Quiet Lake tucked below Serrate Ridge
Tuesday: 3 miles (1.5 miles of trail, 1.5 miles cross-country) Elevation: Climb over Windy Devil Pass 10200’ to Hammock Lake 9514’. Lakes: Scree, Shallow & Upper Boulder Chain Lakes (Headwall, Scoop, Hidden, Hammock & Hourglass lakes. We didn’t hike up to 10,435’ Lonesome Lake) Fish: Small Rainbow, Cutthroat & Cutbow hybrids
I went from getting soaked to getting fried. The wind flows were now bringing weather from the south which we gladly welcomed. It would be a pretty simple day of hiking to leave plenty of time for fishing the Upper Boulder Chain Lakes. It was still a good 1000’ climb to get up to Windy Devil Pass to start off the morning. As we hiked we also got to see the backside of Devils Staircase. Even though I think we could have made it, I’m sure glad we went the long way. It’s steep!
The one thing to mention about the hike is the passageway between Quiet Lake and Scree Lake. Just to the right (north) of the waterfall leaving Scree Lake is a faint path that will take you up through the cliff.
We found ourselves catching mostly small Rainbows in the Upper Boulder Chain Lakes with a few Cuts and hybrids here and there. Historically there has been some big fish at times but I didn’t see any. The lakes are planted on a three year rotation. The next Basin north is called Big Boulder lakes. It holds some lunkers but that is a whole other trip.