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.
Always a beautiful climb! Hike from trailhead to Thomas lakes is long. After that things get steeper. Didn't make trek to west summit (the 2 are within 10 feet of each other) Great views towards Aspen and Marble. Can't wait to do a winter ascent someday.