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Cooper Trail - Seal Mtn - Hassayampa Loop, AZ
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Cooper Trail - Seal Mtn - Hassayampa Loop, AZ 
Cooper Trail - Seal Mtn - Hassayampa Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2017
BiFrost
Hiking19.19 Miles 3,136 AEG
Hiking19.19 Miles   10 Hrs   43 Mns   2.00 mph
3,136 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
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Bruce put together this loop and it had just about everything. Good trail, bad trail, off trail, cool summit, variety of wild flowers, scenic creek along Cottonwood and Hassaympa, and rounding out the list an impressive assortment of mining ruins. Starting from the Williams Ranch area with one of the ranch dogs named Lucky we hiked upstream along the Hassaympa to the turn off for Cooper Trail. We proceeded to gain about 2500 AEG on the climb up to the first objective Seal Mountain. We were surprised to see that Lucky was still with us and made it within 50 feet of the summit and waited for us to finish lunch.
After lunch we headed down the other side of Seal Mountain and picked up an old road which eventually led us toward Cottonwood Creek. Really surprised by the scenery in Cottonwood with nice rock slabs and plenty of water. Finally we hit the Hassayampa for the dreaded 9.5 mile walk back to the Williams Ranch to close out the loop. Although it is was very scenic along the Hassayampa I think we all agreed it was about 4 miles too long of river slogging than we wanted. However, Lucky seemed to really enjoy the walk and kept looking back at us wondering what the hold up was. All around nice temps all day and most important Joe made it out of the sink hole! [ photo ]
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