Copper Glance Lake Trail

Vanderpool Crossing, Washington 98822

Copper Glance Lake Trail

Copper Glance Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Copper Glance Lake Trail Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Vanderpool Crossing
Nearby City
2,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Mid-June– Oct
3,550 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,350 feet
Top Elevation
Okanogan National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Billy Goat Mountain No. 19, Mazama No. 51
Local Maps

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Jul 2018