This is a moderately steep climb to a high alpine lake above the timberline with fair fishing. Beware of severe afternoon thunderstorms. Please be careful of the three-foot trees along the way, as they may be 200 years old. Camping is not recommended, due to fragile alpine tundra and exposure.
Directions from Aspen: Drive 18-1/2 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 to the last switchback before Independence Pass. The trailhead is on the left (north) side of the highway.
June through September
(NOTE: Snow may cover sections of the trail and most of the lake in the Spring, Fall, and Winter months.)
Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter Conditions. Beware of avalanche danger and hypothermia. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:36:00.0
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Filed By: Jim Nock
(Colorado Springs, CO)
Time of Day: 0800 Length of Time: 45 minutes one way Difficulty: Easy Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl Recommend to a Friend: Highly Report: The trail, only 0.4 miles, has two brief steep pitches, beginning and the end seperated by a short flat area. You are rewarded by a pristine glacial lake approximately 6 acres in size and perhaps 30-40 feet deep. Conditions: In mid-August, the trail was dry and quite dusty. My two trips to the lake were accomplished in the morning to maximize fishing time. NO OTHER FISHERMEN! Water Availability: No water available until the lake. I used a CamelBack with 3 liter capacity and had 1 liter to spare after fishing all day. Recommended Clothing: 12 inch brook trout along the shelf walls & 16+ inch rainbows cruising the boulder fields along the south shore. Suggested Accessories: Shorts in August with a 3-4 wt fly rod AND ultra-light spin cast. The fly rod is for low wind days and the spin cast is for those days when the wind is BLOWING! Flies: # 16-18 olive EH Caddis, Spin cast: Panthet Martin PMRG # 2 or 4 (remove 2 of the three barbs on the treble hooks). Float tube would be useful to reach those trout feeding in the middle but not necessary on calm days.
Cold Water Fishing
Hiking & Walking
Linkins Lake Trail
Aspen Chamber Resort Association, 425 Rio Grande Pl.
, Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1940
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