Did it as day hike. Long day but one of the most amazing hike I have done.
Just did the east summit from Thomas Lakes, where we had a beautiful campsite. Had to pack up and get back to town same day so didn't do both summits.
Great day, very little snow on route.
7/16/16 w/Cory Martin on a perfect July morning
Spent the night in Carbondale and headed up this hill with Logan. What a beautiful mountain! Great day, only rained on the last 3 miles of my decent. I wore running gear and just hit the gas back to the Jeep. Sorry for late starters getting thundered on! Great mountain!
Quick morning jaunt. It looked like nice skiing, though the bowl softens up early.
4/23/16: With Craig, Colin, Stan and Jeff. Skinned up Thomas Lakes Bowl and skied back down from the summit. Windy on the summit ridge, but nice in the bowl with good snow conditions. Lost the trail on the way out and ended up below the TH near Dinkle Lake, luckily it was only a short walk back.
4/15/17: With Rachael, Craig, Stan, Ben, Eliot and Brian. Skinned and skied Thomas Lakes Bowl in good condition. Much drier down low than last year, a lot of dry in the first 2 miles and a lot of ski carrying through that stretch as a result.
Started hiking ~10am, straightforward on the trail then up the ridge of basketball sized rocks...awesome views toward Capitol Peak...afternoon thunderheads forming kept me from running over to the northern peak, good call.
Boatloads of new snow up high! Very enjoyable hike.
A fun route - the approach trail was still covered with snow, frozen in am, and I just carried my skis and boots on my backpacks and ran up to the lakes in my running shoes. Skinned up from the lakes, there were several skiers on the route. Windy on the summit, nice views and amazing descent - 4000 feet of skiing, the snow warmed up and I skied almost to the parking lot.
east. combo next time.
June 28-29 2014
After rafting Roaring Fork, Kessler and I set off for Mount Sopris. We started early evening and hiked up to Thomas Lakes. It was a popular place! It was a rough night as well. Kessler threw up a few times (probably the results of Chinese food in Basalt) and I didn't sleep at all due to allergies. It was an unusually warm and windy night as well and the temperature never dropped below 49F (which is unusual for this altitude).
Because of the rough night, we rose rather late and were dragging a bit on our ascent. We still made steady progress to the East Summit of Mount Sopris. There were only a few snowfields to cross.
Once on the East Summit of Sopris, we ate lunch before traversing over to the West Summit. Once on the West Summit we returned to near the saddle between the two peaks and glissaded off the north face. It was a good glissade down to the basin below.
We then followed the drainage downwards and to another glissade. It was much steeper than I expected so we did the glissade in a permanent self arrest position. We could still stop by kicking in.
Once at the bottom of the next basin, we had to make our way back towards Thomas Lakes. We climbed partially on snow up to the saddle near Point 11425. The section without snow was really tedious.
We then crossed the rock glacier to the ridge above Thomas Lakes. The rock glacier was extremely slow going and we wished the route had been covered in snow. We then followed the ridge above Thomas Lakes until we could descend very steeply in the trees and down to another rock glacier, which was also a pain to cross in order to get to the lakes.
This descent route was really steep, strenuous, and tedious, even though the difficulty never exceeded class 3. It is not recommended unless covered in snow. On the plus side we got a really good view of the seldom-viewed-up-close north face of East Sopris, which is really spectacular.
After reaching the lakes, the final task was to follow the nice trail to the trailhead, but after our strenuous route, it seemed long even though it wasn't.
It was still a good climb, but next time we'll do it earlier season. The weather was perfect as well with no threat whatsoever of thunderstorms.
Incidentally, our camera died and we didn't get any photographs. This was a real shame since we could have gotten some really great photos.
I was working on a highway project near Carbondale that got shut down a day for bad weather. Despite the late start, I decided to attempt Sopris, or at least to attempt to get as close as possible.
The weather was pretty windy and cold, and with blowing snow, but it wasn't too hard to get up to Thompson Lakes. The route and conditions got tougher after this and in the fading daylight and poor visibility, I turned around at Point 12,453, 500 feet below the summit. It was dark before I descended to timberline.
Skied the East bowl. Good times.
I moved to Glenwood Springs and it's impossible to ignore this peak, I'm glad I got it done.
Climbed it with Marco. We camped in the parking lot among the mooing cows. I had pitched my tent nearby, but a herd of cattle came into the parking lot around sunset, so I decided to take down my tent and sleep under the stars next to the car. They were mooing as loud as they could, you could hear it echoing off the mountains. ~5AM start, and we were planning on just being satisfied with East Sopris only, but we made good time getting there, and the weather looked good, so we quickly tagged West Sopris, then took a short break back on East Sopris before heading down. It was a tough day, but it was worth it, and good prep for bigger climbs next weekend.
Started up at 6:44am reached Sopris East at 11:26 then over to Sopris West at 12:01pm back to the TH at 4:30. Windy but beautiful on this fine autumn day on this long admired mountain...... Sweet!
With Katie and Megan, both 10. Day trip via Thomas Lakes.
Climbed both summits via the trail from Thomas Lakes. Have admired this peak for years, it was nice to finally stand upon its summit and admire the view!
With my friends dog Cooper,who enjoyed the swimming