Slayer, you slay me! I have been told this quite a bit over the years.
I hike up to these lakes just about every weekend in the summer and fall, the non stop action of catching fish all day and the solitude is incomparable to any other type of fishing I have done here in CO. I bring my dog along to get her and me in shape for grouse, chukar and ptarmigan season in September and then pheasant after that.
It took me about 4 hours overall out and back not including the last .3 miles to the lake as the crow flies by GPS. Making the lake would have involved another steep scrambling descent into the valley and then a steep climb up the lake. I have been known to take the 'straight' path to lakes ignoring the trails, but the mountains around this valley are extremely steep and the valley is the safest route up to this lake. I suspect making the lake would have added another hour or so to the whole trip.
I would add, if you are afraid of heights, this trail will get your guts tingling LOL
I bet the fishing would have been phenomenal if I would have made it to the lake!!