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Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2017
DallinW
Hiking12.11 Miles 4,090 AEG
Hiking12.11 Miles
4,090 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Arrived at the TH to cool temps, ALMOST chilly. Cruised up Y-bar to the saddle before dipping off trail.

We all suffered through the sea of Manzanita as we worked our way up the ridge to the peak. A lot of fun scrambles, and even some climbs if you choose, along this section. As Linda says in her triplog, it's as easy or as hard as you want to make it. There were always other options.

The views on top are great! The sky was pretty clear so we could see plenty of landmarks. The Rim, San Francisco Peaks, Sedona, Four Peaks, Superstition Ridgeline, Ord, Sierra Ancha, ect... You can see a lot of places from this peak!

On the descent down the north drainage, our enemy switched from Manzanita to thorny shrubs and Oak. After an initial patch of brush, the rest of the drainage is mostly a boulder hop. The bypass for the falls is steep but there are plenty of things to grab on to. The old dead wood, and dead leaves hiding holes in the wash keep you on your toes.

We reached Barnhardt where it intersects the drainage we had been following and cruise back to the TH. Barnhardt is in amazing condition at the moment: wide, no downed trees, tread reworked in places.

Glad to have finally tagged this one, I've been eyeing it for over a year. Great weather, great company! I will definitely be a repeat offender.
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