Barnhardt-Rock Creek Loop Trail

Mesa, Arizona

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Starting from the easily accessed Barnhardt Trailhead on the east side of the Mazatzal Mountains, this scenic loop climbs spectacular Barnhardt Canyon via one of the best trails in the range, passes the historic Chilson Camp, heads north on the Mazatzal Divide Trail, then returns via the Rock Creek and Half Moon Trails. Expect to see waterfalls in Barnhardt and Rock Creeks if you do this hike in early spring, just after snowmelt. At any season, you’ll have panoramic views of the Mogollon Rim country.

Barnhardt-Rock Creek Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Starting from the easily accessed Barnhardt Trailhead on the east side of the Mazatzal Mountains, this scenic loop climbs spectacular Barnhardt Canyon via one of the best trails in the range, passes the historic Chilson Camp, heads north on the Mazatzal Divide Trail, then returns via the Rock Creek and Half Moon Trails.

Expect to see waterfalls in Barnhardt and Rock Creeks if you do this hike in early spring, just after snowmelt. At any season, you’ll have panoramic views of the Mogollon Rim country."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mesa
Distance: 17.3
Elevation Gain: 4,970 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: April through November
Trailhead Elevation: 4,170 feet
Top Elevation: 7,080 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest, Payson Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mazatzal Peak, North Peak; USFS Mazatzal Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Barnhardt-Rock Creek Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

11/17/2008
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This is a great hike for the first five miles. Then it leaves the red rock canyon and enters into the burned and barren remainder of the hike. The trail is very lightly used from this point on and finding cairns and the trail is very difficult at parts due to this. The turnoff of Rock Creek is hard to find as well and if you are not careful you could end up on the Divide trail. Great views of the whole area though, wish I could have seen it before the fires. "Seasonal water" means just about never. BRING WATER!!! Had my first ever encounter with a mountain lion just after nightfall but was able to scare it off without incident. Great hike, just bring your entire water supply for the hike just in case and make sure you have a good topo map or GPS to keep on track.



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May 2018