The Sheep Range is located north of Las Vegas within the Desert National Wildlife Refuge (DNWR), the largest wilflife refuge in the lower 48. The refuge contains 6 major mountain ranges. It is home to desert bighorn sheep, mountain lions, diverse desert plants and much more. Joshua trees are common around 4000 feet. Above 6000 feet junipers and big sagebrush are common. Ponderosa pines and white fir dominate the landscape from 7000-9000 feet. Above 9000 feet bristlecone pines exist. The canyons within the Sheep Rage tend to be deep and rugged, many of them difficult to traverse with dry waterfalls.
Sheep Peak is infrequently climbed. The 1st recorded ascent was in 1975. From the summit the Spring Mountains lie to the west, Hayford Peak to the North, Gass Peak and parts of the Las Vegas valley to the south, and much more. Here is a satellite image of Pine Nut Camp in relation to Sheep Peak.
I.E. One could also drive to the end of Hidden Forest Road and hike up and stay the night in the Hidden Forest Cabin. One could hike Hayford Peak one day and Sheep Peak the next, staying over night camping in the Cabin. Hiking from the cabin to Sheep with this route would be about 8 miles round trip and 2500 feet elevation gain.
One other alnertative route would be to climb it from the east side from Pine Nut Camp. This route is about 6 miles round trip with 2900 feet elevation gain. Here's a story from 1971 Sheep Peak 1971. To get to Pine Nut Camp from Corn Creek Station Turn right onto Alamo Road for 0.3 miles. Then turn Left (East onto Morman Well Rd for 13.7 miles. Then bear Left (North) onto Pine Nut Road for 5.9 miles. From here estimate about 6 miles roundtrip and 2900 feet elevation gain.
Red Tape / CampingNone. There are no concessions (i.e., no gas, lodging, food, campgrounds) on the Wildlife Refuge. Camping is permitted anywhere within 100 feet of a designated road as long is it is not within 1/4 mile of a water source. Campfires are permitted using dead wood.
When to climbSheep Peak can be climbed year round.
Climbing during the snow season (November-May) may require lots more effort.