Photos: Beating the Heat in High Rockies Lakes

Written by: Jon Hill

Cutthroats in mountain lakes are mighty hungry in the early season.
Photos courtesy Jon Hill

Here in Colorado, runoff is in full effect, and the rivers are running high. Temperatures in Denver are also running high, in the upper 90s. No better way to get away from both than to hike to 12,400 feet and fish some lakes!

Jon Hill lives in Littleton, Colorado and works in the digital-graphics field. But he spends almost all his spare time chasing trout in the high country, and his photos have been featured many times on the Orvis News. (See herehere, and here, for just a taste, or visit his blog, Ramblings.) He’s also a former Trout Bum of the Week.

The only way to access these lakes is by putting in the boot leather.

The colors on thes cutties can be spectacular.

A view like this gives you a burst of energy after a long climb.

There are so many colors at play in this cutthroat’s markings.

From 90 degrees to snow and ice in the same day. . . .

7 thoughts on “Photos: Beating the Heat in High Rockies Lakes”

  1. Planning another trip to Colorado soon. Where would you recommend for semi easy access? Thinking maybe around Breckenridge area.

    1. You really can’t go wrong with the Blue River right there outside of Breck. They did a great job of making a nice habitat there. Then there’s the mouth of the reservoir which is fun to fish. Then if you wanted to do some shopping and some fly fishing, head below the dam and fish the Silverthorne spots.

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