username
X
password
register help
show related photosets
DESTINATION
Horse Camp Seep - Mazatzals
21 Photosets

2020-01-09  
2019-10-11  
2019-03-30  
2019-03-09  
2019-03-09  
2019-01-19  
2017-09-01  
2017-02-11  
2016-08-26  
2016-04-02  
2016-03-06  
2016-01-31  
2016-01-30  
2016-01-30  
2015-02-14  
2014-11-28  
2014-11-27  
2014-11-08  
2014-11-08  
2013-04-20  
1,  2  
mini location map2016-01-30
17 by photographer avatarchumley
photographer avatar
page 1   2
 
Horse Camp Seep - MazatzalsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 30 2016
chumley
Backpack23.21 Miles 4,983 AEG
Backpack23.21 Miles1 Day   6 Hrs   11 Mns   
4,983 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Partners partners
BiFrost
friendofThundergod
JoelHazelton
Absolutely killer weekend in the Mazzies.

Thanks to @knmurphy for the recent triplog that confirmed that the snow had sufficiently melted to get up there. With another foot or more forecast for Monday, we decided it was a good time to try and capture the falls running.

The upper part of Barnhardt was tedious due to snow and overgrowth. The divide was more exposed and only a few short stretches were snowy. Ran into Bruce and Dave, a low-level flyby from our armed forces, one strange clap of thunder, and an otherwise perfect weather weekend (until the last hour).

Lee was a couple hours behind us and Karl and I were on the west side of the canyon exploring when he arrived. It was neat to see him across the way. Joel was out and about looking for good photo opportunities (which he obviously succeeded at finding ... if you haven't seen his photos, click here).

After a pleasant evening where we learned how to build a fire that maximizes smoke and minimizes warmth, we were all happy it was not nearly as cold as a January night in the Mazzies might be! In the morning we all had different objectives, but Karl and I headed for the base of the real falls, which are much taller than the top falls and which you can only see from the west side of the canyon (or from the bottom!)

The descent is a steep Arizona minefield of pointy and prickly things and loose rocks. Ultimately though, it appears to be much better than the two routes than Joe, Eagle, JJ, LP, and Dave had previously done from the east side. The top was a little overgrown, but only with pleasant plants. No catclaw, mountain holly, or manzanita. :y:

It was great to see these falls running. It's about 500 feet from the rim to the bottom of the canyon, and it looks to be about 200 feet and 300 feet for the two sections of falls. Pretty impressive drops. It's amazing how much water is running right now for something that is dry most of the year. I'm glad we squeezed this one in in January! :y:

The hike out took a long time, the snowy section was especially difficult, and I was happy to have microspikes on the steep trail of packed snow below the falls with the odd Hawaiian name. It began to snow a bit, and then sleet in the last couple of miles, but we managed to get back to the car without the weather getting too inconvenient.

Horse Camp is a great spot. I need to get back there this spring.
Culture
Culture
Military Aircraft
_____________________
Profound observer
5 archives
HAZ Member
chumley's
885 Photosets

  2016-02-27
  2016-02-24
  2016-02-15
  2016-02-14
  2016-02-13
  2016-01-30
  2016-01-24
  2016-01-23
  2016-01-18
  2016-01-17
  2016-01-16
  2016-01-09
  2016-01-03
  2015-12-27
  2015-12-19
  2015-12-12
  2015-12-12
  2015-12-12
  2015-12-05
  2015-12-04
1 ... 19,  20,  21,  22,  23,  24,  25 ... 45  
help comment issue

end of page marker