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Gray Copper Trail

Trail Details

Round Trip 4.4 miles
Starting Altitude 9,800ft
Highest Point 11,400ft
Elevation Gain 1,600ft
Round Trip 4 hours


Leave US 550 at the Ironton Nordic turnoff and at the Corkscrew Pass/Brown Mountain sign go left on the Brown Mountain road. Shortly after crossing Gray Copper Creek look for the signed road going off steeply to the right. You can park and walk from here or drive another few tenths of a mile with 4-wheel drive.


Reconstructed in June 2003, Gray Copper Trail is a pristine and scenic historic trail in the Red Mountain District. The trail is parallel to and eventually crosses Gray Copper Creek before climbing past scenic waterfalls and lovely meadows to end by the Vernon mine north of Red Mountain #1. It's a moderate and beautiful two-mile trail.

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