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Trans Mazzy - East to West, AZ 
Trans Mazzy - East to West, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2015
Hiking23.85 Miles 4,188 AEG
Hiking23.85 Miles   14 Hrs   27 Mns   2.05 mph
4,188 ft AEG   2 Hrs   50 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
1st trip
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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: ... 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.... 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. ;)
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Big Kahuna Falls - Mazatzal Wilderness Medium flow Medium flow
Plenty to filter

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Chilson Spring Dripping Dripping
Water was across the Trail, but did not climb up to check the source.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Club Spring - Table Mountain Quad Quart per minute Quart per minute
Plenty to filter

Also Davenport Wash had plenty of water to both the North and West of here

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hawaiian Mist Light flow Light flow
Plenty to filter

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Red Rock Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Did not check out spring, but area downstream at Davenport Wash Trail was flowing and appears to be perennial.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max South Fork Deadman Creek Light flow Light flow
Where we crossed at the Davenport Wash Trail, there was plenty to filter.
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