Looking for anyone interested in doing a car swap to set up a full crossing of the Mazatzal Mountains between the Barnhardt #43 trailhead on the east and Horseshoe Dam on the west. Stats are approximately 28 miles and 5000' (west-to-east) / 3000' (east-to-west) AEG. I'm planning to do this as a day hike but with pre-staged shuttle vehicles, anyone going in the opposite direction could do it as a backpack as well. The plan would be to meet in Phoenix somewhere the day before, swap cars and an extra set of keys, then drive to the respective trailheads the next morning and leave the car. I can hike either direction.
A large group of HAZ hardcores did this route on 3-4-15, although they started/ended on the east side of the Verde River; their triplogs are a good source of what to expect. With all the rain this year Horseshoe Lake may be spilling over the dam (currently 80% full and rising fast), so I'm expecting to need to walk the few extra miles and cross the Verde on foot via the dam pedestrian crossing.
The proposed date is just a suggestion, I'm available most of March and April, and anytime during that period should be good for water and hiking conditions this year.
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on Feb 21 2019 1:22 pm, edited 2 times in total.