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Mazatzal Peak LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2013
muskybankr
Hiking15.00 Miles 3,200 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   7 Hrs   43 Mns   2.23 mph
3,200 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked counterclockwise on absolutely gorgeous spring day in the Mazatzals. A very large coyote at top speed crossed the road on the way in. This compared with our low speed descent down the rock strewn Y BAR, with a pause, it seemed, on top of every spinning 4 inch polygonish piece of sandstone. The trails were a bit damp but all the falls were flowing and some snow remained on the unexposed slopes above 6000 feet. Hawaiian Mist falls very pretty today with a triple cascade and the entire Barnhardt side just alive with the echoing rush of water leaping down the mountain. A great day for this hike, but I think any day on the Barnhardt is a great day. In fact, I nominate Barnhardt as the most scenic, easy to hike trail in AZ. Despite warnings to the contrary, we wore shorts and tshirts and the AZ Trail catclawed us to pieces, or maybe those were some other vicious breed of thorn. The west wall of Mazatzal Peak, with snow in all the scree chutes, is an awesome sight, as is the "top of the world" feeling zipping along the AZ Trail. From there on, however, it was all downhill, no pun intended. The top of YBAR was very pleasant but once the trail became old stream beds and rock falls, it turned to sllding ankle-twisting torture, and the parking lot, which suddenly popped into view, was a wonderful thing to see. Met three backpackers at the top of Barnhardt, and one day tripper along the AZ Trail.
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Saw something in the middle of YBAR, with red tubular flowers, looked a bit like Dudleya but more of a ground creeper.
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