Thomas Lakes Trail

EASY 46 reviews
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Thomas Lakes Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Basalt, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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.

hiking
2 days ago

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trail running
6 days ago

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

18 days ago

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hiking
22 days ago

Great

hiking
22 days ago

Great

25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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
6 months ago

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
7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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
9 months ago

"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!!