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Copper Mountains HP, AZ 
Copper Mountains HP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2014
desert_boonie
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,920 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   1.31 mph
1,920 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Back on the Goldwater, this time to head into the Copper Mountains. I made my way in before dark and found a place to camp at the base of the range on her western side. It really did turn out to be the perfect spot to camp for the night, a fire ring that needed some work and a pile of old dead wood nearby making it that much easier for me.

Luckily by night fall the wind that had been blowing all day died down, this allowed for the perfect night for laying under the stars near the fire. I had no trouble falling asleep after dark, and to my surprise I wasn't even woken up during the middle of the night by Border Patrol. WINNING!!!

After a good night sleep, the sun was up and it was time to break down camp and gather my things to make my way up this rugged gem of a mountain. The plan was to head up the nearest drainage and gain the ridge and do a short ridge traverse to the summit. After looking over two possibilities I picked the one I thought would be best and headed up. It didn't take long for this drainage to offer a little spice. There were three consecutive dry fall spots that couldn't be climbed up so I had to bypass each of them climbing up on the side of her and hoping there were no major drop offs on the other sides to cliff me out.

Luckily each dry fall was able to be bypassed without too much difficulty and get me closer to the ridge. The range is very similar to Tinajas Altas and offered incredible beauty with each step I took. As I made my way up and up I noticed a tower on the summit above me but knew it was not the high point. But that didn't stop me from inspecting, there was an old radio booth that was not locked. The equipment looked outdated and unused but what do I really know about things like this?

From here I turned my attention to the high point and could see it was a short distance away. The ridgeline is jagged and nothing like I had thought it would be. Made for a little bit tougher of a time but it was pretty fun making my way up and over each boulder.

It didn't take long to reach the summit and again I was rewarded with an incredible clear sky and views for miles of my favorite spot to be in. I enjoyed my summit brew and stayed up top for awhile before making my way down. On the way down I took a slightly different path and noticed something in the distance. As I approached to inspect I saw some massive piles of debris I thought was an old aircraft crash. After some looking over parts I noticed one section said "DRONE" on it. Not an expert in the aircraft field for sure but pretty cool to see this even though I didn't know what exactly it was.

Back down safely it was time to drive on out and back to civilization. Boy do I enjoy each time coming down here.
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