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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 12 2014
Grasshopper
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,482 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   2.00 mph
1,482 ft AEG   3 Hrs   10 Mns Break
 
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Some trip logistics worth restating (from BeeBee- Brian's triplog):
"In June I did a presentation for Summits on the Air for the Superstition Amateur Radio Club. While giving the presentation charlieaz and I discovered we were Hazers. My presentation on SOTA peaked his interest and we began e-mailing about equipment and activations. During this period Hank got a PM from tkknc about an antenna in one of Hanks photos which he forwarded to me. This also started more e-mailing. This week we decided a group activation was in order I suggested Peeley as it was close to town has never been activated and was on my short list to get on the air.

Plan in place we all met at the designated Haz rally point the Wendy's in Fountain Hills squeezed into my Jeep and headed out to Peeley. On the way up we all became more acquainted with each other and before we knew it the TH was in view. One other vehicle was at the TH and the occupants of that vehicle would make this adventure more special later on."


I was looking forward to this Mount Peeley 7030ft revisit for a number of reasons:
.. I needed some hiking exercise as my last hike was "virtual" only via hiking Mount McKinley 20,320ft on 7/9 :sweat: when HAZ-trishness forwarded me her special Denali NP-Alaska vacation fly by pic- :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo=429141 for HAZ posting :) . Prior-to Mount McKinley, my last actual "feet on the ground" hike was only 1 mile r/t and almost a month prior on 6/16.
.. I was looking forward to meeting two new (for me) HAZers- charlieaz, tkknc(Ken) and again joining Brian for another one of his always interesting amateur radio SOTA 1st time activations.
.. I also wanted to check-out the condition of our originally placed 6/12/11 GPSjoe (Joe Domin) "Missing Person Poster". I brought a new poster with me (originally edited, produced, & extra copies given to me by HAZ- Sun_Hiker-Gabriele) for our ongoing Mount Peeley TH Bulletin Board public information posting needs a/r. I was pleased to see that our original poster though a little faded, was still very readable, attached securely, and has not been vandalized to date.
..Today was anticipated to be prime for some scenic picture opportunities with good lighting, good shadowing, nice near and distant area clouds, and our always interesting/scenic mid-July late morning-afternoon Monsoon Storms approaching :D . I also especially enjoy the Mount Peeley 7030 summit area near and distant views of so many of our rugged Mazatzal Wilderness named mountains and peaks that continue to humble me.
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FR201 Drive in: From the Hwy87 Sycamore Creek Divide turn-off at MP222.5, the 10.7 mile drive to the Mount Peeley Park/TH Start at the end of recommended high-clearance vehicle FR201 is presently in better condition than I have seen it in a while. Along the FR201 drive-in, I was also surprised to see new Forest Service carbonate signs for the upper TH Starts of all trails 45,46,47, and 48 (The most difficult to navigate, very overgrown Davey Gowan Trail :-k ) For reference I have included all these trail start waypoint locations on my posted 7/12 GPS Route.

Mazatzal Divide Trail 23 to rock cairned Off-Trail WP location: As of this posting Trail 23 to this off-trail location at ~2 miles in is in good overall condition, easy to follow with no wash outs, no trail downfall, and only minimal trail overgrowth.

Mazatzal Divide Trail 23 Off-Trail Waypoint location to Mount Peeley 7030ft summit area:
As of this posting date there is a fairly well defined and rock cairned "use route" to follow for the ~.5 mile up hill distance to reach the summit area. My edited and posted 7/12 GPS Route for this out and back hike follows this use route up and back down.

Enjoyment and a Special Surprise Happening at the Summit:
While Charlie and Ken were learning from Brian about amateur radio Summits on the Air (SOTA) activation protocol, equipment, setup, and participating in live SOTA activities, I was having fun roaming around the Mount Peeley Summit area taking pics of them, along with all the surrounding Mazatzal Wilderness named peaks and mountains while also enjoying the nicer temperatures at 7030ft. It did turn out to be a good picture day with nice lighting, shadowing, and ever changing distant cloud cover as our summer Monsoon weather set-in as the morning progressed.

When we arrived at the Mount Peeley Summit area around 10:30am we confirmed that two others had arrived a short time prior- :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo=430098 . We soon learned that these two were a single couple (boyfriend and girlfriend) from Mesa, AZ. What we did not initially know (and what the girlfriend did not know either), was that her boyfriend had very special plans for today- :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo=430100 :) I'm sure that his special plans did not initially conceive-of including a foursome like us with live amateur radio equipment and a lot of ongoing conversation. He is a great guy with a good sense of humor and took advantage of us being able to help document in pictures their special event this day, which we were most happy to do. This helped make our day a complete success and one we won't soon forget- :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo=430176
Our congratulations J & B !! : app : : app :

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