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CT - Segment 7: Goldhill to Copper Mountain

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An iconic trail crossing the Ten Mile Range with amazing views.


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13.1

Miles

21.1

KM

Point to Point

12,481' 3,804 m

High

9,188' 2,801 m

Low

3,650' 1,113 m

Up

3,026' 922 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

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Need to Know

Approximately 3.5 miles of this trail segment are above tree line. Pay attention to the skies and watch for afternoon thunderstorms in the summer months.

Description

Most hikers begin on the eastern starting point just north of Breckenridge. Parking is available at the Gold Hill Trailhead but many choose to utilize the Summit Stage free bus service. The entire trail and intersections are well marked and easy to follow. The first section of the trail follows the Gold Hill Trail through areas clear cut from the recent beetle kill damaged forest. Expect many exposed areas and not much shade. As you reach the top and descend to the Peaks Trail, you enter the forest again. Turn left (south) for approximately .25 miles until you reach the Miners Creek Trail.

Initially, begin climbing to the west toward Tenmile Peak passing a 4WD parking area and numerous small creeks. For CT hikers, many campsites exist along the trail until you reach the meadow around mile 7 and pass the creek for the final time. A steep climb out of the basin below Peak 4 brings you above treeline, and the trek up and over the pass at approximately 12,500 feet. Enjoy the eastern views of Breckenridge, Lake Dillon, Torrey's and Grays peaks, Keystone, Georgia Pass, and Boreas Pass.

The route along the ridge is moderate but expect high winds and cooler temperatures. Lightning can also be an issue with an extended stretch above treeline. Looking to the west, you enjoy views of Copper Mountain, the Ten Mile Range, Vail Pass, the Holy Cross Wilderness, and the Collegiate Peaks.

After reaching the trees, the trail continues to the south before turning right at a well-marked junction with the Wheeler Trail. The grade is steep heading down to Copper Mountain. Once you cross the bridge, the CT continues towards Copper Mountain Resort. At this point, you can decide to turn right and take the short distance to the Copper Mountain main entrance to catch the Summit Stage bus back to Frisco and Breckenridge. As an alternate, continue on the Colorado Trail for about a mile to reach the Center Village at Copper Mountain with many restaurants, a small grocery store, and shopping.

Flora & Fauna

You'll pass through a variety of ecosystems, including pine forests, aspen groves, and high alpine terrain. Expect to see many Colorado natives!

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Todd Holmes

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Photos

Starting the downhill to Copper Mountain.
Oct 3, 2016 near Brecken…, CO
At the top - 12,500'! - you'll probably meet other CO Trail users
Sep 3, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
Last crossing of Miners Creek (layer of ice  - October 2).
Oct 3, 2016 near Frisco, CO
More streams and wildflowers as the grueling climb continues.
Jul 17, 2019 near Copper…, CO
Having made it over the pass.
Jul 17, 2019 near Copper…, CO
Yep, that's your trail heading way out across that tundra.
Sep 3, 2014 near Frisco, CO

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Sep 25, 2021
K Keiter
Jul 22, 2021
matt lazio
Aug 9, 2020
Rachel Pierstorff
13.2mi
Aug 11, 2019
David Parrott
Copper to Breck, rain&sleet, wet day. Trail in good shape with mud, will dry out in next two days. Good cmpg just below treeline both sides. 13.1mi — 7h 15m
Jul 24, 2019
Harry Ritz
Jul 1, 2019
Matt Kohn
Jun 1, 2019
Tim M
Sep 29, 2018
Paul Redpath