Hiking Project Logo

dblack Cooper Pass Traverse Route

Trail

2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer point to point
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 704' 214 m
Descent: -1,160' -354 m
High: 11,837' 3,608 m
Low: 10,711' 3,265 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 83% (40°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Thomas David Kehoe

An off-trail traverse that leads over Cooper Pass and by several mountain lakes.

Thomas David Kehoe

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Description

From the end of the Gourd Lake Trail 2.1, make your way up past several tarns (small mountain lakes) to reach Island Lake after half-a-mile of moderately steep off-trail hiking. Continue around the west side of Island Lake. A small cliff with krummholz (stunted wind blown trees) is a little tricky.

From the north end of Island Lake, continue through a boulder field to Cooper Pass. This section is about 0.5 miles with 450 feet of climbing. In July, you can easily cross on snowfields to avoid the boulders, especially if you bring microspikes. The east side of Cooper Pass is a bit loose in places but nothing too difficult.

The west side of Cooper Pass has large areas of steep, loose scree. Go straight down the lowest line of the gully to avoid the loose scree, for about a quarter-mile. Then you'll reach the meadow and continue descending another quarter-mile to Upper Lake at 10.5 miles. Continue down another quarter-mile to Stone Lake to pick up Roaring Fork Trail # 3.

The best campsites at Stone Lake are found around the outlet of the lake.

Hiked this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know, Flora & Fauna

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow hikers know what's here.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 2 votes

#18503

Overall
  3.0 from 2 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
100%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#1,700

in Colorado

#18,503

Overall
13 Views Last Month
248 Since Mar 13, 2017
Extremely Difficult Extremely Difficult

0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
100%

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking