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Barnhardt Trail #43
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Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.57 Miles 2,139 AEG
Hiking10.57 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   1.87 mph
2,139 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break25 LBS Pack
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Linda, Nora, Marilyn, and I did an out-and-back hike on the Barnhardt Trail. We hiked out about five miles prior to returning.

Along the way, we attempted to hike some of the Sandy Saddle Trail. My plan was to hike Sandy Saddle to Casterson Seep and then hike down the drainage to the first waterfall of Barnhardt Canyon. We made it perhaps a little over a quarter of a mile along Sandy Saddle, however. We hiked down to a drainage with a number of cairns indicating the way across. There seemed to be a good path for perhaps 20 or 30 yard and then it became less distinct. A short while later, we lost the trail entirely - that's where we turned back. I had a GPS track; we could have gone on, but none of us were all that excited about doing an out and back through which we would have had to push through manzanita.

Though the lower parts of the Barnhardt Trail are more scenic, I found the fire damage of the parts beyond mile 4 to be interesting as well. We saw lots of downed trees, some with many circular holes, almost like someone had drilled a bunch of holes of uniform diameter into them. I was more surprised by the apparent uniformity of the holes than I was by their mere presence.

On the way down, we saw a small toad. It hopped over the edge of a boulder near the edge, but managed to hang on by one or two claws. Amazingly enough, it managed to pull itself back up over the edge of the rock. It's a far better climber than I am.

The trail wasn't especially busy, though we did see several other groups of hikers.

There were puddles near each of the two falls. Big Kahuna had a small trickle coming down.
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