Ascent of Copper Mountain on 2014-09-28

Climber: Julie Myer

Others in Party:Kevin H
Jon C
Date:Sunday, September 28, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Copper Mountain
    Elevation:6280 ft / 1914 m

Ascent Trip Report

Jon obtained a camping permit for Devils Dream. We met him at Kautz Creek TH where we dropped his vehicle then headed to just north of Longmire to catch our trail up to camp. We left the parking lot at 5:20 p.m. and arrived in the dark at 7:50 p.m. to easily find a camp for the night (5+ miles). We left camp at 7:15 a.m. on Sunday. Following Dave Morgan’s Mountaineer route description we hiked past Squaw Lake to a minor ridge we ascended a couple hundred feet before dropping into a meadow/bowl on the peak’s south side, and east of the SW ridge. (There is water to collect if needed at the lake, but if you wait to where you leave the trail there is a stream entering the lake…the water looks cleaner.) We ascended to the left hand notch at 5,900’ and continued to the summit scrambling the class 2-3 rock. 1.5 hours from camp to summit. During that time I dropped the map with all our route info…ugh…thankfully we had some information on our phones. From the top of Iron we could see our route going up Copper. We descended on a steep slope with boot path off the NW corner of Iron. Once below the notch between the two peaks we ascended a steep, but shallow gulley where after a 100 feet we gained the ramp going up the west side of Copper and an easy hike to the summit. 30 minutes travel time from Iron to Copper. There is a boot path off the NW corner of Copper that starts you down the east side of the ridge that drops down to the meadow between Copper and Pyramid. The trail fades quickly but you can easily pick your way into the basin, staying right of the ridge, and intersect the trail that leads to the notch in the south ridge of Pyramid. We dropped our overnight gear once we reached the trail and headed to the summit. Beautiful, warm, sunny fall day with amazing views of a freshly snow-covered Mt Rainier. Summit time to Pyramid from Copper was 2 hours. Feeling ambitious, we decided we would also tag Ararat, which I had done previously as a winter scramble. We traveled down the Kautz Creek trail through Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground. From the high point of the trail/saddle east of Ararat we easily ascended the east ridge to the summit. It was 2:10 hours from Pyramid to Ararat. We continued to Kautz Creek TH, arriving at 5:30 p.m. (12 miles).
Total distance ~17+ miles. Total elevation gain ~6,300.
Gear: helmet
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