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Washington Backcountry Trails

Coplay Lake

Coplay Lake

Coplay Lake

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Location: Near Mt Rainier 
Directions: Head out Hwy 410, left on Hwy 165, just before entering the Carbon Glacier entrance to the park turn left and cross the Carbon River, head up the gravel road almost to the end and the road passes the lake
Difficulty: Moderate, harder now since the bridge on the Carbon river has washed out
Elevation +/- 2719 ft elevation gain, 558 ft elevation loss
Distance: 10.7 miles round trip
Rating: 8 out of 10
Fishing: Did not have any luck
Scenery: Good
Map: Printable Topo Map


Coplay Lake is a peaceful place.

I have been there before the bridge washed out and have since forded the Carbon River and mountain biked up the gravel road. It is a constant uphill to get to the lake, not for the weak of heart. I don't think many people go up here.

I tried my hand at fishing but no luck. Probably if I go back I will make it a weekend trip and take my raft. Maybe in the morning fish Coplay Lake then head up to Summit Lake to fish and spend the night.

It is really nice up there, the views of Mt Rainier and the peace and quiet.

Do it again? Yes


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