Joan Lake Professional Review and Guide
"It’s only 0.3 mile to Joan Lake, as the crow flies. Unfortunately we can’t fly. If you want to check out Joan Lake you will have pick your way up an extremely steep hill through loose rock, sand, and deadfall timber. There is no trail, and you’ll have to choose your route carefully to avoid several sizable cliffs. It can be done, but don’t try it on a horse.
You can start hiking from Echo Lake. You may wish to try fishing at Echo Lake for a while before you hike. It receives heavy pressure but is one of the few lakes in the High Uintas containing golden trout. Joan Lake can be found by heading west up an extremely steep hill via a “chute” of loose rocks, sand, and deadfall timber. It’s a nasty hill that seems longer than it really is. Once you reach Joan Lake, there are four good fishing prospects to check out: Joan Lake, Gem Lake, Lake D–26, and the stream connecting Gem and Joan. Take a full day and explore the possibilities. This could be a fun-filled fishing trip for brook and cutthroat trout."