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

Quick Facts

Copper Lake

Elevation: 11,321 Feet (3529.0 Meters)
Handicapped Accessible: No
Recommended Season: Early Fall
Trail Number: 739
Usage: Heavy in Summer
USGS Maps: Gothic, Maroon Bells
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

Copper Lake lies at 11,321 feet in the midst of the Elk Mountain Range. It also lies within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, which limits access to hoof or foot. To access this trail use the Judd Falls trailhead immediately east of Gothic. This is an amazingly beautiful site with fair fishing for Snake River cutthroat and rainbow trout.

Directions from Gothic: Drive six miles north of Crested Butte on Highway 135 (Gothic Road). Turn right on to Forest Road 739 and park at the Judd Falls Trailhead. From this point it is six miles to Copper Lake.

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

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Copper Lake Trail
ICON Cold Water Fishing Copper Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Copper Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Copper Creek Trail
ICON Stock Packing Copper Creek Trail
ICON Bird Identification Copper Creek Trail
ICON Plant Identification Copper Lake
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Copper Lake
ICON Viewing Scenery Copper Lake

Related Activities
Avery Peak Picnic Ground - Avery Picnic Area is located on Gothic Road north of the town site of Gothic. It contains four family picnic areas with tables and grills.

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.

Gothic Campground - Gothic Campground is surrounded by 13,000 foot mountains that create beautiful, but challenging terrain for biking, hiking, horseback riding and four-wheel driving.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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


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