Hiking & Walking: Colorado > White River National Forest > Sopris Ranger District

Quick Facts

Lake Ridge Lakes Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,200 Feet (2556.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 1,300 Feet (405.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,500 Feet (2961.3 Meters)
Length: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers) 2.4 km
Trail Number: 2093
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Stoney Ridge

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General Description

Mushroom identification and gathering can be a fun and profitable venture for many enthusiasts
Copyright: Tom Kuekes - US Forest Service
Mushroom identification and gathering can be a fun and profitable venture for many enthusiasts
The first part of the trail travels through aspens and oak brush from the ridge top to South Thompson Road. The lakes are on the south side of the trail just before the ridge top. This trail has some great views of Mt. Sopris and surrounding areas. It makes a tough, but good bike loop.

Directions from Carbondale: From the Forest Service office in Carbondale, travel west past the stoplight, following road #108 for 7.4 miles. Turn left onto a dirt road that immediately goes downhill. The road travels for 2.5 miles to a stream crossing, then uphill for about a mile to a pass. In another half mile take the right fork onto road #306. This is a good spot to park for a loop ride. You are now on an old railroad grade. At the end of the grade the road heads uphill and crosses Middle Thompson Creek. Travel about 1.5 miles to the trailhead sign on the left side of a meadow.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Mid-September (NOTE: Snow at high elevations prevents access to this area in the Spring, Fall, and Winter months.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Lake Ridge Lakes Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Lake Ridge Lakes Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Other trails in the area provide access to a tough loop ride from the Lake Ridge Lakes Trailhead.

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