small alpine lake
Island Lake is a small alpine lake nestled in a valley right beneath Mt. Aetna and offers spectacular views of Monumental Peak, Pomeroy Mountain and Calico Mountain.
Follow forest service road 240 that parallels the North Fork of the Arkansas river and has plenty of dispersed camping sites along it's length, approx. 10 miles up to the North Fork Reservoir and the campground that sits right on the bank of the lake.
There is a hiking trail to Island Lake that departs from the North Fork Reservoir on the West side of the lake or one can simply hike a mile up 240 from the North Fork Reservoir and then go off trail from there. In spring time there are myriads of wildflowers blooming and plenty of snow melt that creates marshy areas all around the 5 surrounding lakes in the area. Water can be filtered out of any of the 5 lakes surrounding the area, the NF Arkansas, or any of the surrounding creeks.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.