Ascent of Copter Ridge on 2017-11-10

Climber: Garrett McLean

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, November 10, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Copter Ridge
    Elevation:7499 ft / 2285 m

Ascent Trip Report

I'd stayed up late on Thursday and wasn't feeling up to an alpine start, so I looked for a peak that wouldn't be too strenuous, but also wouldn't be trivial; Copter Ridge fit the bill. After a leisurely morning and drive up Angeles Crest, I got to the trailhead at Islip Saddle around 11:30a. The clouds were low, allowing me to look at them from above, which I always enjoy. The temperatures ranged from the mid 50s to the mid 60s, which is perfect for hiking. It was a little windy, but manageably so. In spite of not having hiked in two weeks, I made good time, arriving at Mt Hawkins' summit around 1:15. The enviable conditions certainly helped.

After a brief photo shoot atop Hawkins, it was time to descend Copter Ridge. Navigation was trivial; there was a decent use trail, plus there was only one ridge to follow. The scenery was nice enough, with plenty of views of Baldy, Baden-Powell, the Hawkins ridge, and their neighbors. I'd considered also bagging South Hawkins on this hike, but at this point I knew it'd be too much hiking in the dark. The Copter Ridge summit was not great, but not nearly as disappointing as some other HPS summits. Like Ross Mountain, though, I think this one is more about the descent along the ridge than it is about the summit. Though I enjoyed the ridge to Ross more, I'm glad I visited this peak. I was even more substantially rewarded toward the end of the hike, when sunset magic hour was making some incredible imagery. Sunset is probably my favorite time to be in the mountains, especially when I'm close to my car or tent. I made it to my car at the tail end of dusk, grateful to not have to use my headlamp.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Part of Trip: 11/10/17

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Hawkins2017-11-10 
2Copter Ridge2017-11-10 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Garrett McLean
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