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Oct 28 2018
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Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
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Hiking11.96 Miles 4,092 AEG
Hiking11.96 Miles   8 Hrs   27 Mns   1.67 mph
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linda invited me to do this one and todd decided to join in
met up early off the 202 and headed up the beeline
road to the trailhead was dry with a few ruts
first hiked the same route five years ago with ----
up y bar to the saddle - think mike and i cut up a bit sooner
seemed like more brush this time; not sure i remember correctly
a few scrambles but not bad off trail
i like the last bit to the summit - more moderate grade, nice flat bedrock
enjoyed the views, checked out the summit register, took photos and had a snack
headed down the drainage
substantial flow made for even slower going for me but it was fun to downclimb around the water
good fall color along the drainage
nice to hit barnhardt after all that and the last five miles seemed to go quickly
fun to be up there again, and nice to hike it with linda and todd
views from picketpost to the valley to humphreys were excellent
weather was perfect
next time i would like to take another route down, maybe suicide ridge
saw two people on barnhardt and that was it
good times!
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Oct 28 2018
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Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
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chumley
Hiking13.03 Miles 4,348 AEG
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Linda and I had a competition for who could complain more. She won. :sweat:

Otherwise it was a great day. This is such a fantastic peak with views of dozens of recognizable mountains 360 degrees around. Harquahala? Yup. Turnbull? Mmmhmmm. Picketpost? Yessir. BillWill, Sit, Ken, Hump? Of course! Etc.

I'd never gone down the north drainage and it was a surprise autumn treat. The mountain is still soaked with running water, seeps, pools and waterfalls all over the place. Nobody else out here today. That was one thing none of us could complain about!
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Oct 28 2018
LindaAnn
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Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
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Hiking13.03 Miles 4,348 AEG
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Someone took a snark pill before we even started the hike, and suddenly thought he was a fashion expert. I decided to provide a steady stream of observations on the route conditions, being hungry, the heat, etc. We headed up Y Bar to start, and although Y Bar catches a lot of flak, I've never minded that trail. The ground was soggy in a lot of places, with running water in the drainages. Took a break at the saddle, then headed up the ridge. It was a little more overgrown than the last two years, but nothing terrible. Saw a few tarantulas along the way. I managed to avoid grabbing any cactus on the handholds I was using, so that was good. The manzanita near the top was thicker than last year, and took me a while to negotiate. After that, it was a pleasant walk to the summit. Great views in all directions. Headed down the drainage to the north. It had running water almost the entire way, which slowed down our progress. Parts that are easy to negotiate when dry, required a little more effort this time around, but it was great to see all the water flowing. A nice splash of fall color as well. There was more locust this time too. I don't care much for the last half mile of the drainage before it reaches Barnhardt, but it was smooth sailing once back on the trail. Great day, and nice to do this peak again.
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Oct 19 2018
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DixieFlyer
Hiking11.40 Miles 4,050 AEG
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It was a beautiful day yesterday, and I decided to go hike Mazzy Peak again. This time, I descended from the peak that way that I came, i.e. going back down to the Y-Bar Trail, and then taking Y-Bar back to the Barnhardt Trailhead. The previous two times that I hiked Mazzy Peak I descended down the drainage on the north side of the mountain, which is the way that most people seem to do the hike.

Going back down to the Y-Bar trail was slower than I expected, plus you have to take the Y-Bar Trail back to the TH; the Y-Bar Trail is one of my least favorite hiking trails. Next time, I think that I will just go back down the drainage, which actually would make for a bad descent were it not for all of the overgrown vegetation that you have to deal with.
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Oct 04 2018
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DixieFlyer
Hiking13.20 Miles 4,025 AEG
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Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I decided yesterday to make our second ascent to Mazzy Peak.

We did a clockwise loop starting at the Barnhardt Trailhead, and followed the Y Bar Trail for 4.35 miles, at which point we made a bushwhack up to Mazzy Peak. On the descent, we down the drainage on the north side of the Peak down to the Barnhardt Trail, and took the Barnhardt Trail back to the trailhead.

The first time that I did this hike we went from the Y Bar Trail to the Peak by following the route posted by mrbeermug. This time we went the "standard" route that most people seem to be doing to go from the Y Bar Trail to the Peak.

The trip to the Peak started out good, as we could easily get around the manzanita that we encountered. We went to the right side of the first rock outcropping, and easily went up and over it on the right side of the rock formation. From that point the trip was more difficult -- I did a lot route finding and there was a lot of manzanita and other vegetation that we had to go through. Perhaps I didn't take the best route, but no other way seemed any better than what we did.

We made it to the Peak, and the views there are awesome as always.

The trip down the drainage was a long, slow slog -- it seemed much worse than the last time I went down it. One problem is that I am dealing with plantar fasciitis in my left foot, and the drainage was not very kind to my foot.

I had thought about going both ascending and descending the peak via the north drainage, but the next time I do this hike I think that I will go up/down the south side from/to the Y Bar Trail.

There was water in several places in the drainage, including some small waterfalls....so that part was nice.

On the way back to the trailhead, we stopped off at the waterfall just off the Barnhardt Trail, and there was a trickle of water coming down the falls.

When driving in to the trailhead, the road was really muddy in some places -- it looked like there must have been rain there the day before. My truck was sliding a couple of times on the drive, and I imagine that a passenger car might not have made it. The road had dried some over the day, so the trip out wasn't bad. Once the road dries, I imagine that there will be some ruts it on, so the road may need to be graded.

We dd not see anyone else on the trail, which always makes a hike enjoyable!

I signed the summit register, and noticed that JimH signed it back in August.

I didn't see any fall leaf color to speak of, so it is a bit early for that in this area.

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Aug 12 2018
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Choose Life: Suicide Ridge to Mazatzal Peak, AZ 
Choose Life: Suicide Ridge to Mazatzal Peak, AZ
 
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Hiking11.00 Miles 3,935 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.29 mph
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Heading out to hike Mazatzal Peak, I started to loose interest in the boring Barnhardt trail after having just done the loop in May. Well, there was always that Suicide Ridge! From the road, it looked doable, even if you couldn't really tell how bad the brush is. It is doable, but I won't be doing it again, and the bad part is the rough brush more than the slope or ridge itself. Maybe in the cool or dry season is best?

I took the Y-Bar a short distance before dropping down a game trail to a white rock filled gully. I went about as far as I could up that until I made some mistakes in thick brush and on a steep slope to the south of the white rock gully. I then crossed north and back over the gully to a south facing grassy slope and was able to access the ridge with a fair amount of ease. From the ridge top it was a pretty straight forward push to the top with plenty of pushing through brush and slightly more decent open areas. While on the ridge, I watched a pretty good storm develop on the Rim and then move clockwise to the Anchas and perhaps on to what appeared to be over the Superstitions, and then down to the Valley.

I got to the top late, right before 4 PM, and storms were all around with one headed out of the Verde Valley towards me, so after only 10 minutes I started down my traditional north gully route. Storms built pretty fast, but I was very lucky and remained dry the entire time. A pretty good storm developed for the second time on the Rim, and after dark I watched a nice lightning storm to the NE. Por-whils and whip-por-whils near the lower trail were pretty nice, too.

My GPS route uses Linda's September 2016 descent, on which I have based my last 2 hikes going up and down, and a rough remotely sensed up route to the ridge. Gaining Suicide Ridge is the hard part. Once there, it isn't too bad. My guess is I did more miles, but probably not much more AEG.
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Mar 29 2018
DixieFlyer
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DixieFlyer
Hiking13.20 Miles 4,150 AEG
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My intrepid hiking partner, Tracie, and I decided to make our first trip up to the Mazatzal Peak summit. We started at the Barnhardt TH and took the Y-Bar trail for 4.3 miles. The Y-Bar trail is easy to follow, but it is mostly covered with baseball sized rocks, so this trail is not the easiest on your feet. At that point we got off the trail and followed the route posted by mrbeermug on March 17, 2018. This route to the summit is a total bushwhack, as there is no semblance of a trail whatsoever, and the route is not intuitive at all. I wound up looking at my GPS almost constantly to see if I was on the recommended route -- we got up there, but it took about 3 hours to the 1.6 miles from the Y-Bar trail to the summit. If I do this hike again, I will take a different path up to the summit.

The views on top are awesome, and are some of the best that I have seen on any peak. We found the survey marker and the hiking register at the top. There were also lots of ladybugs up there.

The descent took a while also, and we followed the route back down to the Barnhardt Trail that was posted by lindaagm on October 27, 2017. We basically followed a couple of washes down the 2.6 miles from the summit to the Barnhardt Trail. It wasn't too bad of a descent, although there lots of deadfall and small trees that you had to negotiate your way around.

Once we made it the Barnhardt Trail, it was about 4.75 miles back to the TH.
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Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
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Hiking11.75 Miles 4,400 AEG
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On 3/3 there was certainly some snow on the barnhardt side and near the peak, but not as much as we expected as a result of the dry winter. I think this was about my fourth time up the mountain, all ascending from the Y-Bar trail, whereas most people appear to start at Barnhardt and descend Y-Bar, so I think our route is a better ascent. Over the years my hiking partner Brett and I have discovered a great route up to the summit that we've got pretty decently cairned at this point. Found most of our cairns from prior years on the way up and reinforced them. Our route doesn't follow the popular ridge up, but it isn't too overgrown.

Once you reach the saddle after climbing the Y Bar Trail, level out, and just start to descend, you make a right turn off the main trail to start your traverse through some old white trees burned out by a wildfire. You continue the traverse across and uphill below the base of the cliff area but rather than climb up the ridge that others do, continue west through the wide horseshoe drain and go up a narrow chute on its west side before getting to the cliffs. Always stay east of the cliffs and continue to scramble up a second and third chute that gradually transition from loose scree and dirt into better rock stair footing.

After the third chute, keep your eye open for some cairns and an incredible little narrow pinch between two large rocks. Go into the pinch and with two steps up you can hoist yourself about 8' onto the top and you're out of the chute area. Traverse
along the light path slightly below and west of the ridge you are on and then it's just a short and more gradual hike up north and west to the summit. Proceed east and north down to the Barnhardt trail to complete the loop.

Great hike, and loved spotting a bunch of agave filifera on the way down barnhardt, since they're rare in AZ and we'll be planting some in our yard soon.

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Nov 04 2017
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Hiking12.00 Miles 4,400 AEG
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Lesa convinced me, after doing Wrightson a couple weeks back, that we need to continue climbing respectable peaks. I slipped and mentioned Mazzie peak as being, in my memory, a "pain in the ass". so naturally, she loves the idea of a challenge and jots it down on the bucket list. i should know by now when to keep my mouth shut. :o
we hit this trail at 9:20 thinking it would be an easy assault from the southern flanks coming up from cactus saddle. having a quick snack break here (#2, the first about 2 miles in along shake tree) we were ready to scoot booty up the path we agreed upon from the bottom. scrambling up and pushwhacking (yes, with a P) we mostly followed the route we scouted from the bottom. there were a bit of non-agreeable areas that we had to skirt around. no problems, yet. it was slow going, steep and tested our navigation skills. not too bad, obvious routes exist and you can make good or bad choices here, depending on how well you pick a point in the distance, follow it, then continue in this fashion. there are cairns along the way but following most of them seems fruitless since there are a dozen ways to skin this cat. just head UP, staying away from cliffs and a big manzanita forest that grows closer to the top 2/3 of the ridge. we stopped for a bit about halfway up, and were greeted by an amazing although short-lived airshow! one, then 2 F-16 falcons came ripping out of deadman canyon and across the mazzy peak area UPSIDE DOWN and then did a half-roll to right themselves only to scream past us and over a ridge towards mt. peeley and out of sight deep into another canyon (deer creek, iirc). it was quite the sight. the fighters were prolly within 6-700 feet of us, and i could clearly see the pilot. LOUD.
so, pushing on, we found our way to the top of this ridge and continued on to the peak, now with fast moving clouds dropping light rain. up top, photos of course.. then a quick snack, trip register autographs and thumbing through the list i noticed several of our own HAZ member's scribblings. at this point i had already suggested following John's route down so we took suicide ridge around the bend and headed down into the ravine just before that area where 2 drainages converge. here, we scrambled and hopped boulders for likely a mile, mile and a half pushing our tired bodies to pick up the barnhardt trail, and both of us thankful that it would be a quick 4 miles back to the truck. barnhardt has this funny tendency to feel easy going up, and short, to the saddle/intersection with the divide trail, but hella longer going back out and downhill. funny, that! we passed a few twenty-something preppy kids coming in, and after i told them where this trail stops, and made sure they had provisions and a headlamp especially, made our way up to the big kahuna, and back to the vehicle. all 8 hours 45 minutes of a big ol, ass kicking hike. it was mostly dark when we arrived, then drove out towards mesa to watch a rising full moon. following John Fritz' route might not be the easiest or most rewarding way to do this trip (we did fritzski's loop in reverse this time) but it felt good. it felt old school. it was worth it. now, to keep my mouth shut before i slip and mention something like R2R2R so that will be penciled in, some where, on some calender, soon. :scared:
GREAT trip. it's 5 stars all day long. GREAT company, Lesa is a stormtrooper. i kept feeling the need to compare this trip to Wrightson, but it's definitely tougher. we'll come up with a hike that surpasses this one in epic views, awesome scrambling, intense satisfaction.... but it won't be easy. rincon peak, perhaps?
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Oct 29 2017
LindaAnn
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Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking12.11 Miles 4,090 AEG
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Mazatzal Peak has been on our list for a while, and we decided the weather would be cool enough to get it done today. Got started up Y Bar a little after 7:00 am. Nice cool temps from the start, and it was a nice walk up to the saddle. I stubbornly insisted I retrace my route from last year, but someone else decided to immediately get creative through the manzanita. Scrambling up the rocks along the ridge is always fun, and it can be as easy or difficult as you want. I went with easy, Dallin decided to go with difficult, and sent his trekking pole over an edge and out of reach. Getting through the manzanita at the top of the ridge was tougher than I remember, but we made it through okay and then headed over to the summit. Had a lunch break, took some pics, then headed north to the come down the drainage. The drainage is fun, and by walking at the back, it was easy to get through with Nick and Dallin breaking obstacles out of the way. The last bit of the drainage before reaching Barnhardt is a little tedious with all the loose, basketball sized rocks, but once we reached Barnhardt, it was an easy walk back down to the trailhead. Great day, with perfect fall weather!
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Arrived at the TH to cool temps, ALMOST chilly. Cruised up Y-bar to the saddle before dipping off trail.

We all suffered through the sea of Manzanita as we worked our way up the ridge to the peak. A lot of fun scrambles, and even some climbs if you choose, along this section. As Linda says in her triplog, it's as easy or as hard as you want to make it. There were always other options.

The views on top are great! The sky was pretty clear so we could see plenty of landmarks. The Rim, San Francisco Peaks, Sedona, Four Peaks, Superstition Ridgeline, Ord, Sierra Ancha, ect... You can see a lot of places from this peak!

On the descent down the north drainage, our enemy switched from Manzanita to thorny shrubs and Oak. After an initial patch of brush, the rest of the drainage is mostly a boulder hop. The bypass for the falls is steep but there are plenty of things to grab on to. The old dead wood, and dead leaves hiding holes in the wash keep you on your toes.

We reached Barnhardt where it intersects the drainage we had been following and cruise back to the TH. Barnhardt is in amazing condition at the moment: wide, no downed trees, tread reworked in places.

Glad to have finally tagged this one, I've been eyeing it for over a year. Great weather, great company! I will definitely be a repeat offender.
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I'd been in talks with both Linda and Dallin about this one, so we decided to combine forces. My last journey here was solo, so it was nice to have some good company. We met at the TH at 7am and started up Y-Bar shortly after. The roller coaster of rocks is a perfect little warm-up before the off-trail begins. The route to the summit seemed much easier this time. Some bushwacking, a few scrambles, a few scratches, but nothing miserable. We used teamwork to achieve the objective. Between my sharp eyes, Dallin's route finding and a bossy, backseat driver, we made good time. The summit was nice, as usual. Great central AZ views. We enjoyed a lunch and started back down the north facing drainage. Beyond the big waterfall, we were treated to a fall wonderland we didn't quite expect. The entire area was bone dry, not even a stagnant pool. Lots of fun climbing down this drainage, but we were happy to be back on trail, upon reaching Barnhardt. We cruised on back to the TH. Didn't see another person all day and weather was perfect and fall-like. Great day in the Mazzies.
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Hiking14.25 Miles 4,300 AEG
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Absolutely gorgeous weather for getting out hiking and since I was after clear sky conditions for this, it was a great day for it. Bugling Elk just off the summit were fun, and I saw no one all day. I'm so happy monsoon season is gone, and the lovely dry weather is here. I'm optimistic for Fremont on Friday, but the forecast is less than optimal. Still with conditions like this, one has to get while the getting is good.
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Aug 25 2017
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11 months ago when Linda and I did this, we felt that it would make more sense to go up and down the description's descent route using the drainage. So, that's what I did on this low grade monsoon to monsoon break day, which made for a pretty nice day to summit the peak. I was all alone out there until almost back to the TH when I ran in to some bow hunters. Very nice, too, with lots of flowers, lingering birds calling, and plenty of water pools.

Visibility was great, even with the clouds. The air seemed clear and so the distant view points with the Peaks, the Baldy and White Mountains, Pinalenos, Pinals, and Sierra Ancha were all enjoyable. Played with last year's GPS, and since I more or less stuck to the route, if anything I did a little more going up the to the ridge too soon, I feel the stats are reliable. Lots of very friendly NM locust on that ridge to the west of the gully.
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LindaAnn
I'm surprised so few have done this hike. It is tough, but not impossible, and were it not for a few spots, it wouldn't be bad at all. Someday I want to do this again, and if so, I plan to go up and down the north gully, as that improved stuff a lot. No leg stabbing agave!

Early morning smoke fog lifted from the valley by the summit and views were outstanding, except to the east, but I can live with that. I'm sloppy as a hiker, and it took me two deep shin crapes and a leg stabbing with a spurt of blood, to make the top. Totally worth it! Linda and I spent a relaxing hour on top, and then descending without incident, as it should be. Very good to have a partner and GPS for this, as it upped the confidence level on the descent, which is pretty enjoyable, but slightly questionable if going blind.
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Sep 24 2016
LindaAnn
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 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking12.87 Miles 4,314 AEG
Hiking12.87 Miles   9 Hrs   7 Mns   1.80 mph
4,314 ft AEG   1 Hour   58 Mns Break
 
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Jim_H
Jim invited me along to Mazatzal Peak, and since I hadn't hiked it before, I was excited to give it a try. We headed up Y Bar a little after 9am. I know plenty of people don't like Y Bar, but I don't think it's too bad right now. We took a break at the saddle, then headed up toward the peak. Slow going, of course, but the hike up was pretty much as I expected it to be. I don't know that we were always on the best route up, but better options didn't seem obvious, and we made it up without any problems.

We took a long snack break at the summit, and enjoyed the views. Great views today to the north and west, not so great to the east and south due to smoke from various fires, primarily the Fulton fire. We descended down the drainage to the north, which was actually a very pleasant hike down. There were plenty of trees that I imagine would be quite pretty in fall color. We took a few short breaks, mainly to take pics or determine the best way down/around a few of the dry falls. I personally wouldn't want to take this drainage if there was water in it, but any other time, I would probably prefer it.

Once down to Barnhardt, it was a fast, easy hike downhill to the trailhead. Perfect weather today, and a great day for this one. Nice to meet you, Jim!
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 Joined Feb 19 2013
 Prescott, AZ
Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2016
Peter_Medal
Hiking11.75 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking11.75 Miles
4,400 ft AEG34 LBS Pack
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AZHiker456
The cardio leading up to this backpack could have been toned down a bit. 9 Mile run (New river trail) Thursday; 3 Mile full 30lb backpack "test" run bushwack (south ridgeline of Spruce Mtn) Friday morning; and 1/2 of the trail up North Mountain (no pack) Friday afternoon/evening.

We car camped Friday night and launched with 12 other TLC Hiking Group members from the Barnhardt TH. The UDH'ers (Ultra Day Hikers) took Y-Bar to summit and were on the trail at 730am. Took us an extra half our to get our crap in gear and launched at 7:58 up the Barnhardt. We took the main drainage (east of Mazzy N. Ridgeline and west of Suicide Ridge), which I think is 4.5 to 5.5 miles from TH? About 0.18 miles up the drainage we decided we would cache our backpacks and hang our overnight food and "day pack" up this unnamed drainage to the Mazzy summit. Why is this drainage not named? This was one of the most enjoyable drainage climbs I think I have ever been on. The treat was all the waterfalls were flowing and the drainage was running strong. I definitely want to return here next year about the same time and rappel down the waterfall. Back to the story, we encountered our group coming down the drainage at 5.93 miles from our start right around Noon.

Venturing on up the drainage with frozen snow tubes, mud, and rock climbing here and there was spectacular. Amy followed her Route Scout, straight south, while I breaked off to the SW. She relies on her GPS technology, while I relied solely on what I studied from routes and maps posted on HAZ. My route allowed me to take the Mazzy N. Ridgeline and steer at the cracks of the krags for a gentle crescent path to summit. She was already on the way back after summitting around 230pm and back tracked right into me. We took our first break then pressed to summmit, then made the beeline North back to the drainage. I had missed the big waterfall with the chute on the ascent (34.074667, -111.462194), video overlooking the falls: https://youtube.com ... iDI8

We got back to our backpacks about 1/2 hour before sunset. Time to set up tents and build a fire ring. Found a killer spot just to the west of the drainage with a couple flat areas for tents and a fire ring. Cooked up Lamb and Onions with Thai Red Curry and a can of Coconut Milk for a camp fire stew. Definitely going to return here next year, the game plan will be to hit the base of Deadman Wash North Fork Waterfalls, will come in via Rock Creek TH but as a night hike in on Friday night.
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Mar 12 2016
AZHiker456
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Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking11.52 Miles 4,304 AEG
Hiking11.52 Miles   11 Hrs   41 Mns   1.33 mph
4,304 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break
 
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Peter_Medal
After a night of car-camping at the Barnhardt TH, Peter and I met up with the TLC Hiking Meetup Group. Our primary objective: Mazatzal Peak. The TLC gang was doing it as an ultra day hike: up the Y-Bar [aka Shake Tree] Trail, then bushwhacking to the summit, then bushwhacking via this awesome drainage over to the Barnhardt Trail, and finally returning to the TH via the Barnhardt Trail. Given that Peter and I were backpacking, we opted for the Barnhardt Trail over Y-Bar.

We launched a few minutes before 8 AM, [about 30 minutes after the TLC crowd]. After around 3 hours give or take, [including stops to rest and enjoy the scenery], we reached the turn for the awesome drainage that would lead us to the summit of Mazatzal Peak. We cached our backpacks .15 miles up the drainage and somehow managed to load ALL of our food into my daypack, along with 1+ liters of water and other essentials like our guns, my DeLorme SOS Device, portable cell charger, etc. This was only the second time in my life backpacking; so, [as I took forever to get my pumpkin in order], Peter decided to have a little fun… first he constructed a [‘drainage’] monogram, “TLC”; then, [seeing that I was still not quite ready], he proceeded to build a cairn that literally had me laughing out loud. In fact, I can’t recall ever having laughed so hard at the site of a cairn…! [-X :lol:

Shortly after we cached our stuff and continued up the drainage, we bumped into the TLC crowd. They had already summited and were coming down the drainage. They informed us that:

1) the waterfalls we’d seen thus far were “NOTHING” compared to those further up the drainage
2) it would take at least 2 hours to summit from our current location
3) we were in store for a “wicked nasty bushwhack”

#1 proved to be very true;

#2 was pretty accurate; [thanks to Peter who graciously carried my heavy daypack for most of the way, I flew to the summit in about 1 hr. 40 min from the point where we ran into the TLC crowd, while it took Peter a little longer with the burden of the heavy pack]…

…as for #3… let’s just say Peter and I concluded that the TLC crowd either went a completely convoluted way off Mazzy Peak to the drainage that really did involved some “wicked nasty bushwhacking” OR they are just not accustomed to bushwhacking. We considered the “brush factor” from the top of the drainage to the summit of Mazzy Peak to be mild.

The summit views were absolutely incredible; and way better than the views from North Peak, [which I still found very beautiful]. I spent about 20-25 minutes on the summit and then started to head down, a little disappointed thinking that Peter might not make summit. Luckily, not more than a few minutes after starting my descent, Peter and his dog Tyson emerged from about the same spot I had en route to the peak, along a ridge leading up to the nearby UN 7823. Peter, Tyson, and I sat under a tree, taking in some much needed nourishment from my daypack. I then took the pack from Peter so he could enjoy the final push to the summit without extra weight, and joined him for the short push up.

For the descent, Peter once again worked his magic by relying on the terrain in combo with maps/routes he had studied prior to the hike… impressively, [without even consulting my Route Scout topo], the path he chose leading back to the drainage made for a much more pleasant [and more scenic] route back. It also allowed us to access some of the best spots for viewing the exceptional waterfalls.

By the time we finished sightseeing in the drainage and worked our way back to where we had cached our backpacks, we didn’t have much more than 30 minutes until pitch darkness. Peter had some extra batteries on hand, which literally shed light on why my top-of-the-line, Black Diamond headlamp was performing worse than a cheap, $2 flashlight from Walmart. Let’s just say, after replacing only 2 of the 4 old batteries, my headlamp was just as bright as Peter’s super bright one. Having two reliable light sources definitely made for a more pleasant evening!

Peter found a perfect spot just West of the drainage for us to set up camp. He then constructed an amazing fire ring and went right to work preparing the most delicious dinner. Most who have tasted Peter’s cooking will agree that’s professionally quality… and the meals he can whip up with just a pan, chopsticks, and fire ring in the middle of the wilderness are more delicious than what most people can make with a fully equip kitchen at their disposal. The extent of my cooking [at home], involves scrambling eggs or baking a pre-made/ready-to-bake, organic, gluten-free meal; and for backpacking, it’s the likes of freeze-dried fruit, kale chips, protein bars, and squeeze pack cashew/pecan butter. Needless to say, Peter’s two-course meal of sausage, lamb, turkey meatballs, onions, white sweet potato, pepper, other veggies, thai red curry, Naan, and much more was an AMAZING treat!
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 Joined Dec 29 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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TheMtsAreCalling
Hiking13.20 Miles 4,300 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles
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Met up with a cool couple from Bendhiker.com near the summit. Brushy, but beautiful.

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 Payson, AZ
Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2015
The_N
Hiking12.89 Miles 4,439 AEG
Hiking12.89 Miles   7 Hrs   9 Mns   2.21 mph
4,439 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break
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Great day for this hike given this weekends cool-down, it even felt good in direct sunshine. This was my first time on this summit and only 2nd time on the adjoining trails, looks a lot different than I remembered. I started up Shake Tree and summited from that side of the peak. Taking a terrible route, I found myself having to down-climb and backtrack a couple of times but not too bad. Started seeing cairns about half way up. Had the summit all to myself and definitely enjoyed the views and breeze while having lunch. I wanted to stay up there all day, but had to get moving. For my descent I took the nearest drainage wash down before connecting with Barnhardt. Just a few small pools left behind. No catclaw to speak of, only locust and manzanita, but none of it was too seriously obstructive. The worst of the locust was my fault for even getting into (and for wearing shorts). Only saw one deer and a bunch of cattle grazing at the TH. Didn't see any hikers until crossing paths with a pair of lady backpackers who were heading up Barnhardt on my way down. Shortly after passing them a military jet of some kind flew right over me and down into Tonto Basin before disappearing. The sound of its engines in the canyon was extemely loud but thrilling. Finished off 170oz of water and a Gatorade once back at the TH. Donated a little blood and a lot of sweat but it was all worth it.
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