Both summits. Bluebird day for a while.
5:10 RT. Fun solo hike.
I have been on Sopris a couple times. Got to summit and ski the peak this spring. We skinned up the main bowl off to the looker's left of the center summit. Great trip. Good skiing conditions. Unsupportive snow on the way out made for a difficult exit.
Four years in a row I climbed this mountain on the anniversary of my husband's death. He was killed by a drunk driver in 1997. I later started exploring other mountains.
I went with my usual IU hiking companions. We almost turned around in the middle of the hike because it was so windy and cold. Luckily Dennis had some fantastic cookies that he shared with us, and we managed to get a little more inspiration to keep going. It's a good thing we summited, because it was perfectly clear, and this mountain had great views at the top.
Steep walkup. Loved it.
Standard route from TH. A formidable 12er. Both summits. Couldn't have wished for a better day. Kinda creepy that there is cell phone reception at the top. I will always love this mountain and it will forever be one of my favorites!
Bushwhacked up from the Crystal River (~6600’) to the west bowl and then cramponed up dust covered snow to the west summit. It was an awesome experience on a wild mountain!
Spent the night in the Thomas Lakes area then up to the summit.
I have always wanted to summit this peak. It was a surprising workout for what is considered a lower peak in Colorado. The views of Capitol Peak were incredible. My sojourn on the summit was cut short by advancing dark clouds from the main Elk mountain Range summits. I descended into these clouds. This is what climbing these summits is all about.
Despite horrific wind we managed to summit. I wouldn't let anyone turn back and said we had to keep going. Great hike to do in the fall - the aspen were wonderful.
What a beautiful hike! And very popular--we didn't even start out until nearly 1:30PM and still saw tons of people. There was even someone heading up after us. Besides that, keep in mind, this is a long one. Also, there is no water past the lakes, so take plenty.
Though not a High 13er/14er, this has been a goal for a long time. Thanks to Britette and Skier X, I finally made the East Summmit after 1 1/2 false starts...
Now I need to go back to gloat over Glenwood for real...I mean enjoy the townie view whie skiing into the unknown down the Crystal Chute. ;}
With xskier77 and seth@loki. Nice ski from summit to Thomas Lakes.
On trail by 4am and made the summit just under 6 hours later. Skied from the summit down Thomas Lake bowl. The snow was great up high and a little sticky toward the bottom. The snow also only went as far as the lakes so we had to pack our skis back to the car.
Brilliant day in the backcountry. After some deliberation the CMC "posse" opted for the elegant northeast ridge (my plans for the northeast ridge fell in conjunction with a Colorado Mountain College program put on by Chase Macek and Juliann Phillips). Hence we attacked. Our numbers were around 12 with all members summiting. The northeast ridge was chosen because of the aesthetic line it provided to the summit. As a fellow summiter Chase pointed out there is a knob (Brian's Knob), more specifically a gendarme or pinnacle, at around 12,200 feet. The pinnacle seems unpassable from the lakes; it proved to be a fun class 3 scramble to regain the ridge. All in all a great day out. Highly recommended route if you are interested in a non-standard route up a nothing short of supreme mountain.
A great scramble up the northeast ridge. From the campground at Thomas lakes, walk north to northeast around the lakes over many boulders at the lakes edge. Continue up the ridge to the East peak. You will know you are going the right way when you see a big knob at about 12,000 ft continue to the summit. A great scramble the whole way with awesome views of Capitol and Sunlight along with spring valley and the Elks. A Beautiful mountain.
What a great hike. Long trail is very steep after the lakes, bring plenty of water
If you have witnessed her eminence you have considered her supremacy. Mt. Sopris erupts through the belly of the Roaring Fork Valley as the most picturesque peak in Colorado. Flanked by Aspen to the south and Glenwood Springs to the north, Sopris soars over the Crystal River. Her magnificence is all the inducement necessary to lure climbers from all over the world to her commanding gradient. In advance of the challenge to scale her splendor you should endeavor to be capably equipped and competently informed. Below you will find a partial foundation of recommended inventory that takes into consideration the elusive balance between necessity and weight.
Mt. Sopris Summer Hiking Gear List
1.At least two liters of water in a hydration system. (Camel back or off name brands work great!)
2.Solid Pocket knife or multi-tool with a stable sharp blade.
3.Water chlorine pills or light water filter for when you run out of water and need to make more at Thomas Lakes.
5.Sunglasses and retainer strap.
6.30+ Sun block and lip balm.
8.Medium, light weight, personal first-aid kit. Including ace bandage, aspirin, ibuprofen, bandages, and mandatory moleskin.
9.Camera, film (5 roles) and spare batteries.
10.Trekking poles (Old ski poles work GREAT!)(small ice axe if you have one)
11.Petite head lamp and miniature flashlight and fresh batteries and extra Batteries.
12.Luxurious well-built space blanket
13.Matches and cigarette lighter and emergency fire fuel.
14.Lightweight good tasting energy food that you take pleasure in eating.
15.Solid and substantial mountain clothing:
•Light Boots or Super Tennis Shoes. Bring the most comfortable shoes you own. Of heavy lug construction, they should fit comfortably snug with free play for toes and with little or no slippage on the heel. The boots should be weather proofed (sprayed with silicone) and broken in before hiking.
•Socks: Comfortable! Two of lightweight nylon and two of heavy wool. Wear one pair of wool socks over one lightweight pair. The other two pairs go into your pack in case you need dry socks.
•Pants: Constructed to be loose, warm, comfortable, and quick drying. For added warmth, wear polypropylene underwear.
•Shirts: Light, man-made fiber - such as bunting or nylon pile – recommended for good insulating quality and quick drying.
•Jacket: Mountain style with a hood, windproof, waterproofed, and sized large enough to cover more insulating clothes worn under it.
•Head Covering Sun and Cold protection. Styled to retain body heat or provide shade as changing weather dictates.
•Gloves and Overcall Mittens.
•Rain Gear: A very lightweight poncho, or rain pants and hooded parka.
16.Whistle and signal mirror
17.30 feet of parachute cord.
18.Very comfortable tough sturdy daypack to pack this all.
19.Ski radios for every member of your team. Good cellular telephone for emergencies + extra batteries. (Keep your telephone off until you need to use it)
A beautiful mountain with fantastic views of the northern Elk Mountains. The geology seems similiar to that of the Snowmass/Capitol region but much more forgiving. My dog is named after this mountain so it was a high priority for me. Also on this trip was my 15 year old niece, Liesel, and my other dog Raymond.