Copper Creek Loop

MODERATE 2 reviews

Copper Creek Loop is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Marcos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

3.9 miles
682 feet



nature trips



wild flowers

1 month ago

1 month ago

This trail took 60 to 75 minutes to complete. It is easy, not moderate, with mostly flat terrain. There are two or three spots with some elevation, but minor. I think anyone would do fine, including young children. I didn't go off trail to inspect the dam ruins in the creek, and only viewed the waterfall from the trail. Scrambling down to the dam or waterfall would require agility, but that is optional and off trail. Just a bit of wild flowers at the end of June, not much. Saw only lizards and birds for wildlife. Sections of the trail are shaded, which is why I gave this trail 4 stars instead of three. Much of the trail has to be walked single file. As other people have said, you park in the front of the gates to the landfill, walk on the right side of the deserted booths and huge building and follow the trail from there, staying to the right when you see the trail sign. Quiet trail on a Saturday morning, saw only 4 other hiking parties. I would do this trail again when I don't want a strenuous hike.