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Barnhardt Trail to AZT 23, AZ
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Barnhardt Trail to AZT 23, AZ 
Barnhardt Trail to AZT 23, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 28 2020
Backpack16.00 Miles 2,660 AEG
Backpack16.00 Miles
2,660 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Took an extra day off from work and found a victim to accompany me up the Barnhardt Trail to AZT 23. Didn't want to go alone, you know, lions, tigers and bears, oh my! :scared: It was Kelly's first backpacking trip ever, and she was a little worried she had bit off more than she could chew with her 28 lb backpack. Leaving the TH around 9:45 a.m., Mark hiked up the Barnhardt with us for a couple of hours, then left us before reaching the falls. We met one group of day hikers, but no one else for the rest of the day. Water was running everywhere along the trail, icicles were hanging from rocks, and we saw at least 2 frozen waterfalls. It was supposed to reach 80 in Mesa that day, so we figured we could have warm temps as well. :pray: We reached the junction of Barnhardt and AZT 23 about 1:00 p.m., had a quick lunch, and returned text messages since we had cell phone service. The AZT was pretty rocky and wet, we were able to filter water prior to reaching Chilson Springs. Chilson Camp was beckoning us, so we left the trail and headed down to set up camp there. After setting up, we continued on the AZT for about 40 minutes, then turned around as we wanted to be back at camp by 5:00 in order to get water boiling for our dehydrated meals. The weather was getting chilly and windy, we added layers of clothes, ate our dinner and hung our food bags (bear bait I guess?). We couldn't stop shivering, so crawled into our tents at 6:30. We knew it would be a long, cold night. We found a thermometer in the tent Kelly had borrowed, so left it out on the table to see how cold it would get. We both woke up around 4:00 with cold feet, suffered until 7:00 in our tents, then braved the cold and got moving. Our thermometer read 20 degrees :scared: Once we started packing up, we warmed up. Headed out to meet Kelly's husband who was driving to Barnhardt TH to pick us up. We reached the TH at 1:00 on Saturday. It was very busy with hikers and backpackers heading up the Barnhardt trail. So we hiked 12 miles to cover 2 miles of the AZT. It was worth every step, Kelly did amazing and I'm sure we will venture out again on another trip soon. :yr:
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