Copper Creek Trail is a 22.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kanawyers, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October.

22.8 miles
7,700 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

Directions from Big Stump Entrance: Travel north on Highway 180 approximately 40 miles to the roads end. The trailhead lies on the northern side of the road.

1 month ago

I’ve hiked this trail several times and love the scenery and views. It can be challenging though, with an aggressive grade, unpredictable afternoon rain showers and at certain times, heavy mosquito hatches that can eat you up. The cross country trek to Grouse Lake is especially worth the trip particularly if you enjoy fly fishing.

3 months ago

Split this hike up into a two day event. Started late at 9am after getting a walk up wilderness permit at the Roads End station. Be sure to check the weather around this time of year, during our trip we ended up getting caught in two storms. Almost all of the trail is uphill and can start to drag on you if you’re not it shape or used to higher altitudes. The views are spectacular, especially after Upper Meadows, in my opinion. There is plenty of water, just be sure to bring a filter or steri-pen. If you have the time visit Grouse Lake, just be aware of sunburns at the higher altitudes.

3 months ago

Started about 3pm, made it to Upper Tent Meadow a bit before dark - glad we didn't try to make it to the top, it is steep! We had good conditions, but it is clear this trail can be incredibly hot and dry. Upper Tent Meadow has spots for only three or four 1-2 person tents - there is nowhere flat to setup larger tents.

Camped the next night at an incredible site on the ridge just above the tarn just below Grouse Lake. Highly recommended - and, like Upper Tent Meadows, limited to just three 1-2 person tents.

5 months ago

as others have said, this hike isn't for the faint of heart (even the ranger at Road's End wished us good luck at the outset). the views are definitely best in the first half on the ascent (or the last half of the descent), and they're pretty damn spectacular. we encountered fog and damp conditions starting at upper tent meadow.

6 months ago

Definitely not a trail for someone out of shape. You climb 5300 ft (1 mile) vertical over the first 8 miles. There is no gradual start to the hike. Be propared to work from the start. There are half a dozen or so streams on the way up with multiple lakes / ponds once up at the pass. The view is beautiful.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

went up about 5 miles... its all uphill... plenty of water as july is playing out... i suggest starting at 7 in the morning... i started at 7:30 and caught more direct sun than i wanted... its hot and wideopen for most of the first 3 miles

Monday, August 03, 2015

Definitely a challenge! Making it to the top of the pass was exhilarating. Not much water on the trail so when you come across some be sure to fill up! We had one close call.

5 months ago