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Rock Creek Trail #42 - Mazatzals
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Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking Dec 06 2009
Hiking16.70 Miles 4,582 AEG
Hiking16.70 Miles   9 Hrs   10 Mns   1.82 mph
4,582 ft AEG
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I need to thank GPSJoe for his track. Without it I may have gotten as far as I did. Our plan was to hike the half Moon to the Rock Creek to Mazatza Dive to Barnhard back to the car. On the drive up, there was a light rain coming down. At the TH, there was some snow flurries. The Half moon had was easy to follow until we got past the cat claw field. After the cat claw field the trail drops down by a creek bed and cat claw gets really bad. It was so bad that it covered up a key cairn. We wandered around looking for a way not to get to cut up. After this part, the trail was not too hard to follow. We made It to the Rock creek intersection and then things changed. The Rock Creek trail is hot or cold. Either it's a very well defined trail or it's not there. Even with GPSJoe's track, staying on trail was tough. We would we be on trail for a bit, then go off on a sucker trail until it petered out. By now the trail climbs like mad. We made it to the first shelf and the trail disappeared in the burn. I made an educated guess based on GPSJoe's track and bushwhacked to where there was a trail. When we hit the first false summit, the wind started to pick up and the temps dropped. When we got to the 20 foot water fall ( it was dry) , there a small pond with frozen water. When we hit the second false summit, the wind was cutting through my two jackets, two shirts and hat. The GPS showed that we had about a mile (as the crow flies) to the divide trail. We figured that with divide trail being high and exposed, we were risking getting sick with the low temps and the black sky. So we turned around. On the way back we also had problems staying on trail. I'm going to hold off on doing this until spring and maybe I'll see the 20 foot water wall flowing.
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