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North Fork Falls of Deadman Canyon, AZ

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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 18 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,721 feet
Elevation Gain 1,916 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,169 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 8.5+ hours
Kokopelli Seeds 33.85
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes
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12  2021-04-03
Visiting the Twins - Sandy and Deadman
15  2021-04-03
Visiting the Twins - Sandy and Deadman
17  2020-03-21 jacobemerick
8  2020-03-11 azlaurie
7  2020-03-01
Barnhardt and Deadman
12  2020-01-15 LJW
9  2020-01-09 LJW
11  2019-09-02 te_wa
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Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,862
Routes 16,286
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 24 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Oct → Early
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:14am - 7:40pm
Official Route
11 Alternative

by HAZ_Hikebot

te-wa found this little gem (view his notes) and if I understand correctly this is how it goes... The hike starts off at Barnhardt TH. Follow to the Mazatzal Divide, turn right and follow to 34.100043, -111.493571. A rough draft on TOPO! depicts this segment as 7.4mi with 1,200 gain and more AEG.

Turn left down into an unnamed tributary of the North Fork of Deadman Creek Canyon. Head down 0.55mi to the North Fork of Deadman Creek(-440ft) and turn right and head up the canyon 0.5mi. If only it was that easy. You reach a tiered set of falls stacked about 30ft then 65ft just about a 150ft before reaching the 250ft falls of choice.

Canyon Exit Route: by joe bartels
You may view the falls from below using this side canyon. It is very steep. There is a fair amount of vegetation to hurdle. That being said, most avid outdoorsmen that make it this far shouldn't have any trouble. You can not see the full waterfall from the bottom.

Rappelling Falls: by azflyguy
3A/C V with 7 rappels Sandy Saddle falls max 240' or 8 rappels max 190' North Fork falls if completing upper, middle and lower canyon. Several bailout options if necessary and a gnarly exit after the lower falls.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To Barnhardt Trailhead
    From the corner of SR87 & SR260 in Payson go south on SR87 for 14.5 miles to the signed turnoff for Barnhardt trailhead (forest road 419). Follow FR419 5 miles to its end. The parking area is fairly large. Barnhardt trailhead is located at the west end of the parking area. From Phoenix take SR87 north out of Mesa to Payson. The turnoff to the trailhead is 4mi north of the 188 intersection. (think rest stop)

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 83.4 mi - about 1 hour 45 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 182 mi - about 3 hours 4 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 126 mi - about 2 hours 31 mins
    page created by joebartels on Mar 30 2009 9:26 pm
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