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Copper Mountain High Point, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,081 feet
Elevation Gain 1,900 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,900 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
Dogs not allowed
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23  2020-04-18 Jim_H
24  2018-04-20 Jim_H
author avatar Guides 63
Routes 67
Photos 8,837
Trips 1,989 map ( 12,043 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Marana, AZ
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Preferred Dec, Feb, Mar, Apr
Seasons   Late Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:00am - 7:21pm
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A golden Coppery summit!
by Jim_H

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Copper Mountain High Point has been visited by several HAZ members and is not yet written as a description. I intend to correct this, as it is a summit of some significance, and people interested in Southwestern Desert summits should not exclude it without consideration. It is 100% off-trail.

This is a pretty short hike, and parts are very steep. The GPS route or a map of the area might suffice. Here is a primer from yours truly...

After following the drive to where ever you manage to park, start walking up the main canyon. Unless you passed it driving, ahead on the right side of the canyon is a low hill extending from the steep ridges. The jeep road splits and a track goes up the canyon in front of the low hill. This track only goes a very short distance before stopping. Also, if you hike up this section of the canyon, a social trail takes you towards an open and very dangerous unprotected deep mine shaft. Don't fall! This information should help you identify the correct canyon.

Once you know you are where you want to be, proceed up the rough, bouldery canyon around rocks, dry falls, and a small dam, as well. Spent ordinance is plentiful here. The further in you get, you can either ascend a gully just below the summit or hike a low saddle between the summit and the ridge to the south. If you choose the saddle, just come around to the north side and ascend from a small saddle to the north of the summit. If the dry gully, take a left and summit via the boulders.

If you miss the correct side canyon because you missed the low hill and mine shaft ( I did) and take the incorrect next canyon to the west, cross the ridge separating the two canyons and ascent via the two saddles on the south and then north sides. Being there is somewhat self-explanatory.

The granite here is frequently covered in rotted rock and can be slippery, but is overall grippy and rough. It is a great desert summit.

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2019-12-24 Jim_H
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    From the Tacna Exit or Ave 40 E Exit on Interstate 8 east of Yuma, AZ, head south on the paved road to the Barry Goldwater Range. The pavement ends and you cross onto the range. Continue south on the road through the, "F series", roads, where every road junction is marked with a wood post which has an engraved "F" on it, beginning at the start of the range, and an additional number indicating the junction number from the entrance. Continue south through various ranges and training areas on the east side of the Copper Mountains, as far as the F7. Do not follow the main graded road as it turns back to the east, and instead proceed west towards the mountains and the canyon. Pass posts F7A and F7B. Take the 2-track to about as far as you can. Your trailhead will vary depending on road/wash conditions and your vehicle. Deep sand is the main issue until the F7 marker. Wash crossings are after the F7.
    page created by Jim_H on Dec 24 2019 12:27 pm
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