No, really. Get out there! One of the most iconic things you can do in Colorado during the summer is hike. Combine the beautiful weather with incredible views and you’ve got a perfect way to spend a day. Not to mention the great exercise you’ll get. Copper and the surrounding areas offer trails suitable for all ages and skill levels.
Copper offers a network of trails right on the mountain. Hop on the American Eagle to mid-mountain where you can hike up A-Road for fantastic 360 degree views of the Ten Mile and Gore Ranges. This trail is rated intermediate as it is located on a wide mountain road with a gradual incline. For a more difficult trek, head up the short but steep Hallelujah Loop also located just off the top of the American Eagle. This steep ascent will reward you with views of the valley floor. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can hike back down the mountain to Center Village. If not, hop back on the Eagle.
*Please note: due to lift construction, the American Eagle and all hiking/biking on mountain is closed for summer 2018*
There are several hiking options located in Summit County and beyond. Located 6 miles south on Highway 91 is Mayflower Gulch. The ruins of the Boston Mine are located 1.6 miles from the trailhead while the hike to the top of Mayflower Hill, which offers breathtaking views of Pacific Peak and Fletcher Mountain, is an additional mile from the mine. Rated as moderate, this is a perfect hike for a picnic lunch.
For a short, afternoon hike appropriate for all members of the family (even grandma), head to Rainbow Lake in Frisco. This well-known Summit County lake is an easy .75 hike from the trailhead. It’s especially beautiful with the changing of the aspens.
Looking for an overnight experience without all the hubbub of trekking? The 10th Mountain Division Hut System might be right up your alley. These huts provide a roof over your head while still feeling off the grid. Several are equipped with amenities such as solar power and indoor composting toilets. During the summer months, there are some you can drive to allowing you to call a hut home base while you can explore the surrounding area. The closest 10th Mountain Division Hut to Copper is Janet’s Cabin, located about 5 miles from the resort. Be sure to do your research on the variety of huts available, whats involved and book early. Visit http://www.huts.org/ for more information.
For additional information on these hikes and more, visit the following sites. Remember: know before you go!