Thomas Lakes Trail is a hidden gem near Basalt, CO. It features sweeping meadows, aspen groves, pine forests, and two alpine lakes below Mt. Sopris peaks. We loved the solitude, which is hard to find near Aspen, CO, in the summer months.

Trail Stats and Location at the Bottom

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Upon reaching a slightly rough dirt road, we traveled another two miles and found the trailhead. No one was about now, so I added my bear bell and bear spray to our packs. 

The parking area is large and has a restroom, which indicates that this trail is well-used. It is also the trail that takes you to the summit of Mt. Sopris. 

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From the start, the trail is a rocky moderate incline through gorgeous aspen groves, switchbacking until popping out to views of the valley below. 

Mt. Sopris’ snow-capped peaks come into view, and as we pass through meadows, the peaks become more intense, leaving us pushing forward, wanting more. 

FIRST LAKE

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We know we are getting closer to the lakes as we trek through a pine forest and hear water not far cascading down the mountain. We spent just a minute at the first lake, anticipating the second lake. 

Hiking Gear Extras to Consider.

SIX MOON DESIGN HIKING UMBRELLA – Rain & Sun protection. I love mine!

HIKING FIRST AID KIT – Must have!

BEAR SPRAY by COUNTER ASSAULTI carry it and fortunately, have never had to use it! It’s smart to have with you.

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The terrain opens up just past the first lake, and those “wow” moments occur! The snow-capped peaks are filling our vision.

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It was a short hike to Upper Thomas Lake, and we were happy we did. We took off our packs, had lunch, soaked in the sun and views, then headed back.

We passed numerous hikers on our way down, but it still felt like the hike was not crowded, just quiet and enjoyable. I highly recommend it!

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8.1 miles out and back

Rated: Moderately challenging

1650′ Elevation Gain

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Nearest town: Basalt, CO

Restroom at trailhead

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