Ascent to Copper Mountain-Sub-peak below summit on 2016-07-15
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, July 15, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
|Point Reached:||Copper Mountain - Sub-peak below summit|
| Elevation:||5000 ft / 1524 m|
| Remaining Elevation:||425 ft / 129 m (11% left to go)|
Ascent Trip ReportMy intention was to try a day-hike to the summit Copper Mountain. From the trailhead near Staircase campground, I hiked the steep but well-maintained trail towards Wagonwheel Lake. At approximately 3900' elevation where the trail begins a long traverse along a west-facing slope heading towards the lake, I left the maintained trail here and ascended a steep slope through forest picking my way around obstacles like Devil's Club and deadfall. As the slope nears the ridge, the trees thin out and progress is more direct, though the slope angle is still very steep. I saw lots of signs of bear in this area. I finally gained the ridgeline and stopped to rest and have lunch. Visibilty was poor because of fog and clouds, but I could see that the summit was accessible by following the ridge towards the summit. On the other hand, given the weather conditions and time of day, I decided to quit my pursuit. After seeing what this route entails, my next attempt will be to go to the lake and take the standard route up the open slope on the south side of the lake.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3603 ft / 1098 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Gain on way in:||3603 ft / 1098 m|
| Start Trailhead:||1397 ft / 425 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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