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Barnhardt Trail #43

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 4.1 (7)

A great out and back trail in the Mazatzal along Barnhardt Creek.


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Map Key

6.2

Miles

9.9

KM

88%

Runnable

6,104' 1,860 m

High

4,178' 1,273 m

Low

1,979' 603 m

Up

123' 38 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

Some rocky sections and the second part of the trail can be a bit overgrown.

Description

Start from the Barnhardt Trailhead parking lot. The trailhead is 5 miles off the highway on a gravel forest service road. The parking lot is large and flat. The trail is well marked and mostly rocky. In some places the trail is very rocky and tough especially if you are wearing light weight shoes.

This area had rain the week before our run so the usually dry creek was full of water but off the trail. There was only one water source, and it was this creek, off the trail, down a canyon. Also due to the rain, wildflowers and cactus were in bloom making a beautiful sight in the desert. Since we got a late start we needed a campsite before sunset, but this trail could easily be a day run. We were rewarded with the only viable place to setup a tent about 3.6 miles in on the trail. This site was right on a cliff overlooking the valley below, the Mogollon rim, and Paysen. (34.0923° N, 111.454° W) Across from this campsite, the cliffs had veins of quartz running though them.

The next day from our camp we set out at 7:30 for water and another campsite. The run on this part of the Barnhardt Trail #43 was a narrow, brushy path which was very tough to run through. On our map, there was a trail listed that rolls down towards the creek but this was blocked and hadn't looked used in many years. We followed the contours towards the intersection of the Arizona Trail (AZT) where you can choose to continue your run or head back the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers and cactus.

Contacts

Shared By:

Steve Jackson

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  4.1 from 7 votes

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#262

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#8,658

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A cactus garden along the trail. Barnhardt Trail has many such gems. In early fall, it is in the shade most of the morning as well.
Oct 2, 2018 near Payson, AZ
Barnhardt Falls puts on a beautiful display in March of 2017.
Mar 14, 2017 near Payson, AZ
Sunset from camp.
Apr 18, 2016 near Payson, AZ
Cactus and wildflowers.
Apr 18, 2016 near Payson, AZ
This was our campsite 0.3 miles past Barnhardt Falls. I noticed that a previous user also camped here, and I can see why! It is one of the best sites on the loop.
Mar 14, 2017 near Payson, AZ
First night campsite.
Apr 18, 2016 near Payson, AZ

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