Thomas Lakes Trail #1958


ALERT: Due to recent bear activity, bear canisters are required for all backpackers in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

The trail is very well maintained and in good condition. It is very heavily used on the weekends, so plan accordingly. There are two lakes about ¼ mile apart with ample designated camping in between. The wilderness boundary is just before the first lake so be considerate of others and follow wilderness regulations. The hike is a beautiful one with many wildflower and scenic overlooks. From Thomas Lakes you may choose to climb Mt. Sopris, which is a steep 4 miles from the Lakes.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Each party overnighting in the MaroonBells-Snowmass Wilderness is required to self-register at the Trailhead and to carry a copy of the registrationwith them during their visit. There is no fee charged and no limit to the number of permits issued.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Thomas Lakes Trail is within the Maroon Bell-Snowmass Wilderness, please educate yourself about Wilderness Ethics and rules.* DOGS MUST BE LEASHED out of consideration for both other people and wildlife.
Closest Towns: Carbondale

General Information

Directions: From Carbondale travel south on Hwy 133 for approximately 1.4 miles. Make a left turn on Prince Creek Road and go about 6 miles to the fork in the road. Take a right at the fork and follow it for 2 miles. The trailhead is ΒΌ before Dinkle Lake.

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3.6 miles

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8500 - 10200


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