|Hiking||22.02 Miles|| 13 Hrs 54 Mns ||1.78 mph|
|6,300 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 30 Mns Break||17 LBS Pack|
|My first hike with topohiker Ken and why not start it off with one of his classics, the Copper Camp Loop.
07:30 Start - Mormon Grove TH
09:30 - 5 miles in to my cache spot at 87/88 intersection.
A pleasant stroll on Saddle Mountain #91 and Sheep Creek #88 (also AZT-22).
The birds were chirping, butterfly's fluttering and the Temps are perfect.
Big views from up here. Down in McFarland Canyon area, where the AZT splits off to the Thicket Spring Trail #95. There was plenty of pooling to filter from.
10:00 - 6 Miles in to begin the drop to Copper Canyon Camp (5,450' - 3,100')
This was my favorite part of the hike. (Mile 5 to Mile 9).
The views were killer. Lion Mountain looks to be an Interesting destination... Been up on top of that one Richard?
12:00 - 9.25 - 10.25 Miles Medium to thick Cat claw starts
You run into another Riparian area in this section. Also the worse Cats Claw you'll encounter... but it's short-lived.
12:30 - 10.25 miles in, start to climb to lunch on Cypress Ridge (3,100' - 4,900')
The first 2/3's of this climb is not too bad. The last 1/3 took it out of me.
14:15 - 12 miles in, lunch
Pretty lunchtime views, and the Sales Pitch for the "Short Cut" begins.
14:40 - Start the 3 miles across Cypress Ridge to Sheep Creek #88
Nobody said No. It wasn't bad or scary... just a lot slower going than anyone planned.
Views were killer. Ken found new stains and cuts on the tops of his shoes that he had not noticed before. This was a variation of Ken's Loop that I don't think he'll be doing next year.
18:00 - 15.3 Miles in, back on a trail again (Sheep Creek #88)
I remember this from the last time back here. This trail gets a bit steep in places.
19:12 - 17 miles in, back to the Cache spot at the intersection of trails 87/88.
I'd been running low and actually Ken loaned me half a Gatorade. We all filtered water at my cache spot. I guzzled a liter. Temps were now cool at 54.
A five mile walk back to Karl's truck couldn't end quick enough.
21:23 - 22 Miles, back at the Mormon Grove TH
A short Video http://youtu.be/OOWFc2-AdVQ
Great meeting you Ken.
Thanks for Driving and the Barley Pop Karl!
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||Squaw Flat Spring
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|Not sure of exact spring location, but there was pooling and slight running water in the creek bed|
|There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."|