Thomas Lakes Trail

MODERATE 76 reviews
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Thomas Lakes Trail is a 7.8 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
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1627 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

hiking
7 months ago

A pleasant hike and one of the best areas for aspen in the autumn.

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months 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?

hiking
8 months 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
8 months ago

Fun trail

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

9 months 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.

trail running
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Great

hiking
10 months ago

Great

hiking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Little sloppy and muddy towards the lower parts of the trail, but by the lakes it was snow with some hard pack to trek on. Lots of skiers out there having fun!...hiked in late April.

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

Really nice views up to the lakes, and definitely worth the hike. Wear good hiking boots! Rocky trail and no mountain bikes past the meadow.

hiking
Monday, December 05, 2016

We did the Thomas Lakes Trail hike for our 20th Anniversary celebration at the end of October. Clear skies and temperature in the 40's. The hike was a steep ascent up to the meadows, then it leveled out a little bit for about 1/2 a mile or so. Once again the ascent became steep, with a mix of dirt and lots of rocks on the trail and an abundance of trees. The ground had frozen overnight making the mud hard as cement. Thomas Lakes was breathtaking to say the least. There was no one on the trail but the 4 of us, except for a tent set up on the far side of the lake near the bottom of Mt. Sopris summit, so we had the scenery all to ourselves. Would do this trail again in warmer weather, so we can camp at Thomas Lakes overnight and summit on the next day. Well worth the strenuous ascent to catch a glimpse of this jewel!

hiking
Thursday, November 03, 2016

This is a moderate trail, without a doubt. Steady incline all the way up. That being said, it is worth the trip. Stunningly gorgeous lakes with one framed by Sopris. Definitely dog friendly as we saw lots of pups.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

This was a great hike, however, I would not say it was easy. As in a previous review, most of the hike was straight up. My wife and I are not avid hikers but we were able to make it up the trail in about 4 hours. It was really worth it though.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Nice hike, round trip from parking lot is about 8 miles. Mostly uphill and quite rocky, but beautiful lakes at the base of Mt Sopris. Much better to do in the fall , colors were fantastic 9/18/16

hiking
Friday, August 26, 2016

"Uphill" the whole way but soooo worth it once you reach either of the lakes! It took us two hours up and two hours down but we tacked on a good 40 minutes going up because we had never had to herd cows before (lmao, great story)
I want to go again and camp by the lakes and then summit sopris!!

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

Absolutely stunning hike...and there are two ways you can go. The first time we hiked this area, we veered to the left or Hay Park. Yesterday, we decided to go see Thomas Lake. We started on the trailhead at 2PM (granted we hike quite a bit and may have cut some time off), but reached Lake #1 at 5:15pm. There are some fairly steep shots, and daunting amounts of loose rock on much of the trail. I definitely recommend taking sticks for balance. You will cross small streams and see vistas of wildflowers, Aspens and evergreens. The trail is heavily traveled, especially on the weekends. On our descent we saw a small herd of locally owned cows that were grazing. The lakes (yes there are two) are pristine and in the right light are the most amazing color of teal. The water is crystal clear. There 12 sites to camp here too, which we hope to do next year. Public Service Announcement: This is Colorado and weather can change dramatically in minutes. We saw countless people sporting flip flops and tank tops. Just the day before we hiked Thomas, we went to the Lost Man Lake and it started to snow! We had all the extra gear and were toasty warm. So please take sensible shoes, a jacket, rain gear, a hat and some gloves. Water is advisable too and maybe an energy bar. Enjoy! This is a wonderful hike!

Friday, July 29, 2016

We loved it

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Trail is not easy. I would call this a moderate hike. Lots of large loose rocks throughout. Need to be nimble on your feet and be aware of foot placement the entire time. Beautiful views of Sopris and the Lakes are pristine. Mosquitos were hungry and many, so bring bug spray.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Hiked it yesterday . Scenic trail . Moderate .

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

It was beautiful. I was looking forward to it then I realized that it's not that easy. it's rated easy but definetly not as easy as it makes it sound! I almost gave up many times!

hiking
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

This hike is 3.8 IN - to the lakes, not round trip. We were out for a shorter walk and everything you read says 3.6 miles round trip. Our GPS said 3.8 from the parking lot to the lakes.. It is a 4 hour hike at the least. Very rocky and up hill all the way. It was beautiful at the lakes and worth the hike if your prepared for more than it says.

hiking
Friday, August 21, 2015

Crystal clear water @ the lakes

hiking
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Update: I completed this trail last week. The meadow of wildflowers in the middle was fantastic! The mileage listed (3.6 miles) didn't give with my GPS which reported well over 4 miles to the lakes from the parking lot. For us, the trail was 8.35 miles round trip and took 4 hours and 10 minutes. It's a lovely hike, but the first and last parts of the trail are VERY rocky. You can't take a step without hitting a rock. It made for a slow-going trip.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I tried this hike twice and first time was too snowy. 2nd was beautiful. Challenging areas but worth it.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Beautiful, not-too-tough hike. The lakes are gorgeous!

hiking
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This is a great trail with awesome scenery. I have done it twice now and recommend it to anyone who loves hiking and camping.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I love this trail! Beautiful, well cut and easy to find, and goes up to a gorgeous place, Thomas Lakes with an up close view of Mt. Sopris. You can also backpack in and camp at one of the designated sites by the lakes if you want to try for the summit the next day.

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