What’s in a Name?

Spike Lake sits on the east side of the Zirkels between Lost Ranger Peak and Mount Ethel at 10,433 feet. As high alpine lakes go this one sits high, blue, and full of trout but more difficult to get to. Spike Lake is legendary for being so full of trout that backpackers have been known to spend days on its banks eating nothing but scores of fish caught out of its fresh, clean water.