Wednesday: 6 miles of trail Elevation: Hike past lower Boulder Chain Lakes down to Little Boulder Creek 8100’ and over to Baker Lake 8450’. Lakes: Lower Boulder Chain Lakes (Lodgepole, Sliderock, Shelf, Hatchet and Willow lakes); Frog & Baker Lake. Fish: Small Rainbow & Cutthroat
Another easy day of mostly downhill! We ran into the most people we saw on the trip at these lower lakes. We easily caught fish at every lake in the lower Boulder Chain Lakes but they were all small. The exception to this is when we dropped our packs and hiked over to Frog Lake. I understand there are large trout but I don’t know how you’d fish it without a float tube because it is surrounded by long grass and lily pads. I never bothered fishing it because I didn’t want to wade out through the swampy grass. It was rightfully named because there were many frogs and toads. Maybe that is why the fish are so big in this lake! The views of the peaks were stunning.
Our lowest point of the hike was 8100’ as we crossed Little Boulder Creek. We actually hiked through some sage brush flats that had inspiring views of the peaks. It was a whole different ecosystem once we dropped out of the Boulder Chain Lakes. We camped at Baker Lake which is a small offshoot from the main trail. It was very beautiful but only held a few very small trout that I didn’t bother fishing. It had a very green meadow as seen in the picture on the front page. This is where I expected to see Elk which are abundant but had no luck.