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yatahey 08-10-2010 09:37 AM

An Epic Journey to the Heart of Paradise
 
Last weekend the long anticipated trip to camp and fish Arrowhead Lake, deep in the high lonesome of Rocky Mountain National Park came to be.
This trip has been in the planning since January, procuring the proper permits, renting of bear proof food storage cans, training for high altitude hiking and securing time off from work for some of the participants. There were six of us in the group.
Our trip started at Milner Pass 10, 758' on Friday morning 6 am. The trail would take us to a high point of 12,635' before dropping to Arrowhead Lake at 11,159'.
Even with all the training the hike in was brutal for me. [My bad in part due to bad fitting boots that seemed fine on training hikes]. Once the lungs opened up and you could breath the altitude was not a big factor. The trail was good for most of the trip along the Continental Divide until we neared the long sloping ridge we would descend to the lake.
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photo by Rick Shroeder

The first gorge we came to had great views of some small, mostly shallow lakes. But man what a view. The big sloping ridge you see starting from the right in the distance is the ridge we went down to Arrowhead. The lakes are on the other side of the ridge.
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photo by Bob Volpe

Our off trail route took us through a few nasty boulder fields that sucked to hike on. We met back up with one of our group who had gone ahead to photograph the lake from the cliffs above and just as we met at the ridge that leads down to the lake the rain and sleet hit.
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photos by Rick Schoeder

Finally, we got down to the lake. Two of the stronger guys were so far ahead of us they were already fishing when we got to our camp site and one already caught seven fish.
After a little relaxing, recouping and setting up camp we hit the lake to do some fishing before dinner and darkness. Fish were caught, and there was much rejoicing
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photos by Rick Schoeder

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photos by Carper


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photos by Bob Volpe

Some shots of the lake and surrounding area.

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photos by Bob Volpe

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photo by Rick Schroeder

The weather was... well, Colorado. Storms blew in and blew out. Wind blew, sun shined, and then Sunday morning the thick clouds covered the peaks and threatened to make the hike out a total pain in the butt.

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We made the hike out in 4 hours 30 minutes despite or maybe because of the threatening weather and above timberline route. Hauled fanny. Me with bad feet, hurting quads and a strained groin muscle had the help of some Vicadin and splitting up some of my load to the other guys in order to get out.
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photos by Rick Schroeder

After a celebratory Fat Tire ale at the vehicles it was off the GrandLake for some food, libation, and reminiscing.
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kglissmeyer1 08-10-2010 10:09 AM

Re: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Paradise
 
Excellent post and pics. I miss the high mountain stuff, but it's fun to at least live it through your eyes and words. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly.

mcnerney 08-10-2010 10:55 AM

Re: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Paradise
 
Yat: Great trip report and photos! Congrats for making that trek, it sure looked tough.

Larry

jpbfly 08-10-2010 11:19 AM

Re: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Paradise
 
You're right Yat this place looks like paradise,wonderful sceneries and beautiful fish:thumbsup:thanks for sharing.

Jimmie 08-10-2010 07:41 PM

Re: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Paradise
 
Beautiful places Yat. It's fun to see what's out there. Thanks for sharing your trip.

vanish 09-14-2010 09:37 AM

Re: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Paradise
 
Awesome fish yat!

madjoni 09-14-2010 09:58 AM

Re: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Paradise
 
Epic indeed:cool::cool::cool:

Hardyreels 09-14-2010 12:01 PM

Re: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Paradise
 
That was great, I miss Colorado and haven't had a Fat Tire for years.

dean_mt 09-14-2010 01:29 PM

Re: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Paradise
 
Beautiful Cutties! Wow, I just love it when they color up like that in fall. I need to get out on the water.

How long of a hike is that?

yatahey 09-14-2010 02:03 PM

Re: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Paradise
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dean_mt (Post 137731)
Beautiful Cutties! Wow, I just love it when they color up like that in fall. I need to get out on the water.

How long of a hike is that?

12 miles round trip and 3500 feet elevation gain.


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