Copper Canyon/South Baldy Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Magdalena Mountains are a small jewel of a mountain range rising out of the deserts of central New Mexico. Their highest point, South Baldy, rises to 10,783 feet. The steep mountain face and grassy summits make possible dramatic views in all directions. The best way to take in the sights is to walk to the Magdalena Crest Trail 8 via the Copper Canyon Trail.
This long, challenging loop leads into the heart of the Magdalena Range, climbing the steep mountain face to the crest through one canyon and descending from the crest along another. The ascent up Copper Canyon is gentle at first, but steepens as it approaches the ridgeline; Water Canyon provides a gradual drop from the high country. Campsites and water are plentiful along the middle stretch of Copper Canyon but are limited in Water Canyon."