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Horse Camp Seep - MazatzalsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 31 2016
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I joined Chumley, Joel and Karl for an overnight trip into the Mazatzals this weekend. It took me until 9 in the morning on Saturday to determine I wanted to go, so I got a pretty late start, but that was part of the plan if I was going to meet them up there anyways. I knew Chumley and Joel planned on chasing waterfalls, but I was just happy to get out for an over-nighter and stay at the nice campsite near Horse Camp Seep that I had passed so many times before.

Hike Arizona had the parking lot on lock down with three of four vehicle sporting HAZ stickers, as not only were Chumley and some of his followers in the area, but Bruce and Dave1 were also rumored to be in the area. Barnhardt Trail is saturated with water water right now as nearly every drainage and secondary wash nearly from the start of the trail to the divide is running right now. As one might expect, Barnhardt Canyon is rocking and rolling with picturesque falls and cascades in places I have never seen before. Then there were some pretty significant trudges through snow during the last few miles to the divide. I ran into Dave and Bruce about a mile or so from the divide, but our exchange was short, as I was starting to feel worried about hitting camp before dark. That snow slowed my pace down some and fatigued me a tad. But, I learned there were favorable trail conditions ahead from Bruce and Dave and this picked me up some.

The Divide Trail pretty much signaled an end to the worst of the snow and the hiking was pretty smooth going. A little muddy in spots and some overgrown sections as usual, however, the running water really had the surrounding country in rare form. I reached the boys during their falls photo shoot. Joel was standing on top of Deadman and I could hear Karl and Chumley scrambling around somewhere else. I took my obligatory photos and headed to camp about 45 minutes ahead of the sunset.

It was good times at the camp fire as usual. A little windy, but overall a perfect night for winter camping. Woke up around sunrise with Karl and Joel. Karl and I made coffee and enjoyed the fire, while Joel went off to shoot. I took my time getting ready and left camp for the trailhead sometime around 9:30.

Beautiful hiking on the way out with great view after great view. Did not start seeing people until the Big K. There was one group rappelling down the falls and another group passing. I should note that I observed two backpackers very far off trail and deep into the drainage paralleling Barnhardt after the divide. I know there are some abandoned trails down there and Sandy Saddle Trail, but they seemed to be pretty far from either of those areas. It seems unlikely anyone could walk off trail that far with out trying, so I hope they were just some hard core backpackers. Barnhardt was a little slick in spots coming down, but that did not deter a pretty big Sunday crowd along the trail. The trailhead was pretty full when I got back just after 2 p.m.

A very nice over-night hike. I am glad I was able to catch up with the guys. A great time to be in the Mazzys right now.
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