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North Fork Falls of Deadman CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2020
LJW
Hiking23.37 Miles 4,820 AEG
Hiking23.37 Miles   8 Hrs   37 Mns   2.97 mph
4,820 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Went back to Deadman/Sandy Falls to get the last of the good flow there and on Rock Creek/Barnhardt. I had never been on Half Moon or Rock Creek, so I took the loop counterclockwise eager to get to those first.

Car was making an awful sound underneath on the drive in, so I left it a mile and a half down the road by Barnhardt Mesa. Started on Half Moon and there was a hunter sitting and glassing the hills above Barnhardt Canyon. He said there was a hunter ahead down Half Moon, and I asked if I might spoil his morning by heading that way. "If you do, you do," he shrugged. I carried on expecting Half Moon to be a overrun with cat claw, but it's been cleared as wide as any trail in the area. Tread was ruined by cows near the Rock Creek junction, but otherwise it's in great shape.

Rock Creek trail was in great shape as well, except for a few parts where snow has bent the brush and trees over the trail. Not sure I'd take the loop ccw again on account of how steep Rock Creek is, but it's well worth the effort. Clear skies and expansive views toward the rim and great views up the canyon into the mountains. Waterfall had a good flow. Trail levels out after that and falls into limited disrepair. I was wrong in my last triplog about the Rock Creek trail on the west side of its highpoint toward the Maz. Divide. A trail does exist, mostly as a thin seam between the manzanita that is harder to find the closer to the Divide Trail it goes.

Falls are winding down from the late December snow but still had a good flow. Won't be long until they dry up. Big Kahuna Falls was running stronger than last week. Barnhardt has less snow but is still slippery and icy in parts. Mazatzal Divide trail is muddy with the warming weather. Only hikers I saw all day were a gentleman and his dogs near Chilson and a couple on Barnhardt where it levels out.
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Deadman Canyon Falls - North Fork

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