way over to Castle Lake. It was spectacular to say the least. Castle Peak jutted straight from the waters edge a couple thousand vertical feet. Amazing!
We continued over Castle Divide which opened up a whole new world to the South. The Boulder Mountain seemed to go forever; ridge after ridge after ridge. We dropped into Chamberlain Basin and then hiked up to Heart Lake where we camped for the evening. Heart Lake is where we caught some larger trout to 16”. We saw larger trout nearing 20”.
A view of the Boulder Mountains from Hope Lake
We hiked up to 9850’ Hope Lake where we all caught a species I was hoping to catch for years; The California Golden Trout native to the Sierras in California. There are only a handful of lakes in Idaho namely the Sawtooths, Bighorn Crags, White Clouds and a few other places where they are found. They were all under 10” with the exception of a Golden that Rick caught that was just over a foot long.
I was so excited that I made the 400’ climb up to the lake the next morning to catch more Goldens but to also try catching another species that I had never caught. Justin had also caught a small Grayling. I was so shocked. Fish species that have eluded me for years were now in the same lake and Justin had caught both species within a few minutes of fishing the lake. I was jealous to say the least. I never did get my Grayling so the journey continues.