Abyss Lake 2016

We returned from our trip, Abyss Lake 2016, on Monday, September 05 2016.

We hiked the short distance to camp along Scott Gomer Creek through a mixed forest of lodgepole and aspen and set up camp under threatening skies.  We had enough time to fish a bit and enjoy a dinner of salmon fajitas and a dessert of campfire-toasted marshmallows before a cool rain set in, sending everyone to their tents.  The next morning's chill was dissipated a bit by a campfire and a breakfast of french toast croissants washed down with hot chocolate, and then we headed up to a meadow another mile up the trail.  We fished the beaver pond and creek with little success, but also enjoyed the meadow and its fall colors and basked in the warm sun and even took a few naps.

Several of the girls caught the fishing bug and soon mastered the use of their Tenkara rods.  Zoe got the prize for the biggest fish, a nice 14-inch cuttbow caught in the beaver ponds just above camp.  By dinner time, we had a nice mess of trout, which we roasted over the campfire and shared all around.  A few of the girls even braved the cold waters of the creek to take a brief swim and then dry off in the afternoon sun. Elsa and Marie also participated in our photography academy, taking some really great photos posted here.

 

 

 

Trip departure and return dates and time: 
Saturday, September 03 2016 9:00 AM to Monday, September 05 2016 2:00 PM
Required Pre-trip Meeting date and time: 
Thu, Sep 01 2016 6:00 PM
Pre-trip Meeting Info: 
Participants must attend the pre-trip meeting to get outfitted for the trip.
Trip Description: 

We will take an easy hike a couple of miles into the Mt Evans Wilderness via the Abyss Lake trail.  From our camp by a beautiful stream, we will strike out to enjoy the meadows, ponds and forests of the beautiful valley.  This will be a good chance for our Tenkara fishers to practice their skills on wild trout.

Main Activities: 
Difficulty Rating: 
Max Number of Youth Participants: 
10
Min Number of Youth Participants: 
4
Age/ grade level(s): 
Elementary (4-5)
Middle (6-8)
Youth Permission Slip (to be filled out by parent/guardians and returned to the agency representative): 
Destination & Safety Info: 

Park County - Guanella Pass

Hospital Name, Address and Phone: 
St Anthony Evergreen Urgent Care, 32214 Ellingwood Trl., Evergreen, CO 80439-9719, 303-679-2020
County Name and Sherrif's Phone Number: 
Park Co Sheriff: 59865 US-285, Bailey, CO 80421, 303 838 4441
Sierra Club Outings Phone: 
1-888-688-4647
Land Use Agency Name, Address and Phone: 

Pike NF, South Platte Ranger District 303.275.5610

State Patrol District and Phone : 
CSP District 4, 970-858-2250
Emergency Services Number(s): 
911