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Copper Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2013
joebartels
Hiking31.75 Miles 7,400 AEG
Hiking31.75 Miles   16 Hrs   2 Mns   2.16 mph
7,400 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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The Cheops daily double left me psyched on life and extremely exhausted. After missing Ken's annual CCL I couldn't let this year slip away. With FR25 still closed from the 2012 Sunflower Fire 9.6 miles was added to access.

#87 and the off-trail to #88 was new territory for myself. After an unexpectedly nice pine stroll on #87 the views looking down towards Lion Mountain are stellar. Like my first Four Peaks adventure (the southern terminus of the Mazatzal range) the feeling was refreshingly uplifting.

There is some bushwhacking and more serious catclaw on this loop. Typical lightweight nylon/poly hiking pants provide enough protection. Nothing required gloves.

We were blessed with perfect weather. It only felt hot during our lunch break at the low point sitting in full sun. I dipped my spare shirt in the creek and joined Dave1's Blanco Diablos for the off-trail hike up to Cypress Ridge. My ears were cold and I was chilly at times.

Based on everything I heard from Fan, she really wanted a longer hike. It was great to meet Mike and finally hike with Ken.

Upset black-tailed rattlesnake & a young gopher encountered in midday heat. One mylar balloon. Consumed almost 4 quarts, Mike downed 7-8!
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Gooding's Verbena, Primrose, Southwestern Lewisia, Annual Townsend Daisy, Desert Phlox, Gilia, Wiry Lotus, Bluebonnet Lupine, Desert Globemallow, Blue Dicks, Desert Mariposa, Fairy Duster, Banana Yucca, Eaton Penstemon(?), Desert Chicory, Mexican Gold Poppy, Arizona Grape, New Mexican Thistle, Western Wallflower, something white I couldn't id, lots of unknown yellow patches

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Camp Creek @ Loading Corral Light flow Light flow
very light flow, nice and clean

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max East Fork Sycamore Creek & FR25 Light flow Light flow
creek alongside road seen and heard from road flowing better than anticipated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Sheep Creek - Upper SE Fork Light flow Light flow
clean light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Upper McFarland @ #88/95 Light flow Light flow
favorite lunch/break spot on several hikes now, nice light flow

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max West Fork Sycamore Creek @ FR25 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
just a trickle, mud would require 4x4 to cross (road currently closed)
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