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Ascent of Copter Ridge on 2017-10-21

Climber: Robert Luher

Others in Party:CR
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 21, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Copter Ridge
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7499 ft / 2285 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked on Highway 2 near mile marker 66.37 (UTM 240006) on turnout at north side of highway. The three trucks already parked had empty gun cases on their front seats (second weekend of deer season), so we made sure to wear our bright colors. We never saw hunters on the trail or heard any gun shots, but made sure nonetheless to be careful.
We hiked up the use trail on left side of drainage to Windy Gap and then onto the PCT to the summit of Hawkins (could not find register). From Hawkins we followed the well worn use trail to the end of the ridge. About a third of the way down the ridge (at around 8260 feet), we made sure to avoid following the eastbound ridge line, which would take us the wrong direction. After a few bumps and saddles we made it to the end of the correct ridge and signed the register. This was a much better peak than Ross Mountain, as the ridge line was not as steep or loose. The trip back to Hawkins was not that bad as the weather was cool, and once we reached Hawkins it was down hill from there. Along the way we bagged Peak 8426, and benchmark 7588. We reached the car near dusk.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3293 ft / 1003 m
    Extra Gain:1542 ft / 470 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.8 mi / 14.2 km
    Route:PCT and Use Trail
    Trailhead:Highway 2  7290 ft / 2221 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Robert Luher
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