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Mount Sopris

Postby BrentManDo » Sat Jul 14, 2007 6:33 pm

Do any of you know the distance from the Thomas Lakes Trailhead (parking lot) to the West Summit of Mount Sopris? I hiked it, and can't find the distance in print anywhere. Thanks for any help.

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Postby JeffX » Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:32 am

Seven miles from Thomas lakes, as far as I know.
Cheers,

-Jeff

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Postby iceman » Fri Jul 20, 2007 8:01 am

It is a little over 4 miles from the parking area to the south end of Thomas Lakes and a little over 3 miles from the south end of Thomas lakes to west Sopris peak. It is close to a 15 mile round trip if you summit the east and west peaks.

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Postby BrentManDo » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:58 pm

thanks!!!!!!!!!!

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Postby kaiman » Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:21 pm

Seven miles from Thomas lakes, as far as I know.


Okay, okay, its time to dispel a few myths about the distance on Sopris, because I have been hearing way to many people claim that the hike is "like 16 miles," "17 miles", "19 miles," etc.

The actual distance is 3 miles to Thomas Lakes (one way) and another 3 to the main (East) summit. The west summit adds another 2 miles round trip to the climb making the total distance from the Dinkle Lake trailhead 12 miles to the main (East) summit and 14 to the West summit. All of these links confirm this distance as does Warren Ohlrich's excellent book Aspen & Central Colorado Trails.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Sopris
http://www.hikingincolorado.org/sopr.html
http://www.climber.org/TripReports/2000/686.html

Many people backpack in to Thomas Lakes and then climb from there, but no matter how you do it, it is a long day with 4,000 feet of elevation gain. Also, make sure you get an early start as Sopris is the highest western point in the Elk range and usually serves as a battering ram for all incoming thunderstorms.

Good luck and have fun,

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Postby iceman » Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:18 pm

It is close to a 15 mile round trip


14 is pretty close to 15 :D

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