Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Barnhardt Trail Day Hike
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where Mazatzal Mountains
the hike     Walk the Barnhardt Trail up to the waterfall and back. Along the way there will be towering cliffs, waterfalls, precarious stream crossings, and picturesque canyon vistas.
    Depending on the amount of snowfall this winter, this hike has the potential for a nice showing of waterfalls, which I’ve seen vary from only a couple to as many as 15. Let’s hope for lots of precipitation this season! It is still a great hike either way, though. We will pass alligator juniper, live oak and agave, and geology buffs will enjoy the wavy layers of sedimentary rock which can be seen from the trail. We will be going as far as the Big Kahuna Falls for an out and back hike, although the trail continues on and eventually connects with the 29 mile long Mazatzal Divide Trail #23. Something to look forward to for another day.
    This hike is described on pages 135-137 of Roger and Ethel Freeman’s Day Hikes and Trail Rides in Payson’s Rim Country (Gem Guides, 2005), and on pages 273-276 of David Mazel’s Arizona Trails (Wilderness Press, 1981).
distance 6.25 miles
time 5-6 hours
EC +-1600' elevation change
elevations 4184' (Barnhardt Trailhead) to 5795' (waterfall)
type round trip
starting at
Barnhardt Trailhead 34° 5.562' N,  111° 25.279' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Barnhardt Trail #43
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
dogs allowed no
weather Tonto Basin
meet 7:00 AM in the parking lot of the Target Center on the south side of Shea Blvd., about a mile west of Highway 87 (Beeline). For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the north curb away from Target.  We will leave promptly at 7:15 AM.
•  Take the Beeline Highway (Arizona 87) northeast, over the Mazatzals and past the junction with Highway 188.
Continue north on 87. Just before you get to Rye there is a sign for the road to Barnhardt Trailhead.
Turn left and drive 5 miles west on Forest Road 419 to the trailhead, where the road ends.

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