Hiking The Copper Lake Trail

The 34th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.

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North of Crested Butte and Gothic, the Copper Lake Trail is a breathtaking trail along Copper Creek in the Maroon Bells Wilderness boundary. The trail ends at the scenic Copper Lake under the shadow of Whiterock Mountain to the south. The lake has 8 designated campsites, first-come, first-serve (no campfires permitted).

To reach the hiking trailhead from town, follow Gothic Road (FS317) north through Gothic townsite. Just past the townsite, there is trailhead parking on the right. The trailhead is at the upper parking area.

Overall, Copper Lake Trail is the 34th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Copper Lake Trail including Deer Creek, Green Lake Trail, Snodgrass Trail, East / West Maroon Trail Loop, Oh Be Joyful - Peeler Lakes and Yule Pass TrailLower Loop Trail System.

East Maroon Pass (CO/US)

East Maroon Pass (CO/US)

Copper Lake Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  GNF (970) 641-0471; Crested Butte Visitors (800) 545-4505; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Dollys Trail Shuttle (970) 349-2620; Alpine Meadows Hiking Guides (970) 349-0800.

Recommended Book:  "100 Classic Hikes Colorado" from Scott Warren

Best Season:  Jul. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Pioneer Cabins (970) 349-5517; Oh-Be-Joyful Campground; CB RV Resort (970) 349-6160

Luxury Loding:  Scarp Ridge Lodge, Crested Butte (866) 479-4677; Elk Mountain Lodge, Crested Butte (970) 349-7533

Breakfast Restaurant:  Izzys Cafe; First Ascent Coffee Roasters

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/gmug

GPS:  38.9654, -106.994

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  3/31/2018

ID:  15525

Copper Lake Trail Hiking Map


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