Copper Creek Trail

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

Distance: 22.8 miles Elevation Gain: 7,700 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

backpacking
5 months ago

completed 7/31-8/1/19. great trail. incredible views and beautiful wildflowers. recommend camping at upper tent meadow > lower since it is a much more open area with stunning views. track your mileage/elevation closely since it is easy to miss...at about 8600ft, you will see the stream at your left and reach the bend on first switchback. take a left to cross the stream into overgrowth to sites. follow a short, easy-to-spot trail farther to granite campsite with superb view. keep in mind mileage and elevations off in app. see pic for accurate info from roads end permit station. bring loads of bug spray if going in the summer...mosquitoes plentiful even at the summit at ~10350 ft. happy trails!

backpacking
6 months ago

Completed the hike into Granite Basin July 7, 2019. The hike from Roads End North is uphill the entire trail - 5,700 feet of elevation gain in 6 miles. The trail crests into Granite Basin ~9,600ft. Granite Lake sits ~10,100’, however Granite Meadow was completely flooded out and we choose not to push through the high waters and snow into Granite Lake. The Basin was snow-packed and required a lot of route finding and navigation. Grouse Lake to the East before the Basin is hike-able . From the top of the Basin you overlook two no-name lakes which serve as a great place for lunch. Note: Lower Tent Meadow and Upper Tent Meadow are further up trail than the map indicates. Lower has a bear locker and a few flat tent sites. Deer are plentiful at lower. Upper is a little difficult to find. As the trail skirts the creek before entering the tree-line to the East there is a small foot trail to the West across the stream; following the path will take you to Upper. There are 4 flat tent sites at the lower fire ring and 1-2 at the upper fire ring. Bugs are abundant at Upper Tent Meadow. There were few noticeable tent sites once you entered Granite Basin - this could be due to the amount of snowpack. Water is plentiful, however the first source isn’t until 4 miles in (and again, it’s all uphill). The views are great through Kings Canyon, however the hike is strenuous. We gave it a 6 out of 10

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bugs
no shade
snow
6 months ago

trail start is a climb out of the valley - at 10am the heat of the day was strong as you ascend exposed switchbacks. trail is easy to follow, maintained and managable. we opted to camp at lower tent meadow cg. go 3/4 mile past where it is marked on the map and after a series of creek crossings. bear box here and camp ground has space for many tents and central fire ring. water source is feet away from the site, creeks crossed on way in. upper tent meadow cg is also past where it is marked on the map. after the climb when the trail skirts the side of the meadow and you ascsend a swithback into the tree line look to your right down off the trail to see a rock fire ring 200 ft down. room for 1 or 2 tents. best to look for this cg in the daylight. water source back towards meadow is 1/2 mile to 3/4 backtrack from upper tent meadow. this section was more buggy than lower elevations. downed tree in the trail and you start to cross snow patches as you continue to climb up. we turned back here out of time. best views heading back down trail. reminded me of Great Western Divide on the High Sierra Trail. of note, deer at lower tent meadow are not shy. they're aggressive - will try to get at sweaty salty gear. 4/5 stars only because it was difficult to find camp ground even with gps and maps. otherwise, the difficult climb is rewarded with stunning views and beautiful green meadows. lots of sun exposure and water was plentiful. first water source is about 4 miles in @ small creek crossing. next water is right before lower tent meadow. July 1, 19.

hiking
8 months ago

Did this trail last May as a two day trip. Pretty tough and great challenge. Found a great campsite 5star rating. We joined other hikers there were 4 tents and could of fit a couple more. Even a full size bear box was there. It was above lower tent but don’t know if it was upper tent. N 36.831566° W 118.578803° these are the coordinates. Next day went to Granite Lake awesome views. Was a great training hike for Mt. Whitney. Also Ranger said bear box was locked but it wasn’t.

hiking
Sun Oct 07 2018

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.

hiking
Tue Aug 14 2018

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.

hiking
Mon Aug 06 2018

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.

Fri Jun 01 2018

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.

Wed May 16 2018

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.

Wed Aug 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

camping
Mon Aug 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.

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