MAZATZAL PEAK MAZATZAL WILDERNESS, AZ
DISTANCE 14.5 mi. DAYS 2 ELEVATION CHANGE 8,070 ft.
JUST 80 HIGHWAY MILES from Phoenix, the 252,000-acre Mazatzal Wilderness’s mix of scrub-oak forests, cactus-spiked hillsides, and rocky canyons is one of the best-kept secrets in Arizona—and this 14.5-mile loop around its 7,903foot namesake peak is the best way to see it all. Take the Barnhardt Trail west, tracing a redrock canyon to views of the Mogollon Rim. At mile 5, continue along the Arizona Trail, following it a mile around Mazatzal to an abandoned cowboy corral: Chilson Camp. Spend the night beneath Mazatzal’s south face before linking the Brody, Mazatzal Divide, and Y Bar Trails to close the loop around the escarpment.
Trailhead Barnhardt Season March to April and September to November Permit None Water Pack your own; springs are unreliable. Climb Mazatzal Peak Northwest Ridge (class 2); 4,300 feet in 7.2 miles from Barnhardt trailhead Contact www.fs.usda.gov/tonto