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Copper Camp - Cypress Ridge Loop, AZ
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Copper Camp - Cypress Ridge Loop, AZ 
Copper Camp - Cypress Ridge Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2014
BiFrost
Hiking21.59 Miles 6,323 AEG
Hiking21.59 Miles   13 Hrs   20 Mns   1.86 mph
6,323 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
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Ken's annual Copper Camp Loop hike didn't go exactly as drawn up. We started at Mormon Grove TH as planned and linked up with section of AZT # 22 Saddle Mtn. AZT section is great trail as most are and eventually drops down into McFarland Canyon where we split off AZT and started up Copper Camp trail # 87. The trail soon tops out and then starts down the ridgeline into Copper Camp Canyon. The views on the ridgeline are great of Sheep Mtn, Saddle Mtn, and the rest of the Mazzies.

We made the bottom of Copper Camp finding some decent water, an old cabin site and the low elevation point for the loop. Took short break and doused with some water before heading back up another ridgeline to gain back the elevation. Great views here as well but steep climb out of the canyon. After some effort and sweat we made it to Cypress Ridge over looking Copper Camp and the lunch spot for the day. Everyone was ready for the lunch break after the long climb. At lunch Joe suggested the idea of traversing the rest of Cypress Ridge and to his surprise everyone agreed to give it a shot.

This is where the trip deviated from the original plan which had us going around Cypress Ridge instead of over it. Cypress Ridge offered the best views and highlight of the hike despite the fact that it was all off trail. It was slow going at times with boulders and brush but we eventually made it down to the Sheep Creek #88 which was back on the original route.

Bye this time it was getting dark and we made the junction of Copper Camp and Sheep Creek trail where we pumped some water for the last 5 miles out. Made it back to the AZT section and then out to the car by 920pm. Long day but awesome section on Cypress Ridge. Thanks for the invite Ken :)
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Light flow with small pools some a foot deep.

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Light flow in the creek around the spring.
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