Mount Sopris

Elevation (feet): 12,953
Elevation (meters): 3,948
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Elk Range Area
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.26
Longitude: -107.171
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Eagle or Aspen
Convenient Center: Carbondale

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Mt. Sopris is the dominant peak one sees as they drive down Colorado 82 from Glenwood Springs towards Aspen. It is a beautiful peak and offers a great hiking route to the top. A unique feature about Mt. Sopris is that it has two summits of equal altitude, with a saddle that drops almost (but not quite) 300 feet between the two. While the entire mountain is named "Mt. Sopris," the eastern summit is named "Sopris" and the western summit is named "West Sopris" on the topo. Many climbers take the time to climb both summits. There are great campsites near the Thomas Lakes for backpackers. A great time to climb Mt. Sopris is late September when the many aspen trees in the area turn colors.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 24 trip reports for Mount Sopris.

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  • Log #21399 - by wallace nelson on Aug 26, 2008
    Be sure and take plenty of water for this one. Good views of rock glaciers towards Carbondale and the north fork in the other direction. Does the west peak have a summit log? All the east peak had...
  • Log #20628 - by Boris PorkChop on Jan 24, 2007
    We set out from the trail head around 9:00. WE made Thomas Lakes in an hour and a half. The route was well marked above tree line. I ask you not to cut the switch backs above Thomas Lakes and below...
  • Log #20615 - by Jamie Stark-Lovell on Jan 20, 2007
    I found that my best intentions of conquering the great Mount Sopris "alone" had been predetermined long before I conceived the idea. I encountered unprepared hikers at the Dinkle Lake trailhead;...
  • Log #18754 - by Gwen on Sep 27, 2005
    The weather was excellent excluding the saddle between the false summit and Sopris's East Peak which was very windy. It took about eight hours at a medium pace with a moderate difficulty.
  • Log #8851 - by Tony Vagneur on Sep 03, 2004
    Ed Pfab and I climbed up the Thomas Lakes Bowl on snowshoes, skis on our backs, hit the West Summitt, and skied down the Crystal Chute on hard snow. It was the windiest day recorded that spring and...
  • Log #8852 - by Hans Hubrich on Aug 30, 2004
    Camped at the lakes the night before summiting. Great way to enjoy the mountain.
  • Log #8853 - by Will Holmes on July 06, 2004
    Rain, sleet, and wind-driven snow. For that particular day, there was nowhere else on earth to be.
  • Log #8854 - by Peter H. Williamson on Feb 15, 2004
    Fairly easy climb from Thomas Lakes; lots of snow in the bowl between the twin summits; gorgeous views over western Colorado and, perhaps, even eastern Utah. Wonderful snow sliding on the way down in...
  • Log #8855 - by Eric Fuhrer on Oct 21, 2003
    Attended C.R.M.S. in Carbondale for one year. God I miss looking at that mountain every day! We ate lobster for dinner that night at camp.
  • Log #8856 - by Paul Noethe on Oct 03, 2003
    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...
  • Log #8858 - by Nathan Williams on Aug 17, 2003
    Loaded up on coffee and apple fritters on the way from GWS. Arrived at the trailhead 6:30 am. The trip up was a little taxing on the lungs but otherwise meditation in motion. Summited 10:45 am.
  • Log #8860 - by Jay Loudin on Apr 29, 2003
    while on the east summit of sopris my sister and i decided to take both summits. we proceeded and her husband went down. right after we reached the west summit a thunderstorm came up. we had to hurry...
  • Log #8861 - by Kirby Bryant on Mar 19, 2003
    I lived in Glenwood at the time. I started around 5:00 in the morning. The weather turned really bad just as I approached the summit (about 300 yards below the south summit). I put my shell on,...
  • Log #8862 - by Scott Patterson on Mar 07, 2003
    No one else on mountain. Very bab weather, heavy snow and rain.
  • Log #8863 - by Matt SIngh on Dec 23, 2002
    Living in Glenwood Springs at the time I joined a group of friends who upheld a tradition of summiting and skiing down the bowls above Thomas Lakes on Memorial Day. If you start early enough in the...
  • Log #8864 - by Matt Loscalzo on Oct 18, 2002
    Sopris was my second big climb out west. I remember the walk up being amazing, the views from the top spectacular, and extremely windy (many thanks to those who built the wind caves), and the walk...
  • Log #8865 - by Mitch Hyra & Sandy Kort on Oct 17, 2002
    This was a great day, I fell in-love with this mountain and discovered what a beautiful woman my girlfriend is and how much I love her. Can't wait to go back......home :)
  • Log #8866 - by Kevin, Betsy, James and Benja Feltz on July 09, 2002
    This was our first mountain climb - a togh one being that we are from Indiana. It was gorgeous. We Started Tuesday July 2 and camped at Thomas Lake. We went with a youth group 11 or the 13 who...
  • Log #8867 - by shawn smith on Sep 12, 2001
    if you go in august, or july, stop at the lake on the way down and go for a good cold swim.
  • Log #8868 - by charles stuart torbeck 3rd on Aug 27, 2001
    very nice climb. Hit the summit alone and enjoyed every second. The talus makes this climb demanding but always worth it! Thanks everybody! Happy trails
  • Log #8869 - by Charlie Winterscheid on Oct 03, 2000
    Great time, great view, great greens.
  • Log #8870 - by shamu on Mar 13, 2000
    I was in the ute vally in the winter of 1980. drove by sopris everyday. A truly beautiful place and mountain
  • Log #8871 - by eric zale on Jan 29, 2000
    great mountain, beatiful and well worth the early alpine start. summited and went home for burgers and shakes!
  • Log #8872 - by Jim Mallory on May 02, 1999
    Backpacked to Thomas Lakes area on Friday, September 18th, and camped. Climbed to both summits on Saturday, Sept. 19th. A great hike to a beautiful mountain - epsecially when the aspen trees are...