Details. This was great water, no green algea competing and hardly any bugs swimming around, and I ended up pulling several liters from it. With the elevation of this hike I had been worried about altitude weirdness, something both Chris and I have experienced when hiking Four Peaks, and I was already as high up as Brown's Saddle. Might be time to start scaling back in my old age :). The van was parked at Barnhardt Trailhead, an hour's drive from Phoenix, right on the edge of the eastern Mazatzals. 32 Pigeon Spring Loop 150. Sheer bluffs plunging down from Cactus Ridge. All I had to do now was follow the Divide Trail a few miles to the north, more down than uphill, before the next big challenge of the day showed up. Instead of fire-damaged trees and shrubby recovery growth there was a stand of Pinyons with a fantastic campsite right along the trail. A buddy and I are planning out a few days in this area and your experiences have bequeathed the best information I found anywhere! Comments may be removed if they are deemed inappropriate. One of my new pieces of gear on this outing was a Sawyer Mini, which I used on my last trip out here without much luck. Search Wilderness Connect For Practitioners Search Wilderness Connect For Practitioners 43 Rock Creek 198. They were a bit more overgrown than the hillside though, small voracious bushes eating up the open ground of the trail. Chris and I will probably be trying it soon. Wear pants to avoid getting scratched by plants. I've hiked through Ponderosas a handful of times in Arizona - namely, along the Cabin Loop on the Mogollon and in Reavis Valley - and while they don't stand a chance against the thick pine forests of Michigan they are still enjoyable. The minor bout of route finding here was an annoying distraction when I was so close to the saddle. It has an accumulated gain of about 3000' over 5.5 miles, making it one of the steepest trails around. I was almost looking down the Davenport valley… almost. I also munched on a snack and eyed up my route ahead. Ascending Mazatzal Peak from the saddle ahead is one of the main routes up, and with a bit of luck and careful route finding you could probably spend a few terrible hours doing it. Surrounding the trail was Juniper and Pinyon Pines, a pleasant change from the cactus and cactus surroundings of the Superstitions. The green that did exist was scrappy and clung close to the earth, growing carefully around the dead stumps as if not to disturb their remains. The vegetation did not ignore me. I could be back in the car and in Phoenix before dinner if I turned now. I kept my eye out for Chilson Spring and didn't see anything. What happened here? I drank my water, let my feet breath, and tried to figure out where to go next. From far below I could make out a faint line of road heading south with a cluster of houses. Ignoring the water bottles I pushed on past the table and firepit, eager to see if there was anything else. Oh, I was disappointed to not see any sort of sign or fork at the Brody Seep Trail, which is supposed to branch off here and provide a shortcut to Chilson Camp. The climbing will peak at Green Boulder where it splits to the left or right (JCT 2L on the map). I couldn't make out any trail. Since we were on a loop trip and started from the Barnhardt Trail #43, we were in search of water. An unnamed spring flowing across the trail. The Passage Steward; Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District, 5140 E. Ingram St, Mesa, AZ 85205 (480) 610-3341. > ATA Passage 23 Mazatzal Peak Loop. This smooth bluff of rock is called Cactus Ridge. None were serious, though all would sting as I continued to sweat under the hot sunlight. Unfortunately, the stand didn't last long. I should have been able to, over this short distance and a direct view, yet nothing was there. I had two liters of water, more than enough to last me until Chilson Camp some four or so miles away, as long as I didn't dawdle or sip it away. The manzanitas clogged up everything and forced me to make wide, avoiding loops, constantly wandering on and off the plotted route. I kept an eye out for Windsor, hoping to find more running water like the last spring, and instead just found some mossy pools surrounded by rock and grass. The plan was to push on from Windsor Saddle, follow the Mazatzal Divide trail north to Chilson Camp, and then take the Davenport Trail down to Club Cabin. Forest Road 201 was a long and winding ordeal, stretching north from AZ-87 and circling around…, Rock Creek Trail was likable enough beyond the rock pools. It followed the curve of the mountain in, sucking close to the steepness of Mazatzal Peak, before heading back west and ascending a minor ridge. I didn't want to stop for long, though time found a way to sneak past. The Park of Mazatzals: Retreat down Barnhardt. The Tonto National Forest, encompassing 2,873,200 acres (1,162,700 ha), is the largest of the six national forests in Arizona and is the fifth largest national forest in the United States. Closed a pull request at shutterstock/public-api-javascript-sdk. I was finally out of Shake Tree Canyon, had climbed the upper length and was now just a swing and a climb away from the Mazatzal Divide Trail. And it all starts with Y-Bar and a predawn start. 33 Rock Creek Loop 154. The views up at Mazatzal Peak were quite impressive, towering high up above me. The trail was better here, manzanitas and other prickly things cut back by trail crews, and it maintained a steady downhill. Fighting the urge to shiver in the predawn coolness, I busied myself with getting my gear ready to go. Slowly I made my way around the base of Mazatzal Peak, the eastern shoulder that is also known as Suicide Ridge, and the next mound showed up around the bend. This fire was lightning caused and is currently 100% contained at 550 acres due to rain over the last few days. Barely six in the morning…. The term Mazatzal is derived from the Aztec Indian language meaning "an area inhabited by deer". I walked under tall trees, through another area that had been spared from the fire, and kept my eyes peeled for trail signs or cairns or anything. The trail began to climb again as I approached Windsor Spring, one last push before the end. I wonder how long it takes for a trail out here to be swallowed up. They soared up behind me, seemingly far to the southeast, when they had been looming above me for so long. It was easy to make out even over the miles of distance, something that gave me confidence about the condition of it. There must have been a fire along here at some point. 36 Squaw Flat 168. The manzanitas were taller here, I guess. After a switchback climb of a thousand feet I began heading south with intent and dealt with one ravine after another. The high point of the range is Mazatzal Peak, and with almost 4000′ of prominence, is one of the most prominent summits in the Arizona. To stay on this loop hike, go left here. The Park of Mazatzals: North of Hopi Spring, The Park of Mazatzals: Retreat down Barnhardt. A mix of trees and cactus along the trail. If I hiked all the way to Club Cabin and decided to bail tomorrow I'd have a hell of a time coming back up here. Mazatzal Wilderness Running. I had just climbed close to 3000' from Barnhardt Trailhead and was well over an hour ahead of schedule. Those nice, tall pines that offered sporadic breaks from the sun were replaced by more charred Pinyon remains and manzanitas. The sun felt good. A few things were a bit off. Instead I pushed forward on the Divide Trail and got a pleasant surprise. Pushed some code at shutterstock/public-api-javascript-sdk. After polishing off that liter of fortified water I creaked back up and pushed forward. I kept a close eye on these cuts and looked for any sign of water. The trail was still well defined, still climbing at a steady pace, just enough to keep me from moving too fast. Up here where things actually grow it seems like it could be as short as a few years of neglect before a path is lost to nature. As hot as it was getting this option did not sound even remotely tempting. So far today had been rather enjoyable, if getting a bit toasty, and bushwhacking all the way to Club Cabin seemed like a great way to ruin an otherwise fun outing. Hot morning sun lighting up Suicide Ridge. This is a loop hike beginning at the Barnhardt Trailhead. Also, what had this place looked like before the fire? That pack of women from earlier today had mentioned this campsite and also a nearby Bear Spring, which was not marked on my map. I was hit with two related thoughts. My pack was light thanks to some recent gear updates (more on that later). Now, instead of towering cliffs of rock piled high to look forward to there were barren rolling hills. Less than a quarter mile from Chilson Camp. The highest point of Mazatzal Wilderness, Mazatzal Peak, is surrounded by a triangle of trails. Updated July 23, 2016. Hiking, web development, best practices, and general awesomeness. Loop hike with the Cornucopia trail and the Thicket Spring trail in the Mazatzal wilderness, Arizona. The only sign near Barnhardt Trail junction. Towering cliffs of crumbly rock up on Mazatzal Peak. and passes several scenic campsites and springs. “ One of the trails that forms the Mazatzal Peak Loop. Things were more exposed within Shake Tree Canyon. Talk about a plant thriving and on a mountain, there are 2 … Continue reading Mazatzal Peak – Central AZ (12.30.15) → When I eventually haul Chris up here I'll have to remember these locations - this one in particular would be perfect for a Friday after-work start. I was looking down the eastern border of that huge triangle, down the length of Tonto Basin, though Theodore Roosevelt Basin wasn't visible from this angle. I was almost level with sections of Cactus Ridge, which had seemed so menacing and lofty earlier, and the flat plains around Barnhardt and Rye were ridiculously far below. I've heard bad things about overgrown trails out here and had a bad experience on Davenport a few weeks earlier; however, everything today was clear and easy so far. I really appreciate your well articulated insights. They might only run during heavy rains as far as I knew, but it was still something for me to pessimistically ponder upon as I climbed. For more information. 35 Marion Spring 165. I looked down with excited eyes and saw… Devastation. A long view west to Table Mountain and Horseshoe Basin beyond. Started by lightening, the Willow Fire burned up 120,000 acres over the course of a month and even got within a few miles of Payson. The saddle didn't seem that far away and there was an appealing stand of Ponderosa along the way. The trail had a few small dips yet stayed surprisingly level throughout. I trotted up the slope, pushing forward with my poles and leaning into the climb. The Y-Bar Trail loops around the southeast, Divide the west, and Barnhardt the north side. Breathing is just a little more difficult, walking is with heavier legs, and water never lasts as long as it should. Perfect. There was no place to rest on the saddle and I really needed a water break, so I pushed on quickly until I found a flat rock along the trail some fifty yards further. Read more. 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