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Mount Peeley and Sheep Mountain 6996, AZ
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Mount Peeley and Sheep Mountain 6996, AZ 
Mount Peeley and Sheep Mountain 6996, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.60 Miles 2,724 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   7 Hrs   54 Mns   2.05 mph
2,724 ft AEG   3 Hrs   13 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had done Mount Peeley before but had never done Sheep Mountain, so I decided to do this combo.

I guess that this is somewhat of a Memorial Hike for @gpsjoe. It was just over 10 years ago that he disappeared doing this hike. I was not living in Arizona at the time, so I never got to meet him...but he seems to have been well-liked by many HAZers, so I am sorry that I never had the pleasure to meet him.

I did the same route that several others have done: take the Mazzy Divide Trail to the northside of Peeley; go off-trail to Peeley; then go off-trail mostly following a ridgeline up to Sheep Mountain, passing Frustum #31 along the way. On the way back, near the frustum, we bypassed going back up Peeley and hit the Divide Trail and took it back to the TH. However, I did a crappy job of getting back to the Divide Trail, and we bushwhacked much more than we should have.

There wasn't as much vegetation to deal with as I thought there would be, but there was a good bit more rock scrambling than I envisioned...plus it seems like we went up and over about 10 false summits!

It was a fun hike, but it all of the rock scrambling was a bit strenuous. The views were great on both Peeley and Sheep!
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