Sheep Mesa - Sycamore Creek, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Loop 3.81 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,641 feet
Elevation Gain 496 feet
Accumulated Gain 858 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.1
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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30  2012-04-02 CannondaleKid
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by CannondaleKid

The drive from SR87 will take longer than the hike, so although the hike to the summit is less than 1/2 mile you'll probably want to make it worthwhile by worth following the mesa to the southern terminus then looping back along FR1096.Hike
Starting from the trailhead your first decision will be whether you stay east or west of the fence-line that leads up to the false summit.

If you start walking south along FR1096 you are already on the west side, so once the road swings to the right, angle left until you see the fence line then just continue up as close to the fence line as the terrain allows.

If you head directly toward the summit from the trailhead, you will be on the east side of the fence line. Personally, I'd recommend this way because there seem to be more open areas to help avoid the various thorny vegetation. Also, when the fence ends at the rock formation it's pretty easy to climb the rock up to the false summit and continue to the summit.

The summit provides some great views, especially of the Sycamore Creek valley to the south. To make this a loop hike, continue toward the southwest and follow the mesa as it gradually drops down one level at a time, winding a bit more toward the west as you go. Continue until you come to a fence and again make your choice. Stay on the side you are already on and bushwhack along the fence until you reach FR1096, or since the fence has big gaps between the horizontal wires, just go through it and follow an unnamed hunting road until you reach FR1096. Turn right onto FR1096 and simply follow it through Black Mesa Tanks and back to the trailhead.

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2012-04-02 CannondaleKid
    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.

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    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    1. Follow SR87(Beeline Hwy) north to the Sycamore Creek/Four Peaks Turnoff
    2. Turn LEFT onto FR402 and continue for 3.4 miles where you will need to cross Sycamore Creek.
    3. After crossing the creek you will be on FR1855, continue for 2.0 miles to FR1856.
    4. Turn LEFT onto FR1856 and follow it for 1.7 miles to the FR1096 intersection.
    5. The trailhead is the turn-around area at FR1096.

    NOTE: Step 2 can be traveled by car, after that a high clearance 4x4 is recommended.
    page created by CannondaleKid on Apr 02 2012 7:21 pm
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