Camp at Thomas Lake and Summit Mt. Sopris

Mount Sopris Trailhead - Search Nearby - 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.

Distance

13 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

4400 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Lake
Scenic
Wildlife

Nearby Lodging

Carbondale / Crystal River KOA

Carbondale, Colorado

From $125/night

The Cache

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From $125/night

Telemark Lodge

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Iconic Roaring Fork Valley Hike

Super beautiful hike up to the focal point of lower Roaring Fork Valley. The camp spots at Thomas Lake are great, and makes Sopris a fun overnight trip. All of the talus and scree makes for some pretty sore feet by the end of the trip, but it's well worth it.

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.

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

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