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Cactus Ridge, AZ
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9 by photographer avatarseanpeters
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Cactus Ridge, AZ 
Cactus Ridge, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2020
seanpeters
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,983 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   6 Hrs   18 Mns   1.43 mph
2,983 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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After a decade of hiking elsewhere I finally returned back to the Mazatzals. I was not disappointed and was quickly reminded of the rugged beauty of this range. On my first hike I wandered up Mazatzal Peak via the Y-Bar Trail and back down Suicide Ridge. On that hike, Y-Bar was a flowing stream from the trailhead to the saddle. From the saddle to the summit it was mostly snow covered. Between the snow, spines and slush the hike to the summit was fairly slow-going but enjoyable. The ridge back to the trailhead was easy to follow and seems inappropriately named Suicide Ridge. The most difficult part was the final downhill slip and slide since the ground was saturated and every rock rolled when stepped on.

On that trip I noticed the striking ridge south of Mazatzal Peak, named on the maps, Cactus Ridge. On April 8, I returned with my friend and we hiked Cactus Ridge. What a great and potentially disastrous hike if one is not prepared for some exposure and scrambling. Most of the scrambling can be avoided if desired. Approach the ridge as you would Mazatzal Peak but turn south at the saddle off Y-Bar. Some decent but bearable bushwhacking is immediately encountered but becomes easier as you gain the highpoint.

From this point onward, downward, upward expect some stunning views, loose rock, big cliffs, spires and fins of rock. I often wondered if there was technical rock climbing potential in the Mazatzals, after this hike I do believe that there is. We attempted to stay as true to the ridge proper as possible and were rewarded with delicate down climbs, neat caves and brush filled gullies. This hike is much more difficult than Suicide Ridge and more like the trek one deals with when crossing all the peaks and valleys of Four Peaks.

Near the bottom of the ridge a decision must be made whether to continue down a deep canyon that eventually empties into Deer Creek or break down the North side cliff bands. Choose wisely. At the right time of year hikers may be rewarded with even more adventure once they reach the valley floor. Either continue down into an abyss or find your back to the Barnhardt parking lot.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Big pines, burnt pines, birds, snakes, mammals, heavy brush
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