|Copeland Mountain is a massive, rounded mountain that is easily seen from the highway entrance to Wild Basin. I leave by bicycle from our cabin in Meeker Park at 8:15 and ride to the Wild Basin trailhead, leaving there at 8:45 and reaching Ouzel Falls at 10:20. By 11:15 I have reached the top of the burned-out ridge headed toward Ouzel Lake. From here, the route up Mt. Alice via Lion Lakes looks quite snowy. I reach Ouzel Lake at 12:00.|
I reach treeline at 14:35. There is one snow crossing on top of the ridge. It looks like it could harbor a crevasse, so I probe with my ice axe; it turns out to be solid. This is one big mountain. At 16:43 my altimeter reads 12,300 and I write in my log book "and the mountain goes on forever." I reach the summit at 17:47. The summit has a rather large semi-circular windbreak made of rocks. McHenry's Peak looks terrible from this vantage point. I leave at 18:25 and get back about 22:30.
Rocky Mountain National Park: The High Peaks