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Barnhardt Trail #43
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Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2021
muskybankr
Hiking5.90 Miles 2,055 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   4 Hrs   11 Mns   1.71 mph
2,055 ft AEG      44 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Our hiking crew has been waiting for this day now for many years to find the Mazatzals full of melting snow and Big Kahuna shooting cascades of ice water ten feet or more out in space and then thundering down to the Barnhardt Trail in a spectacular display. Alas, it was not to be. Yes, there was snow which may melt one of these days, just not today. We arrived early as we are wont to do and when we got to Big Kahuna, the little ponds were frozen solid and nothing seemed to be running, let alone thundering. However, the gorgeous canyon walls were still there and still worth the trip so we took the trail up past Kahuna to the saddle at 5800 feet, ate half our miserable little oat n honey bar, took a few pictures and headed back. By this time the sun had had a chance to do its work and the falls were drizzling water, not thundering, not enough to even be evident in the trail below but you could hear the difference were you not as deaf as I am. Nonetheless, I bet by late afternoon, they might have been semi-thundering. We met Paul from Phoenix with his trusty husky, who thoroughly enjoyed the falls except, being from cold country, was not enamored with some open running water between the ice ponds. Met three other day trippers and a young couple with backpacks and tents planning on a weekend up on the great divide. Oh, to be young again, and enjoy sleeping under a tent in freezing weather and rolling down YBar with its billion rocks!

We thought that the road in from #87 was sufficiently rocky, maybe more than before.
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