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Copper Mountain Loop, AZ
mini location map2021-10-23
14 by photographer avatarjoebartels
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Copper Mountain Loop, AZ 
Copper Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2021
joebartels
Hiking15.77 Miles 1,374 AEG
Hiking15.77 Miles   6 Hrs   8 Mns   3.07 mph
1,374 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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The axe murder, engineer & I tackled this world-renowned loop. We headed north on the BCT from Big Bug Trailhead to finish the Copper Mountain loop leg. Interestingly, it does not loop Copper Mountain, rather skirts the southern foothill.

The tread on the loop leg is excellent. Which makes sense because the official BCT site only lists two segments and calls this new. Passed two friendly spring-fresh runners earlier on and spotted a jaguar. It was a quarter-mile out, V8 on SR69. There is minimal catclaw but it's easily avoidable leaning to the side. Junipers, red soil, cinnabar? rocks and distance views are the highlights.

Stopped for lunch 0.6 mi before finishing the loop leg. We opted to sit on a terraced road 20 feet off the trail. Ten minutes later, an ATV with one of the characters from Deliverance cruised up and failed to make small talk with hungry Stiller. He moved on in search of another squeal like a pig victim.

The fauna included a family of four curious deer. The bouncing lead youngin wasn't much bigger than twice the size of a jackrabbit. Two horny toads, one slender striped snake, and occasional huge Plains Lubber Grasshoppers then showed up in force on the final mile.

Returning back down the main BCT was slightly ho-hum but I enjoyed the company and checking off this final BCT leg of a segment for myself. For the unaware, the loop leg is highly controversial in Chris-Bruce circles as documented in [ triplog ] .

Interestingly, this whole lowkey BCT thing was Denny's idea but he no-showed nearly all of it... lol
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Shrub live oak
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Buckwheat and verbena. Itty bitty yellows, rabbit bush? or such was most abundant. All would escape the eye of thrill-seekers.
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