The views of the Fryingpan and Eagle Valley are fantastic. Water is nonexistent for the entire length of the Red Table. This trail makes an excellent loop trail connecting with Ruedi Trail #1912. It is a very challenging and long trip.
Copyright: Tom Kuekes - US Forest Service
Mt. Thomas trail offers panoramic views to the south of Maroon Bells - Snowmass wilderness and to the North of the Gore range.
Directions from Highway 82: Travel east on Hwy. 82 to Basalt and turn left at the stoplight. Turn left into downtown Basalt and follow the Fryingpan River Road about 22 miles towards Reudi Reservoir and turn left onto road #400, just past the bridge above Meredith. After a steep climb the road goes through Lime Park. Continue on road #400 to the top of Crooked Creek Pass, turning left onto a 4WD road just before the cattle guard. The road comes out to the power line and on the ridge top the trailhead sign is visible on the west side of the power line.
Normal Summer Season:
Memorial Day Weekend through October
(NOTE: Road #400 is not maintained during the Winter and Spring months due to snow.)
Normal Winter Season:
November through March
(NOTE: Snowmobile travel, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing are popular forms of travel on road #400 during the Winter months.)