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Peak 7571 - Mazatzal Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 12.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,770 feet
Elevation Gain 3,800 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,315 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 8 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 33.68
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Peak
Backpack Possible & Connecting
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36  2022-04-15 DixieFlyer
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Mazatzal Peak Summit
21  2021-12-07
7559 - 7571 - 6768 Loop
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Routes 651
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Trips 710 map ( 8,271 miles )
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Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Payson Region
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:21am - 6:09pm
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Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 Willow 2004117.2 mi*
🔥 2004 Willow Fire120k
🔥 2004 Willow117.2 mi*
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A road less travelled
by DixieFlyer

  Likely In-Season!
Peak 7571 is an unnamed peak in the Mazatzal Mountains; its elevation of 7,571 feet is marked on topographic maps, and it has prominence of 1,531 feet. Peak 7571 is right on the Yavapai County-Gila County line, and is 3.5 miles north of Mazatzal Peak.

The first 5 miles of the hike is on the Rock Creek Trail #42. As of the date that this guide is written, the Rock Creek Trail is somewhat overgrown and could use some maintenance. It wasn't terrible, but most hikers would want long pants and a long sleeve shirt.

The trail is fairly steep, gaining about 3,000 feet in elevation in the first 4 miles. After 3.3 miles you'll come to a seasonal waterfall with a couple of pools of water; this is a good place to stop and take a break. After that point, the trail gets more overgrown and the tread gets rockier. After about 5 miles, you'll go off-trail for about one mile to the summit of Peak 7571. There is very little bushwhacking in this off-trail portion of the hike, and it is less brushy than the last 1.5 miles of the Rock Creek Trail. There are some manzanita and other bushes along the way, but it is easy to find lanes around the brush. Once leaving the trail, you'll head east toward Peak 7559; instead of climbing up to Peak 7559, you can save a little distance and elevation gain by skirting south of the peak. Then you'll go southeast to the summit of Peak 7571.

There are no trees and very little vegetation at the summit, and you have great 360-degree views. Enjoy the views and then return the way that you came.

This is a tough hike over some rough and rocky terrain that is typical of the area. There is great scenery throughout the hike, along with some interesting geology. If you like solitude, you'll likely find it on this hike.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2022-04-15 DixieFlyer
    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.

    Permit $$

    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    The hike begins and ends at the Rock Creek Trailhead.

    From Phoenix:
    Take AZ Highway 87 north to Rye (10 miles south of Payson, where 87 becomes a divided highway). Turn left (west) onto Forest Road 414 (Cypress Thicket Road). 414 immediately turns right (north) and parallels the highway. There should be a road marker in the first mile. Follow 414 about 4.75 miles until you reach Forest Road 442. 442 takes off to the left (south) between 2 crossings of Rye Creek. Take road 442 about 3 miles to an intersection with a faint old road on your left (this is one-tenth mile past the 3rd creek crossing on road 442). This is the new trailhead. There is a parking spot here, that could hold 2 vehicles. There is more parking at the third creek crossing.

    These are the trailhead GPS coordinates: 34.12454, -111.43507
    Google maps should get you there from Phoenix.
    page created by DixieFlyer on Apr 15 2022 6:36 pm

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