Photo by Gwen Cameron
|Range/Region:||Elk Range Area|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Eagle or Aspen|
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.
Thanks to Kirk Mallory for this description.