Information about Thomas Lakes Trail Project – August 17-19

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*Attention: Anyone who has not signed up for the project before 4:30pm Friday, please be aware that you should prepare to bring your own food with you on the project due to the head count. We’d love for you to join in, but if you are at all confused by the directions or what to expect, we encourage you to consider joining us for a future project instead so we can help you properly prepare.*

Below is our fact sheet, along with a general map (not exact) of where the project site and campsite are located. Since volunteers are arriving at different times, there is no specific meetup time at the trailhead. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, our groups will be leaving the campsite around 8am to head to the project site, which is up the trail from the campsite. If you arrive after 8am, grab what you need from the campsite and then continue along the trail to the project site, where you will find our staff and volunteers. The campsite and project site are about 1.5-2.5 hour hike from the trailhead, so prepare yourself with enough water and time to reach the site.

Fact Sheet

Date:  August 17-19, 2018

Time:  Friday afternoon (Aug 17) through Sunday afternoon (Aug 19)

Location:  Thomas Lakes Trail (Mt. Sopris Trail). Camping and work will take place just below the lakes at an elevation of 10,200 ft.

What to expect

We will be maintaining the Thomas Lakes Trail and camping nearby for 2 nights. Volunteers will be working to define and narrow the trail, building rock structures to prevent trail erosion, and restoring/closing damaged areas.


All participants need to pre-register and fill out a waiver upon arrival to the campsite. If you arrive after 8am on Saturday or Sunday, our staff will have waivers with them at the project site.


Dinner will be available on Friday evening as folks arrive at camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided on Saturday. On Sunday, we will have breakfast and lunch before packing up camp and heading down the trail. Please bring your own full water bottles to start and a water filter if you have one. We will have additional water filters, too.

Project schedule

Saturday                                                                                                     Sunday

7:00 am        Breakfast                                                                             7:00 am     Breakfast

8:00 am        Start work                                                                           8:00 am     Start work

Noon             Lunch                                                                                    Noon          Lunch

4:00 pm        End work                                                                             3:00 pm     End work + hike out

5:30 pm        Dinner

What to wear

Long pants are recommended and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. The best advice is to layer your clothing to be ready for cool mornings and evenings and probable hot weather during the day. Be prepared with a hat, sunscreen, and rain gear.

 What to bring

  • Personal camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, etc.)
  • Camping utensils, plate, cup
  • Work/trail shoes
  • Work gloves
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc.
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Water (at least 1/2 gallon)
  • Personal snacks


From I-70 & Glenwood Springs (or down-valley of Carbondale)

Follow Colorado HWY 82 east to the junction with CO Hwy 133. Turn right at the light onto 133 towards Carbondale. Travel 2.8 miles, through the roundabout, and turn left onto Prince Creek Road/Co Rd 111. (This turn is 0.6 miles past the last light at the firehouse in Carbondale.) Follow Prince Creek Road for 6.2 miles (it is paved for the first few miles, then turns to dirt). Take a right on Dinkle Lake Rd (this is a confusing intersection – follow the RFOV signs!) and continue for 2 miles. The trailhead is on the right with ample parking on the left.

From Aspen (or up-valley of Basalt)

Follow Colorado HWY 82 west past the main Basalt exit (Basalt Ave. and the Valero car wash) for 1.6 miles and turn left onto Sopris Creek Road/Emma Road. Make an immediate left at the T-intersection onto Sopris Creek Road. Travel 1.2 miles to another T-intersection and turn right onto West Sopris Creek Road and continue for 5.6 miles (the pavement will turn to dirt). Take a left on Dinkle Lake Rd (this is a confusing intersection – follow the RFOV signs!) and continue for 2 miles. The trailhead is on the right with ample parking on the left.

The Hike Up and Camping

There is no official meeting time at the trailhead since folks will be arriving at all hours and hiking at different paces. Our goal is to have volunteers hike in Friday and camp Friday night so we’ll be ready to go to work by 8:00 am on Saturday. RFOV staff will be at the camping area by early afternoon that Friday, so you can arrive any time. Sunset is around 8:00 pm, so ideally, you would want to have your tent set up before that time.

The trail to the campsite is just under 3 miles with an elevation gain of 1,400 feet. It should take about 1½ to 2½ hours to get there depending on your pace. The campsite and work site are both at an elevation of 10,200 ft.

 Special notes

  • As much as we love our pets, they make unsafe project participants. To ensure the safety of all pets and volunteers, pets are not permitted on RFOV projects.
  • The nature of work is suitable for volunteers 14 years old or older. We request one-on-one adult supervision of any minors attending this project.

RFOV’s Project Partners + Sponsors

  • Wilderness Workshop
  • USDA Forest Service
  • Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council
  • Capitol Peak Outfitters
  • Alpine Bank
  • ANB Bank
  • Aspen Skiing Co. Environment Foundation
  • Bank of Colorado
  • Bristlecone Mountain Sports
  • KIND snacks
  • Patagonia
  • Sopris Realty
  • Summit Canyon Mountaineering
  • Treadz
  • Ute Mountaineer

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