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Rainbow Lakes, Nederland

August 28

Are you new to the club or needing a little extra help to get started?  Look for “Buddy Here!” in the attendee list above. Reach out directly to Buddies to  coordinate. We can’t guarantee that CWF Buddy Volunteers will always be available on a trip but we’ll try!


POC (Name, Email, Phone):

Yeida Chang, trips@colowomenflyfishers.org, (720) 648-9526
8/28/2021 Location/Directions:

To get to the Rainbow Lakes Trailhead, follow Rainbow Lakes Rd (dirt road, might be bumpy and slow going in places, but nothing ridiculous) off the Peak to Peak Hwy about 5 miles north of Nederland. From the Rainbow Lakes Trailhead, hike west past the Rainbow Lakes Campground for about a mile.
Meet Time/Location:

Rainbow Lakes Trailhead parking lot

Time: 9am

The campground is popular, but I'm not sure how full the day use parking lot will be. We might think about carpooling if there are a lot of us.
Trip Details:

Rainbow Lakes are a series of small lakes in the Indian Peaks wilderness at around 10,000' elevation that are relatively easy to get to. From the trailhead, there's a fishable lake at about .6 miles, and the prettiest (IMO), and deepest lakes are about a mile out. The trail is mostly level, maybe 300 feet of elevation change, but rocky in places, so have decent footwear. When I was up there last year, the lakes closest to the trailhead were quite shallow and did not seem to hold fish.

The lakes might be more accessible if wading, but the lakes should be fishable from shore. The shoreline might be muddy or marshy in places.

Bring water, food, BUG REPELLENT. As always when in the mountains, bring rain gear and extra clothing in case the weather changes.

I'm intending fishing Rainbow Lakes as a day trip, but for anyone who wants to try to get a site, Rainbow Lakes campground has 18 first-come, first-served campsites. The sites fill up very quickly by Friday morning. See https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recarea/?recid=28324 for more info.


August 28
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CO United States
Attendance: 5