Thomas Lakes - Mount Sopris

Basalt, Colorado 81621

Thomas Lakes - Mount Sopris

Thomas Lakes - Mount Sopris Professional Review and Guide

"A day hike to the Thomas Lakes or two-day trip to the summit of Mount Sopris. The Thomas Lakes are a pair of spectacular subalpine tarns that lie at the base of Mount Sopris. The hike to the lakes follows an old roadbed and makes a fairly easy day trip. From here, a new trail leads east to the ridgetop, where a primitive but cairn-marked route climbs to the summit of Mount Sopris.

Although this mountain rises only to 12,953 feet, its isolation from other peaks lends it a sense of immensity, and the hike to the summit is as challenging as any fourteener served by a trail. Most summit-bound hikers choose to camp near the lakes to get an early start on their climb; Mount Sopris is a magnet for lightning, and it is best to descend from its heights before noon. An abundance of aspens makes this hike particularly rewarding in late September, when the leaves are changing."

Thomas Lakes - Mount Sopris Reviews

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This was a beautiful hike with unbeatable vistas and changing landscapes. It goes all the way up to the summit of Mtn Sopris though I turned around at Thomas Lakes.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
4,453 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Mid-June to mid-October (Thomas Lakes); mid-July to early October (Mount Sopris)
8,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,953 feet
Top Elevation
Sopris District, White River National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Basalt, Mount Sopris
Local Maps

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Oct 2018