Pathfinder | 141 pts
The trail along the roaring river is amazing. After a quick climb up steep switchbacks, the trail begins to follow the river to Lawn Lake. This river is an absolute jewel that most hikers ignore. It contains one of the few self-sustaining native trout species (greenback cutthroat - rainbow/brown are actually non-native). My absolute best day of fly fishing was here where almost every cast was a catch. It is undoubtedly the most beautiful trout as well. But if you do fish this river, please take all precautions as this is an endangered species, barbless catch and release and quick release is a must - no photos. I never made it to the lake, but I hear the fishing is great there too. I also saw elk on the trail, but you clearly see what my highlight was.