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Thomas Lakes Trail #1958, CO

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Distance Round Trip 8.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,639 feet
Elevation Gain 2,025 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,257 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5
Kokopelli Seeds 19.49
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Mount Sopris 12,953
22  2017-07-19 Steph_and_Blake
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Trips 184 map ( 820 miles )
Age 73 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → Early
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:20am - 7:06pm
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Definitely a good decision!
by Steph_and_Blake

  Likely In-Season!
A national forest ranger in Carbondale suggested this hike to us, but advised that it is heavily trafficked. And when we showed up at the trailhead, the parking lot was nearly full. Drat! We generally prefer a "quieter" hike. We had heard, however, that the second lake is especially beautiful and the views of Mount Sopris are spectacular. So, despite concerns about a crowded trail, we headed out.

The trail itself is very easy to follow. In fact, it starts out as, I presume, an old jeep trail and gradually narrows down to the width of, say, an ATV trail. So, hiking side-by-side with a partner is doable for the first half of the hike. Eventually, the trail narrows down to single-track, weaving in and out of meadows and stands of aspen. Most of the hike is a gradual climb (no switchbacks at all), but there are a few steeper sections that'll get your heart pumping.

Finally we came to the first of the two Thomas Lakes. To us, it didn't look all that interesting so we pushed on to the second one. Definitely a good decision! We were pleasantly surprised to see only one other couple at the lake. To give them some space we hiked in a counter-clockwise direction around the lake in search of a spot for lunch. We had to pick our way through some brush and over a talus field, but we quickly found a perfect place to put up our feet. The lake was, in fact, beautiful and the views of Mount Sopris were, as promised, spectacular.

All in all, we counted only 13 folks on the trail that day and would highly recommend this hike to others.

Note to peak-baggers and backpackers...There are 13 first-come, first-served campsites near the second lake. Evidently, these sites are often used by hikers that are wanting to summit Mount Sopris.

Note to dog-owners...This is black bear country. As such, all dogs must be on a leash at all times.

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2017-07-24 Steph_and_Blake
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    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.
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