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Mazzy Overnight, AZ
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Mazzy Overnight, AZ 
Mazzy Overnight, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 09 2019
chumley
Backpack20.12 Miles 4,800 AEG
Backpack20.12 Miles2 Days         
4,800 ft AEG
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Having seen this winter progress, along with a few recent trip reports and photos we knew this would be a good time to head into the Mazzies. It did not disappoint!

I had the goal of getting to the middle "bowl" between the waterfalls, and knew it would take a while, so we headed out early and managed to get to camp around noon. Karl opted to join me on my adventure, and it turned out to be the highlight of the trip!

From the bottom of the canyon, we ascended the steep scree slope which was an absolute mess of primarily prickly pear, but also a ton of agave, and pincushion. Footing was poor, rocks were loose, and there was nothing safe to grab. Literally, grabbing an agave was often the best choice for supporting yourself! :o

As noted by @te_wa, near the top there are several small cliff bands that you need to climb through, none particularly difficult on its own, but again, each level was littered with cactus making a few moves fairly precarious. Once reaching a point that seemed to be about 25 feet below the rim, we dropped down again into the bowl between the falls. It's just a little slice of heaven in Arizona! :)

We explored the base of the two upper falls and the top of the lower fall, took a metric s-ton of photos and videos, and then made our way back the way we came. At the top, we chatted briefly with @the_n and a group of backpackers he was with before heading back to the others at Horse Camp. The day trip had taken as long as the 10 mile hike to camp in the morning. Plenty of blood was shed. These mountains are not forgiving.

Campfire, beer, dinner, and relaxation on a chilly night that dropped just below freezing led to a well-earned night sleep.

In the morning we headed up to Rock Creek, fighting the manzanita as expected, stopping at the falls on the way down. Lee hiked up to meet us and provided a welcome shuttle from RC back to Barnhart, saving us the agony of catclaw hell on Half Moon.

I was exhausted. Literally destroyed. Back home, it hurt just to sleep that night! A brutal two days in the Mazzies. And I wouldn't have it any other way! :D
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