Colorado Trail – Copper Mountain

Trail Length: 6.0 miles (roundtrip)
Trailhead Elevation: 9,750’
Trailhead Location:  Copper Mountain Resort

We spent the July 4th weekend in Copper Mountain and decided to hike a small section (very small section!) of the Colorado Trail.  I hadn’t realized that the Colorado Trail went right through the ski resort until I was reading about it while we were there.

The Colorado Trail is a 486-mile (782 km) long-distance trail running from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado.   Its highest point is 13,271-foot (4,045 m) above sea level, and most of the trail is above 10,000-foot (3,000 m).  We’ve crossed or hiked small sections in the past where it runs with other trails that we’ve hiked.

Access to the Colorado Trail at Copper Mountain (this section of the trail is in Segment 8 of the trail) is just up the mountain from the American Eagle chairlift in center village.  We found the trail and decided to hike it to the west on July 4th.  The trail heads up one of the ski resort service roads for a short distance before heading off on a single track trail.  A big white rock marking the Colorado Trail.

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There were a number of wildflowers on the trail.  Here are a few that we came across:

IMG_2374e001Western Red Columbine

IMG_2381001Wild Rose

IMG_2385ec001Tail-fringed Bluebells

IMG_2384e001Rocky Mountain Penstemon

IMG_2397c001Cutleaf Coneflower

Looking back to the east of a view of the Tenmile Range.

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We continued on up the trail, cutting across meadows and some of the ski runs.

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Another view back to the east.

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Another trail marker for the Colorado Trail.

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A shot looking to the west with me on the trail.

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A shot looking to the northwest.

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We continued up the trail to the end of the Copper Mountain property near Guller Creek, a total distance of about 3 miles.  This was our turn around point and we headed back the 3 miles we had come back to center village in Copper Mountain.  We can now check 3 more miles off of the 496-mile Colorado Trail – we only have a few more to go to complete the entire trail!

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Colorado Trail – Copper Mountain

  1. I have never heard of this trail. It would be fun to hike all 496 miles of it. Your mountains and ours here in CA share some of the same wildflowers.

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