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I hike this trail system, including this route, regularly. Iconic view of Mt Sopris and very easy access to TH

hiking
1 month ago

A really beautiful hike; my friends and I chose to hike into the base camp and stay there overnight so as to get a really early start, and beat the heat (and people). We started at about 6:30/7 am and were back down at the car by noon. The most time consuming aspect of the trail is the terrain- a lot of the hike is tallis field, and footing on the scree can be a bit slow-going. Also a good note to any hikers is that there is one VERY convincing false summit, which still got us even though we had read up on it. You have to cross a saddle before you get to the summit of Soapris. Loved the hike overall, so beautiful and was more challenging/enjoyable than some 14ers out there!

Trail is 4.2 miles. Mountain bikes are not allowed and dogs must be on leash. But of course the dog owners we met while going up the steep , narrow first part of the trail didn’t think that applied to them. The two large labs came running towards us and luckily we were ready for them so they weren’t able to push us off trail and down the steep embankment. They also left a large pile of poop in the middle of the trail. That being said the trail is very nice with only the first mile or so steep. We would rate it as moderate. Worth doing again but so disappointed that dog owners are so disrespectful of the beautiful place this is for all to enjoy.

on Rio Grande Trail East

hiking
3 months ago

Very pretty, but more of a path in town than a true trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent hike with the dogs and amazing colors late september/early october. The trail is actually 4.2 miles (one way). Not sure why AllTrails says it it so much less. Definitely at least continue hiking out of the creek canyon of the first 2.5miles to the top of the saddle. Excellent views. It is a steep continuous climb for the first 2 1/4 miles. probably not a good trail for beginner hikers or tourists not accustomed to the altitude.

Great views, but pretty dull walking across ski fields! Probably good for fitness training.

on Mount Sopris Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike. Enjoyed the scenic views and workout. We are from sea level, to 10k elevation was a kick in the chest. Lakes were pretty, but at the end of summer, so obviously low. Fishing was unsuccessful, but had a great time. Would definitely do it again.

Great hike! Once we were above the tree line, the wind was horrible. Bring layers and hats for the summit.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a very pretty trail, great views of Sopris and the surrounding mountains! It was also very steep, and much longer than 2.9 miles. My dad had a hard time keeping up! We also didn't quite find the end, but it was very beautiful! We also brought the dog, he loved the creek!

3 months ago

Amazing views

Awesome little hike. Amazing terrain and views.

on Mount Sopris Trail

4 months ago

Pretty challenging. Super windy and the sun was strong. Bring a wide-brim hat, sunscreen, and stuff for your lips so they don't get cracked. Beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

From TH near Dinkle Lake (8635’) , first 4 miles to very scenic Thomas Lakes are slightly rocky gently uphill (+1400’), then mile 5 is more rocky and steep (+700’). Next 1.5 miles are extremely steep (+1400’) and mostly on generally stable broken rock with moderate exposure and includes a false summit (12402’). Last 3/4 is steep (+800’), but the trail is generally visible all the way to the east summit (12954’). Very windy this date which stopped any attempt to include the west summit, which is an additional 3/4 mile down a saddle (-300’) and then back up to an almost identical summit elevation. Views from the summit in all directions are spectacular, and even more spectacular from the west summit. Three 65 year olds made the total round trip in about 8.5 hours with about 1.5 hours of stops along the way.

Excelent

amazing view. I'd love it :)

Didn’t get past the first part...lots of up! I’d rate it as difficult, but totally worth the views! I also turned around because i came across some unfamiliar, large droppings and was hiking solo so decided to come back when i have bear spray and more people (or bells or something). It’s only 15 minutes outside of Carbondale, but you are very out there.

this was my first hike here in colorado and it was an amazing hike the view was great only downfall is i didnt get to climb it all the way up

Drove to this hike and it is now marked as on private property and there were gates blocking what looked like the intended parking lot. There are lots of no trespassing signs all over, so I don't even think parking up the road off the private property and hiking in would be a great idea.

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous view but it was pretty steep and I would call it more hard then moderate

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike. Fantastic views of surrounding 14er peaks (Capital, Maroon Bells, Pyramid). Our GPS showed this as a 13.4 mile hike with 4,600 feet of gain. We are both experienced hikers and in good shape, took us 3.5 hours up, and almost 3 back. The first 3.5 to 4 miles to the lakes is easy as you only gain around 1,600 feet during this portion. The next 3 miles will test you some. You take several switchbacks up above the lake to the side of Sopris peak. From there the next section is a steep 300 feet up and very rocky. Once up to the ridge the climb is stunning and the path is pretty easy to follow to the summit. You will go over a false summit and go along a second ridge to get to the true summit. While you can peer over ledges down thousands of feet, the trails are more than wide enough to not feel exposed. I am not a huge fan of exposure and had zero issues. Enjoy!!!!

hiking
6 months ago

The perfect trail for a solo hike. About 5 miles in, the trail seemed to disappear into overgrowth and with a dark clouds headed my way it seemed a good time to turn back.

Great little hike up to the lakes. The trailhead is across the creek on the other side meadow, look for an old fence and sign. When you get near the lakes the trail cuts to the right and you may have to bushwhack a little to get to the lakes. On an exciting note we saw a bear across the far lake from us, which motivated us to cut our break short. Overall fun little hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, camped at site 11 near the lake. There was not water at either of the two stream crossings on the way up, so first opportunity to filter water was the lake.

hiking
6 months ago

The trail is the summer road for trucks up the mountain. It isn’t as steep as the Ute trail or other trails up, but we didn’t get a lot of shade and felt challenging for us novices as most of it is at 15-30% grade except for a somewhat flat portion for 0.5 miles or so. The nice part is the gondola ride down is free, and dogs are allowed (we brought our 8 month old German Shepard puppy who didn’t seem to have an issue).

hiking
7 months ago

This is an okay trail. Not a lot of coverage and A LOT of mountain bikers with blind turns and a narrow path.

Favorite neighborhood trail.

I began this trail right at mid-day, so it was very warm and there wasn't a lot of shade. I hiked clockwise putting the steepest climb at the start. The trail is well marked at the beginning, but there are so many routes and footprints, it was a bit difficult to follow. The AllTrails map was very helpful and I relied on it way more than usual. I encountered several hikers, a man with his dog, and three mountain bikers - many of the trail routes are open to mountain biking.. It was a good, very warm hike, but I enjoyed it! Note: the various trail named at the sight are differently titled from this hike: blue ribbon and Three Gulch on the trail labels make this loop.

So far my favorite hike of 2018! Easy hike with beautiful views the further you get. I was expecting to find a rock shaped like a mushroom but instead found myself in a forest with crazy rock formations and trippy trees

Great short hike amazing view!! There are always quite a bit of people which is a little bit of a down fall

Love this hike. Short, rewarding and awesome at sunset.

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