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Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.20 Miles 4,025 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   11 Hrs   14 Mns   2.00 mph
4,025 ft AEG   4 Hrs   38 Mns Break
 
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Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I decided yesterday to make our second ascent to Mazzy Peak.

We did a clockwise loop starting at the Barnhardt Trailhead, and followed the Y Bar Trail for 4.35 miles, at which point we made a bushwhack up to Mazzy Peak. On the descent, we down the drainage on the north side of the Peak down to the Barnhardt Trail, and took the Barnhardt Trail back to the trailhead.

The first time that I did this hike we went from the Y Bar Trail to the Peak by following the route posted by mrbeermug. This time we went the "standard" route that most people seem to be doing to go from the Y Bar Trail to the Peak.

The trip to the Peak started out good, as we could easily get around the manzanita that we encountered. We went to the right side of the first rock outcropping, and easily went up and over it on the right side of the rock formation. From that point the trip was more difficult -- I did a lot route finding and there was a lot of manzanita and other vegetation that we had to go through. Perhaps I didn't take the best route, but no other way seemed any better than what we did.

We made it to the Peak, and the views there are awesome as always.

The trip down the drainage was a long, slow slog -- it seemed much worse than the last time I went down it. One problem is that I am dealing with plantar fasciitis in my left foot, and the drainage was not very kind to my foot.

I had thought about going both ascending and descending the peak via the north drainage, but the next time I do this hike I think that I will go up/down the south side from/to the Y Bar Trail.

There was water in several places in the drainage, including some small waterfalls....so that part was nice.

On the way back to the trailhead, we stopped off at the waterfall just off the Barnhardt Trail, and there was a trickle of water coming down the falls.

When driving in to the trailhead, the road was really muddy in some places -- it looked like there must have been rain there the day before. My truck was sliding a couple of times on the drive, and I imagine that a passenger car might not have made it. The road had dried some over the day, so the trip out wasn't bad. Once the road dries, I imagine that there will be some ruts it on, so the road may need to be graded.

We dd not see anyone else on the trail, which always makes a hike enjoyable!

I signed the summit register, and noticed that JimH signed it back in August.

I didn't see any fall leaf color to speak of, so it is a bit early for that in this area.

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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
There is almost no fall foliage at this time.
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