Over the mountains and through the woods to Cooper Canyon Trail Camp we go! Rolling away from the city, be sure to crack those windows and breath in the mountain air. Welcome to your weekend. Once you’ve found the trailhead and packed up your gear, actually getting there is ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ style—take your pick between hiking by fire road or by the Pacific Crest Trail. Or rather a 1.75 mile hike or 2.5 mile. Since the trek is long and takes work to get to, even though this campground is first-come, first-served, the odds of it being full are less than the more accessible campgrounds. Survey how many cars are parked at the trailhead and take your pick.
The vibe at Cooper Canyon Trail Camp
Drop some Cooper Canyon Trail Camp knowledge on us.
Since we had an Adventure Pass, we parked in the trail parking lot in the back of Buckhorn campground. With this approach, the trail is mostly downhill for the first 1.5 miles, then you cross the creek and hike uphill for the remaining 1.5 miles, at which point you reach Cooper Canyon Trail Camp. The trail was mostly shaded, which was nice! The trail camp happened to be occupied by a boyscout troop, so we doubled back to a spot that's right on the trail near the creek crossing. It was absolutely beautiful. Definitely will be returning here!
Park on ACH (Hwy 2) at Cloudburst, right before Mt. Waterman and you don't need an Adventure Pass. 1.5 mi hike downhill to campsites. Waterfall was 1.5 mi beyond that. Only 3-4 sites with fire rings and picnic tables. 1 vault toilet.
We parked at the trail parking lot at the Buckhorn campground (with Adventure Pass $5 for the day) and then hiked the Buckhart Trail. As Tabitha Farnsworth said it is downhill for the first 1.5 miles and a fairly shaded.The views are absolutely beautiful along the hike! We stopped just past the creek crossing on the trail at a single spot. It was a great weekend and I want to come back again.