Gray Copper  
Maps:        
USGS 7.5' Map: Ironton
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR 887
CR 11A
1.25 11,440 to 11,775 ft. Rocky Hill 1 hour
County: Ouray and San Juan
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Uncompahgre National Forest, Mountain District
San Juan County
2250 Highway 50, Delta, CO 81416
1557 Greene St, Silverton, CO 81433
(970)874-6600
(970)387-5766
Summary: Gray Copper is a short spur road from the Corkscrew Gulch road. It has two sections, one at the head of Gray Copper Gulch and one at the bottom of Gray Copper Gulch.
Attractions: Mining History, Scenery
Seasonal
Closure:
Natural - closed by heavy snows.
Access: July - Late in the month
August - Best
September - Best
October - Passable, unless early snows
Trail Heads
Accessed:
Gray Copper Trail - Hiking trail.
Camping: There is one dispersed camp site along the road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the roads around Gladstone.
Fall Colors: Poor - Pine forest, and above timberline.
Navigation: From Silverton, CO. head northeast on County Rd 2/Greene Street toward 11th Street. Continue to follow Greene Street for 0.7 miles. Turn left onto State Hwy 110 and go 6.4 miles. Take a slight left onto County Rd 10 and go 1.5 miles. Take a sharp left onto County Rd 11 and go 0.16 miles. Turn right at the intersection. This is the start of the Gray Copper 4WD road.
History:
Description:
The Gray Copper road is shown as two sections on the Forest Service Uncompahgre Mountain Division MVUM map. The two sections of road are connected by a hiking trail down Gray Copper Gulch. This description covers the top section of Gray Copper. From the Corkscrew Gulch, FR886, road you will travel over a small saddle into the top of Gray Copper Gulch.
Climbing from Corkscrew Gulch road to Gray Copper Gulch

photo by:
Adam M

In less than a quarter of a mile from the start you will come to the only obstacle, a small rocky hill climb. Once on top there is an intersection. The road to the left goes a short distance to a loop where people have camped next to a small pond. Stay to the right at the intersection to continue. You will pass a few shallower small ponds on the left before crossing over the saddle and starting down into Gray Copper Gulch.
Road down into Gray Copper Gulch

photo by:
Adam M

The road will head down into the gulch crossing over small rolling hills. At a wide turn there will be a sign informing you that the road is blocked below. Past this point the road makes two more turns before you come to a locked gate. From the gate the Vernon Mine is about a quarter of a mile further on. The Forest Service map shows the road going all the way to the mine, but the gate indicates that the property is owned and being maintained.

From here you turn around and head back the way you came.
Gray Copper road heading back out down into Cement Creek drainage

photo by:
Adam M

Data updated - November 9, 2020       4WD Road driven - July 20, 2020       Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2021