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Peeley - Sheep - Catherine, AZ
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Peeley - Sheep - Catherine, AZ 
Peeley - Sheep - Catherine, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2020
Hiking15.16 Miles 4,017 AEG
Hiking15.16 Miles   8 Hrs   39 Mns   2.47 mph
4,017 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break
1st trip
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Had this one planned for a while waiting for cooler weather and a ride to Peeley TH. A couple friends and I got started around 9am hoping to get it all done in a day even with a late-ish start.

Started with Peeley and were at the summit in about an hour. Was worried how long it'd take to get to and from Sheep Mountain, so we didn't hang around and soon set off down the ridgeline.

Worried about sunlight, and with Mount Catherine the main goal of the trip, my friends set off toward the MDT and headed North where they waited for me to summit Sheep Mountain and catch up. We were back hiking together within two hours. Overall found the route down the ridgeline to be well worn and very manageable. Prefer the views from the summit to those from Peeley.

We headed up the brushy slopes of Mount Catherine from the south. I'd like to try again from the north side. Less steep, trail climbs higher, and there's more pine cover. Overall it wasn't bad, and there were good openings through then bushes. Very nice summit and maybe my favorite on the day. Over 300ft higher than Peeley and has a better view of the nearby peaks.

Down to the MDT and back to Cornucopia. Nice stretch with plenty of pines. Sunset as we got back to the trailhead, didn't see anyone on the day.
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