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Mount Peeley Summit - 41 members in 133 triplogs have rated this an average 3.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 28 2020
LJW
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 Phoenix, AZ
Peeley - Sheep - Catherine, AZ 
Peeley - Sheep - Catherine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2020
LJW
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
 
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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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Nov 19 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Mount Peeley and Sheep Mountain 6996, AZ 
Mount Peeley and Sheep Mountain 6996, AZ
 
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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
 
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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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Apr 24 2020
LJW
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Deer Creek - Peeley - Gold Ridge, AZ 
Deer Creek - Peeley - Gold Ridge, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2020
LJW
Hiking24.07 Miles 4,809 AEG
Hiking24.07 Miles   9 Hrs   34 Mns   3.08 mph
4,809 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
 
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Really a Gold Ridge - Peeley - Deer Creek route but I wanted continuity with a hike I did in January when I wasn't able to get it all done counterclockwise. There are a few advantages to taking the loop clockwise. I think there's about 400ft less elevation gained. Maybe this is just a personal preference, but Gold Ridge is prettiest at sunrise as Deer Creek is in the light of day. DC is cooler than GR during the middle and later parts of the day, and obviously there's water all the way down. Gave it a second go, starting a quarter before 6am.

Gold Ridge is as usual in just about perfect shape. Good wildflower display on the lower and middle portions of trail. The deadfall has been cleared off the upper parts of the trail. Camp Grasshopper is clear for high clearance and good tires.

Saw the first people on the Divide Trail, a trio of backpackers. East slopes of Peeley the day started to feel warm. Cooled off under the pines on the north side and on the summit. Terrific visibility that turned hazier as increasing wind blew distant smoke around to the south. Plus the Phoenix haze that not even a state of emergency and stay at home orders can lift from the city.

Saw the second and last person on the day at the upper Deer Creek trailhead. Headed down the sharp grade and took a break at Gowan Camp. Good flow of water in Deer Creek and the wildflowers were constant. Water wasn't very cold and didn't help much cooling off. Trail has more deadfall than in January, and the grasses have grown in over the trail in parts. Route's easy to find, and there are regular cairns. Trail is noticeably warmer from the grave site to the trailhead.

Ended up around 90 degrees when I finished. The water and wildflower situation is at peak but probably on the way down, week or two to be worth much. There was a small brush fire at the Sycamore Creek turn off opposite the one to Four Peaks on the way back to Phoenix.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Heavy on Deer Creek, Gold Ridge, medium on the Peeley stretch.
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Apr 23 2020
kingsnake
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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2020
kingsnake
Hiking6.10 Miles 1,492 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   1.99 mph
1,492 ft AEG
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The last time I was in the Old Beeline Highway area was just over eight years ago, when I hiked Little Saddle Mountain Trail #244 ( [ photoset ] ). This time, instead of following the pavement south down the Old Beeline Highway, I turned north on dirt FR 201. Though narrow & twisty, FR 201 was in much better shape than FR 172 to Woodbury Trailhead last year. It took me 40 minutes to make the 10.3 mile drive. Part of the reason I chose to hike Mount Peeley, was so I could do one of the two or three off roading videos I do every year. 😁

Make sure you do your business before you leave home: The restrooms, at the reservation station on AZ-87 in Fort McDowell, are closed due to the coronavirus panic. And there is nothing at the Mount Peeley Trailhead other than bushes — which, judging by the toilet paper, has been recently used. 💩

It was 61° at the Peeley Trailhead, but felt warmer. The high at Mount Peeley was expected to be 81°, but it was 87° when I returned at 1:30 p.m. I was thought there would be shade at the trailhead, but no such luck. Looking at @PrestonSands original hike description photos, it's a shame what happened. 🔥

The first ½ mile, there were some very healthy patches of spreading fleabane, Gooding’s verbena and whatever that yellow flower is in my photoset. 🤔

I headed up through the switchbacks on Mazatzal Divide Trail #23, which climbs 600 ft. in the next unshaded mile. I kept my pace slow & steady. The only slightly rocky part of the first two miles was a couple of feet of step-up in this section. Otherwise the trail was in great shape.

Just past the Mazatzal Wilderness sign, there is a moderate-sized cairn, currently marked with an Arizona Trail sticker. Mazatzal Divide Trail #23, now colocated with the Arizona Trail, continues west. Instead, turn left, off trail.

I say “off trail”, but there is an obvious use trail dragged through the duff, and cairns every 50-200 ft. If you lose site of the use trail, or the next cairn, keep heading up the spur which you’ve been following up Mount Peeley’s northwest slope. (A spur is a terrain feature which is down in three directions, up in one.) There were a few easily avoided patches of manzanita, but no grab & stabs or dangerous traverses along the use trail. Other than being very steep, climbing 500 ft. in a ½ mile, the use trail was no problem at all.

There is little shade on the use trail, and none on Mount Peeley’s summit. 😅

I spent over an hour on Mount Peeley’s summit, exploring, enjoying the views, taking photos and reading the summit logs, which contained many familiar names.

It took me 40 minutes to hike off trail to the summit, but only 15 minutes to make it back down to Mazatzal Divide Trail #23. Overall, an hour all the way back to the Peeley Trailhead, jogging about a quarter of the way.

Drive Video: https://vimeo.com/469463798 (FR 201)
Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/469467973
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Some decent flowers along the lower portion of the trail.
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Apr 16 2020
Daytripper
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 Gold Canyon
Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Daytripper
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,612 AEG
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Another copy cat here inspired by recent helpful and appreciated trip logs indicating FR 201 was in good shape and it was, made it to the trailhead in my 2 wheel drive medium clearance vehicle with no problem. Met one ATV on the way down but was near a pull over spot, only 2 other vehicles at the trailhead , it was 49° on arrival and 64°when leaving. On exiting the vehicle applied some deep woods off perfume as the gnats were out in force. Started the march up the well groomed trail on this beautiful day . The cairn signaling the approach path to the summit came up quickly along the MDT, even included a sticker indicting the continuing AZT direction. Noted a few cairns on the way up some bear scat about halfway. From the remaining stumps envisioned some mighty large trees on the summit before presumably a fire must have flashed over them. Despite a good breeze the gnats would reappear when not moving so did have to reapply the bug repellent, to be able to stop and enjoy the views, not before getting rid of a couple by inhaling them. If anyone is looking for the benchmark and register there they are about 50 yards apart. While I was enjoying the views from the summit someone removed the cairns for the path down :-k , never did see them after starting back, admit that I can’t wear bifocal glasses going downhill. Mr. Magoo did find a game path with lots of pellets to follow ,some limbs that were more difficult to limbo under than for the deer , fortunately they didn’t jump down a cliff :D This terrain is steep and had to concentrate on keeping balance while moving along. After losing elevation for awhile decided the deer that use this path were lost and had no intention of returning to the MDT . Being able to view Mazatzal Peak just decided to push through vegetation toward it to arrive at the MDT about .4 miles from the cairn, only slightly damaged with a few stab wounds and now able to add some extra mileage to the trip. Soon after back on track met one young lady hiker and then a couple, only persons I saw today none of us interested in conversation. Nice hike ,wish the drive was a little shorter.
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Mostly Verbena and aster, thistles starting
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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,482 AEG
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Monkey see, monkey do. Still one of my favorite, "close to town" hikes. The road to the trailhead is in great shape. The trail was immaculate as usual. There was trickling water in the usual spot, as one makes the traverse to the north side of Peeley. We took a long break on the summit. Its nice to see our reservoirs to the west full of water. We ran into a couple of hikers on the way down and a crew of off-roaders armed with Bud Light and cigarettes making their way down the early portions of the trail.
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Apr 03 2020
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking5.03 Miles 1,471 AEG
Hiking5.03 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.43 mph
1,471 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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The kids and I have been trying to get out to some different kid-friendly hikes during their extended break from school, and Peeley has been on the list. Seeing @dixieflyer triplog this week inspired me to get this one done. We got started around 0930 and headed uphill. I let the kids set the pace, as usual, and it was slow but fairly steady. The spotted a horned lizard, and my daughter held it for a minute before we continued on our way. About 200' past the wilderness sign, we turned off towards the summit at a large cairn. The use trail and cairns up to the summit were reasonably easy to follow, and where they faded out occasionally, it was easy enough to keep heading up the correct direction. Breezy at the top, and skies were a little hazy, but the views were good. We had a snack and rested for a few minutes before heading back down. Ended up following a game trail part of the way back down to the main trail; while it may have been a little steeper, it was easy to follow and brush free. My son slipped in one place and scraped his knee, but some gauze and tape took care of that. The only people we saw all day were at the junction with the main trail. We said hello and headed down while they headed up to the summit. Quick, but warm, hike back down to the trailhead, finishing up around 1330. One other vehicle at the trailhead in the morning, but three when we finished. Road is in pretty decent shape, at least medium clearance for a few rocky spots, but overall mostly clear; I used 4wd for the heck of it, but it wasn't necessary. The kids really enjoyed this hike, and I have a feeling they will want to return.
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DixieFlyer
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Two Peaks and a Swingset, AZ 
Two Peaks and a Swingset, AZ
 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking12.80 Miles 3,819 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles
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I was wanting to do a social distancing hike, and since I never saw another carbon based life form all day, this hike fit the bill!

I wound up bagging 2 peaks in the Mazzies -- Pine Butte and Mount Peeley -- and also checked out the Mazzie Swingset.

I got the idea for this hike from a triplog that @hikerdw posted the other day, and I was originally going to replicate his hike, which went to the Mazzie Swingset and then went around the circumference of Pine Butte. Then I was looking at triplogs and noticed that @LJW did a hike that went to the Swingset and the summit of Pine Butte, so I decided to do that, although I did a much shorter version of his hike. Since the Pine Butte-Swingset hike that I did was relatively short, I was also able to hike up to Mount Peeley, which has been on my radar screen for a while.

I drove north on Highway 87, and then turned left on FR627 at the signed turnoff for Mount Ord(FR 626 goes right up to Mount Ord). From FR 627, which is a paved road, I turned right on FR201 and drove to the junction with FR 191, where I parked.

After parking, I did a 2.6 mile RT out-and-back hike up to Pine Butte. The hike starts out on something of a trail that is very, very rocky and steep. After that you go off trail over about 3 false summits before climbing up to Pine Butte. The off trail isn't bad -- there is a fair amount of manzanita, chapparel, wolfberry, and other assorted pleasantries to deal with, but for the most part the vegetation isn't too thick so you can walk around most of it. Getting around the vegetation on the final ascent up to the Pine Butte summit is a little more challenging, but it isn't too bad. There are some nice views at the top, so it turned out to be a decent hike. I returned the way that I came, and then when I got back to the staring spot, I took FR 191 over toward the swingset. I had to take another old, old forest road off of FR191 to get to the swingset, which was near an old mining area. I looked at some of the old mining remnants, took a snack break at the swingset, and then returned to my truck the way that I came.

I then got back in my truck and took FR201 until it ends at the Mount Peeley TH. Then I hiked up to Mount Peeley. It was a really nice trail, although somehow I continued on the trail for a bit past the turn up to the Mount Peeley summit. After discovering my mistake, I backtracked a ways and then made my way up to the summit. There wasn't much of a trail going to the summit, but it wasn't too bad. The views at the summit were worth the climb, and I hung out there for a while. I found the benchmark disk, but I could not locate any reference marks.

This was a good hike -- I have been wanting to do Mount Peeley for a while, and was able to add a couple of other destinations to make a good day out of it.

FR201 is in good shape, but it is a narrow road, and I am glad that I did not meet anyone while driving on the road.

Distance and elevation gain for the 2 hikes that I did are:
Pine Butte-Swingset: 7.0 miles and 2,208' of AEG
Mount Peeley: 5.8 miles and 1,611' of AEG

The stats above are the sum of these two
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Wildflowers were few and far between. There were a few goodings verbena and some buckthorn (desert/mohave ceonothus) blooming, but there wasn't much wildflower action on this hike. Fortunately there were some nice views to make up for it!
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Dec 20 2019
LJW
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2019
LJW
Hiking24.06 Miles 5,235 AEG
Hiking24.06 Miles   7 Hrs   32 Mns   3.42 mph
5,235 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to get one last big hike in this year but was a little pressed for time, so instead of trying to come up Deer Creek I took the veritable highway Gold Ridge Trail out and back on a trip up Mount Peeley. I had hiked and driven every stretch of this route independently before, but it still impressed.

Got to the trailhead at dawn, and two bow hunters were just about to start their day. Went up to Gold Ridge hoping they weren't headed that way, but they were. Bummer for those guys. Didn't see any deer anyway, so maybe not.

Started the climb up Gold Ridge and the trail was recently worked. Brush is trimmed and the surface is the least slippery I can remember it. After the main ascent on Gold Ridge at about 3.5 miles the A1 Mazatzal views reveal themselves and don't let up for the rest of the trip to the summit.

There is a fallen tree blocking the upper trailhead at the end of 3348 where the best campsites are. Not sure it'd take much to move it.

201 is a beautiful necessary evil: not a huge fan of hiking roads, but the views into the heart of the Mazatzals render this moot. Plus with the dense pines there remains some of the pre-Willow beauty. Only people I saw all day were four gentlemen driving to the Peeley TH and then on to the Sunflower Mine. Chatted for a bit, took their picture, and headed up.

Took the Mazatzal Divide Trail around to the north side of the peak to avoid shorter but steeper and brushier alternatives. Hazy views toward the city, and the sun washed out the views to the south, but just about perfect weather on top.

Headed back down the way I came and hurried back to the city. Few trees down on the upper end of Gold Ridge and on the Maz. Divide Trail, but otherwise the trip was obstacle free.
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Mar 30 2019
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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Yoder
Hiking5.30 Miles 1,482 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   2.27 mph
1,482 ft AEG      23 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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We decided to to a short one today, Want to take the telescope out for an imaging session :)

Arrived at trailhead at 6:45 and started up the path. smooth going, passed a tent on the way up. Views of the south and west are great. After leaving the Arizona trail there are cairns about up the 1st third of the mountain, then they fade out for the next 1/3 then they appear again for the final 1/3 of the mountain.

Views on top were great, a little snow on the side of the trail in one area, I expect that should be gone in the next couple of days. On our way down we met the guy who was camping out. He was doing the Arizona Trail and had just passed the 1/2 way mark. that's about 400 miles of the 800 mile trail. What a trooper!

A nice hike, but the road up and back makes me nervous. The 4Runner can easily handle the road, but there are steep fall-offs, and this is pretty much a one lane road for about the 2nd half of it with very few pull-offs. Lucky us, we didn't meet any on-coming traffic either way.
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very few flowers on this hike
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Jan 21 2019
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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking4.81 Miles 1,199 AEG
Hiking4.81 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   1.80 mph
1,199 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
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Even if you reach the TH and it's freezing temps with gusts of 30mph+, the drive in is worth it alone! Luckily, being familiar with Arizona's bi-polar weather, we had planned/packed accordingly and layered up for a nice huff to the top.
Very heavy, dark, ominous clouds taunted us, making us question our decision to go up. Well, for once forecasters were right and the rain heavy masses rolled east and the sky opened up blue and sunny as we neared the "off trail" portion.
We didn't quite go to the tippy top since 2 of the 40-50 mph gusts at the saddle/overlook blew me down to all fours. We chose safety and called it about 200 ft from summit. With frozen fingers we cheersed a toast to an excellent hike that gives and gives and gives. The views don't quit on this one. Even with the devastation of a long ago forest fire, the views from Bartlett to Roosevelt, the Rim to Foutain Hills just awed us.
Trail is easy to follow. If you're unsteady, trekking poles are good for a couple of narrow cliff side passes, especially with snow/ice present. The off trail section is well cairned. Allow time for lunch up top. You won't regret it.
On our way out, on the road, we passed hunters who told us they spotted a mom lion with her baby! Definitely smacks of cat country up there and piggie evidence was everywhere.
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Nov 18 2018
CanyonWanderer
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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
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CanyonWanderer
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,482 AEG
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Really nice walk on the Arizona Trail and off trail to the summit of Mt Peeley. The road was easily navigable in a Tacoma, probably could get just about any vehicle out there that you wanted to. Some narrow and very twisty sections of road.

The trails are well maintained; the off-trail section is easy to find your way. There are a lot of cairns but also simple just to aim for the high point.

We arrived at the trailhead at 11am and had a tailgate picnic, then took a leisurely walk for a few hours. Left the TH around 4pm without having seen another person, and only one vehicle on the road in.

Great spot.
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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Nightstalker
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,542 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   36 Mns   2.54 mph
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Second trip to Peeley. First was back in 2015. Today I was joined by harem members Gallydoll and Jan. Pleasant 63 degrees at the beginning of the hike, we would return to the jeep at 83 degrees. Temps were great throughout the hike, a little warm on the way back down, but cool breezes kept us comfortable. Had an eagle circling above us on our way up. Path to the summit was well cairned and pretty easy to follow. Met up with Phil from Apache Junction at the top. Mostly uneventful trek back down to the parking lot.

Just after returning to the jeep, an older fellow pops up off Deer Creek trail wearing a big back pack and carrying another. He asked if that road (201) lead back to the highway. He went on to say that he had come up from route 188 and had spent the night on the trail. I asked if he was traveling with someone since he was carrying an extra back pack. He said he was and that she was lagging behind. He then dropped the packs and headed back down the trail. A national forest service archeologist exited the Deer Creek trail next and added that the older couple were out of water and that he was going to give them a lift back to their car.

We left for lunch in Fountain Hills. We all commented how lucky that couple was that there were people up at the Peeley trailhead today!
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AZT Mazatzal Divide Trail Work Event, AZ 
AZT Mazatzal Divide Trail Work Event, AZ
 
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I am pleased as pumpkin pie to report that, with the tireless effort of a hearty band of Arizona Trail volunteers, the section between Peeley and Barnhardt junctions has been cleared of 64 deadfall trees.

But who's counting?

Thanks to the reports of @desertadapted and others whose HAZ identities are unknown to me, other points with deadfall obstructions have been noted between Barnhardt and Red Hills junctions and will, weather permitting, be addressed as soon as time, conditions, and able-and-willing bodies allow. While this particular event focused primarily on deadfall removal, stewards noted areas requiring routine (and not so routine) maintenance. As we all remain infinitely patient during the region's fire recovery process, maintenance needs will be many while available hands will be comparatively few. In short: we're paying attention and working hard at keeping this route clear, safe, and enjoyable for all. If you would like to join in the effort, PM me or visit aztrail.org/volunteer to learn more. And, as always, I appreciate the reports of those of you with boots or hooves on the ground in this passage. Keep 'em coming.

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Spring is full and deliciously cool

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Three to six inches of clear, standing water in pool just above trail. Dry above that point.
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Feb 11 2018
friendofThundergod
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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2018
friendofThundergod
Hiking5.15 Miles 1,508 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   2.51 mph
1,508 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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I have always liked this hike because of its proximity to town, nice views and high point of 7k.

The road to the trailhead was in some of the best shape I have seen, probably the byproduct of a very dry winter. I thought about hiking some more after hitting the peak, but I was a little under the weather and the dogs had already got their exercise, so I headed back to the trailhead. A little snow lingering in the shade and some new deadfall to contend with in the first couple of miles. It was very windy and a little chilly at times.
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Feb 10 2018
emilystardust
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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emilystardust
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,482 AEG
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Warm and sunny in the morning. Cold and windy at the top. Beautiful day with just a couple other folks on the trail. Lots of cairns on the way to the summit.
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Jan 04 2018
The_N
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 Payson, AZ
Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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The_N
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,482 AEG
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DallinW
Quiet night and a.m. in the Mazzies. Got a low level fly-by from 2 jets just below the summit. Saw 2 coatis. No other wildlife or people. Warm and sunny.
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Dec 30 2017
CannondaleKid
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 Mesa, AZ
Mazzie Swingset Shuttle, AZ 
Mazzie Swingset Shuttle, AZ
 
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CannondaleKid
Scenic Drive21.50 Miles 3,190 AEG
Scenic Drive21.50 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   11.22 mph
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Another scenic drive for me while providing Tracey with shuttle-driver service again.

Originally the plan was to drop Tracey off at Vineyard/AZT #20 TH and pick her up at Mills TH. But today her daughter wanted to tag along and asked Can we do a hike to the swing-set?.

Ok, let's see... Tracey & I had done two out-and-back hikes to the swing-set, once from each direction on old FR 191. A round-trip from the west was deemed a bit too short on miles and from the east a tad bit too long, so... since the original plan was for a shuttle-hike, I said I'd drop them off on FR 201 (part-way to Peeley TH) and pick them up near AZ 87 on the other end of FR 191. Sounds good!

And since I'd have 3+ hours to burn while waiting for them to complete the hike, I figured I might as well film the drive up Forest Road 201 all the way to Mount Peeley TH. However, due to the dust thrown up by a bunch of Jeeps headed to FR 25, I didn't begin filming until just past the cattle guard at the FR25/201 intersection. I paused filming while dropping the hikers off at FR 191 then continued filming the rest of the way to Peeley TH.

After turning around at the Peeley TH I drove back out to 87 and north to the windmill about 2.5 miles south of the AZ 87/188 Junction, where I turned to cross the median to reach FR 191. I was about to drive across but something was in the way. I got out and upon closer inspection I realized it was an insulated blanket which appeared to be like-new. Hmmm... surprisingly after coming off a vehicle and landing in the dusty median it would taking nothing more than a wash to make it good-as-new.

Just a drive of a mile or so out FR 191 and I picked out a nice spot to catch up on my reading while waiting for Tracey & her daughter to arrive. I waited about 90 minutes longer than expected, which I figured was extra time spent acting like kids on the swing-set.

Of course no hiking for me but it was a good day for a scenic drive.
(The scenic drive for tomorrow will be the AZT #20-to-Mills shuttle along with an exploration along FR 647 as it loops around the Three Bar Wildlife Enclosure)

The GoPro video is 29 minutes long so feel free to skip ahead:
Forest Road 201 to Mount Peeley TH
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Oct 29 2017
Tough_Boots
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Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Tough_Boots
Hiking7.90 Miles 1,871 AEG
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We weren't exactly sure what we were going to do today but wanted to hit Peeley as a start. Neither had hit that summit before. We had clear skies and great views. We came back down and spent a little more time on the Divide. I've never been on that section. I'd love to backpack out to Bear Saddle from that end now.
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Sep 23 2017
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Gold Ridge - Mount Peeley, AZ 
Gold Ridge - Mount Peeley, AZ
 
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The_N
Hiking23.88 Miles 6,289 AEG
Hiking23.88 Miles   7 Hrs   51 Mns   3.10 mph
6,289 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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I knew it would be a great day to summit Peeley, that was the goal. I also knew it would be a great day to get some decent milage in the Mazzies. I started from Deer Creek TH and took Gold Ridge up. Always a great workout with 1800ft gained in the first 3 miles. Great tread, well-maintained and awesome views along Gold Ridge. Then it was FR3348 to FR201 to Peeley TH at mile 9. I passed 3 runners trotting down 201, that was it for human sightings. Continued up Peeley to the summit for a quick breather and views. Wind wasn't bad, just enough to get cool and dry. Started back down and was cruising. The gradual uphill once back on FR201 was enjoyable, and broke up the downhill sections. Made a side trip down to Pigeon Spring to grab a liter. There's a well-worn game trail that leads right to it. Finished off the downhill strong and arrived at the TH having achieved my goal of finishing in 8 hours or less. There were 4 cars at Deer Creek TH and 2 at Peeley TH (1 Haz ride) but I didn't see any other hikers all day. I enjoyed this day. Great weather at all elevations. Finally some cooler temps in the Mazzies.
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Mount Peeley Pigeon Spring
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Oak near Peeley summit have started to yellow.

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Spring box was full. Water was a lot better than it looked on the surface.
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