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Picture - Bear Head - Copper Mountain, AZ
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Picture - Bear Head - Copper Mountain, AZ 
Picture - Bear Head - Copper Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking20.66 Miles 3,326 AEG
Hiking20.66 Miles   9 Hrs   10 Mns   2.51 mph
3,326 ft AEG      57 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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I had some concerns about crossing Tonto Creek east of Punkin center on Greenback Rd, not knowing how deep it was. Luckily a pickup crossed in the other direction, showing me the depth. It was fine with HC 2wd.

Picture Mountain
This is a walk up FR875 which is steep and loose. The views are the payoff here. We saw the Fliver disks, added our names to Peak register, and started for Bear Head Mountain.

Bear Head Mountain

The views change tremendously. We continued down FR875 looking towards the 2012 Mistake fire scarred Bear Head Mountain. When FR875 abruptly ends we continued up hill to the peakish area. Climbing up the west face, we had little trouble finding a path. In 5 years, that'll be a different story. The views up top are 360. We originally had plans to hit the other peak to the east. Unfortunately. the eastern side of Bear Head Mountain 6610' was too slow going through the mine field of downed trees. We headed down the drainage towards FR609.

Copper Mountain
We decided to attack this one attempting to follow the dashed "Trail" line to the top. There were hints of trail every now and then, but that was about it. It was thick and slow going through the Manzanita, but the payoff was worth it. One of the best lunch spots ever. It was hard to leave the views after lunch. On the return, we opted for a much shorter steep bushwhack down a ravine. After all, it couldn't be worse than what we came up.... It worked out.

On the way down we stumbled on a plane wreck from 1970.

It was a fun day exploring a new area.


Video from the top of Bear Head Mountain and Copper Mountain :next: https://youtu.be/Yw ... ImMs
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