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Copper Creek

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan
48.1988, -120.7733 Map & Directions
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2,300 feet
Highest Point
5,600 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
View from Copper Basin. Photo by tess. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
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The Copper Creek Trail leaves from Holden Village in the North Cascades. This trail is relatively short but wastes no time in gaining elevation. Continue reading

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Hiking Copper Creek

The Copper Creek Trail leaves from Holden Village in the North Cascades. Holden Village is situated about 10 miles from the NW shores of Lake Chelan and can only be reached by boat from the town of Chelan as there are no roads leading to Holden.

Take the Lady of the Lake ferry from Chelan to the dock in Lucerne and ride a bus from there to the village. Another option is a 10.5-mile trail that connects the ferry dock in Lucerne to the town.  

Once in town, visitors can easily access the Copper Creek Trail, which connects directly to the enclave of buildings and heads south up Copper Creek. This trail is relatively short, but wastes no time in gaining elevation. The first mile keeps hikers in a pine forest that shows some burn damage, then emerges into the open for the last mile as it climbs up and enters the basin.

From here enjoy the subalpine of  the Glacier Peak Wilderness by taking in the rocky peaks that frame this bowl. In fall the neon pop of larches contrasts with the gray snow dusted peaks for a special scene.

The trail offers no connections, so it’s an out-and-back experience—a great option for those staying in Holden and exploring the surrounding area.

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Hike Description Written by
Charlie Wakenshaw, WTA Staff

Copper Creek

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.1988, -120.7733 Open in Google Maps

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Getting There

The only way to access Holden Village is the Lady of the Lake Ferry, which departs from Chelan or Field’s Point. Disembark the ferry in Lucerne and make your way to Holden Village via Forest Road 8301. Most visitors opt for the bus that makes regular trips between the dock and the village, but there is also a 10.5-mile trail if you prefer to walk and save on bus fare.

From Holden Village, find the Copper Creek trail on the south side of the road, directly across from the SE corner of town and begin your hike.

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Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

Copper Creek (#1240.1)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Chelan Ranger District

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