Ascent of Copter Ridge on 2018-10-12

Climber: Jim Wick

Others in Party:Larry Edmonds -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, October 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Copter Ridge
    Elevation:7499 ft / 2285 m

Ascent Trip Report

After discovering Buckhorn Campground closed the night before, we were forced to spend the night at a Wrightwood motel and eat Mexican food for dinner...really camping it! One reason we had to go to Wrightwood was the campground was suppose to be our water source. Overnight temps were low 40s. Drove to Dawson Saddle. Saw two other cars but never the people. Winds were about 15 mph so wind chill was near freezing. We didn't take our usual start-of-hike photo as we wanted to get moving for warmth. Took the steep trail straight out of the parking area (south side; opposite of the building). This trail has some exposure and shortly intersects with the main trail. The trail was in great shape; good job boy scouts. Great views along the ridge toward Throop. We then took the NE ridge to Throop. There are some steep sections but is shorter than going around. Didn't stay too long atop Throop due to cloud deck, temps, and wind. Found a geocache just off the summit. descending the south ridge to the PCT. Took the PCT to Mount Hawkins. Took a short break atop Mount Hawkins. Started the descent down Copter Ridge. Nice use trail down. There are several steep sections. There are about 4 major bumps along the way; each with great views...but have drops between so never seem quite at the "summit". Finally reach the register. Skies were clearing. We had hoped to see some four legged animals but didn't; maybe because the next day of the start of hunting season. The 2000' climb back up to Mount Hawkins made you really enjoy the cool hike temps; wouldn't want to hike this during the hot summer despite having the occasional tree as shade. Saw a couple thru hikers (southbound) on the PCT ahead of us. Our plan was to take the PCT back to the Dawson Saddle trail intersect as there was a benchmark we hadn't bagged. The benchmark is just off the trail but below the trail junction (near the first switchback descending to Mount Burnham/Baden-Powell route). Returned to the trailhead at Dawson Saddle. We took the traditional trail back to the road which is just SSE of the parking area. We collected 5 mylar balloons, sheet of tin, and a plastic car part as our garbage haul out.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4042 ft / 1231 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4042 ft / 1231 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.9 mi / 15.9 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Overcast
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:2030 ft / 618 m
    Loss on way in:2342 ft / 713 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:Dawson Saddle Trail & PCT
    Start Trailhead:Dawson Saddle  7811 ft / 2380 m
    Time:3 Hours 10 Minutes
Ascent (From Destination) Statistics
    Loss on way out:1700 ft / 518 m
    Gain on way out:2012 ft / 613 m
    Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Route:Dawson Saddle Trail & PCT
    End Trailhead:Dawson Saddle  7811 ft / 2380 m
    Time:4 Hours 20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2018 Copter Ridge

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Throop Peak2018-10-12 
2Mount Hawkins2018-10-12 
3Copter Ridge2018-10-124042 ft / 1232 m
4Benchmark 87892018-10-12106 ft / 32 m
Total Trip Gain: 4148 ft / 1264 m    Total Trip Loss: 4148 ft / 1264 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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