I'd only looked over beta a few weeks prior to heading to Copper Butte, but the short hike up seemed pretty straightforward. So when I keyed in "Old Stage Trailhead" on my phone. I slept in the car at the trailhead and next morning as I was brushing my teeth I read the kiosk. 5.7 miles to the summit spur...this is going to end up being over twice what I'd expected. Huh, I must have read the trip reports wrong. Oh well.
A couple miles up the trail I ended up on a road...not like the disused one I had been walking on, but one that seemed to still be in use. After a 1/2-mile I backtracked and followed that same road down but something was off. Finally I consulted my topo maps, but no such roads or junctions showed up on my map. I pulled out my phone and checked Gaia.
Old Stage is a thru trail...with two trailheads. I quickly identified the route and headed from there.
It was an embarrassing novice error, and I should have known much better -- and the time spent on the longer route cost me attempts on Abercrombie and Gypsy (I did not care to be alone in grizzly territory after dark, even with my can of confidence.)
Still it was lovely. I saw nary a soul on the trail, the summit, or the road. Autumn colors are already here, and they were breathtaking.
If you choose this route, it is a lovely walk. Just be sure to bring your topo maps and/or Gaia as junctions are not marked.
Took the Old Stage Road to the Kettle Crest Trail, then followed that south to the summit of Copper Butte. Had the trails all to myself this day. Thank you for the directions, Dean.
Nothing beats Kettlecrest in the fall. Just wear hunter orange.
Made a quick jog up in the morning before the thunderstorms started.
After 4 big glacier climbs, we hiked up Copper, no snow, just a quick 1 hr, 10 min to the summit, 50 min down.
This is home ground for me. No climb here. Dean has a good write up on his page regarding this, the highest point in Ferry County and the Kettle River Range.
After already summiting Snyder Hill, Gypsy Peak, and Abercrombie Mountain in a 36-hour span... and after injuring both legs near the summit of Abercrombie Mountain... this hike was a total relief. Great views from the summit, and the trail was exceptional easy (in my opinion). 1h15m up, 15m at the summit, 50m down. This was my 29th WA CoHP.
A nice hike in the cool September air on a Sunday afternoon on my way back from Canada.
This was a nice and easy east side hike with high prom and a county highpoint as part of the reward.
Climbed this one by myself. The flies were so bad I couldn't stand still for more than a few seconds. I ran most of the way down so I didn't get eaten. Saw both white-tailed and mule deer on the trail.
Enjoyable day hike to the top. Interesting collection of 'junk' up there. Air was smoky from fires up in BC.
This is a great hike. It snowed the night before and I had the honor of breaking trail in all of about 1-2" of snow on the summit. Still real cloudy and not much of a view.
Weather good, no snow. Quite a few hunters. I wore my orange and yellow vest for safety.
WA county highpoint #24.
This is the easiest hike in the area in which you can get over 7,000 feet elevation. Kids can easily tackle this peak. There was a few patches of snow on the summit on this day. The skies were hazy from distant forest fires to the west.
I had last climbed this mountain in 1995, a year after the forest fire had burned the timber. At the time, there was no undergrowth, but 9 years later I was pleased to see some 2'-high brush. For most of the hike, one can see through the dead trees. There is an eerie silence from a lack of wildlife.
Although this trail is well maintained, when the dead trees fall it's going to take LOTS of chainsawing to keep it clear.
I hiked the north 30 miles of the Kettle Crest trail with a friend. The trail goes right over the summit. This time of year, the subalpine meadows are green with knee high grass and there are thousands of wildflowers of every color. Beautiful scenery to boot - well worth the jaunt.
My wife and I joined theplugger and her husband J plus Bob and Dotty Martin on this county highpointing hike. Actually, we got there well after they had started hiking, and we didn't "catch" them until they were on their way down the trail. The others waited at the Copper Butte/Midgnight Mtn saddle while they ate some lunch, and we caught them there. Then several of us hiked up the ridge to the top of Midgnight and back. Gorgeous day, and great fun!
This was another fun little hike on a gorgeous day with blue skies overhead. My husband, J, and I joined Bob and Dotty Martin on this hike. Bob is an intrepid county highpointer, we went along for the fun of it.
A lackluster summit but a nice view point that gave a 360 degree look at all of the surrounding countryside. Unfortunately a fire burning on the Colville Indian reservation obscurred the views to the south and west. Lots of bear sign all over the area and I heard "something" crashing through the forest as I was about a mile and a half up the trail. My guess was a black bear or better yet, a Sasquatch.