Copper Pit Overlook is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tooele, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
off road driving
The route starts at the top of the narrow canyon road up Butterfield Canyon, west of Herriman Utah. You can hike or drive from the top point of the canyon up to the mountain. There's a lot of private property in the area, so respect the signs posted about where you can go. If you stay on the road, you should be fine. The dirt roads are steep but accessible to normal cars in good weather. Along the road and at the overlook, you'll get amazing views of the Salt Lake, Utah, and Tooele Valleys along with the copper mine and any wildlife in the area. The area seems popular for spotting hawks. It's also a great place to view the surrounding Oquirrh Mountains as well as Deseret Peak to the west and the Wasatch Mountains to the east.
Did this many years ago in the fall. Fun to see the mine. amazing the volume of soil moved over the years to create the pit.
So sad that Kennecot has destroyed so much land, polluted so much water and poisoned such a large area
This is a pretty drive. A bit scary, just because of how high it is and the dropoff. But once you get up there and look at the biggest open mine pit, it is truly amazing, you can see the salt lake valley, its beautiful.
The trail marker on all trails is on the wrong peak. Go to the Tooele county site for better directions. http://www.tooelecountytrails.com/