Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Barnhardt Trail Day Hike
when Saturday, November 26, 2022
where Mazatzal Mountains
the hike     Walk the Barnhardt Trail up to the falls and back, OR to the Arizona Trail and back. Along the way there will be towering cliffs, waterfalls, precarious stream crossings, and picturesque canyon vistas. This is a two option hike. First, we will be going to the Big Kahuna Falls. Hikers can return from this point. Will need a volunteer to lead the hikers back to the trailhead. Second, continue past the falls to the Mazatzal Divide Trail #23, aka AZ Trail, and return. At the AZT you can see Mazatzal Peak, the highest point in the Mazatzal Mountains.
    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 or 12 miles
time 5-8 hours
EC +-1600' (falls) or +-2000' (AZT) elevation change
elevations 4184' (trailhead) to 5795' (falls) to 6000' (AZT)
type round trip
starting at
Barnhardt Trailhead 34° 5.562' N,  111° 25.279' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Barnhardt Trail #43
rating "B" or "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 Payson
leader   You must email the leader to confirm.  Please provide your cell phone number when you sign up in case we need to contact you on the day of the hike.
meet 8:00 AM at Barnhardt Trailhead.
meet in
Fountain Hills
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 Starbuck’s.
•  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. I will be just past where the pavement ends, and leave for the trailhead at 7:30 AM.

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