Explore the most popular birding trails near Basalt with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
7 days ago

Took a little over two hours to hike up to the lakes. Lake is still mostly frozen over and lots of snow. There were plenty of dry spots to setup camp for the night though. Our camp got snowed on for about two hours during the day but then the sun came out strong. Great in and out trail for a one night backpack.

mountain biking
2 months ago

hard uphill. need very strong legs to bike this trail from basalt up

awesome bike workout

up hill all the way what a work out my first time I did the whole thing it's incredible

A very steep trail over a short distance. Views are OK, but there's much better in Colorado.

hiking
8 months ago

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

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

hiking
9 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?

I didn't expect the level of pain that this "day hike" offered. Should be rated as "hard" in most ways: starts steep in beginning, slightly mellows out in middle third, then ends steep. I came up with a full 4 miles but maybe it was all the panting I was doing.

hiking
9 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
9 months ago

Fun trail

backpacking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail! First 1.5 is all uphill, but after that it's a great hike! Lots of clear rivers, beautiful views, huge aspen! Not a lot of places to put a tent- i.e. Our placement was 1 of 2 close to water- but definitely worth it! Lightly traveled, some horse manure to dodge! Do g be confused with the capital peak trailhead- same parking lot- hay Park has a sign and capital peak does not

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

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

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
10 months ago

Great views. Very steep.

hiking
11 months ago

This hike is incredible. I started out taking the 'easy' way, and just did the harder trail yesterday. It is a tough hike, but it is definitely worth the effort.

hiking
11 months ago

Pretty tough incline the whole way. Beautiful views though.

trail running
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

The views at the top are so beautiful.

hiking
11 months ago

Great

hiking
11 months ago

Great

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Great hike to get your heart rate up, it's a good climb! You get some great views as you go, we even found a hidden swing from the #aspenswingproject! I only wish dog owners would be responsible and clean up after their dogs, and no, picking it up with a plastic bag and then leaving said plastic bag on the side of the trail doesn't count.

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

This is a really good hike to get your heart going. Really great to bring your dog too

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

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