Copper Basin Mineral Hunt

Chrysocolla with botryoidal formation, featuring malachite and azurite.
Chrysocolla with botryoidal formation, featuring malachite and azurite.

I figured it was about time to start acclimating to higher elevations, as I won’t too many more hikes in the Valley until November. prescottstyle suggested going for a mineral hunt in Copper Basin. To avoid giving away any secret stashes, no geocodes on the photos. ;-) Saw a big dump truck down in the canyon (a flip over, since stripped). A huge house, with 25 foot glass windows, belonging to the widow of Cesar Chavez. You know, the guy who unionized the grape pickers? Yeah. :roll: After finding some nice samples of things I can’t remember the names of, we wandered further south in the basin, until we happened upon a wrecked car. It was the same wrecked car I had seen on my Wilhoit Mine Loop #1 hike 18 months ago, except back then I was heading north. We saw a lot of javelina tracks, and almost hit a mama & baby crossing the road on our way out. Other than one small cluster of orange flowers, everything was purple. Lupines out the wazoo.

Distance: 5.83 mi.

AEG: 834 ft.

Time: 3h 00m


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