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11 by photographer avatarLJW
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Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2019
LJW
Hiking20.07 Miles 4,662 AEG
Hiking20.07 Miles   9 Hrs   12 Mns   2.69 mph
4,662 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
 
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Second time to the summit of Mazatzal Peak. Kind of a weird route this time because I wanted to hike around the peak on sections of Y Bar and the Mazatzal Divide Trail that I hadn't done yet. Went up Barnhardt and the north drainage, down the south face to Y Bar, then back around to Barnhardt on Mazatzal Divide.

Road in to the trailhead was a little rocky but good. Temperature was 35 degrees when I started. The trees in the lower sections of Barnhardt Canyon are just starting to change color. Once higher, the trees on the north side of Suicide Ridge are all pretty yellow. The north drainage had a good mix of colors: light green, yellow, orange, and red. It was much less overgrown than I remember, once past the initial climb the miles came pretty easy.

Made it to the top and it must have been around freezing in the wind. Still a lot of ladybugs hiding out from the cold. Stayed for about an hour. Reading the register it would seem only ~15 parties of hikers have been up on the summit since I was there in November of last year.

The traverse down to Y Bar wasn't as bad as I remember either, though it's still a solid bushwhack that I enjoy more going down than up. Easier to take on the manzanita when gravity is on your side.

Was happy I added the Mazatzal Divide Trail as it affords great views of some of the most beautiful country in the state. Really enjoyed the views west and back toward the peak. Trail was in great shape. Two fighter jets passed below the peak to the south, would've been cool to be up there for that.

On Barnhardt out I passed the only people I saw all day: an ACE crew that was going to start work on the Davenport Wash Trail.
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Barnhardt still green in lower section. Above 6000ft in N drainage colors are good. Divide trail has pockets of good color.
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