Copper Creek Trail

Total Miles
13.1

Elevation

1378.91 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

summer, fall, spring

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Trail Overview

This trail starts out on Arizona State Trust land which requires a permit from the state and are easy to get and last year. It also crosses private land and requires each rig to sign in and out per land owner request. A scenic trail starting E of Mammoth AZ, that winds its way thru some sandy washes following Copper Creek into the Galiuro Mts where prospectors searched for precious ores. An easy trail consisting of washes, dirt and rocky roads it crosses the creek then a series of switchbacks takes you to the top where the views are spectacular.There are several side trails to explore, places to pull off for pictures or breaks, lots of mine tailings where prospectors tried their luck. Majestic saquaros, giant barrel cacti, huge pear cacti, hedgehog cacti, along with numerous shrubs and trees surround the trail in their beauty. Keep your eyes open, wildlife will be near water sources and also keep in mind that water is a valuable resource to wildlife. The trail circles around and eventually meets up with the main trail and takes you back down the mountains to the beginning of the trail. Cell service is patchy, so download your map prior to your trip.

Difficulty

Easy

History

Mining

Technical Rating

3

Access Description

Heading north on highway 77 into Mammoth, turn R on Rug St, then L on Bluebird which takes you to the Copper Creek trailhead.