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 35th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado.