Hiking Trails Near Copper Mountain, Colorado - Read about hiking near Copper Mtn, CO. From Wheeler Lakes Hiking Trail to Wilder Gulch Trail, Copper has it all.
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Hiking Trails Near Copper Mountain, Colorado
Read about Hiking Trails In and Around Copper Mountain, CO.

Hiking Near Copper Mountain, Colorado

Copper Mountain Hiking Trails
Experience the best of hiking in Colorado when you venture out on the trails near Copper Mountain, Colorado. Copper Mountain's hiking opportunities range from ski resort hiking trails to backcountry experiences. Whether you are looking for an easy, moderate or advanced hike, Copper has access to all. The below list of hiking trails near Copper Mountain are all filled with stunning scenery and wildflower filled terrain.

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Wheeler Lakes Hiking Trail
Skill Level: Moderate
Distance: 5.6 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 1,320 feet
Highest elevation: 11,080 feet
Time: 4 hours

The Wheeler Lakes Trails is located off of I-70 directly before exit 194 to Copper Mountain. The trail travels past several small lakes along the interstate before beginning it’s ascent on the south side of the mountain. Alternate access at the trailhead parking north of the Copper Mountain Conoco requires crossing the interstate at the Copper Mountain exit. Hike past stunning aspen groves, beautiful meadows and pine forests while on the Wheeler Lakes Trail. At 2.2 miles, make a 90 degree right turn up to two high alpine lakes. In July and August, the meadows along this trail offer some of the best wildflower viewing in the area. This trail makes for an excellent half-day family excursion. Bring a fishing rod if you're looking to hook into some rainbow trout.

Wilder Gulch Hiking Trail
Skill Level: Moderate
Distance: 3.1 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 1,000
Highest elevation: 11,500 feet
Approximate time: 3 hours

Cruise west on I-70 to Shrine Pass exit 190. Park in the parking area and hike a half a mile to the paved bike path towards Copper Mountain. Park in the rest stop parking area and hike .5 miles on the paved bike path towards Copper Mountain. Go right onto a faint trail, the beginning of Wilder Gulch. The trail goes through meadows filled with wildflowers during the summer months. After a stroll through a wooded area, look for views of Ptarmigan Hill and Ptarmigan Pass.

North Ten Mile Hiking Trail
Skill Level: Easy/Moderate
Distance: 10 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 1,700 feet
Highest elevation: 10,800 feet
Time: 6 hours

Nearby Frisco, Colorado offers some fantastic hiking options. Drive I-70 to Frisco exit 201 and turn west into a parking lot on the west side of the interstate. Walk up the jeep road past a couple buildings and ascend a hill. After this initial hill, the trail gets easier and gradually climbs up through the forest. The trail follows the North Ten Mile Creek and offers fantastic vistas of Chief Mountain to the north and Wichita Mountain to the south. At 2 miles you'll reach the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area where the road changes into a footpath. Continue straight at the Gore Range Trail junction at 3.5 miles. The trail continues into a boggy section which stays muddy most of the summer.

Mount Royal Hiking Trail
Skill Level: Difficult
Distance: 2.8 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 1,407 feet
Highest elevation: 10,502
Time: 3 hours

Another favorite hike near Frisco is the Mount Royal Trail. Reach this trailhead by driving on I-70 to Exit 201. Merge east bound onto Main Street in Frisco and drive .1 mile to the bike path parking area. Walk down the paved bike path, turning left at the fork, and look for the Mt. Royal trailhead on the right after .5 mile. The trail climbs to Masontown, where the remains of an old mining town can still be seen. The trail forks here, but continue straight through the remains and pass some mine tailings on the right. At a fork in the trail, take the right fork for .1 mile to the summit of Mt. Royal.

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