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Mazatzal Divide TH to Wet Bottom CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking13.70 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   2.06 mph
2,500 ft AEG
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Other than last month watching my kids complete a 2.5 mile hike, this one was the best of this year so far. The views were very much above average. We started up the North Peak Trail, which is actually in very good condition. Off of FR414 take FR414A to the TH. Make sure you start hiking exactly right at the "hiker" sign and not up the jeep road ~30 yds to the north. The trail is very steep in places but for the most part very easy to follow. Very nice views of North Peak with some snow and of Dennis Creek, including a waterfall that probably looks alot nicer during heavier runoff periods. About 2 miles in it gets a little tough to follow where it levels off somewhat, but none of this was too bad. The distance of this trail is actually about 4.6 miles, not 3.5 as stated in some books. The last mile gets to be a bit of a slog, but I think this had as much to do with the fact that I expected it to be a mile shorter as it had to do with the post fire regrowth.

The Mazatzal Divide Trail from the junction at The Park is a good 9 miles as advertised, but mostly downhill and with very few downed trees. Our average speed was very near 3mph in this section. There was a lot of wind throughout most of the hike, regardless of our elevation, and we noticed later that it was even windy in Phoenix/Mesa (although the visibility was much better up north). The last couple of miles of the hike began to wear on my feet, but I felt much better overall than I normally do after a hike of this distance and vertical magnitude.

No wildlife, but alot of tracks, probably both elk (maybe mule deer) and cattle.
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