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Copper Creek Trail

 4.7 (3)

Length


13.4 Miles 21.6 Kilometers


5,263' 1,604 m

Ascent

-5,262' -1,604 m

Descent

15%

Avg Grade (8°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

10,369' 3,161 m

High

5,106' 1,556 m

Low

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Unknown

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Copper Creek Trail is an intense hike with amazing views.

Sophie Carrillo-Mandel

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is a diverse trail with many challenges, rewarded with stunning views and peaceful solitude.

Description

Starting at Road's End, the Copper Creek Trail begins at the trailhead of the same name. It is well graded, but all uphill for about 8 miles. The trail is very exposed (start early in the day!) with few sources of water. It's a butt kicker, especially if you are at the beginning of a trip with a full pack. There's decent camping and a bear box at Lower Tent Meadow, and very slanty "campsites" at Upper Tent Meadow, which is difficult to find, with no signage.

The Copper Creek Trail ends at the ridge called the Granite Lip, and from there the trail drops into Granite Basin. For those heading out for a longer hike, you can continue on the Simpson Meadow Trail at this point. There is no water at the Lip, so if you need to camp, do a brief 1/2 mile cross country to the outlet of Grouse Lake, north of the trail and east of the ridge.

If you are planning finish this out and back as a day hike, turn around at the Lip, and enjoy the steady downhill back to your starting point. On the way back you can enjoy the many views that you earned on the way up!

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Sep 2, 2018
Tim Hussey
Past The Lip down for a better view 16.5mi
Jun 1, 2018
Tessa Fries
Sep 10, 2017
Zack Wettstein
Stunning views! 13.4mi
Aug 23, 2016
Emilio Santiago
Shorty North

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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in Cedar Grove

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in Cedar Grove

#223

in California

#1,548

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This hike is actually 16.0 miles RT. The GPS distance is incorrect due to the switchbacks. Sep 11, 2018

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