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Copper Pit Overlook is a 5.1 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 best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 1,243 ft Route type Out & Back

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Note: The road is closed to driving from Nov 1st to June 1st when driving from Herriman. The route is shared between cars and people. It 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.

There's two small dirt parking lots, one at the top of the canyon and another at the copper mine overlook. No bathrooms. All roads are dirt roads, some of which are quite narrow and steep.

From I-15, take 12600 S to Herriman Main Street. This road then becomes W 13100 S. Turn left onto Butterfield Canyon Road when W 13100 S makes a sharp right turn up a steep hill. Follow Butterfield Canyon Road to the top of the canyon. If you want to continue driving to the summit, turn right up the Copper Mine Overlook Road.

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Da Yang
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HikingNo shadeRocky

It’s a dirt road, ATV/SUV etc have no problem to drive up. Very dusty, not recommended for hiking. Beautiful views all the way up and great view for Copper mine on top too! No fee from Butterfield Canyon.

Sharla Moody
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Scenic driving

The view was beautiful, but this really is a road and you can drive to the top. We drove it in a Honda Civic with no trouble. I wouldn't consider it a hike this time of year unless you want to walk the road. Watch for cars, it is narrow and people did drive it. It is posted no trespassing, but that is for hunters. Driving it is fine. There is no fee if you enter from Herriman.

Sebastian S. Perkins
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HikingFeeNo shade

Amazing views at the top! 3 dollars to get on middle canyon road from the Tooele side, card only! Very few people walked up, so watch out for cars!

Courtney Duckworth
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HikingSnow

This is a gravel dirt road, wouldn’t really call it a “trail”. The gate is closed right now to cars and atvs which made it nice to walk up. About two miles up there was slushy snow packs. Easy to get over. We started around 8:15 AM and there was plenty of shade the first mile up. Hiked up, ran down. Dogs loved it! The view at the top was great!

Janae Harker
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the road is closed about 5 miles from the trailhead

Bryce Hanchett
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Hiking

The road is closed to driving from Nov 1st to June 1st when driving from Herriman.

Eric Shea
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OHV/Off Road DrivingRocky

Great trail. Relatively easy (not moderate). I led a convoy of Cayenne’s when the National Porsche convention was in town. Took them over the top and then out to the Utah Motorsports Campus for some more off-road fun. I’ve recently heard this trail is closing. Anybody else hear that?

Jesse VanDeMerwe
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OHV/Off Road Driving

It was a fun little trail with a really cool view! The only downside was all the other vehicles and UTVs flying around all the blind corners! But really enjoyed it. Also not sure why it was rated moderate considering there was two cars at the top.

Aaron Bills
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Once u get to Butterfield Rd it switch from road to dirt to rocky in parts i did it in summer in a AWD car easy but if your in a Honda Civic type car without AWD I would park and walk up the last part about 2miles i think? But once on top great view of surroundings area Can see most of south valley and I think its toole on the opposite side

Kelly Mahoney Durning
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HikingPrivate propertySnow

Nice partly shaded trail with a clear end goal. There is a private property gate owned by Kennicot. Not sure if the gate is supposed to keep our cars or hikers.

George Baxter
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HikingOff trailSnow

Beautiful trail! There’s a closed road sign on the western entrance of the trail, but the trail is open..the only catch is at about 2.5-3 miles in, there was a huge snow drift blocking the road. And the snow continues all the way to the summit and copper pit overlook. We tried to scale it with the Jeep but it was a no go, so we hiked the rest of the way. Amazing views of the Oquirrh and the Great Salt Lake and the valley. Bring cleats as they’ll probably be necessary for hiking for 2-3 more weeks.

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Eva Varnju
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Took my Jeep up there yesterday and enjoyed the drive. The views were really great--a mixture of mountainous vistas and man-made geometrical mountains. Given the moderate rating, I was hoping for a bit of challenge, but found the roads, even snowy and muddy as they were to be really quite easy. Inspiration Point in Willard offered a more satisfying off-roading experience. However, the payoff at the end was really quite cool. Definitely would recommend. If you are uncomfortable with heights, drop-offs, and tight roads, you might not enjoy it so much.

Ali Zhao
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Hiking

Lot of people driving up and down the road when my dad and I went so it was really dusty. The heat bothered me more than anything since there wasn't much shade. My dad complained about being out of shape after retirement on our way up, but it took us about an hour to reach the top and only 40 minutes downhill. This was my first time exploring these mountains and it was prettier than I expected. The scenery during the hike was nice (once the dust cleared) especially with the trees changing colors. Saw a lot of chipmunks along the way and 3 hawks circling around above the mine once we got to the top. On our drive up to the parking area, I glimpsed something that looked like a young moose (dark colored, round nose, antlers that were beginning to come in), but I didn't get a good enough look to verify what it was. The mine itself was impressive I guess, I enjoyed seeing the surrounding nature more to be honest. Seeing the mine after seeing all the beauty around it was a bit sad. I'm glad I hiked it, just to see in person the effects we have on the environment around us, but I wouldn't hike it again. Getting there was really easy, just drive up Butterfield Canyon until you come to a parking area that forks into 2 roads. It's labeled as Butterfield Peaks Trailhead on Google Maps. The road to the overlook is the right fork.

Kelly Butera
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Amazing view of the mine and other areas. We did however see a mountain lion

John Michael Coyle
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Great view of the Mine and some of the city. Trail isn’t hard but it’s bumpy and dusty. Lots of traffic on weekends. This is a “must do” for everyone who gets a new 4x4 in Salt Lake. Super easy

Dave Morris
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Wouldn't much care to hike this trail. It's clearly a road meant for vehicles. Very dusty so you'd be eating dirt if you were walking. Views from up top are pretty incredible. The pit mine is impressive, if somewhat guilt-inducing for what we humans have done to the Earth, but the modern city beyond was built with a lot of copper wire. Sort of like looking past the carcass of a slaughtered cow to a nice filet mignon dinner. But I digress... Great drive and I highly recommend continuing on to Tooele or Heriman, depending on which direction you came in from. Both sides of the mountain are beautiful.

Breck Tuttle
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Amazing view of the open pit mine

Andrew Silver
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Hiking

The trail itself is good quality because it is a road. There is not much shade, but in the morning the temperature is cool and pleasant. There are amazing views almost the entire way. There was not much vehicle traffic when we did it, and it is easy and enjoyable.

John Nieves
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Great view of the copper mine and surrounding area. While I was up there the clouds rolled in and then started to hail and rain. That was pretty cool.

Erik Malin
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A drive everyone should do once in their life for the view. Too many cars for hiking it. I started in Salt Lake, went to the top, then came down into Tooele.

cj b.
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OHV/Off Road Driving

fun little drive with a great view.

Tom Reed
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OHV/Off Road Driving

What a spectacular view of this copper mine. The drive up Butterfield Canyon about freaked my wife out, single lane and a sheer drop over the edge. The trip to the overlook was a gravel road with some rough patches which a car could make but slow as you go or it would be easy to do some damage.

Angel Hampton
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Hiking

Drove up butterfield canyon and once the pavement stopped and the road forks we parked and hiked up. Took us about an hour and a half from the car to the mine overlook. And about an hour coming down.

John C.
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Crappiest hike ever. The whole thing is a gravel road with vehicles going by the whole time. And the side of the road is littered with beer bottles and food wrappers. The view of the mine is great but if that's what you want then drive up to the top like everyone else and find somewhere else to hike.

Tage Simmons
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Scenic driving

People go way to fast through butterfield which is basically a single lane road. Seen a rattlesnake that someone cut the rattler off his tail. View of the mine is cool air quality sucks kinda hinders your view of the valley. Otherwise a fun little drive to see for miles!

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