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Mt. Sopris TH - - Dinkle Lake Parking Lot

Postby sad2 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:39 pm

http://www.summitpost.org/mount-sopris/150233

Can someone let me know what the TH is like for Mt. Sopris? The above link says dirt road.

Is 4wd necessary? Do I need a high clearance vehicle?

From I-70 go south on highway 82 towards Carbondale. At the Highway 133 intersection, head south on Highway 133, through the town of Carbondale and after about 2.5 miles you need to turn left (east) on Prince Creek Road. Follow this road for about 6.3 miles or so (it turns to dirt at about mile 2.8) until you come to a confusing intersection. Keep right to follow the road to Dinkle Lake. (there is a sign there now pointing the way). You will pass some private property driveways along the way keep driving. The parking area for the trailhead for Mount Sopris is at Dinkle Lake - about 2 miles from the confusing intersection.

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Re: Mt. Sopris TH - - Dinkle Lake Parking Lot

Postby DanR » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:45 pm

I was up there a couple of weeks ago and had no trouble making it in my sedan. There was a spot or two shortly before the trailhead where some care was necessary but the road was generally in fine condition.

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Re: Mt. Sopris TH - - Dinkle Lake Parking Lot

Postby sad2 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:51 pm

Thanks Danr.

How were the trail conditions?

Any snow?

Will route-finding be an issue?

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Re: Mt. Sopris TH - - Dinkle Lake Parking Lot

Postby DanR » Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:00 pm

The trail was snow free and and I thought that it was easy to follow up until the final talus slope leading to the east summit, though that didn't matter as the route was obvious. It's a great hike - enjoy!

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Re: Mt. Sopris TH - - Dinkle Lake Parking Lot

Postby sad2 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:11 pm

Thanks.

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Re: Mt. Sopris TH - - Dinkle Lake Parking Lot

Postby myfeetrock » Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:09 pm

The trail head and parking are just under a half mile from the lake. You'll see a fenced in area with a restroom in the corner of the lot. This is the parking area. The trailhead is right accross the road. From the trailhead you will go about 4 miles the the second lake and the start of the trail up sopris. You go up some switchbacks and come out on top and start up a gradual slope. (If you've done Quandary this is about the same, but without the alt.) When you get to the talus slope ( Some call it the staircase) make your way up over the top and it levels out a little. You can go around the false summit here or over the top if you want. After the false summit you make your way down a long saddle then up the ridge to the summit. Just when you think you're at the summit you have a 500 feet on almost flat ground to go. You'll know you're at the summit when you see the wind shelters and the steel pipe. To finish things off you can hike the half mile to the second summit of the same hight. Hope this helps.
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Re: Mt. Sopris TH - - Dinkle Lake Parking Lot

Postby sad2 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:56 am

Yes it does. Thanks Michael.

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