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Copper Mine Pass

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:26 pm

This pass should not be confused with what is sometimes called Copper Mine New or Copper Mine Secor. This pass can also be broken into two passes as Copper Mine East or West.

TITLE: Copper Mine Pass

GENERAL OVERVIEW: This pass leads between Cloud Canyon and Deadman Canyon while traversing the Eastern and Western ridges of Peak 12,345 (Copper Mine Peak) it takes you about 20 feet below the summit.

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 2

LOCATION: Furthest Southern side of Glacier Ridge. Due to the nature of this pass you will be in two locations at once while you traverse it staying both in Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park.

ELEVATION: W-11,860 - 12,345 - 12,080-E

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Triple Divide Peak HST Map

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: If traveling from Cloud Canyon your goal will be to aim for the Eastern ridge coming down from Peak 12,345. You can connect with it anywhere you feel comfortable. The climb up is mostly easy small talus and some scree. From here traverse the ridge that is scattered with nasty sharp rock until you are closing in on Peak 12,345. When your almost at it you will pick up an old mining trail that will take you within 20 feet of the summit so you might as well bag the peak and sign the register. This trail will take you along the ridge and down until you reach a low saddle at about 11,860 feet where easy scree slopes lead you onto the Deadman Canyon headwall. This low saddle is what should be aimed for if coming from the West.

This is easily one of the most rewarding passes I have ever crossed and I couldn't imagine taking the other Copper Mine Pass (new) unless you were really in a hurry.

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Last edited by RoguePhotonic on Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:47 pm, edited 1 time in total.



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Re: Copper Mine Pass (Old)

Postby tomba » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:52 am

Copper Mine Pass (old) is marked on the map here, with some description.

Here are views of what I think is Copper Mine Pass (old) from Elizabeth Pass on 2012-10-01 (low snow year). I have never climbed this pass.

On the right.
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In the middle.
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Close-up.
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Re: Copper Mine Pass

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:50 pm

At request I have changed this back to just Copper Mine Pass.
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Re: Copper Mine Pass

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:28 pm

Route Description: Climbing from the Deadman Canyon headwall you will find an old mine camp where the old trail begins. This trail will take you all the way up to 20 feet below Peak 12,345. Not far down the East side of the ridge the trail will go steeply off and continue down into Cloud Canyon. I don't know how far it continues down until it disappears.

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Re: Copper Mine Pass

Postby oldranger » Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:35 am

From where the Colby Pass trail crosses Roaring river and starts up and around the Whaleback there is an old mining trail that goes up the west side of the river. It generally is not worth trying to follow until you get up to the stand of foxtail pines that comes down the west slope of the canyon to about 10100 feet. At that point head into the pines and look for the trail as it switchbacks up then traverses s. In the 80s the snow level never got much above 11,000 feet so I have no idea how distinct the trail is until near the top of the ridge where it again becomes evident.

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