Copper Glance Lake Trail

Vanderpool Crossing, Washington

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A Copper Glance? Perhaps. More likely golden views of towering cliffs reflecting in deep sparkling waters are what you’ll find. Little Copper Glance Lake sits in a rugged bowl of jumbled talus heaps sprinkled with delicate-needled larches under the reign of majestic 8000-plus-foot Isabella Ridge. An awesome sight indeed. But like the prospectors who built this trail, you must possess a tenacious spirit in order to reap this reward. The way is steep, rough, and a little bit tricky—but worth it.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

A Copper Glance? Perhaps. More likely golden views of towering cliffs reflecting in deep sparkling waters are what you’ll find. Little Copper Glance Lake sits in a rugged bowl of jumbled talus heaps sprinkled with delicate-needled larches under the reign of majestic 8000-plus-foot Isabella Ridge.

An awesome sight indeed. But like the prospectors who built this trail, you must possess a tenacious spirit in order to reap this reward. The way is steep, rough, and a little bit tricky—but worth it.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Vanderpool Crossing
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Mid-June– Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 3,550 feet
Top Elevation: 6,350 feet
Local Contacts: Okanogan National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Billy Goat Mountain No. 19, Mazama No. 51
Driving Directions: Directions to Copper Glance Lake Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/5/2005
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2-4 July 2005. Six of us hiked in for a two nite stay. The trail, as described elsewhere, is very steep – not really a hiking trail, but more of a pack-animal trail. Fortunately the hike is only about 3 miles in. Once at the lake, the scenery is very beautiful and worth the difficulty of the hike. Additionally, on this hike the bugs were very lite at the lake as compared with the trailhead. The downside for overnighters is that there’s really only one great campsite (near a stream on the far side of the lake). Luckily for us, we were the only campers otherwise we’d have had to split our group to find tent space between the rocks around the lake. And one other thing: there’s a mountain goat that hangs out near the stream who is not particularly afraid of people – which can be a bit frightening to people until you get used to having a mountain goat walking around your camp during the day and nite.



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