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Excellent hike with the dogs and amazing colors late september/early october. The trail is actually 4.2 miles (one way). Not sure why AllTrails says it it so much less. Definitely at least continue hiking out of the creek canyon of the first 2.5miles to the top of the saddle. Excellent views. It is a steep continuous climb for the first 2 1/4 miles. probably not a good trail for beginner hikers or tourists not accustomed to the altitude.

on Mount Sopris Trail

11 days ago

Awesome hike. Enjoyed the scenic views and workout. We are from sea level, to 10k elevation was a kick in the chest. Lakes were pretty, but at the end of summer, so obviously low. Fishing was unsuccessful, but had a great time. Would definitely do it again.

Great hike! Once we were above the tree line, the wind was horrible. Bring layers and hats for the summit.

Great fall color hike. Poorly maintained trail, very much a v shape, making hiking down it difficult. I wouldn’t attempt it when ground is wet!

16 days ago

It was a very pretty trail, great views of Sopris and the surrounding mountains! It was also very steep, and much longer than 2.9 miles. My dad had a hard time keeping up! We also didn't quite find the end, but it was very beautiful! We also brought the dog, he loved the creek!

17 days ago

Amazing views

amazing view of carbondale

Awesome little hike. Amazing terrain and views.

on Mount Sopris Trail

27 days ago

Pretty challenging. Super windy and the sun was strong. Bring a wide-brim hat, sunscreen, and stuff for your lips so they don't get cracked. Beautiful!

1 month ago

From TH near Dinkle Lake (8635’) , first 4 miles to very scenic Thomas Lakes are slightly rocky gently uphill (+1400’), then mile 5 is more rocky and steep (+700’). Next 1.5 miles are extremely steep (+1400’) and mostly on generally stable broken rock with moderate exposure and includes a false summit (12402’). Last 3/4 is steep (+800’), but the trail is generally visible all the way to the east summit (12954’). Very windy this date which stopped any attempt to include the west summit, which is an additional 3/4 mile down a saddle (-300’) and then back up to an almost identical summit elevation. Views from the summit in all directions are spectacular, and even more spectacular from the west summit. Three 65 year olds made the total round trip in about 8.5 hours with about 1.5 hours of stops along the way.


1 month ago

It took 20 hours of climbing over two days to reach the summit. Climbed 8/1/18-8/2/18 with great weather. It was my 5th 14er and the most technical. I would not have made it without a guide. I used Nate from Aspen Expeditions. I’m going to pick something easier next year.

amazing view. I'd love it :)

Hiked just 2 miles of it with the kids. Great hike, trailhead can be a challenge if you have a lower profile vehicle.

Didn’t get past the first part...lots of up! I’d rate it as difficult, but totally worth the views! I also turned around because i came across some unfamiliar, large droppings and was hiking solo so decided to come back when i have bear spray and more people (or bells or something). It’s only 15 minutes outside of Carbondale, but you are very out there.

2 months ago

Best money ever spent if you value your vehicle! Hire Smitty‘ Jeep tours to take you to the trail head and walk the three miles down to Crystal Mill. Also do it on a week day if all possible. All the atv and Jeep drivers I met were nice and slowed down. Beautiful waterfall on the hike to the lake and coming down to the town of Crystal.

this was my first hike here in colorado and it was an amazing hike the view was great only downfall is i didnt get to climb it all the way up

Drove to this hike and it is now marked as on private property and there were gates blocking what looked like the intended parking lot. There are lots of no trespassing signs all over, so I don't even think parking up the road off the private property and hiking in would be a great idea.

Tons of wildflowers and great views.

3 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike. Fantastic views of surrounding 14er peaks (Capital, Maroon Bells, Pyramid). Our GPS showed this as a 13.4 mile hike with 4,600 feet of gain. We are both experienced hikers and in good shape, took us 3.5 hours up, and almost 3 back. The first 3.5 to 4 miles to the lakes is easy as you only gain around 1,600 feet during this portion. The next 3 miles will test you some. You take several switchbacks up above the lake to the side of Sopris peak. From there the next section is a steep 300 feet up and very rocky. Once up to the ridge the climb is stunning and the path is pretty easy to follow to the summit. You will go over a false summit and go along a second ridge to get to the true summit. While you can peer over ledges down thousands of feet, the trails are more than wide enough to not feel exposed. I am not a huge fan of exposure and had zero issues. Enjoy!!!!

This is a nasty steep overgrown trail from the west. A great waterfall at 10,000ft. My dog, Chopper, and I pooped out about 1000ft below the pass, but the views and flowers were good above 10,500.

3 months ago

Difficult but beautiful! They’ve moved the trailhead so now drive 2.7 miles from the Fire Station to three parking areas by the trailhead.

Great little hike up to the lakes. The trailhead is across the creek on the other side meadow, look for an old fence and sign. When you get near the lakes the trail cuts to the right and you may have to bushwhack a little to get to the lakes. On an exciting note we saw a bear across the far lake from us, which motivated us to cut our break short. Overall fun little hike.

3 months ago

Great hike, camped at site 11 near the lake. There was not water at either of the two stream crossings on the way up, so first opportunity to filter water was the lake.

3 months ago

This trail might be moderate to the avid hiker but is nothing less that difficult to most everybody else. Done from Anthracite to Dark Canyon it is mostly downhill but is very primitive in form for much of the trail. Bring shoes with good ankle support. There is also a lot of over hanging brush so plan on getting wet if it just rained or the dew point is high.

All that said though, this is one of the most beautiful untouched drainages in Colorado with a large waterfall, gorgeous meadows, and scattered aspen stands all with a classic Rocky Mountain backdrop.

Beautiful scenery but the trail is pretty primitive. Lots of overbrush, very rocky, and downright hard to find at times. That is hardly something to complain about though as it keeps the entire drainage devoid of people.

Favorite neighborhood trail.

I began this trail right at mid-day, so it was very warm and there wasn't a lot of shade. I hiked clockwise putting the steepest climb at the start. The trail is well marked at the beginning, but there are so many routes and footprints, it was a bit difficult to follow. The AllTrails map was very helpful and I relied on it way more than usual. I encountered several hikers, a man with his dog, and three mountain bikers - many of the trail routes are open to mountain biking.. It was a good, very warm hike, but I enjoyed it! Note: the various trail named at the sight are differently titled from this hike: blue ribbon and Three Gulch on the trail labels make this loop.

4 months ago

Hiked in from the ditch trail to the lake at base camp. We went June 9, 2018 and encountered some snow fields across many of the switch backs at higher elevations. That night got well below freezing as we expected it might. Beautiful hike, although I would recommend going a bit later in the summer. If you hike the upper trail (ditch trail) bring mosquito spray, ditch water is stagnant an full of mosquitoes

Lush vegetation - beautiful raging creek next to trail.

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