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Jul 03 2015
kingsnake
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59 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Copper Creek LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2015
kingsnake
Hiking8.53 Miles 1,234 AEG
Hiking8.53 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.50 mph
1,234 ft AEG
 
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I've had it on my list for nearly two years to check out some mines near Copper Creek. Other than the Climax Mine, everything else I've found in the area has restricted access, either due to being unsafe to enter ( [ photo ] ), fenced off, or being actively worked ( [ photo ] ). The plan was to hike down FR 53 to the Hassayampa River, check out some mines a little bit up the east slope, then double back and check out some mines just off Copper Creek.

Precipitation was very patchy on the drive up: Some places, just overcast, with obvious localized showers at various places in the distance, drizzly or even fairly heavy rain. Supposedly, according to radar, it was passing south of Prescott. No prizes for guessing where the heaviest rain was. :roll:

After picking up prescottstyle, we headed down to Copper Creek, where we sat for about 15 minutes, waiting for the rain to subside.

There were some new tags in the FR 53 tunnel under AZ 89. Copper Creek was flowing all the way down to the Hassayampa, where our path was blocked by dense brush on one hand, and a landslide on the other. So, we skipped the far side, doubling back to check out the mines we meant to hit later in the day. Good call. We hit the jackpot. :y:

The mines we found were extensive and safely penetrable. So much so, that we did not have enough time to thoroughly explore them all. Also, a flashlight would have helped. :doh: And some spider repellant. :o We'll be back. Despite the spiders. :scared:

After dropping prescottstyle back off, and successfully detouring around the rodeo hordes in Courthouse Square, on the way home, we picked up some to go wood-fired pizza at the T-Bird Cafe in Peeples Valley. :DANCE:

Hike Video: https://youtu.be/-A ... t0ys
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Aug 29 2014
kingsnake
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59 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Copper Creek LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2014
kingsnake
Hiking10.82 Miles 1,473 AEG
Hiking10.82 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   2.35 mph
1,473 ft AEG
 
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Have been very inactive this month, mostly due to having to suddenly be out of town two weeks ago. (I actually took my hiking gear with me, in the hope I would have time to get some miles in, but it was not to be.) After trudging up & down U.S. 93 and Carefree Highway looking at memorials two days ago, decided today was a good time to finally do this hike, which I had been planning for some time. :wrt:

When prescottstyle and I hiked out of Glen Oaks back in November, I mentioned wanting to look down Board Creek from the trailhead, but he seemed to think it would be too rough. :stop: In fact, it was incredibly smooth sailing. :D Much easier than grab & stabby cross-country would be. (And much easier than Board Creek is further down, near the hanta virus shacks: http://hikearizona.com/photo=372281 ). There was a trickle of water, and some small pools in this area. Just below the claim, I planned to turn left up to the jeep trail. There was a small (dry) waterfall a little over a mile into my hike, that I though I could climb ... until my knee gave out. Cue pain, cussing and fear. :tt: After I gathered my wits, I thought I didn't want to bail. I needed to exercise. But at the same time I had ~10 miles ahead of me, and if I continued no way to easily cut that short. (Remember, cross country = grab & stabby.) I opted to continue. :roll:

I found an alternate route up, check out the improved claim, then headed over the saddle into a tributary of Copper Creek. Again, very smooth sailing. :D Video'd a cute little waterfall ( http://youtu.be/-BPYrM-cqFI ), before exiting the tributary near the remains of an old shack that was still (semi) standing last November.

I turned up FR 53, a slow, steady climb to its intersection with Copper Basin Rd. and FR 54. The FR 53 surface was smooth, and there was some shade, but I was feeling the effects of insufficient exercise. :sweat: (Knee was holding up, though.)

FR 54 is much rockier, though really not that bad. But my knee felt the strain of going down hill (since that is what stresses as your body braces/brakes against the slope), plus trying not to lose balance on a poorly placed foot. Several times I failed, and it felt like someone had jabbed a needle in my knee. :o

On the way back to Phoenix, there was a solid parade of cars heading west on Carefree Hwy. A few miles west of the first east-bound passing lane, a line of 20 cars approached. A white car had been a half mile ahead of me. Suddenly, there was black car ahead of me. I thought "Where did he come from?" Then I realized his headlights were pointing at me. (Thankfully he had them on, else I might not be writing this.) The dumb :pk: was :pk: trying to pass a line of cars in less than a :pk: half mile. What the :pk: !? I swerved right, and he somehow was able to bash his way between west bound cars. Stupid :pk: almost made me one of the memorials. :x
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