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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 34.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,276 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 - 5 Days
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Sheep Creek Cabin
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28  2015-03-14
Trans Mazzy - East to West
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Club Cabin from Davenport West
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Club Cabin from Davenport West
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by Lizard

I debated with myself whether or not to write up this hike, as most of the hikes on this website are dayhikes. However, information on the lesser-traveled trails in the Mazatzals can be hard to find, so I thought this might be useful to someone. I also wanted to share the photos.

A word of warning: Once you get west of the Mazatzal Divide, all of the trails in the Mazatzal Wilderness are faint and hard to follow. In some places they are nonexistent. This is a typical Mazatzal trail. Do not attempt this hike unless you have map and compass skills, and experience following poorly defined trails. Be prepared to cairn-hunt.

The beginning of this hike follows the Barnhardt and Mazatzal Divide Trails to Chilson Camp. Read the Barnhardt Trail description for details on this. Chilson Camp is a great place to camp. Each night the setting sun lights up Mazatzal Peak. Look around the southwest corner of Chilson Camp to find the Davenport Wash trail junction. The trail swings south around the a 6240' peak, growing more and more faint as it rounds the mountain. On the west side of the mountain, the trail switchbacks down into the South Fork Deadman Creek canyon. The topo map (USFS Mazatzal Wilderness) is deceptive here. It shows a fairly straightforward drop into the canyon, but the actual trail heads south along the canyon's rim quite aways before dropping into the canyon. I dropped into the canyon too soon and ended up having to scramble down a 20 ft. rock wall. This would have been very dangerous for someone without rock climbing skills, so please be careful and try to stick to the trail itself. South Fork Deadman Creek canyon is very scenic and would be interesting to explore upstream.

The trail now climbs steeply up the other side of the canyon towards a pass, through the pass and along a dry stream course. It then passes through a thick forest of scrub oak, the last shade until Club Cabin. The trail exits the thick chaparral and comes out to an area with 180-degree views down to the Verde River. The area here has been (and is) heavily grazed by cattle. Cowpies are numerous and trail tread in places is nonexistent. After dropping to cross a small stream, which was trickling when I passed through in March 2002, the trail traverses around some small ridges. You will come to a small, wooded draw and see the tin roof of Club Cabin. Make your way over to the cabin and put your feet up. There are two rotting cabins and several corrals. The rear cabin is still in good shape and there are some supplies maintained by ranchers. Please be courteous and close all gates. A trail sign will direct you 1/8 of a mile up the draw to Club Spring, which had a good flow and is reliable year-round according to Mazel's "Southern Arizona Trails."

Back on the main trail, you will drop down to cross Davenport Wash. On the far side of the wash you'll come to the junction with the Deadman Trail. Take the Deadman trail, which climbs very steeply up to an unnamed pass east of Table Mountain, with spectacular views and plenty of cowpies. The view to the north shows you the next ridge you'll be crossing. The trail drops steeply here down to Deadman Creek. There are nice campsites here if you don't mind cowpies. According to Mazel, this is one of the largest creeks in the Mazatzals and usually flows well into midsummer. It had a very good flow when I was there. I actually had to ford it. The trail as it crosses Deadman Creek is a bit confusing. It drops away from the mountain to meet a fence along the creek. There is a large gate where the trail meets the creek, which would make you think the trail crossing is right there. In reality, the trail turns to the left (west) and parallels the fenceline for 200 yards to another gate, where the trail crossing is. The crossing of the creek is well-cairned, so if you cross in a place with no cairns, you're in the wrong place.

On the north side of the creek, the trail makes a long, shade less, and steep ascent up a scenic ridge to a saddle. There are great views atop this saddle. Once on top the trail swings east to ascend even further up the ridge. It levels off and cuts through an open pinyon pine and juniper forest to a signed junction with the Willow Spring Trail. Turn right (east) on this trail, which quickly passes a signed junction with the Dutchman Grave trail, then reaches a signed junction with a spur trail to Mountain Spring. Mountain Spring offers water year-round (according to Mazel), very welcome shade trees, and excellent camping.

The trail from Mountain Spring climbs briefly, then begins descending to Lost Spring. There are stupendous views of the Mazatzal Divide here, which will only get better and better as the trail goes on. I was unable to find Lost Spring, however. The trail crosses a narrow, very scenic ridge. It offers views to the west of Granite Basin and the Mazatzal Divide. The trail here is also very very brushy. You will lose the trail a dozen times in the brush from here to the Park. Make sure to wear long pants. The trail ascends along Midnight Mesa to a signed junction with the Midnight Trail, where you stay to the right (east) on the Willow Springs Trail. The trail climbs over a small hill in a strange juniper forest and crosses a sandy wash, then climbs steeply up an unnamed 6320 ft. mountain. The trail designers here obviously do not believe in switchbacks, as the trail goes straight up and over the mountain. Great views are found all along this climb. On the other side, the trail finally moderates, and it is a fairly easy walk through alternating forests of juniper and ponderosa pine all the way to the "Park". The Park is a gorgeous area of towering ponderosa pines, with great campsites. You can sometimes find water here in nearby Pete's Pond.

In the Park you'll reach a signed junction with the Mazatzal Divide Trail. Turn south on this trail, and follow it through ponderosa pines, pinyon pines and junipers as it climbs over a series of three ridges. After crossing the third rocky ridge, you'll drop down to a junction with the Rock Creek trail. This trail climbs past the campsites at Hopi Spring (bone dry), and steeply up to a pass. Once on the pass, the trail begins a long descent back down to the Barnhardt Trailhead. It switchbacks back and forth, occasionally passing scenic ridges of rock. You will soon drop into a canyon, where I found a good flow of water. Just before climbing back up out of the canyon you will pass a large pool with waterfall. This pool was big enough to swim in, and it would likely make a good day hike destination from the Barnhardt TH. I believe it is about 7 miles from the pool to the trailhead.

The trail continues its torturous descent. After several miles of shade less switchbacks through manzanita and scrub oak, you will eventually drop into a shady canyon to meet the Wilderness boundary sign. The trail turns east here and follows the canyon for a half-mile or so. This trail was home to more cows than I've ever seen in any one place before. I passed at least a dozen cattle altogether. There is water, and shady campsites, in this canyon, but with the numerous cows neither are very attractive. Near the end of the canyon the Rock Creek trail turns into the Half-Moon trail, and there is a sign denoting this fact. There is also a road cutting through this point, which can make finding the Half-Moon trail rather confusing. Be sure to look for the cairn.

The trail climbs onto a small ridge, then drops down the other side to cross a huge wash. For your hiking pleasure this wash features a walk straight through a gigantic field of catclaw. Beyond the wash, the trail continues to snake around the small ridges and foothills of the Mazatzals. After passing through a gate, the trails drops to cross the wash of Barnhardt Canyon and climbs up the other side to the trailhead.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2002-03-20 Lizard
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Club Cabin
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    I was finally able to get to the Club this weekend. I had been wanting to visit the old cabin's ruins for a long time, so it was nice to finally get there this weekend. Last year I came up a little short due to an ill advised looping attempt with Sears Trail and I cancelled another trip due to weather.

    I started from the dam where there is a ton of water being released right now. Davenport Wash Trail went pretty fast at first and then dragged a bit, as it got more primitive. There was no water along the entire trail until Rock Spring just over 13 miles in. However, after that there is running water. The acacia is a bit of a nuisance the final mile or so to the cabin and I had to break several prickly pair along the way to get Blanco and his big pack through, but we got to the Club rather unscathed, just tired and a little cooked from the beating sun. The cabin site is pretty on par for most dilapidated cabin sites, nothing overly spectacular, but a pleasant area to camp none the less. Club Spring's flow was robust and after the usual camp chores and some dinner, I was in bed pretty early.

    The overnight conditions were closer to balmy rather than cold and I enjoyed the big moon. Similarly, it was not overly chilly in the morning and rather pleasant. I broke camp to some light rain, but it was sporadic and ended after a few short intervals of sprinkles. The hike out went quicker and was much cooler than the day before my spirits were raised along the way by a petroglyph find. Davenport Trail is not in horrible shape, but its lack of shade and somewhat rugged tread at times will wear on you. It took just under 8 hours to get to Club Cabin on the way in and just over seven hours to hike out.

    Great overnight conditions for backpacking, but it did get a little warm on the way in. I am not sure if the current state of Davenport Trail makes this an enjoyable hike for everyone, but I appreciated its rugged demeanor and enjoyed the out and back overnighter.
    Club Cabin
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    Trans Mazzy - East to West
    This one's been in the thought / planning stage for more than a year.
    Once the logistics of
    :next: covering aprox 24 miles,
    :next: on a day that Horseshoe Dam was closed (ie Verde cross-able w/ vehicle),
    :next: decent weather,
    :next: with a group of 6 to 10 hikers,
    :next: in an area few have ventured recently,
    :next: on a trail that is non-existent in places
    was determined, it all fell into place.

    We were thwarted 2 weeks ago by weather and our group dropped from 10 to 6. This was a key swap, since I figured it would take about 8 hours to set up and rip down a shuttle. JJ, Joe, Karl started on the Davenport Wash Trail, from the west at the Wilderness border, Ken, Fan and myself from the East at the Barnhart TH.

    Temps were mostly nice on the day. Starting at 55, hitting mid 80's and ending, for us, at 72. Scattered clouds and a breeze help immensely during the day.

    Hawaiian Mist and the Big Kahuna Falls were flowing decently on the way up the Barnhart Trail.

    Passing the campsite just west of the intersection with the Mazatzal Divide Trail, some idiot backpackers neglected to put out their campfire and left cans from their meal in the fire. We covered it the best we could with rocks to keep it contained, not knowing when we'd get to our next water source for replenishment.

    On our way through Chilson Camp we stopped and chatted with the guys camping there. A few were forest service workers out enjoying the weekend.

    The views West of Chilson Camp, were pretty big. Table Mountain was the prominent peak, with numerous canyons around the South Fork of Deadmans Creek and Davenport Creek, supplying interesting views.

    Now the fun begins. To this point we were on established trails. The Davenport Wash Trail from Chilson Camp to Club Cabin, has some issues. With a GPS track (Highly Recommended), you can navigate your way.

    Climbing out of the South Fork of Deadmans Creek, we met the easterly traveling speedsters. We chatted for a brief moment, but I could tell that JJ's motor was running. Cue smoke, speedsters gone into a cloud dust.

    From East to West, the worst section for us was betwen miles 11.5 - 13.25 (5000' to 4400'). Where we hiked, was in spots, through extremely thick brush.

    At Club Cabin we topped off our water and had some lunch. Only 12 miles to go and it was 4:45pm.

    At dusk we saw 2 rattlers about 5 minutes apart from each other and then spied a fox. We had a bit of trail finding issues in the dark, but made it back to Ken's Jeep, thankfully parked at the Wilderness boundary. A long, fun, challenging day.

    Thanks to Richard for being a sounding board on a few issues, and
    a Big Thanks to Ken :app: and Karl :app: for driving, and JJ for the Pizza. ](*,)

    Video :next: https://youtu.be/_U ... uu74

    ** Of Note ** HAZTracks ran for 14+ Hours (Android - Galaxy S5) before the cell phone died 1/2 mile before we finished.
    Cell was also on for the two hour trip to the TH. (16+ hours total)

    I think that one is out of my system now....
    .....do I dare start planning the next long distance Mazzy adventure that's been bugging me the last couple of years to do? It too will probably need to be a key swap. ;)
    Club Cabin
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    Trans Mazatzal West to East
    Big thanks to Bruce for getting this organized. Building on jj's triplog...

    We had a little over 5.5 miles of rarely traveled country to knock out on the eastern Davenport Wash Trail #89. While this segment demands your attention it was not the ferocious beast feared. Water was available in many areas. No camera but 5932 was my favorite view of the day. South Fork of Deadmans Creek was the yeah baby this rocks area. Eclipsed by 6248, Mazzy Peak stood like a king.

    jj hooked us up at Redendo's Pizzeria. The pizza hit the spot! Salad was average at best. Perplexing service. In all fairness it was hands down the best run business by a 12 year old.

    Wildflowers
    Blue dicks dominated west of the divide. Brittlebush was impressive too. A few scattered varieties throughout, most west of the divide.
    Club Cabin
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    Club Cabin from Davenport West
    Joe, Karl and I went to the Club cabin. The fording point was bone dry! We made the cabin and went a little further down the Davenport trail.

    I got home at a decent time for once!

    I did learn that raw Cacao nibs make a great gift idea for Joe!

    Great hike and great company for my 500th triplog!
    Club Cabin
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    Club Cabin from Davenport West
    Club Cabin has been on my must do list since Lizard posted it up 12 years ago. It's remote location makes it a tough day hike under normal circumstances. Ken mentioned we could cut off some mileage sneaking over the currently dry Verde River.

    Riding in I found out Ken had three trips under his belt and Karl had a couple too. The Verde was bone dry just south of Horseshoe. Everything was looking on the up and up that today would be the day I'd finally enter da'club!

    Miles melted away quick under great conversation and fabulous weather. Well until I mentioned a common technology interest. That turned out to be the dagger pinning a shut-up sticky note on my back. You would have thought something exciting was being conversed like restaurants, databases, scripting or hiking. No such luck. The network geniuses were playing geek phrase ping pong. TWO HOURS later my presence was re-acknowledged.

    Davenport is good trail heading east to the Sheep junction. Wear pants, shorts would be a tad painful. After that the trail condition drops a grade to the old cabin site. Nothing bad, just pay attention.

    My expectations for the burned down ranch site were bottom of the barrel. Pillow fluffy golden grass fields had me at hello. The towering mountain backdrop wowed me with gnarly geology bands hugging in the old Club Ranch. Club Spring rounds out the full package deal.

    Ken wanted to checkout more of Davenport since time permitted. SW provided some unknown trail that deteriorated quickly. North was the ticket according to gps and map but there wasn't much evidence to back up those theories. We latched on to a trail for a few paces into Red Rock Spring ravine. One shallow pool and another stellar towering backdrop. No signs of a trail leaving the ravine but we found cairns a few minutes up. On the near ridge above thoughts of turning this into a shuttle died out. Just no cell signal to query a ride.

    This one turned out better than anticipated. I'm getting a feel for the area. My interest is growing on the now understood options. Table Mountain ( CLUB 5408 ) needs some love. Deadman, Willow, Dutchman, LF, Fig, Midnight... Mtn Spring, I know where you're at buddy
    Western Mazzie madness is on!
    Club Cabin
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    I parked at the Horseshow dam and it was super windy. The dam is getting pretty full. Water was coming over the spillway. I got a little wet walking under the spill way. It looked like they were releasing at full capacity.
    Hiking to the Davenport TH and the wilderness boundary was uneventful.

    There was recent activity on the trail. I saw recent foot prints and 2~3 spots where trail maintenance was done. I saw about 7 to 8 horseshoes on the trail. I guess that's fitting for this area! The trail seemed to be more washed out from the last time I was on it and the ground was softer.

    I didn't have any route finding issues this time because I took my time at the sketchy parts. By the time I got to the Club Cabin it was pretty warm out. I enjoyed lunch in the tree shade. I noticed that the Club Cabin spring was dry. The Davenport wash by the cabin/corral had some water running through it.

    I headed back and made it to the wilderness boundary / forest road by nightfall.
    Club Cabin
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    The plan was to see how close we could get to the Club Cabin. The day started out by me oversleeping by 50 minutes! Something I never do! :zzz:

    We got to the Barnhard TH a little before 8. The parking lot was full of Search & Rescue crews. One of the crew members told me that they received a help message from a PLB on Friday. A helicopter flew to the location, but it is in a narrow canyon and couldn't get close. They did see a tent in the canyon. The crews came in Saturday to hike into the canyon and find out what was going on.

    We started hiking at 8. We made it to the Chilson camp by 11:30. The Davenport trail is a rugged, route finding special! Even though I had my track from last year, we spent a lot of time finding the trail. The lack of use and the tall grass obscures the trail. We started the decent into the South fork of Deadman creek and Fan was tired so she took an extended break as I went to cross the creek.

    I accidently followed a spur trail to a lookout above the creek. Then I found a scree drainage that dropped into a tributary of the Deadman creek. The drainage wasn't that steep or long, so I slid down on my butt. At the bottom I noticed that my Gatorade bottle was missing. I had to climb half way back up the scree to get my Gatorade back!

    I explored a little down the almost dry creek before heading up the other side. The trail was very well defined on the other side. I climbed about half way up the other side before losing the trail. I searched around and found some game trails that lead nowhere. I could see fan on the other side of the creek. The radios came in handy!

    I decided to head back. I was tired of route finding for the day. Ever if I did find the trail, I would not have much time before I needed to turn around. You don't want to be out in this area in the dark. The route finding is hard enough in the day.

    I headed back to where Fan was and took lunch. The trail is very easy to follow up hill (it's obscured going downhill). We headed back to the Maz Divide. We had some extra time, so I went to north and Fan started back.

    As I hit the Sandy Saddle, I saw some backpackers. Low and behold one of the backpackers was Richard (Mazatzal)! :) He was starting a multiday backpack along the Mazatzal divide trail. I hope the guys didn't get too much rain or snow!

    I headed back out. Fan beat me to the Jeep by five minutes.

    I've finally accepted the fact that the Davenport / Club Cabin (from the Barnhard TH) is not a day hike. You need to backpack it. It's just too rugged and hard to follow to make it out to the Club Cabin and back in a day.
    Club Cabin
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    If at first you don't succeed, try from the other side.
    About two weeks ago I tried to get to the Club Cabin from the Barnhard TH and was not able to make it due to rough terrain and a lack of time.

    With the unseasonably cools temps, I decided to try again from the Horseshoe dam.
    It was almost cold when I started at 7:30am. After three miles I made it to the Sears TH. Then another 3 miles until I hit the Davenport TH/wilderness boundary.
    The first 6 miles were on jeep roads. Now the fun begins. The trail gives away to a single-track trail.
    After a while the grass covers the trail and route finding becomes more important. The trail gets faint in spots and occasionally disappears. After a bit, the Davenport wash will be to your lower right and the trail will follow the contour. It seems like at every wash and saddle the trail changes directions and you're spending a couple moments looking for it. At the ~13.5 mile mark, you reach the intersection with the Sheep Creek trail. Now your less than two miles from the Club Cabin.
    Now you climb a saddle and drop down into a creek bed with a fence line. The trail goes into a cat's claw field and disappears. I found a path that lead to a gate in the fence.
    I didn't see any cairns or trail. My map showed that the trail followed the fence line, so I did. I figured out that the trail was on the other side of the fence, so I hopped over it. Then I ran into the Deadman's trail intersection. The sign for the Deadman's trail was on the ground and so weather faded, that it couldn't be read anymore.
    The cabin is really close now. Just follow the fence line, cross the creek and go by a correl. I could see the base of the mountains coming into view and there was a very green canyon with big trees coming up. This is where the Club Cabin / Club springs are.

    I made it the cabin at 1:10, which was 10 minutes past my turn around point. I spent a lot of time route finding to get to this point.
    There a shack that's intact, but the cabin is burnt down. The cabin has burnt down. There's still a cement foundation, foot high stone wall, stove, bed springs and a make shift hammock. See my pictures. I headed up to the spring which was a nice shady spot with lots of flowing water. This would be a perfect camping spot.
    The views are just wonderful. I could see why the cabin was built here.

    Getting to this spot is hard and challenging hike. This pushed my limits on energy expended on a hike. You need to have route finding skills, know how to read a map and your GPS.
    I have two different GPSs with the Davenport trail loaded on them and I still had issues staying on the trail (both directions!). Both of the GPSs were only about 80% accurate with regards to Davenport trail.
    The dam is at 2,000 feet and the cabin is at 4,000, but there a lot of rolling climbs in between. You gain 100 feet, lose 80; repeat numerous time. There are a lot of sections where
    The trail is baseball rocks, solid rock, loose dirt, grassland and good old solid trail. It has a little of everything. With that being said, this is still one great hike.
    The cabin is literally in the middle of the Mazatzal's (and in the middle of no man's land)
    I got back to the Jeep by 7:40pm.

    Animal sights:
    -bald eagle by the dam
    -deer about 10 miles in
    -heard, but not seen a rattler in the bushes on the way back
    Club Cabin
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    My goal for this hike was to see the burned down club cabin off of the Davenport trail. The plan was to hike Barnhardt to the Mazatzal divide, to the Davenport, then cabin and return the same way. I made it to the Chilson camp in good time. I found the Fisher trail first, then the Davenport. The Davenport is a route finder special. The grass covers the trail and it makes it tough to follow.

    The first two miles was OK. I used my Spidy sense to stay on the trail. Then the trail drops down into the South Fork of the Deadman creek. The trail drops 800 feet in .6 of a mile. The trail is very hard to follow is this area. My Spidy sense didn't cut it for this section. I had to use both of my GPS's to stay on this so-called trail. I accidently found a cairned spur trail to a scenic overlook of the creek ](*,) . I almost gave up until I saw the real trail about 100 feet above to the west. I bushwhacked up and over. I managed to follow the trail down to the creek. I took a small break and studied my maps and the terrain. I was at 4,200 feet and had to climb over a nasty ridgeline that topped out at 5,000 in about a half mile. The terrain looks nasty with the trail disappear into tall grass. It was 12:30 and my turn around time was 1:30. I knew it would take me at least an hour to get over this ridgeline and I had another creek / ridge to cross BEFORE hitting the cabin. I may do crazy hikes, but I do know my limits. I was not going to be hiking on the Davenport trail in the dark. I turned around. I'll have to hit the cabin from the gently western side of the Davenport trail next fall/winter.

    I headed up the nasty 800 foot climb and returned to the Chilson camp. I then decided to go check out the Fisher trail. The Fisher trail started out like an old jeep road, very wide and rocky. The Fisher trail drop about a 1,000 feet and has some nice shade. There's a little bit of overgrowth and catsclaw. I got really close to the Mazatzal divide trail and then the trail disappeared into a big drainage with a sea of fallen trees. Both my GPS's confirmed that the trail went across the drainage, through the deadfall. I also noticed that if I hiked up for ~500 feet, I was only about a third of a mile from a camp site on the Mazatzal divide trail. I picked my poison and headed towards the camp site. The climb was steep, but at least it was free of fallen trees and I avoided the catsclaw. The Mazatzal Divide trail felt like a two lane freeway once I hit it.

    I then did the Mazatzal peak loop counter-clockwise. I meet a big group of teenagers setting up camp at the Y-Bar / Mazatzal intersection. I also came across a couple of backpackers with their dogs near the Y-Bar saddle. The Y-Bar trail was free of fallen trail back in 11/2009, but now there's a bunch of new fallen trees. The trail seems like it's grown since then as well :sl: . I got back to my Jeep right at night fall.
    Club Cabin
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    Day 1: Barnhardt to Chilson. About 1/4 mile past Sandy Saddle junction we hit 2 feet of snow and we were postholing (mid thigh) for the next mile and a bit to the Divide - that took us almost 2 hours!

    Day 2:Chilson to Davenport Wash (just past Club Cabin). We had some trouble getting across South Fork Deadman Creek due to really high flow (dangerously high with big packs) but we managed it.

    Day 3: Hiked out to Davenport TH and then 7 more FR miles to the Dam.

    Another great Mazzie trip :D

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    Directions
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    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
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