Twelve trailblazers met two more at the Barnhardt trailhead after an hour drive
from Fountain Hills which included 4 miles on a pretty good dirt road.
We set off by 7:45 with 60 degree weather and a trail almost all for ourselves.
The trail climbed pretty quickly and we gained elevation and beautiful views of the
valley below. After a short while, we began walking though patches of lush green
vegetation around every switchback corner.
We also heard running water in many spots, but had to glance over the edge of the
trail to see the little waterfalls.