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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2017
Eartheist
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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Got out for a quickie camp and hike with The Dude. Left town after work Friday, stopped at Senor Taco for grub, then up the 87 for 20 miles or so to the turn off west to FR201. This road was in great shape, but follows the ridge line so it's pretty narrow and the drop off to the side is a little harrowing. The Dude was driving and I was doing my best to ward off the nightmare visions of tumbling into the abyss in the twilight dusk. Dude got us to the campsite in one piece of course. The campground was way cool, 5 or 6 fire rings to choose from, tons of space for several vehicles, beautiful area. It got below freezing at night, in the morning, our water gallon was frozen solid as well as the water filled ruts in the road. We got the campfire back up and had a leisurely morning with breakfast and coffee, then drove the 2 miles to the trailhead. This stretch was also pretty narrow and there were some downed logs jutting into the road. Dude got through them just fine. The hike was nice, perfect hiking weather, great views. Lots of little waterfalls from the melting snow. Almost zero wildlife, too cold I suppose. I counted a squirrel and a couple of birds that I never even saw. We came to a roadblock about 500 feet below the summit when a long stretch of the trail was covered in hard frozen snow. This part of the trail is like the forest road up: narrow with a cliff wall on one side and a steep drop off on the other. I called it a day there, while Dude mountain goated it with a stick to chunk out some foot holds in the ice/snow to soldier on to the top. He came back a bit later and we headed back down the way we came, back to the TH and back to town. So great hike, probably could've waited another month or so, but a fun adventure nonetheless.
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