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Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.20 Miles 4,150 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   10 Hrs   17 Mns   1.81 mph
4,150 ft AEG   2 Hrs   59 Mns Break
 
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My intrepid hiking partner, Tracie, and I decided to make our first trip up to the Mazatzal Peak summit. We started at the Barnhardt TH and took the Y-Bar trail for 4.3 miles. The Y-Bar trail is easy to follow, but it is mostly covered with baseball sized rocks, so this trail is not the easiest on your feet. At that point we got off the trail and followed the route posted by mrbeermug on March 17, 2018. This route to the summit is a total bushwhack, as there is no semblance of a trail whatsoever, and the route is not intuitive at all. I wound up looking at my GPS almost constantly to see if I was on the recommended route -- we got up there, but it took about 3 hours to the 1.6 miles from the Y-Bar trail to the summit. If I do this hike again, I will take a different path up to the summit.

The views on top are awesome, and are some of the best that I have seen on any peak. We found the survey marker and the hiking register at the top. There were also lots of ladybugs up there.

The descent took a while also, and we followed the route back down to the Barnhardt Trail that was posted by lindaagm on October 27, 2017. We basically followed a couple of washes down the 2.6 miles from the summit to the Barnhardt Trail. It wasn't too bad of a descent, although there lots of deadfall and small trees that you had to negotiate your way around.

Once we made it the Barnhardt Trail, it was about 4.75 miles back to the TH.
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