We had a fun time with the small group from AZ WJs. Link to full photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/5z3AkpjtkmUrH4TS7
GPX Tracks for the loops and associated mines in the area is attached.
The day was hot but we had a fun time on the trail. There were some sections with some good washouts but overall this was an easy to moderate trail.
We climbed up above Wickenburg and had some nice views of the valley. The temps started around 75 and ended up at 94.
Some cool boulders to go with the views:
We found "spider hollow". One of the few places with shade the entire day and it was filled with with creepy spiders!
One of the mines. Not much left at most of the sites and very overgrown. Nice quartz rocks all over this area.
Another tippy spot for the WJs:
Lunch at Issac Bradshaw's grave:
Old truck that had been stripped right after our lunch spot:
We had some good steep hill climbs to get up to the Copperopolis spur trail:
Views from here did remind me of the Superior, AZ area:
Only building we found at Copperopolis. There were a ton of mine shafts but didn't see any sort of permanent mining camp.
We climbed a little used trail to the what the map said was the town site for Copperopolis. Nothing but a giant filled in mine shaft now.
Grave near there:
He finds a rock to park on:
We made our way out through a sandy wash that had a small trickle of water. The canyon walls provided some nice shade. It was a really pretty area.
After this the group found a camp site. There was thankfully some shade trees so we all relaxed until it got cooler.
We hung out by the fire till around 11pm and then left Jeff and Jonathan to camp for the night. Wickenburg-Mountains-Copperopolis-Trail.gpx