Day Hike - Copper Creek


Day Hike - Copper Creek

A (steep) walk through a fairytale forest - with a bonus two-fer

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  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,400 ft

Haggens, 1313 Cooper Point Rd. 98502 - side of the parking lot near the McDs drive through. 6 a.m., for Olympia folks. Other options for people coming from afar.

Copper Creek is a steep out and back, 5 mile round trip hike with 2,400 feet of gain and a possible lollipop loop. The trail ratchets up through a green, moss-draped rain forest alongside a creek. It's a beautiful lowland winter hike.

The snow level is at about 3,000ft and our high point is 3,200, so microspikes and poles will be necessary, as well as rain gear and more rain gear.  

Here's the bonus. The Mt. Rose hike is not far away. That trail is stable and relatively clear up to Horse Camp - also about 2.5 miles each way with 2,500 feet of elevation.  

So, the plan is to do Copper Creek  and then the Mt. Rose trail to Horse Camp.  

It is possible we will not get all of this done, but if we do, it will be a long, strenuous day. 10 miles and 4,900 feet elevation is nothing to sneeze at. 

PS: It may be possible to arrange 2 cars, one that only wants to do the advertised hike, Copper Creek and one that wants to do both.



Copper Creek

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Microspikes
  12. Poles
  13. Extra rain gear (if you have it) to leave in the car and use for Hike #2
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