Copper Creek Trail

Fresno, California 93726

Copper Creek Trail

Copper Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This rigorous excursion leads to a high lake basin near the lofty crest of the Monarch Divide."

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"Granite Basin is a gently sloping bowl filled with scenic tarns and flower-bedecked meadows, accessed by a steep and usually scorching ascent from the floor of Kings Canyon. Successful backpackers can recuperate along the pine-dotted shore of Granite Lake or beside a bevy of tarns scattered across the picturesque basin. Anglers will find fishing in the basin’s streams and lakes a fitting challenge."

Copper Creek Trail Reviews

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Copper Creek trail is a SERIOUS uphill test. The trail climbs over 5,000 feet in 8 miles. Most folks stop at Lower Tent Meadow for the first night, but we made it up and into the Granite Basin before stopping to camp. There are no good campsites between LTM and the ridge above Granite Basin. Once in Granite Basin, the scenery is incredible, Granite lake spills out into a river that fills several smaller lakelets. Trout were abundant, people were VERY scarce. One also sees plenty of deer and marmots. I would not do this hike in late summer!!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 days
Best July through October
5,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,500 feet
Top Elevation
Kings Canyon National Park
Local Contacts
USGS The Sphinx; Kings Canyon National Park Cedar Grove
Local Maps

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Oct 2018