The trail is very well maintained and in good condition. It is very heavily used on weekends, so plan your trip accordingly. There are two lakes about 1/4 mile apart with ample designated camping in between. The wilderness boundary is just before the first lake so be considerate of other users and keep pets leashed at all times. The hike is a beautiful one with many wild flowers and scenic overlooks. From Thomas Lakes you may choose to climb Mt. Sopris,which is a steep 4 miles more.
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Mt. Sopris from the fork of West Sopris Creek and Dinkle Lake roads.
Directions from Carbondale: 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 1/4 mile before Dinkle Lake.
Memorial Day Weekend through September
(NOTE: Due to snow at high elevations this trail may be impassible during the Spring, Fall, and Winter months.)