Lake · Views · Wildlife
From lower Thomas Lake the trail ambles its way up to upper Thomas Lake. Take a few minutes to refuel at one, or both of the lakes and eye the Mt. Sopris summit.
From the lakes, the Mount Sopris
trail switchbacks steeply to the ridge above. Once you finally gain the ridge you'll be able to spot the Elk Mountains - largest being Capitol Peak
(14,130'). The trail now quickly becomes talus, which proves to make route finding difficult. Continue to climb along the ridge and negotiate the large talus field. You'll know you're off route if you stray too far north of the ridgeline (south is a precipitous drop off).
Once the trail bears almost exactly due west you'll be on the start of the summit ridge. Continue on Mount Sopris
Trail and gain the false summit. If you look north, you'll see the massive skree field cascading below you - according to NOAA, this is actually one of the few mountains in North America with a Rock Glacier.
Once atop the false summit gain the second false summit as you traverse west along the ridge. Now the only thing left is to gain the actual summit! Continue to traverse west as the Mount Sopris
Trail takes you along the ridge all the way to the Mount Sopris
Flora & Fauna
Keep an eye out for Pika and Marmot!
Shared By: Tom Robson