After I finished the Eureka Canyon Ramsey Peak Loop I still had plenty of daylight left. I was planning on taking the Montezuma Canyon Road over Montezuma Pass to Sierra Vista where I was staying the night. The Copper Canyon, Oak Spring Trail was along the way so I figured since I’m here I will check it out. I have been curious about this short 1 mile hike for a couple of years now.
The trail/Jeep road starts where Montezuma Canyon Road crosses Copper Creek. Parking is just south of the crossing. This canyon at first is very narrow as it is obstructed by rock outcrops at its entrance, once in the canyon it opens up a bit. The road up is very rocky and steep. About .4 miles in there is an old rock foundation to what appears might have been a structure related to the mines in this area. At about .8 miles in I was about ready to turn around because there didn’t seem to be much of interest, a lot of work for very little return. I stopped to view the creek that runs slightly below the road and there was a mine there that had a foot of water in it and it was flowing out into the creek. Guess the mine tapped into a spring. Looking up in the pine tree near the spring I noticed a folding chair tied up in the tree. Looks like a blind for hunters. This is an interesting area geology wise, another mine located on a fault that butts limestone up against sedimentary rock. Probably another Paleozoic Mesozoic contact zone. There is a lot of white carbonate rocks which usually is a good sign of mineralization. The Pomona Mine had the same thing. I headed down canyon again this time I headed .1 miles up a side Canyon to Oak Spring. The creek was running with a couple quarts a minute. This is a really nice canyon with very large Oak and Sycamore trees. This is a relatively narrow canyon with high walls and hills on either side, I imagine the sun exposure is limited to late morning to early afternoon. There is also a lot of rock and debris in the creek some of it quite large which would indicate to me that at times this canyon is roaring with water, probably monsoon related. This would be a nice place for a picnic or lunch break if you are along the Montezuma Canyon Road.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.