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Date Wednesday  8/21/2019
End Date Wednesday  8/21/2019
Group Denver
Event Title Fly Fishing Gibson Lake
Section Fly Fishing
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Eric Esswein
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 3
Type Trip
Trip Type Fishing
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate II
Trail Mileage 5.5
Elevation Gain 1550
Driving Distance 50



Gibson Lake is a scenic high alpine lake nestled below Whale Peak and the Continental Divide.  The lake holds brook and cutthoat trout and fishing in past years has been good.

We'll hike the Gibson Lake Trail #633 from a trailhead at 10,316 ft. to the lake at 11,860 ft. for about 2.5 miles.  There's a trail the entire way to the lake but there are some rather soggy sections and streamlets to cross as we approach the lake so waterproof hiking boots are recomended.  

Bring everything you need for a full day out hiking and fly fishing, your valid CO fishing license, sunscreen, polarized glasses, first aid kit, ten essentials, insect repellent, your lunch, water, (water filter is a good idea) and all your fly fishing gear for a high lakes trip.  You can cast from shore easily but on one side of the lake, a short wade to your knees allows you casting access to shelf in the lake and often fish are rising there, so packable waders and a pair of Crocs are an option that you might consider. Hiking poles are strongly recommended for the hike up and back, they just make it easier on your knees.  

Meet in back (north side, parking lot) of the Kum-N-Go gas station/convenience store in Conifer at 0700 hrs.  The Kum- n- Go is located conspiciously at the intersection of Hwy 285 and Kings Valley Drive which is a few miles past the Staples Center in Conifer.  The K-nG is located on the right side of Hwy 285 after you pass under the overpass for Richmond Hill on Hwy 285 and then descend a hill for a mile or so, it's hard to miss.  I'll be parked on the north side parking lot, silver Toyota 4 Runner with black box atop, CO plates W8ST-DP 





For more info Contact

Eric Esswein 303 816-7095 home  720 693-1656 


If you sign up for the trip, please plan to attend the trip. Cancelling complicates trip planning for everyone.     


Since this is a high altitude hike in summer, lightning can be a risk. 


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.