This is a great hike especially for those of us from Mississippi needing a day hike to acclimate. We started at the Judd Falls trailhead at Gothic Rd. with beautiful, warm fall weather and lots of sunshine. Sorry we were too late to see the Aspens turning as this leg would have been spectacular! Judd Falls meets Copper Creek so we continued on all the way to Copper Lake. It is a pretty forest hike that opens up in spots along Copper Creek to Copper Lake. The elevation gains are mild until the last few hundred yards.

The actual marked trail departs a bit from the AllTrails map I downloaded. The main trail does not bear left at about 10,980ft. towards the 5 lakes on the map. It actually continues straight to Copper Lake at around 11,480ft. so you can add another 500ft to the noted elevation gain.

mountain biking
2 months ago

great ride

Awesome relaxed hike! If you cut off to the right in the start it takes you through all the aspens.

walking
3 months ago

Fabulous morning hike. Able to complete in 2 hours, 15 minutes.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Amazing! great climbs, long descents, and spectacular views - one of my all time favorite rides!

mountain biking
4 months ago

Amazing, one of my all time favorite rides!

Beautiful hike!! The flies were annoying, but worth putting up with them to see spectacular views!! It was a nice smooth trail, yet good elevation gain. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this hike.

hiking
1 year ago

Fun hike - not a beginner hike - single track bike trail can get narrow for feet. High Altitude, some climbs. The payoff is views out the whahh zoo -
Also, check the weather. There are many sections that are in the wide open with no shelter. This is great for views and flowers, but not so good if a lightning storm comes over the ridge. Enjoy.

road biking
1 year ago

mountain biking
2 years ago

The views are incredible, the scope is grand, the descent is spectacular!

This trail goes up a Valley to Copper Lake and on over East Maroon Pass,or before the lake there is a fork that goes to Triangle Pass. We backpacked to Copper Lake, then the next day we hiked over East Maroon Pass, then hiked to Copper Pass and over,then from there we hiked to Triangle Pass. From Triangle Pass we hiked back down to Copper Lake. A great day hike, and the scenery was awesome!

mountain biking
4 years ago

Not a lot of technical stuff or lung busting climbs makes it ideal for a high speed relaxing ride. Added the Italian canyon loop to make it an 18 mile ride. Only seen about 4 people on the trail so had it all to myself, which was a definite plus!!

mountain biking
4 years ago

This trail is not very technical, thank God because it would take away from the stellar scenery. Soak it all in on the downhill!!!