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Mazatzal Peak LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2011
trekkin_gecko
Hiking15.16 Miles 4,147 AEG
Hiking15.16 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,147 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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john had the day off, so we were able to get an early start
hit the trail just after 6:30 as the sun was coming up
pretty nice watching the peaks light up
some of the trip logs suggested going up y-bar first due to loose rocks and downed trees, so we did the loop clockwise
juan jaime recommended wearing long pants and that was a much appreciated suggestion
enjoyed y-bar more than anticipated as the climb and footing weren't bad at all
route finding was never an issue
hit the divide trail at close to six miles in
great views, some fall color on slopes, decent trail with lots of ins and outs along the drainages
came to the barnhardt turnoff at approximately 9.3 miles and headed down
i had hiked barnhardt to the divide several years ago
didn't remember how much of the trail was above the canyon
once we reached the canyon part we again enjoyed great views of the terrain
steep walls, interesting rocks, something different around every turn
a little rocky going down, and the scenery would probably have been easier to see going up
good reason to go back when water is flowing
saw how immense the mazatzals are on a couple of new trails
didn't see anyone the whole day
weather was a little warm due to being protectively overdressed, but we had some shade and a good breeze on much of the trail
thanks for a great hike, john :y:
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