"Lion Lake is a fun pun transitioning from valuing mountain lakes as reservoirs to appreciating their scenic and spiritual values. Perhaps a mountain lion will appear at Lion Lake #1, or a bear at Bear Lake, or a cub at Cub Lake, but don’t count on it. On the other hand, if you have a long telephoto lens, lug it along just in case. There are two Lion Lakes.
The trail stops at #1, which is the prettier, with a dramatic view of pointy Mount Alice. In 1923 park superintendent Roger Toll decided that the former label designating these lakes as reservoirs for Lyons, a town on the plains, was not appropriate. Evidently, superintendents at that time could change names, and he did. With a clever play on words, Lyons Reservoirs became Lion Lakes. Mountain lions originally ranged throughout the Western Hemisphere more broadly than any other mammal except humans."