Copper Creek Trail

HARD 5 reviews
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Copper Creek Trail is a 22.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dunlap, 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
7700 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.

21 days 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.

1 month 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.

10 months ago

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.

13 days ago