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Quick Facts

Thomas Lakes Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,500 Feet (2649.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 1,700 Feet (529.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3179.6 Meters)
Length: 3.6 Miles (6.0 Kilometers) 5.8 km
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble
Trail Number: 1958
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Mt. Sopris, Basalt

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Mt. Sopris from the fork of West Sopris Creek and Dinkle Lake roads.
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Mt. Sopris from the fork of West Sopris Creek and Dinkle Lake roads.
The trail is very well maintained and in good condition. It is very heavily used on weekends, so plan your trip accordingly. There are two lakes about 1/4 mile apart with ample designated camping in between. The wilderness boundary is just before the first lake so be considerate of other users and keep pets leashed at all times. The hike is a beautiful one with many wild flowers and scenic overlooks. From Thomas Lakes you may choose to climb Mt. Sopris,which is a steep 4 miles more.

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel south on Hwy. 133 for approximately 1.4 miles. Make a left turn on Prince Creek Road and go about 6 miles to the fork in the road. Take a right at the fork and follow it for 2 miles. The trailhead is 1/4 mile before Dinkle Lake.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through September (NOTE: Due to snow at high elevations this trail may be impassible during the Spring, Fall, and Winter months.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Bob Rankin (Carbondale, CO)
Time of Day: noon
Length of Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Reaching the lakes is a fantastic reward. Steady climb with no difficult parts. Very well marked
Conditions: Conditions were great. September in the Rockies
Water Availability: no water on the trail
Recommended Clothing: it can get cold in the late afternoon
Suggested Accessories: Take your fly rod although the fish are small.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Overnight stops are often made at Thomas Lakes to climb Mt. Sopris.
ICON Fishing
ICON Hiking & Walking Thomas Lakes Trail

Related Activities
Hay Park Trail - Hay Park trail starts 1.5 miles up Thomas Lakes Trail and ends at Hay Park. It travels through aspens and meadows with occasional patches of spruce and fir.

Mount Sopris Trail - The hike to Mt. Sopris summit is beautiful and best attempted at a relaxing pace of two days. A great location for overnight primitive camping is Thomas Lakes at the base of the summit trail.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Sopris Ranger District, 620 Main St, P.O. Box 309 , Carbondale, CO, 81623, Phone: 970-963-2266, Fax: 970-963-1012

Links to other sites:
Forest Conservancy - Current Information from Local Volunteers: Closings and Conditions


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