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Mt. Sopris from the fork of West Sopris Creek and Dinkle Lake roads.
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. It is an easy hike with water available. You can access Mt. Sopris via this trail with less contact with other users. This trail is popular with mountain bikes, and has access into Capitol Creek, making it a loop trail. Remember, no bikes in the Wilderness. The Wilderness boundary is just before Thomas Lakes on the Thomas Lakes Trail.
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 the fork to the right and follow it for about 2 miles. You will park at the Thomas Lakes trailhead and travel 1.5 miles up Thomas Lakes trail to the Hay Park trail (the left fork).
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
(NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail at high elevations.)
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A one-way trip can be made with a shuttle from Capitol Creek.
Hiking & Walking
Hay Park Trail
Hay Park Trail
This trail is popular with mountain bikes, and has access into Capitol Creek, making it a loop trail. Remember, no bikes in the Wilderness. The Wilderness boundary is just before Thomas Lakes on the Thomas Lakes Trail.
Thomas Lakes Trail - The trail is very well maintained and in good condition. It is very heavily used on weekends, so plan your trip accordingly. The hike is a beautiful one with many wild flowers and scenic overlooks.