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An intermediate hike that brings you to Copper Lake and East Maroon Pass.


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11.8

Miles

19.0

KM

Out and Back

11,813' 3,601 m

High

9,796' 2,986 m

Low

2,132' 650 m

Up

2,132' 650 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A top choice for accessible wilderness backpacking. Not technical and easy to navigate.

Group size is a max of 10 people. If you plan to continue into the Maroon Bells-Snomass Wilderness you'll need to complete a free self-issue permit at the trailhead.

Overview

This Crested Butte classic is a nice day hike. Enough miles to get you away from crowds, a lake at timberline, a simple mountain pass, and multiple options for adding a technical peak scramble if you want. An overnight adventure to on this trail to Copper Lake makes for a nice introductory backpacking trip with everything you'd want.

Description

This is a well marked intermediate trail. You pass by beautiful Judd Falls and follow Copper Creek all the way to Copper Lake. The elevation gain is mild except for one section toward the end with some switchbacks. Copper Creek Trail #983 is also a great starting spot for backpacking. You can continue toward Triangle Pass, Copper Pass, or East Maroon Pass which all access amazing basins. In the summer, this is great trail for wildflower viewing.

Flora & Fauna

Elk, moose, deer, mountain goats, marmots, pikas, songbirds. Mixed forest, riparian creek zones, and wildflowers everywhere.

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Shared By:

Michael Adkins

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Photos

Looking south, over Copper Lake.
Sep 17, 2018 near Crested…, CO
View of the lake as you approach from the trail.
Dec 20, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Copper Lake from the traverse headed to the pass.
Sep 19, 2020 near Crested…, CO
Copper Lake
Dec 20, 2017 near Crested…, CO

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Jul 12, 2023
Spencer Olson
Jun 6, 2022
Tommy Plunkert
1.2mi
Jul 5, 2021
Jake Vossen
At this time (2021-07-05) two of the creek crossings required water shoes - water went up to about our calfs 11mi — 4h 45m
Sep 29, 2020
Katie Osland
Plus 50 min break at the lake 12.6mi — 5h 10m
Oct 12, 2019
Michael Adkins
Jul 18, 2019
Matthew Carter
Overall, a lovely hike. The lake is much worth the river crossings, and the steep incline near the end. The wildflowers are absolutely stunning.
Jul 3, 2019
Shannon King
Walked slowly with David's parents and had to stop due to creek having too much water. 4mi
Sep 22, 2018
Heidi Rose
It was a joy to hit Copper Lake after the last mile!!! Watched the sunrise at the end of the trail. 5mi
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