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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
joebartels
Hiking21.60 Miles 6,323 AEG
Hiking21.60 Miles   13 Hrs   50 Mns   1.79 mph
6,323 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Ken's annual Copper Camp Loop with a twist. Everyone enjoyed the hike heading down. Ken wanted to stay out of the creek this year and attempt to follow the trail on the right. A hearty maintence crew would need to reestablish it as the creek environment has swallowed the old trail.

Hiking up and off-trail to Cypress Ridge is always a blast. Once there the dreary task of descending and going around the ridge is at hand. I mentioned riding the ridge out as an alternative for a future year. Shockingly the idea turned to this year and no objections surfaced.

The ridge was a bit longer than anticipated. Karl & I thought it was nifty. Ken & Bruce didn't share our enthusiasm. The constant low key scrambling was not their style. Karl & I waited and admired views with greater consistency across the ridge. Unfortunately Ken never really got to see the incredible views as he was concentrating on the terrain. Karl & I recalculated our options several times along the way. While I regretted ever suggesting the ridge, it all worked out.

Back on trail we started up the monster ascent back to the trailhead. While the hike had varied reviews I enjoyed the diverse company of the group. I look forward to finding a balance of terrain we all can enjoy!

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