns. All were very small (5-8 inches) and caught on Rapala's. Tried the fly rod, but snapped it in half on the first cast (that's right, snapped it in half on a tree). Shore access is virtually non-existent, with the exception of the east/northeast side of the lake, which is very difficult to get to from land. Nice secluded lake, but i don't think I'll return with a fishing pole. Would be worthwhile if you wanted to pack in a tube. Not a day hike, 4.4 miles with 3400' gained and lost one way. (that's 6800' round trip) I don't think the trail will be snow free this year. Good luck if you try, but be very safe....multiple life-threatening situations...no joke.

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Name: CBK Date: August 24, 2005 Rating:
 
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This is a very difficult hike. It gains 2000 feet of elevation in the first two miles and then loses 1700' . The path down to the lake doesn't have many switchbacks. The last quarter mile there is no trail and you have to walk on, crawl under and hop over logs and avalanche debris. Don't break your ankle -- wear boots with a shank and watch where you put your feet. The black flies will have you for breakfast, lunch, dinner and between-meal snacks.

The fishing is worth it if you bring a float tube or a raft. Lots of 6 - 10" brook trout, some 12", one much larger... I never caught any browns. Pack out garbage and don't leave stuff behind -- especially not food -- and never in the firepit at a campsite! It is beyond discouraging to finally make it to the lake after the tough hike, and find the campsites at the lake full of food cans and wrappers. Be bear conscious!

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