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Buck Peak - Copper Mountain Quad, AZ
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Buck Peak - Copper Mountain Quad, AZ 
Buck Peak - Copper Mountain Quad, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.50 Miles 620 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   1.65 mph
620 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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After our Greenback Peak circumference hike we set up our camp and took a short siesta before taking a short meandering hike along nondescript old road heading to the east. At the start of the hike, unknown to Tracey, I had a desire to make it into a quick hike to the summit of Buck Peak, adding another peak to my completed list. But since it looked pretty thick with brush among the pines, how do I get Tracey to go along with it?

I was contemplating the words to bring it up, when wow, what do you know, there's a road-width path heading up toward the summit, just 1500 feet ahead! And Tracey says 'should we see where it goes?'
:y:
Ok, so I didn't yell it out loud, but knowing full well it lead toward the summit tired to hold back my enthusiasm with a 'Huh? Well... ok.'
:whistle:
Cool! Sometimes things work out just right, and now if anything goes wrong, and it will, it was her idea.
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So that's how we added another climb to our day of hiking.

Well, the wide path appeared to be something gouged out of the slope many years ago but it made it a reasonably easy jaunt about halfway up to the summit of Buck Peak. The rest of the way we followed bear/elk/deer tracks along game trails zig-zagging up the steep, but somewhat soft slope.

Some areas were thick with pine needles so there were a few times when we would slip and slide a bit, but it was reasonably easy until we hit the ridge. From there it was one huge mess of Manzanita, cat's-claw, holly with pines mixed in, so the last hundred yards to the summit seemed to take forever due to having to back-track out of dead ends.
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Tracey decided she had enough of this and began to retrace the route back out of the thickest brush while I completed the trip to the summit. Being so thick, there was no way to do a 360° panorama of photos or video, so I climbed up a tree to at least get a grab photos.

And grab it was... holding onto a dead branch with my right hand as I held the camera out as far as I could with my left is what it took for a few of the shots. And that with a camera designed to shoot using your RIGHT hand, which made for more-or-less blind shooting. Much to my surprise, the photos were better than I expected, and thankfully the branch held.
:pray:

Not many photos so I'm posting them all here on HAZ.

I also shot a short video of a Horned Lizard lurking around our campsite just before the hike.
Horned Lizard video is here
http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZRu63C_KeE8
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