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Sheep Mtn - Maricopa's, AZ
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Sheep Mtn - Maricopa's, AZ 
Sheep Mtn - Maricopa's, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2015
Tough_Boots
Hiking11.10 Miles 1,487 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles
1,487 ft AEG
 
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Jay wanted to go explore the Maricopa's and I'd never been down there so it sounded like a plan for the day. The drive to the trailhead was an adventure in itself. I got my vehicle to just about a mile of the trailhead before we hit a drop into a sandy wash that I just didn't have the clearance for. I had already heard the sweet sounds of the bottom of my truck scraping its entirety over a rock so I decided to 9L it and park off the road-- we would just add a couple miles to the day :)

Margie's Cove trail is about as flat as it gets so we made good time. Our plan was to head off trail and hit the Sheep Mtn ridge's high point at 2,495. Then we would traverse the ridge north and then east to knock off two more significant peaks. We had mapped out a couple possible routes up to 2,495 and decided on the steeper of our two possible drainages once we got closer. It actually turned out to be a good route to access the ridgeline. The boulders were big and stable with very minimal bushwacking.

Higher on the ridge is another story-- everything is loose and even the mightiest rocks crumble under almost no real strain. The going was slow and it became very obvious that we were not going complete our original plan. We decided we would only hit 2,495 and come back down. We scouted possible exit routes along our way.

We made it to the summit. Its a pretty sweet view and definitely worth the effort. Its a killer lunch spot. There is a summit register that hadn't been signed since March 2011 (by our very own sbkelley). There was also some Desert-boonie and BobP action in there.

We had a couple ideas for our exit but settled on dropping down directly east. It was steep in spots but not so bad. It was a good day.
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