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Sheep Mountain Lasso, AZ
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Sheep Mountain Lasso, AZ 
Sheep Mountain Lasso, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2014
Barrett
Hiking9.60 Miles 5,584 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.40 mph
5,584 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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The local 4WD club rates FR25A's difficulty as an 8 out of 10. Suffice to say I parked my beloved Taco right before things got heavy and proceeded on foot. I was amazed how much the canyon floor had changed since the fire/erosion/floods - not a place to be after a rain to be sure.
I passed the Sunflower Mine, having seen it before, and followed the canyon up to drainage that leads to Thicket Spring. Wanting to cover some new ground, I broke away and headed up a drainage on the west side and started to make my way across the decomposed shale foothills of Sheep and Peeley. Catclaw was growing in between the burnt Manzanita trunks, and the shale was slippery and sharp - it had all looked so easy on Google Earth.
Ravine 4 was better, with a seep where the topo shows a tiny lake.
Soon I was on top of Sheep, which indeed has great views, and read the poignant summit register.
From there it was down the steep scramble leading to ravine 1, which was similar in character to 4. To be honest, the foliage that remains, along with multiple tributaries at times, made it impossible for me to say the area is truly searched.
I opted for McFarland Canyon on the way back, which BobP had promised would be better than the way I came, and I was not disappointed. Amazing geology, little waterfalls, moss, just the right amount of downclimbs and obstacles - a perfect hike.
25A arrived and soon I was in my truck and headed back to camp. Both my hiking pants and gaiters were torn, with a few drops of blood between the black stripes of charcoal from head to foot. I was relieved to be back after what was definitely my hardest dayhike yet, and parts of it were truly beautiful, but all I could think about that night was what I did not see, and the tremendous weight of effort that has been carried through this wilderness.
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Cinnabar Jasper
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The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
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