CT - Segment 7: Goldhill to Copper Mountain
ElevationAscent: 3,650' 1,113 m
Descent: -3,026' -922 m
High: 12,481' 3,804 m
Low: 9,188' 2,801 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
Popular runs nearby
Burro-Wheeler-Breckenridge Crest Loop
22.0 mi 35.4 km • Point to Point • 4,535 ft Ascent 1382.13 m Ascent
Back Ranch Loop
7.7 mi 12.4 km • Loop • 593 ft Ascent 180.6 m Ascent
Ptarmigan Trail (#35)
13.2 mi 21.3 km • Out and Back • 3,536 ft Ascent 1077.84 m Ascent
4.3 mi 6.9 km • Loop • 1,267 ft Ascent 386.08 m Ascent
10.3 mi 16.6 km • Out and Back • 2,415 ft Ascent 736.16 m Ascent
6.4 mi 10.3 km • Loop • 3,169 ft Ascent 965.85 m Ascent
Navigate on-trail with our free app
“An iconic trail crossing the Ten Mile Range with amazing views.”— Todd Holmes
Initially, begin climbing to the west toward Tenmile Peak passing a 4WD parking area and numerous small creeks. For CT runners, 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.
Run this trail?
Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.
Land Manager: USFS - Dillon Ranger District, White River NF