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Sheep Mountain Peak 6996 - Mazatzal
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Sheep Mountain Peak 6996 - MazatzalPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2013
trekkin_gecko
Hiking9.29 Miles 3,699 AEG
Hiking9.29 Miles   6 Hrs   54 Mns   1.85 mph
3,699 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
second hike with mike, and our second trip to the mazatzals
hiked to the summits of mount peeley and sheep mountain
great day for it
saw the gpsjoe poster is still up at the trailhead, and he was on our minds all day
missed the turn onto the switchbacks and had to backtrack some
up the divide trail to the turnoff for peeley, then the off trail began
i'm not all that into off trail hiking, but to reach certain places, sometimes it takes a little more effort
spent a few minutes on the peeley summit
great views of four peaks, ord, the superstition ridgeline, saddle mountain, mazzy peak, bartlett lake, verde river and catherine
lots of wildflowers throughout the hike, mostly some little blue ones and bigger yellow ones
started down the long ridgeline over to sheep
along the way, there are several small peaks, and one larger peak before sheep
we hit them all at least once
lots of ups and down, some bushwhacking, scrambling and manzanita bashing
still must be much easier than before the fire
pretty cool to be on the summit of sheep
took another break there for cheese and crackers
our route back was less than stellar
knew where we were, but seemed to take the path of most resistance back up peeley and down to the divide trail
will clean up my route for a good track up peeley and along the ridgeline to the summit of sheep
enjoyed this hike - more than i thought i would
thanks for being willing to go up again, mike
it's a beautiful, rugged and intriguing area
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