Camp at Thomas Lake and Summit Mt. Sopris

Colorado Mount Sopris Trailhead

Added by Mike Fennell

Summit Mount Sopris (~13,000ft), and overlook all of Carbondale.

With the Elk Mountain range behind it, It appears to be standing by itself, and has the resemblance of a grand volcano.

From Hwy 133 out of Carbondale, turn down Prince Creek Road and drive 6 miles to the trailhead. The trail is a nice mixture of meadows and woods, with excellent views of the valley along the way. The hike to Thomas Lake is about 3.5 miles from the trailhead, and is is easy enough for beginners. There are about 15 campsites near the lake for anyone interested in seeing the magnificent nightscape and the stars reflecting. From Thomas Lake, it's another 4 miles to the peak. The first mile or so is along a dirt trail, but from there on it's mostly jagged and loose rocks until you reach the top. Follow the same trail to get back.

With plenty of camping areas and views that will keep you in awe, hiking the Sopris summit trail to Thomas Lake comes highly recommended.

Pack List

Day hike:
  • Food
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking clothes
  • Extra water
  • Sunscreen
Camping:
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pag
  • Warm clothes
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

13 Miles

Elev. Gain:

4400 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Lake
Scenic
Wildlife

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8 months ago

Best carbondale adventure

I did this summit on Colorado's birthday 2016. It may not be a14er but it is still a fantastic hike and highly recommend for the climbing addicts.

8 months ago

almost 2 years ago

Can't wait to try it this summer. Thanks for the info!

almost 2 years ago

Added by Mike Fennell

Professional Landscape Photographer. Currently living in my Sprinter Van and exploring North America

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