Thomas Lakes Trail

MODERATE 64 reviews
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Thomas Lakes Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Basalt, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1663 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel south on Hwy. 133 for approximately 1.4 miles. Make a left turn on Prince Creek Road and go about 6 miles to the fork in the road. Take a right at the fork and follow it for 2 miles. The trailhead is 1/4 mile before Dinkle Lake.

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14 days ago

Long but not too strenuous, great views and lovely clear lakes at the finish line!

hiking
14 days ago

Scenic trail with lots of wildflowers, aspen groves, and some nice vistas along the way. By August 5th, some of the flowers had already died off below 10,000 feet, but were still in full bloom as you got closer to the lakes. We had clear skies in the forecast, but did get caught in a brief hail/lightning storm on the way up. Fortunately there is only a stretch of about a 1/2 mile where you're out in the open without any tree cover. I would agree with others that this felt closer to moderate than easy. We went on a Friday and only came across three groups on the trail and about 20 cars in the parking lot. Maybe it's more heavily trafficked on the weekend?

17 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Fantastic trail with consistent beautiful views. Hiked this two weeks ago and It was our first solid hike of the season. While the elevation gain isn't crazy, there are a few steep inclines. Very rocky in some areas. I would classify this as moderate as opposed to easy. So if you're looking for a fairly challenging day hike, this is perfect.

hiking
25 days ago

Fun trail

1 month ago

Beautiful wildflowers along the way up to 2 scenic lakes. Steep in parts but a wonderful hike!

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1 month ago

Wonderful trail, beautiful flowers and have done it many times and I have enjoyed it so much

1 month ago

Very nice views, beautiful lakes, easy grade. If the lakes are too chilly for a swim, try the Dinkle Lake picnic area near the trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

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trail running
2 months ago

Great views of Sopris about half way up. Nice run, but rocky in a few places.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago