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Mine with a spring
The Copper Canyon Trail is along the Montezuma Canyon Road 1.3 miles from Montezuma Pass. The trail is actually a jeep trail. This can be taken with a 4WD high clearance but come on, it’s only 0.9 miles, get out and take the walk up a really scenic Canyon with a bit of mining history. At about 0.8 miles up this steep road is a mine filled with water, the source of a spring. On the return trip 0.2 miles from the trailhead take a side canyon that comes into Copper Canyon from the north. Oak Spring is 0.1 miles up this side Canyon. There are some really large sycamore and oak trees in this canyon.
The trail head is on the south side of Copper Canyon where Montezuma Canyon Road crosses the creek. There is a large parking area for more cars than I think would ever be needed for this trail. Across the road is a jeep trail that goes up Copper Canyon. From the amount of rocks and debris, this canyon appears to get very large volumes of water coming down it from time to time. The trail continues upstream and gets rather steep as many jeep trails do. Jeep trails unlike most hiking trails see where they want to be and just head straight up. This trail gains most of the 600 feet in just 0.7 miles. The rock foundation of some kind of structure is on the right side of the trail about 0.4 miles in. At 0.8 miles in there is a mine that is filled with water on the left side of the trail. Apparently this mine has tapped into a spring, the water flows out of the mine over a small drop off into the creek. The Geology in this area is fascinating, another area where Limestone butts up against sedimentary rocks along a fault. While at the mine look up into the large pine tree and there is a chair tied to the tree, looks like a blind used to hunt unsuspecting deer. All it needs is a fridge and maybe a TV.
At 0.2 miles in from the trail head is a side canyon that comes in from the north. Oak Spring is just 0.1 miles up this side canyon. There are some very large sycamore and oak trees in this area. There are also the trunks of some very massive trees that look like they were washed out by an enormous amount of water coming down this canyon. This might have been the result of the fires that swept through this area a few years back.
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