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Mount Sopris Trail is a 12.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Carbondale, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 12.9 mi Elevation gain 4,412 ft Route type Out & Back

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Angela Durkac
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Hiking

A little confusing near the top so just make sure you’re staying on the right path. I went different ways a couple times and added miles.

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pauline Allen
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Steve Dyer
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HikingRocky

As a Colorado 1st timer this was an amazing introduction, I’m still smiling at the emerging horizon as you huff and puff up the rocky ridges starting just above the tree line. Life affirming. The trail from the head to the lakes is beautiful enough, and if you have a free night camping at the lakes would be pretty special. But from there to the peak is where it really starts blowing the mind. A previous reviewer noted this is where the ‘burn’ starts - yes indeed. Walking up the incline certainly taxes the glutes but that’s nothing to the knees on way down - I highly recommend a walking stick or two for the less experienced, or those ‘less junior’ knees! The trail was well marked pretty much to the top, and there are a few nice ‘wind shelters’ made out of rocks at the peak for a rest and sandwich. Way down is precarious for the un-initiated in places hence the poles worth packing. Distance is certainly more than on the app - our GPS recorded 24km round trip. And final recommendation - bring plenty of water (no brainer) but also get one of those filter caps for your container - the creek water just by the path below the lakes is very refreshing. Mt Sopris is not a 14’er or even a 13’er but as an introduction it is taxing, has significant elevation and distance, but is very doable, leave early (6:00/6:30 latest), and rewards with exhilarating experience and beautiful views.

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Krista Forsgren
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Agree with Megan 100%. Also, if you aren't prepared with hiking boots, sunscreen and lots of water I wouldn't attempt the the heights. Next time we do it, we will try to camp at one of the really lovely campsites at Thomas Lakes, and wake up early to do the summit again, it would be a more pleasant hike, not so rushed.

Crista Martin
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HikingGreat!Scramble
Megan Bendziewicz
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Hiking

AMAZING trail. Very hard especially after the lakes. Once you get past the lakes it becomes increasingly difficult and more rockier. The views at the false summit were amazing and due to weather we ended our hike there. Absolutely stunning! Be careful going down, lots of slippery rocks. Can’t get better than —- wildflowers, lakes, and amazing views!

Lisa Kinsey
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Hiking

Difficult, but so worth it! The views from the top are incredible. Keep on eye on the weather forecast, so you’re not caught in as storm above tree line and bring bug spray!

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Devon R
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Hiking

Hiked halfway up to Thomas Lake. About 7ish miles round trip. Lakes were pristine and beautiful. Gorgeous aspens and views. Loved this trail.

Rosa Guerrero
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Hiking

What a fantastic experience it was!! Hiking Mt. Sopris was a goal of mine since I saw it when arriving in Glenwood Springs. It was TOUGH, but the views at the top were worth the pain!!! My first summit!!

Remy Kelly
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Hiking

Great hike- only made it to treeline before thunderstorms rolled in. Started at 0845 and turned around above the lakes at 11. Lots of mosquitos.

Kirsten Brown
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HikingBugs

This is a super tough hike. Would not recommend with a dog on leash (although trail rules state all dogs must be leashed). We bailed a mile before the summit due to weather conditions. Be prepared to take your time. The last two miles to the summit will take you almost two hours. The trail is in great condition. Was not heavily trafficked when we went. BRING BUG SPRAY. Would definitely recommend trekking poles. Also certainly longer than 12.9 miles.

Abigail Rhea
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Hiking

hWow, this hike is a masterpiece, truly. I highly recommend you take the time out to trek this one, especially if you're visiting the Glenwood Springs area or Carbondale. No, it's not an easy trail and the part closest to the summit is where you will truly feel the burn. It's worth it!

K M
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HikingMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

Hiked 6/25/20. Fairly moderate hike up until you ascend after the lakes, where it becomes increasingly more tough. Most snow has melted except on the saddle before summit, muddy in small sections. Very rocky, might scramble at times. Trail is not well maintained after lakes and not well marked in general. Keep your eyes open, pack a rain jacket for late am/ early pm storms.

Jason Clarke
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HikingRocky

Trail is in great shape. Snow in the upper saddle is not an issue as the trail takes you around the back side of it. Trail finding is straightforward for the most part and the alpine lakes are beautiful.

Matthew Stokes
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Hiking

Did this with my son on his 7th birthday. His first mountain!

Lucas De Cesco
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HikingSnow

Great hike! We left the parking lot at 8.30 got to the lakes at 10. Summited by 12.45. And back at the car at 5pm after a 30’ lunch at the lakes. It was really windy on top and there’s snow pretty much from the parking lot to the summit but ita soft, not ice. So its still pretty safe to go up.

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Luann White
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Hiking

Phenomenal hike. Started at trailhead at 4:15am and summited by 9:30am. Trail was easier to find than I expected and coming down the talus wasn't nearly as scary as I was led to believe. Fall colors are stunning on the way down. A tough one but I think in my top 5 of Colorado!

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Melissa Twin
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Hiking

Incredible hike, but it was more intense than I thought it would be. I've hiked to Thomas lakes many times and loved the hike but of course wanted to summit Sopris. Once you pass Thomas lakes, you need to make sure you're on the correct trail. It's not well marked in my opinion. We missed the switch backs which made for a difficult start. There is SO MUCH SCREE. Way more than what I expected based on the reviews. 2 false summits, if you go to the West Peak. It's worth the extra mile for sure, but my lanta, the hike was tough. I would say be in above average physical and mental health and be a regular hiker! I hope to do it again one day and feel less like death by the end! Proud to have sumitted my favorite mountain!

Darren Bryan
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Hiking

Amazing hike. We left the parking lot at the trailhead at 6am and made it to Thomas Lake (~4 miles) by 745. We packed light and tried to move quickly, which wasn’t difficult on the well maintained trail. Above the lakes you go through a series of switchbacks before the trees thin out and it gets steeper. Eventually leads to a scree field with some exposure to the left. The trail is intermittently present through the scree and requires some light scrambling at times. We made it to the false summit below the East Peak, but turned back because of weather that was quickly approaching. Back down to the car by 2pm. All in all, a great day.

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Sandy Heydt
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Hiking

I only made it up to just before Thomas Lake. Great views and a steady but not difficult trail if you turn around at the lake or before. Just going to the summit makes it hard. Nice for older folk with bad knees, like me. The young kids bound up!

Emily James
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Hiking

Decided to take this trail as a dayhike and even though we came very close, we did not quite fully make it to the top. We ran out of time because it was still snowy in mid July and was not well-marked. It is a beautiful trail with great views. The lake area is gorgeous. The first few miles were pleasant and not strenuous. The rock fields toward the end can get dangerous and focus was needed. There were some nice wildflowers on the trail and we saw plenty of wildlife. Overall, I am thankful I was able to do this hike and I highly recommend it but it was too challenging for me since I was unable to adjust to the altitude and my cardio just couldn't quite keep up with a faster pace without feeling sick. Just a note: The road to the trailhead is long and needs to be taken very slow but there are some great campsites along the way.

Kara Wakely
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Hiking

Amazing experience, must do

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