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Copper Creek Trail #983

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (9)

An intermediate run that ends at East Maroon Pass above Copper Lake.


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6.0

Miles

9.6

KM

87%

Runnable

11,825' 3,604 m

High

9,787' 2,983 m

Low

2,100' 640 m

Up

116' 35 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · 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.

Runner Notes

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.

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 if you plan to head toward Triangle Pass, Copper Pass, or East Maroon Pass. In the summer, this is great trail for wildflower viewing.

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Michael Adkins

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  4.6 from 9 votes

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Photos

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
Looking south, over Copper Lake.
Sep 17, 2018 near Crested…, CO

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Aug 16, 2020
Melissa Mazzo
Great smooth running until 4 miles in (it gets steeper here and turns to chunky rocks for a while). Makes for a great smooth 8 mile run. 8mi — 1h 20m