Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Copper Mountain with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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The trail itself is relatively easy. The high altitude is its greatest challenge for most. Beautiful scenery in all directions!

The trail itself wasn’t super exciting, but it was a pretty casual stroll to a beautiful open space. I imagine this is a great snowshoe. I’ll be back in the Winter.

Mediocre hike but really neat camp and views

Loved it! Great for kids, although there are a few rocky/muddy sections that our 4yo needed help with. Stunning views!

Love for winter activities.

Basically an old mining road with majestic mountain views and cool Boston camp. Visited with marmots up higher.

went 7/5 incredibly crowded with cars by mid day but still well worth it if you get there early

Have hiked in June with lots of snow and have hiked in July with lots of wildflowers. Both great experiences. I think a lot of people only hike up to the mining ruins, but if you keep hiking past that (to the left or to the right) the trail has amazing views. There are amazing views from the ruins as well, but continuing on is well worth it. The panoramic views from the top of the trail to the right are amazing. In July we only had one patch of snow to get across. Last year we went in June and couldn’t even get past all of the snow near the top, but still managed to get high enough to see marmots and continue on. Beautiful hike both years though. Definitely a favorite.

We loved this trail, even though we didn’t do the entire loop. Ended up walking along the lake shore, skipping rocks and enjoying the afternoon. Not a super crowded spot. Fun place to end the day or take kids/friends to hang out outdoors.
Something to note though: we spent our afternoon on the left side of the trail, but heard a few very disturbing screams from the woods on the other side around 4pm. Couldn’t tell if they were human or cat like (or both), but they were a little bit haunting...just something to keep in mind when in the area.

My boyfriend and I did this hike yesterday with more of an intention to mushroom and wildflower forage so we were off path a lot. At the very beginning on the left side of the path we went down foraging and stumbled upon a fresh deer kill. Please bring protection or be very aware that a large predator is close.

I loved this place! I drove about an hour and a half to get here, and it was worth it! I took both my dogs and they loved the water. I arrived 9am on a Monday and there was no one around. The trail was not super obvious in some places but I felt like that was good - it wasn't trampled or run down. It was a good trail to do with dogs not used to longer hikes, and the views were amazing! very pleased.

Beautiful trail from start to finish. Definitely go all the way up to the old coal mines. It took us about 5 hours round trip with frequent breaks and extending the hike all the way up to the coal mines.

Excellent trail. Wierd that you share the first couple miles to the high mountain mining camp with licensed vehicles but no bikes or offroad 4x4s. the mining camp is at tree line and then the trail rises high up to the source of the creek and a mine. The full length from trailhead park to the mountain mine is about 3 miles one way. The upper portion is very interesting with the mining ruins and fields covered in wild flowers with the cold clear running creek. Well worth it.

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1 month ago

we had the best time on this hike. we didnt do the full loop but walked to the middle of the valley and back and it was stunning views the whole way! it was nice and cool by the water and there were many others out on the same walk. we took friends who arebt accustomed to the altitude and it was manageable for them and easy for my husband and I. I highly recommend this hike

Great trail with a trail path so easy to navigate. The dogs loved it and the top view is amazing.

Overall easy hike with great views! I would say it’s a pretty busy trail. But it is the week of 4th of July. So cool to feel like you’re “far out” without having too much of a trek to get there.

Awesome hike, took the kids and we went high enough to play in a small patch of snow. The kids were pretty worn out when we were done! highly recommend, well traveled, enough parking and places to stop and rest along the way.

Hiked 8.5 miles round trip starting in Copper Mountain. Has a few creek crossings and beautiful hike through the forest. A few cyclist came by us,a few people trying to complete Segment 8. Nice day hike.

Wonderful little trail, with such a great reward for so little effort. It’s about 60 minutes from the lot to the ruins of the Boston Mining Company, and from there about 30 minutes back down. Super short and fun and just absolutely gorgeous at the top. Excellent hike for kids and beginners!

Easy hike up mining road to camping areas. Beautiful views from that point.
Did this hike first time July 2017.
Some hikers drive to the end of the miners road and hike from that point.

Mayflower Gulch is one of my favorite shorter hikes in the area. Parking lot is well maintained and simple to find. The old road is wide and easy to traverse for hikers of any level/age. If you stop at the mine structures in the valley, I would call this trail "easy" instead of "moderate." Great views, especially for the short length of the hike!

Relatively easy hike up a old mining road. We did with our two boys without difficulty. Once you leave the trees, the gulch opens up and is gorgeous. The kids loved it.

Easy hike and the views are worth it. It's very muddy in places (mid-June).

Mostly uphill. Beautiful views. The mining ruins were really cool. Lots of great water and streams too.

We had our two kids (3 and 1) in packs and made it to the old mining cabins. Fantastic hike w/ stunning views. From the parking lot to the cabins and back is more like 2.5 miles round trip. We didn't do the full 6 miles. Trail is more of a dirt road w/ a decent amount of snow runoff crossing the road making it a little muddy in places but I did the hike and running shoes and it was fine. I really enjoyed the hike and our kids loved it as well.

Great hike. Moderate hike and not too strenuous. Very rewarding views. Slow steady climb from the car park to the cabins. Very little snow on the ground currently although a little wet in places due to the run off. This is much shorter than I think detailed here.

Great hike. Easy-to-moderate difficulty, yet very muddy on the north side and waist deep snow on the south side. Until the snow clears, recommend doing just the north side.

My wife and I did this hike today and it was amazing. The parking is great and this trail doesn't seem to get too busy. We've done this hike twice now and we love it. The views of the mountains are great once you get to the opening by the abandoned cabins. I highly recommend this hike. It says that the hike is moderate but I thought it was fairly easy as long as you don't go too far beyond the cabins. Great summer hike!

I absolutely love this trail! the first part is a bit steep (nothing too difficult), but it evens out once you get above the treeline. the gulch is incredible--it's really cool to see the old mining cabins, and if you go up further you can see the entrances to the mine way up on the mountain. I would recommend starting early, though! it's not too crowded but you'll be exposed to afternoon rains if you start too late.

my favorite trail. great views.

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