Ascent of Sheep Mountain on 1995-11-26

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, November 26, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sheep Mountain
    Elevation:1977 ft / 602 m

Ascent Trip Report

Probably named because the desert bighorn sheep has been sighted on the mountain. There is another Sheep Mountain to the northeast near Growler Peak. The source of the name Davis for the benchmark could not be found.

This peak is in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and a permit is required for entry. Information on permits is at my site:

To reach the mountains from the plaza in Ajo take highway 85 south for 2.6 miles and turn right on Darby Wells Road. Proceed SW for 1.8 miles and turn left onto Bates Well Road. Reset your odometer here and note the following junctions: stay right at 3.2 miles, right again at 6.5 miles, and left at 7.4 miles. Then at 10.7 miles cross a cattle guard at the Organ Pipe Cactus Monument boundary. At 14.7 miles pass the turn on your left into the Bates Well parking area. Go straight ahead at the Puerto Blanco road junction at 21.0 miles and cross the Cabeza Prieta Refuge boundary at 23.9 miles. The road turns to the right at a junction with a management road at 29.2 miles and then goes through Cholla Pass at 30.1 miles. Continue 1.8 miles beyond the pass (32.0 miles overall) and park in a large flat area on the left where there is a faint old road heading SW. UTM here is 292190E, 3556425N (NAD27). Sheep Mountain is visible to the southwest about a mile away and the high point is the northernmost of the small peaks on the top. Hike the old road for about 1/2 mile SW then turn more to the right toward a ridge coming down from the north summit. Ascend this ridge to the top. The hiking time is 1 hour and the distance is 1.2 miles with a gain of 960 ft. 11/95 RLC
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