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Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2020
LJW
Hiking12.86 Miles 4,080 AEG
Hiking12.86 Miles   9 Hrs   4 Mns   2.12 mph
4,080 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break
 
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Friend had never been to the summit of Mazatzal Peak, so after admiring it from the Mazatzal Divide trail two weeks ago we headed back for a pretty conventional loop: up from the north via Barnhardt and then south down to Y Bar which we took back to the trailhead.

The snow has melted off the Barnhardt Trail. The flow of water in Barnhardt Canyon and all of the drainages that feed it are flowing the strongest they have probably since the snow in late December. Both falls along the trail had as much water as I've seen in them. Lots of waterfalls besides those running down the creeks.

The N drainage had been dry the past two weeks but when we went had a strong flow of snow run off. It made the route a lot trickier but much more interesting. Had to do a lot more scrambling to avoid getting wet, and this was more difficult because we had a small, 35lb dog with us. We took turns raising her up the small climbs to one another which took a lot of time, but there was consistently a route around the water that we could all work our way up. The waterfalls that are usually dry were running fast and strong, and it was really cool to see. Endless cascades and waterfalls running down the drainage made up for the increased difficulty and slower pace, and the added scrambling was more fun than a traditional, dry climb up.

Water slowed a little once we were through the steepest parts, but there was still a lot flowing in the creek. Started seeing a lot more snow and ended up soaking wet. Bushwhacking up and down the creek was more involved in order to avoid the water. Took a lot of energy to push through the snow working up slope to the peak.

Made it to the top in almost 5 hours and hung around for about 2. Visibility was solid, could see all the way to the White Mountains. Hundreds of ladybugs clumped around the peak. Two pairs of fighter jets passed by us and headed down Deer Creek while we were on top.

Route down to Y Bar was rough a bushwhack through the Manzanita but was over quickly. We were happy to be back on a trail by the time we made it to Y Bar, but the tread is torturous. Didn't see any one all day and no cars at the trailhead at the start or finish.
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