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Trail: Mount Sopris #1958
Region: Crystal River Valley
Difficulty: difficult
Description: If you plan to climb Sopris, allow 2 days. The first day, hike to the lakes, set up camp in a designated site and explore, fish, or just enjoy the scenery. On the second day, get up early and begin climbing in order to finish the hike before the afternoon thunder storms. The easiest route is up the east ridge. From the upper lake, walk to the base of the steep slope to the southeast part of the lake. Ascend this slope on the new hiking trail to the ridge and continue up across the high, sparsely timbered slope to the southern ridge. Follow this ridge up the mountain. You will come upon one stretch of fairly steep, loose rock, but should have no problem if you use care. Soon you will be on the main ridge to the summit. Enjoy the view. You may want to cross the 1/2 mile saddle to West Sopris Peak, which is the same elevation as the East Peak. Both peaks offer a superb view of the Crystal River Valley and Avalanche Creek. Keep in mind if you plan to do the entire trip in two days you will hike back to your car the same day you climb the mountain. This trail is in the wilderness, so keep dogs on leashes at all times. Impassable by horseback.
Directions: From Carbondale, drive south on Hwy 133 for 1.4 miles to Prince Creek Road and take a left. Follow 6 miles to a fork; take right fork and follow 2 miles to trailhead for Thomas Lakes.
Map: USGS Sopris


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