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Mazatzal Peak LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 29 2014
Tough_Boots
Backpack19.00 Miles 3,690 AEG
Backpack19.00 Miles2 Days         
3,690 ft AEG
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I wanted to take Lily on her first backpack and invited Jay and 9L along. We trucked up the Y-bar for day one to camp out at Bear Saddle (one of my favorite spots). It was a little warmer than expected and with only a little bit of sleep the night before, I was a slug. Lily was a little slow, too, but she's a total wimp with heat-- I'm hoping she'll toughen up.

We all made it to Bear Saddle pretty early and lounged around before setting up camp. We had a nice fire and some beers in the evening.

The temps dropped a bit the second day and it was pretty windy. With the cool temperature, I was comfortable with taking Lily on the 12 mile return rather than the shorter option of coming back the way we came (I had chosen this loop because of the shorter return option). Jay hadn't hiked that area before so I'm glad he didn't have to miss new terrain. I was right and Lily picked up her pace for day two and made pretty good time the whole hike. She's much faster when someone is hiking in front of her-- it seems to keep her from getting distracted or confused by the route.

It turned out to be a great weekend-- a nice relaxed time in the Mazzies.
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