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Copper Creek Tail #1983

Beginning Elevation: 9,800 Feet (2987 Meters) Judd Falls
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain, One-way: 2,010 Feet (626.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,810 Feet (3600 Meters) East Maroon Pass
Length: 4.7 Miles (7.6 Kilometers) to East Maroon Pass
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 128, 131
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 1983
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Gothic, Maroon Bells
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

This trail leads from the Judd Falls Trailhead to East Maroon Pass. Follow the Judd Falls Trail to the falls where you begin hiking on the Copper Creek Trail. The trail leads northeast following and crossing Copper Creek. The creek is cold and swift, especially in the early summer. It is a good idea to bring sandals or wading shoes to wear during the stream crossings.

Approximately three miles from Judd Falls a road leaves the Copper Creek Trail to the left (west). This leads to the Silvanite Mine and provides a good day hike. Continue passed this road to reach Copper Lake.

Following the Copper Creek Trail passed the mine road you'll reach a fork in the trail within a mile. The left fork leads to Copper Lake, which lies approximately a half mile beyond the split in the trail at an elevation of 11,321 feet. (The right fork leads to Copper Pass and becomes the Conundrum Trail at this point.) If you continue to follow the Copper Creek Trail beyond Copper Lake you will reach East Maroon Pass in one half mile. This pass lies above 11,800 feet. The trail continues on the northern side of East Maroon Pass as East Maroon Creek Trail.

Directions from Crested Butte: Travel six miles north of Crested Butte on Gothic Road to the Judd Falls Trailhead. Hike to Judd Falls and continue on the Copper Creek Trail from there.

Directions from Aspen: Hike south on East Maroon Creek Trail to the junction with Copper Creek Trail. (See White River National Forest, Aspen Ranger District).

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Hiked past Judd Falls (very nice) to the first creek crossing. Got caught in a bad lightning storm and headed back out. This is a very beautiful trail. Saw lots of wildlife (birds, marmots, deer)

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Copper Lake, Copper Creek
ICON Hiking & Walking Copper Creek Tail #1983
ICON Horseback Riding Copper Creek Trail
ICON Animal Identification Copper Creek Trail
ICON Bird Identification Copper Creek Trail
ICON Mushroom Identification Copper Creek Trail
ICON Plant Identification Copper Creek Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Copper Creek Trail
ICON Backcountry Skiing Copper Creek Trail
ICON Backpacking Copper Creek Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Copper Creek Trail
ICON Viewing Wildlife Copper Creek Trail

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 - Copper Creek is swift and fast with small Brook trout. Access along creek by foot or horse only.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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


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