A good fly fishing/camping/hunting/shooting/scotch drinking pal of mine told me of a lake he once visited and caught some nice cutthroat trout about 30 or so years ago. He never determined the name of the lake. He figured he would return to Colorado, someday, and fish the lake again; however, he can't remember exactly where it is. He asked me to help him identify it. I asked him to provide as much information as he could remember.
I think I know where his mystery lake is so last summer, I took him there. Based on what he told me, it could only be this one location. When we arrived at the area, he said, "no, this isn't it." I still think I'm right and he is suffering from too much single malt scotch on the brain. I'll give you the details and ask for your input.
He was on U.S. 40 south of Winter Park, he thinks, when he spotted a sign on the east side of the highway with "Continental Divide" and an arrow pointing the way to the Divide up a two track road. He says he crossed a shallow stream just after driving on the two track. This road was/is not a 4X4 road. Cars were on this road.
He drove to above timberline to the Continental Divide.
When he arrived at a point where he could no longer drive to the east, he spotted a two-track road heading north and a two-track road going south.
He drove on the north road for about one mile or so. He saw no lakes.
When he turned around hand headed south, he spotted a lake. At this point, he stopped and walked to the lake, which was on the east side of the divide. It was about a 400 yard climb down to the lake.
He was north of I-70 and east of Winter Park.
He remembers this lake because he caught some nice trout.