Big Fish Beautiful Lake
August 22nd, 2016 in Trips, Trails, & Tours
Fishing is good at Lake Donald this season! Just ask Zeke, one of our hosts, who caught this 13 inch rainbow. Zeke is an early morning guy, who gets up to the lake as the sun is rising to fish and be back in camp by 8 am serving coffee to the guests. Now our fishing guru Ralph, who will be leading the Fly Fishing Clinic September 10th, would cringe if he knew that Zeke used a castmaster lure. Ralph is a purist and only uses flies. “I was sure I had a whale on the end of the line!” was the quote from Zeke as he told his fish tale.
Lake Donald is one of the Scottish Lakes. It is a wonderful hike to get there…not too far from High Camp, about 7 miles round trip. Here is the trail description found at: http://www.scottishlakes.com/trips-trails-tours/summer-fall-hiking/ where you can learn about all the hikes around High Camp.
LAKE DONALD AND THE HIGH MEADOWS (8 miles round trip plus roaming)
A beautiful off-trail alpine lake and miles of open meadows with easy scrambles await the energetic hiker. To reach Lake Donald, follow the directions to Loch Eileen. (Remember your wilderness permit!) Cross the outlet at Loch Eileen and proceed on the faint path that heads upward in a southwesterly direction. Continue heading in this general direction for about ½ mile, following the series of rock cairns, and soon arrive at Lake Donald. Above the lake, the High Meadows beckon everywhere. The prominent high point to the north is locally known as Baldy, a favorite destination for backcountry skiers and snowshoers in winter and springtime. An easy walk-up brings you to its summit with excellent views of Nason Ridge, countless peaks in all directions and even Highway 2 far below. To reach a stunning view of Larch Lake scramble west up McCue Ridge from Lake Donald for about one mile to Tamarack Point.