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Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2016
DevilChild
Hiking12.26 Miles 2,452 AEG
Hiking12.26 Miles   6 Hrs   57 Mns   2.06 mph
2,452 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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Many times I've passed the Barnhardt Trail sign on the way to Payson. After reading up on the trail here and with a nice break in the summer heat I decided to check it out. Arrived as early as possible to start the trail about 7am. Trail head was light and I was the only hiker present this early on a Monday morning. Large campsite for a trail maintenance party was present. Imposing clouds overhead quickly cleared within the next two hours.

Trail has kind of a lackluster start with rough and loose rocks covering the trail for about the first 1/4 mile. This quickly changed once I got a clear view into Barnhardt Canyon and the surrounding heights. Simply breathtaking views for the remainder of the hike. Clear views into the canyon, the surrounding geology, local flora and fauna are sure to impress. One letdown was the falls were dry but that allows a convenient excuse to return.

Trail maintenance crews were out in force but other than them and a forest service ranger with his mule train Barnhardt provided a wonderful sense of solitude.
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