register help

Sheep Creek Cabin, AZ

Guide 7 Triplogs  0 Topics
  3.7 of 5 
no permit
101 7 0
clicktap icons for details
Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 10 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,924 feet
Elevation Gain 3,844 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 22.81
Interest Historic & Seasonal Creek
varies or not certain dogs are allowed
editedit > ops > dogs to adjust
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
30  2017-11-18 jacobemerick
33  2017-04-14
Copper Camp Loop II
20  2011-05-07
Upper Sheep Creek Loop
13  2011-05-07
Upper Sheep Creek Loop
6  2010-03-04
Copper Camp Loop II
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,841
Routes 17,031
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 24 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Expand Map
Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Jun
Sun  5:37am - 7:28pm
1 Alternative

remove free decal offer
To start off, the cabin is gone. All that's left is an old corral, wheelbarrow and sheet metal.

You start off at the Mormon Grove TH and take the Saddle mountain trail to where it ends at the Sheep Creek trail intersection. Take the Sheep Creek trail. You'll go down to the Squaw Flat/Spring area after passing the Thicket Spring trail. Soon you'll hit the Sheep Creek / Copper Camp intersection. Stay on the Sheep Creek trail. You'll climb up, level for a bit and then have some rolling hills to a high point of 5,500 feet. Then you'll drop down into the Sheep Creek. As you enter the creek the trail gets a little harder to follow. There are cairns. The trail follows the creek downhill. Soon you'll level off and hit the Sheep Creek seep. There's an old cement spring box and a dismantled corral. After this point, the trail gets faint. The trick I learned was that the trail more or less follows an old abandoned fence line. Look for this waypoint: N33 59.9629 W111 33.4716. This is the canyon where the cabin is located. If you'll lucky and look close enough, there is a well cairned trail into the canyon. I didn't see it going in; I found the cabin by going up the creek. I found the trail coming back from the cabin. What's funny is that the cabin trail is a better trail than the Sheep Creek trail in this area.

Return the way you came. Or if you like to seek adventure and like route finding, try and find the Sears trail or continue on the Sheep creek trail.

Check out the Triplogs.

This is a difficult hike. Arrive fit and prepared or this could get ugly.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To Mormon Grove Trailhead
    Driving from Phoenix, take the Beeline Highway (87) North toward Payson. Take the Sycamore Creek exit (just past mile marker 222), turning left across the divided highway and down the paved road 'Old Highway 87' for 1.2 miles to FR201.

    Turn right over the cattle guard onto the gravel road (FR201) and proceed 1.2 miles to cross another cattle guard just before a split in the road at FR25. Take the sharp left turn downhill (FR25) and proceed 2.6 miles to a Y in the road. Stay left again and downhill on FR25 (the right leg takes you onto FR25A). Proceed uphill for 2.2 miles (switchbacks) to the Mormon Grove Trailhead.

    Both FR201 and FR25 are gravel roads - FR25 is slow/rough- loose & hard packed rock, steeper climb up/down than FR201.

    The Mormon Grove Trailhead is not signed but is obvious since it is where FR25 ends at an old wooden corral.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 66.6 mi - about 1 hour 21 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 164 mi - about 2 hours 42 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 145 mi - about 3 hours 10 mins
    page created by topohiker on Nov 28 2010 1:44 pm
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    Avoid Heat Illness - stay cool
    help comment issue

    end of page marker