Located in central Colorado, Copper Mountain offers incredible ski trails and back bowls, in addition to dining, lodging, shopping and various types of entertainment. During the summer, the ski trails turn green, and Copper transforms into the perfect base camp for hiking of all difficulty levels.
5.6 miles/ vertical 1300 ft.
The Wheeler Lakes are located at the south end of the Gore Range not too far off I-70. The name came from John Wheeler who established a town in the 1880s that was destroyed by an avalanche and fire. This intermediate hike takes you along a stretch of the Gore Range Trail and is a great day-hike for most fitness levels. As you follow the trail through varied landscape and habitats, admire the 80 different species of wildflowers that fill the meadows surrounding the trail, will eventually end at the lakes. The beginning of the trail runs adjacent to Copper before turning up a south-facing slope. Hiking to the Wheeler lakes is great during the early summer and into early fall.
11.4 miles/ vertical 2400 ft.
A portion of the Colorado Trail, the Searle Pass Trail is a great option for those seeking a challenging hike. Start by Copper Mountain and wend your way through meadows and small groves of trees as you climb to timberline where you'll be rewarded with views of Gore Range and Tenmile Range. The trail is also popular with mountain bikers.
2 miles/ vertical minimal
This short and easy 2 mile hike is located about 5 miles south of Copper mountain. It leads you to the site of the Old Boston Mine and some of the most marvelous scenery within the Tenmile range. Take the road to the right of Mayflower Creek which will bring you past occasional mining ruins. Take the fork to the left, and you will come upon more ruins to explore and a breathtaking view of the mountains. This is a popular trail for cross country skiers in the winter but during summer is a great short and scenic hike appropriate for the whole family.
9 miles/ vertical 2200 ft.
The Gore Range is named after the Irish baronet Sir St. George Gore, who hunted in the Rockies between 1854 and 1857 and explored the range of mountains that today bears his name. Gore Range is famous for its sharp ridges and the solitude its rugged terrain offers. From Copper, you can follow the Gore Range Trail, which leads north into the wilderness. The terrain varies greatly, ranging from easy to difficult, and you can choose to hike for as little or as much as fits your ability level. While many hikers make the Wheeler Lakes their destination, you can continue a few miles more to the top of Uneva Peak for incredible views of the surrounding peaks and remote back bowls.
Copper Mountain hiking is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon in Colorado.