Copper Creek

Ashford, Washington (Pierce County)

Last Updated: 02/09/2020
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Status:
Temporary Closure
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 7.06 miles
Highest Elevation: 4500 feet
Duration: About 4 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Ashford
Nearest Town w/ Services: Ashford
Official Road Name: NF 59
Management Agency: Gifford Pinchot National Forest
District: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: Copper Creek
For a day in the snow Copper Creek appeals to the masses. This trail may be a simple forest service road, but on a sunny Saturday after a major snowfall, you will find any type of vehicle imaginable, from the Redneck built buggy, to the weekend Jeeper, to the Honda CRV driven by the Soccer Mom; all of them looking for that winter wonderland. Depending on your rig, your ability and your courage, you can venture up past 4500 feet of elevation on a snow covered, tree lined road and find the most majestic views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding park that you can imagine. Be advised, trail conditions can change quickly and this guide is only a guide, travel safely and always be prepared to stay the night should emergencies arise.

Route Information

Technical Rating

( EASY - MODERATE )

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Waypoints

1. NF Service Road 59 (0 mi)
Three and a half miles down the road from Ashford you will find a left turn off the main road into the trail-head; it is marked very well as NF road 59. Once you make the turn, there is plenty of room to prep your vehicle and air down. As you make your way up the trail, it will vary with the elevation, the lower portion of the road is passable by nearly any type of vehicle, but once you reach the snow level, a higher clearance vehicle is recommended.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Town of Ashford

Heading east from the Ashford Valley Grocery located on Highway 706 in Ashford, WA, which happens to be the last service you find before entering Mount Rainier National Park, go 3.5 miles to the left hand turn which is National Forest Service Road 59. There is an alternate parking/staging area approximately 3/4 mile before this turn on the right side of the road, at the intersection of NF 52, where you can air down and prep your rig, people also park trailers there; if that is full, there are plenty of areas to park once on NF 59 as the road is very wide at the bottom of the trail.

Camping

Dispersed

Trail Reviews (2)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Would it be possible to the the sunset at the intersection or a bit further up the trail?
–Chris Solomon (06/25/2017)
–Luke Myers (06/26/2017)

Writer Information

Luke Myers

Mapping Crew - Washington

Luke is originally from rural Minnesota, after high school he joined the Army and traveled the world over his 20 year career. His final stop, and where he ended his military career was Washington state. He retired from the Army in 2011 and has been working as a Military Software systems consultant since that day. He has been into the off-road scene since he was 7 years old, when his dad bought him a 3-wheeler and he built his first race-track in the pasture. Since those days he has had motorcycles, quads, go-karts, mini-bikes, trucks, 4 different kinds of Jeeps and an AMC Eagle (station wagon). His current "toy" is a 2008 Jeep Wrangler; Luke and his family enjoy exploring the world through the windshield view of that Jeep. Luke loves taking new people out on trails and takes pride in getting a newbie through a trail that is definitely more than they ever thought they could handle. His favorite type of trail is one that takes all day to go 5 miles and never stops challenging the driver.
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