Copper Creek Mining District Trail

Mammoth, Arizona

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This roughly graded road leads the traveler past many mining remains of the historic Copper Creek Mining District situated on the west side of the rocky Galiuro Mountains. The trail, which starts in Mammoth, climbs gradually up the gently sloping bajada to the edge of the range. As you climb, there are panoramic views back to the west over the San Pedro River Valley to the Santa Catalina Mountains. The large open pit mine at San Manuel (closed in July 1999) can also be seen. Special Attractions: Extremely challenging, rough, rocky trail; Ruins of the 20-room Sibley Mansion; Remains of the Bluebird Mine. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This roughly graded road leads the traveler past many mining remains of the historic Copper Creek Mining District situated on the west side of the rocky Galiuro Mountains. The trail, which starts in Mammoth, climbs gradually up the gently sloping bajada to the edge of the range. As you climb, there are panoramic views back to the west over the San Pedro River Valley to the Santa Catalina Mountains. The large open pit mine at San Manuel (closed in July 1999) can also be seen.

Special Attractions: Extremely challenging, rough, rocky trail; Ruins of the 20-room Sibley Mansion; Remains of the Bluebird Mine. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Mammoth
Distance: 21.2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round, best October to May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,400 feet
Top Elevation: 4,500 feet
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mammoth, Clark Ranch, Holy Joe Peak, Rhodes Peak, Oak Grove Canyon, Mammoth; BLM Mammoth
Driving Directions: Directions to Copper Creek Mining District Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

3/19/2008
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This started out to be a good loop trail, the guide was very accurate, but 3/4 of the way through, there is a locked gate. We had to go back the same way we came in. The gate is just across the Mulberry Wash at the cattle gaurd.



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