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Backpacking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Copper Creek

Beginning Elevation: 11,321 Feet (3529.0 Meters) Copper Lake
Elevation Gain: 2,171 Feet (676.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,150 Feet (2852.2 Meters) confluence Copper Creek and East River
Length: 7 Miles (11.67 Kilometers) approximately

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General Description

Copper Creek originates in the Elk Mountains at Copper Lake. It is a swift stream that supports small brook trout. The creek flows from Copper Lake and culminates in a spectacular water fall, Judd Falls, before dumping into the East River. The Copper Creek valley exists in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, therefore access to the creek is limited to foot or horse travel.

Directions from Gothic: Follow Gothic Road passed the townsite of Gothic. The turnoff for the Judd Falls Trailhead will be on the right side of the road immediately outside of the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab's land.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-June through September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backcountry Traveling Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
ICON Cold Water Fishing
ICON Rivers & Streams Copper Creek

Related Activities
Conundrum Trail #1981 - This trail lies within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness and uses Copper Creek as an access to Conundrum Hot Springs.

Copper Creek Tail #1983 - Copper Creek Trail, 1983, leads from the Judd Falls Trailhead near Gothic, north to East Maroon Pass. The entire length of this trail is located within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

Copper Lake - This is a high-alpine lake that supports snake river cutthroat and rainbow trout. The fishing is rated as fair.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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