Anyone who's done the hike to Angel's Rest has crossed Coopey Creek. It runs under the small bridge that you cross a short way into the hike.
This trip is to explore a very rough cut along the east bank of upper Coopey Creek. This cut is heavily overgrown and I have no idea how far it goes or if there's even an out. We might hit cliffs and have to turn back.
The darker blue line above represents a known, traveled route that partially follows old roads, but also includes some nasty bushwhacking on a 50 or 60 degree slope.
The plan for this trip is to hike the tourist trail to Angel's Rest, take a little break, then continue up as if going to Devil's Rest (light blue route), then take the dark blue route down to the creek. From there it's 100% exploratory!
What to bring: No cotton! Wear wool, synthetics or silk. Rain pants and gaiters are a good idea as we will be bushwhacking.
- 10 Essentials, including a first aid kit
- Sturdy gloves
- Loppers, a small hand saw or a machete might come in handy
- A whistle is mandatory
- Sturdy boots
Please don't sign up unless you are comfortable going off trail in difficult terrain. Sign up for the waitlist. I am keeping the limit at 1 and will add people from the waitlist with preference given to people who have hiked with me before. Total group size will be no more than 6.
No dogs, no children. I will cancel if the weather is really bad or icy.
The map below shows a known, mapped route in green. Everything in orange will be off trail or following a very old rough cut. We may follow the 2000 ft contour (purple line) to provide a descent that's not so steep.
This is a LIDAR image of the area. The green lines I added to show old orads visible on LIDAR. The blue line is the creek.