“An intermediate run that ends at East Maroon Pass above Copper Lake.
— Michael Adkins
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
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.
Great for trail running because if its gradual elevation gain. It gets steep at the switchbacks, so you'll probably have to hike/walk there. However, it is a short section.
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 if you plan to head toward Triangle Pass, Copper Pass, or East Maroon Pass. In the summer, this is great trail for wildflower viewing.