Hiking on Copper Mountain during the summer is one of the most pleasurable ways to enjoy this mountain paradise. Copper Mountain is home to some of the best hiking in Colorado, where you can spend an hour or a day exploring waterfalls, rivers, streams, packed trails or steep peaks. Dozens of trailheads can be accessed in Copper Mountain just minutes from town.
Off of I-70 directly before exit 194 to Copper Mountain, the trail passes several small lakes along the interstate before beginning its climb 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. If you are looking to find some rainbow trout, bring a fishing rod.
Wilder Gulch Trail provides access to a host of wildflowers on the bike path running downhill from Vail Pass. About a half mile down from the pass parking area, on a C-curve, a gray metal electrical box marks a right turn that travels under the eastbound freeway lanes. From there the trail proceeds genially along a reclining valley to a tree-filled meadow.