The Copper Creek Trail to Copper Lake is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crested Butte, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Follow Gothic Rd. north out of Crested Butte just past the town of Gothic, the trailhead is to the right.
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.
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!