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Deadman Falls, AZ
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Deadman Falls, AZ 
Deadman Falls, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2017
Hiking18.78 Miles 4,036 AEG
Hiking18.78 Miles   8 Hrs   55 Mns   2.30 mph
4,036 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
1st trip
The first thing I heard shortly after starting up Barnhardt was the sound of running water. The snow melt was far past prime, but I was still hopeful that I might see something when I got to Deadman Canyon. Something was about all I got but I was not disappointed. The views from the north fork of Deadman Canyon are awesome and worth the trip. The falls in full force would have been spectacular.

I didn't get started until after 8:30. The parking area was nearly full and Barnhardt was quite busy. I passed 10 people on the way up and a dozen or more people were enjoying the falls at Big Kahuna when I arrived. After leaving the falls, I took Barnhardt to the Divide trail, then started an off trail straight route up the hill NW of the divide trail.

Once on top, I meandered over to peak 6952 and then dropped down to Sandy Saddle before the final leg to Deadman Falls. Great views on top of the hill. I took a short break up there, taking in the views to the west, including Deadman Canyon.

On my descent to Sandy Saddle from the peak, a thicket of old and new growth Manzanita turned what was once a hike worthy of shorts and a tee into a slow bushwhack that might have left some pin striping had I not been wearing long pants and shirt sleeves. From Sandy Saddle, I took the Sandy Saddle trail the rest of the way to Deadman falls. It was slow going.

By the time I got to Deadman Falls, I was out of time to do anything other than grab a few pictures and eat a late lunch. That area is very cool. My very short time there left me wanting more. I'll have to come back, paying closer attention to the snow melt so I get the most out of the falls on this hike.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Some lupine at lower elevations. Not much else.

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Still rocking, and very popular today.

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Probably more than that.

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A few nice pools nearby.
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