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.