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Mazatzal Peak LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2016
The_N
Hiking15.69 Miles 3,696 AEG
Hiking15.69 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   3.14 mph
3,696 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
Seemed like a good day to get some action in the Mazzies, so I got up early and went for it.

Barnhardt: I could tell immediately there would be some flow at the falls. Water in the bottom of the canyon was raging and the trail itself still had run off flowing. There wasn't a patch of dry trail all day. Lots of mushrooms present. Stopped at both falls and climbed up to take a photo. All drainages had water present. There are a few somewhat overgrown spots, not too bad.

Mazatzal Divide: About 85% of the trail is in good shape. Just a few drainages that were overgrown. One in particular requires that you crawl through tall grass and sage to get under the locust. Fun for me, but I could see how someone wearing a bigger pack might find it annoying. Love the views! Even those drainages full of dead oak had water flowing. Made good time along the Divide before reaching Y-Bar.

Y-Bar: There was water running below Windsor Spring, couldn't find the source though. This was the slowest going part of the hike. New deadfall, some overgrowth and all the rocks keep one at a modest pace despite going downhill. Encountered a black rattler catching some rays just beyond Y-Bar Spring. There is one patch of trail that has officially been reclaimed by locust. Just going off memory I was able to navigate this mess fairly easily. It was getting warm quickly when I reached the TH. Didn't see anyone else on the trails all day.

Awesome weather, scenic views and waterfalls. Most fun I've had on a hike in a long time!
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