Backpacked with my kids (9 & 11) and wife to the upper lakes and had a great time. By late afternoon, we’d made it to Lake Tellanyoneandwe’llkillya. I am close to 60, in good shape and an experienced hiker and hated this. Regulations & Recommendations. This trout is usually found in clear, cool waters at elevations higher than 6,890 ft. Follow Following Unfollow. An aura hangs around California’s state fish that enables it to swim through angler’s dreams and even calls out to non-anglers to make a mecca into the High Sierra—battling the snow, wind and even Big Foot if necessary, just to catch a glimpse of a golden. Bishop, CA 93514. This trail has spectacular views but also some challenging terrain and very thin trails that disappear and reappear quickly. Golden Trout Creek is thought to have once formed the headwaters of the South Fork Kern River but, due to volcanic activity thousands of years ago, it was diverted west near Tunnel Meadow and now flows directly to the Kern River. North Lake is located outside of Bishop in the Lake Sabrina area. Despite its limited distribution, there are two recognized subspecies of golden trout. Before the sun had finally set in a blaze of High Sierra glory, Billy Ray had landed several goldens, Ollie had a few and G-Dubs had caught so many fish he was hoarse from hollerin’ out ”Fish on!”, I, however, got skunked on goldens, only catching a couple of lazy rainbows, and crawled into my bivouac that night dejected. Golden trout have few natural predators besides man, although some folks believe there are no true wild goldens left — they’re all just some form of rainbow, brook and golden hybrids. It is 303,511 acres (1,228.3 km 2) in size and was created by the US Congress in 1978 as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Was afraid I'd break a leg or worse. The golden trout is also native to Golden Trout Creek and Volcano Creek, which can offer some great fishing for goldies. Despite the snow, our group of three (a fourth person would hike in later) headed into the mountains in the spirit of the Sierra Nevada’s most famous sojourner, John Muir. I ended up falling down the side of the waterfall, losing the trail and being lost until 9pm when search and rescue came to get me (5 hours later). 760-873-2400 . It seemed like all that long, lonely night the wind whispered through the pine trees those famous words of John Steinbeck: “Any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.”. Late the next morning, however, the Fishing Gods decided to smile upon me and finally I proved that I’m as smart as at least a few golden trout. Offices. California golden trout are native to two stream systems on the eastern side of the Kern River: Golden Trout Creek and the South Fork Kern River (Tulare County). Published: May 12th 2014. From the west, various roads stem from Hwy 190 near Giant Sequoia National Monument. California record: 9.8 lb landed in Virginia Lake in 1952. Lakes 1 and 2 hold golden and brook trout, while only goldens are found in lakes 3 and 4. A friend and I did this home last week and were separated. Oncorhynchus aquabonita Also called Volcano Creek, Little Kern, Mountain or Roosevelt trout. I highly recommend wearing sturdy shoes, sunscreen, GPS, eyes and brains :). Maybe for someone younger and/or more adventurous this would be more fun. And calling it a trail is generous, it was more of a mountaineering route. The South Fork Kern River is a designated Wild Trout Water. Getting There To reach Lower Golden Trout Lake, park at the North Lake Trailhead. Golden troute have historically been found from Lake Isabella north along Kern River’s tributaries to just above Rock Creek. All waters on the Kern Plateau are open to angling, although many are accessible only by trail since both watersheds are largely encompassed within the Golden Trout … Average “6- 12.” World Record: 11.25 lb, 28” golden landed in Wyoming in 1948. It was discovered in the 1980's that the Golden Trout Brood stock within the lakes were actually Golden-Rainbow hybrids that had become contaminated by the presence of rainbows within the hatchery. Once you get to the beginning of the trail, the hike is a nice little workout until you reach the final location of Golden Trout Lakes. Where To Catch Golden Trout. There’s something mysteriously alluring and downright magical about golden trout. 69. Golden Trout Eggs. The broodstock used for stocking golden trout outside their native range is slightly hybridized with hatchery rainbow trout, but still retains the appearance of the golden trout. Hard. Laurel Lakes CA 4×4 trail, off roading Mammoth Lakes and the Inyo Mountains, and golden trout This little gem of an off road trail is no secret, carvings in poplar trees downstream from Laurel Lakes for instance, in what is known as Laurel Creek, are dated from the 1930’s. We never did see the Ghostman that trip, but maybe he decided to send us some luck anyway, since I did get to see another mysterious legend of the High Sierra—a golden trout. Last update: 12-03-2020. Taxonomy. “There are only two rules: As the rookie, you’ve got to carry in beer for everybody else; And you can’t write about where we go or we’ll kidnap your first born and raise him as a Yankees fan!”, [Having grown rather fond of my first born, this threat will be heeded.]. From the east, most visitors approach from Hwy 395 near Lone Pine. Experts believe these trout currently inhabit about 300 bodies of water throughout the region. Springville, California tourism, offering a unique family vacation in central California. While the view at the top was pretty, the other trail nextdoor is much more defined with wayyyyyyy prettier views and water to play in. The only reason I gave it 3 stars was because of the views, but those views can be seen from the Kearsage pass trail which is so much nicer. Whitney via Kearsarge Pass and John Muir Trails, Mount Rixford from Onion Valley Campground. Golden Trout Wilderness, West Golden Trout Wilderness, West. Beautiful area with very few other people. While pursuit of High-Sierra gold is the allure of a backcountry trip into the Treasure Lakes, proper fishing gear and technique are only pieces of the puzzle of success. During the spawning season of 1918, we collected golden trout eggs from Cottonwood Lakes for the first time. Beautiful Alpine Lake. The Cottonwood Lakes and Golden Trout Wilderness in the Eastern Sierras are one of those places that helped to grow my love for adventure travel in California. Golden Trout Lake Loop, Independence: Address, Golden Trout Lake Loop Review: 4/5 The Golden Trout Lakes trail (Trail #89) is located up Portal Creek in the Gallatin Canyon near Big Sky. Golden Trout Lakes trail is a 5 mile out and back hike to a beautiful alpine lake in the Gallatin Range of SW Montana. Overall very rocky trail. The Hike The trail to Lower Golden Trout Lake starts in a forested area and works it's way westward and uphill for the first 1.4 miles. Golden Trout Pack Station is the exclusive outfitter for packing and fishing the upper Kern River. Golden Trout Lake Loop is a 8.2 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Independence, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Named official state fish of California in 1947, the golden trout was once transplanted as far as east as New York. How to Leave No Trace When Recreating Near Water, Plan Your Trip for the Kids Fishing Festival. 0. Ghostman seems to always appear out of nowhere and the best chance you have of seeing him is when he’s shore casting from his favorite point on the lake. The Season is in full swing and our wranglers are working hard and playing hard. Sadly the fish’s colors fade at lower elevations, so if you want to see a brightly colored golden trout, your best bet is to fish on the high end of their habitat’s elevation. Rough roads to the Golden Trout Lakes It was difficult driving up the road to get to the beginning of the trail, so I recommend a vehicle that can handle the rough road; preferably a truck or AWD. Later that night, as we sat around watching the sun melt over the Sierra Nevada, G-Dubs told us about the legend of the Ghostman of Lake Tellanyoneandwe’llkillya. 6.2k. Over 300 lakes and 700 miles of streams have been planted by this program since 1913. Trips to the Golden Trout Wilderness for packing and fly fishing. As the sun slowly set like a comet crashing into the evergreen canopy above, our fourth member, G-Dubs, triumphantly arrived in camp. For a few seconds, it felt like holding a squirming, glimmering slice of heaven in my wet hands. Per times, dangerous. Due to its beauty and popularity with anglers the California golden trout has been widely stocked outside of its native range, especially in the high lakes of the Sierra and Rocky Mountain Ranges. Dan Franklin Westminster, CA, USA. Yes the lakes are beautiful but again very hard trail that needs physical fitness and good prep. Creative Fields. Just outside of town, you can also hike to golden-friendly lakes along the June Lake Loop, the Treasure Lakes area above Bishop or the Cottonwoods Lakes area in the Golden Trout Wilderness near Lone Pine. The distance to the lakes is approximately 2.2 miles, and the elevation gain is approximately 2,200 feet. Golden Trout Fun Facts. Transplanted by miners and other strange smelling folk across the High Sierra. past the waterfall it gets steep again but manageable. I decided to mark my spot by putting my VW-sized backpack down on it instead. Then there is a trail but it is thin and meandering. Never made it to the lakes. And the casting commenced. Vehicles are not permitted in wilderness areas. Titcomb Basin (driving directions and hiking map), in the heart of the Winds, is already the kind of place that backpackers dream about.Head to Elbow Lake, a granite-ringed tarn at the end of an 18-mile trek from Elkhart trailhead. Besides the birth of my children or seeing my wife on our wedding day, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything so awe-inspiring. Even though the Ghostman always startles you at first, he’s said to be good luck. Golden Trout is a Kölsch from Mammoth Brewing Company in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Wet, freezing, bruised, bloody and shaken, S&R stated this trail is not safe and definitely one of the hardest trails to navigate. Top 10 Golden Trout Lakes in the California Sierra Photos, maps and written descriptions of the top 10 lakes to catch golden trout in the eastern sierra of California . Extending from the western foothills all the way to the eastern high desert, the Golden Trout Wilderness can be reached from both sides of the Sierra Nevada range. Early the next morning, as Clark’s Nutcrackers swooped in to snatch up any crumbs we’d left from breakfast and our crew sang Little Feet’s classic, “There’s a Fat Man in a Bathtub with the blues,” we made our final decent to the goldens. The last section is steep but better marked to lake one. You’d probably like it, even though it’s really hard, steep, sometimes not so clear. To get to Golden Trout Lakes, head north out of Big Sky on highway 191 for 5.1 miles. Not very well marked, very steep, significant sections of scrambling over boulder fields and sandy/rocky scree. Golden Trout in the Wind River Range. Our golden trout hatching program was the sole source of this fish throughout the Sierra Nevada. My golden trout backpacking trip involved two years of scouring internet pictures and forums, Google Earth maps, and emailing biologists to hone in on several lakes that warranted a closer look. Beer reviews and ratings for Golden Trout and other craft beer. The Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes is the largest fishing store and guide service in Mono County. Scratched our heads on several occasions to try to find the trail. Perfect for distancing. As the official state fish of California, Golden Trout is an impressive but rare sight in hatcheries. Ollie, the lone city slicker/non-Eastsider in the group, immediately marked his spot in camp by puking on it, which is apparently his tradition. This trail is barely defined and straight up incline with precarious terrain. After hiking for hour upon hour, through snow, rain, wind, sleet and flatulence, crossing over the Canadian border twice and apparently passing over some place in Uruguay, we made it to our first night’s camp. With a full pack and a new trail dog, the 3.1 miles up took 5.5 hours including breaks and lunch for us 50 somethings but should be faster if you are younger and pack lighter. Huge risky rocks to scramble through and multiple steep inclines. Score: 77 with 64 ratings and reviews. Triumphant because not only was he carrying a pack the size of VW Bus on his back, but he also held what at first looked like a large purse, but thankfully turned out to be a canvas bag from The Gap filled with beer. 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