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Copper Mountain Highpoint 2880, AZ
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Copper Mountain Highpoint 2880, AZ 
Copper Mountain Highpoint 2880, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2018
Jim_H
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.00 mph
1,900 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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This was to be a day 2 summit I thought would be light and easy after Mohawk Mountain, but I didn't want to back track east on I-8 to get to Mohawk, and the winds were still up on the drive, so I decided to hike this first. It ended up being the mountain highlight of the trip, with Sonoran Pronghorn on day 2 being the overall highlight.

Very eroded, hot, sandy, steep, loose, and eroded. Decomposed granite and the severe desert nature give this area a strange phenomenon of little vegetation up high, with saguaro and other very limited vegetation down low where there is scant rocky soil. Albeit eroded. There is no trail, it's choose your own, and it is obvious no one ever really bother with this place. It was an interesting summit with good views, it just takes a long time to access it. Probably due to that erosion. I am unfamiliar with this area and went past the drainage commonly taken, but this may be better as it avoided the large dry falls and this eventually took me up the south slope to the summit. I descended the gps route I found on peakbagger, and I liked my way better. Big dry falls are not my thing.

The open mine shafts are something to behold. Tossing rocks in, it was quite a while before they hit bottom. It was truly vertical and must be associated with the Betty Lee Mine.

After I headed out away from the wind coming down canyon in to the desert and camped. Up in the night after moon set, I did enjoy some stars, maybe some of the best in Arizona, but the large light pools from LA and Phoenix were visible and cut down on that, substantially. Nevada was still the best, so far.

Next day I drove the Mohawk Drag over to that range. Spotted a bout 6 to 8 Pronghorn on the way.
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