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Deer Creek - Y Bar Loop Professional Review and Guide
"This loop starts from the only Mazatzal trailhead reached from a paved highway. The hike climbs a deep, scenic canyon to the south end of the Mazatzal Divide Trail. The trail winds along the crest of the Mazatzal Mountains and provides 100-mile views of the central mountains. Although this trip can be done as an overnighter, it is much more enjoyable as a three-day trip.
During the cool season both Deer Creek and the South Fork usually have ﬂowing water. Water is scarce on the Mazatzal Divide Trail. To complete the loop, you’ll need to do 2.5 miles of
cross-country hiking. Except for a bit of brush at the start, the cross-country section of the route is easy and obvious, and there is an informal trail much of the way."
--Bruce Grubbs, Backpacking Arizona: From Deep Canyons to Sky Islands (3rd printing) (Wilderness Press).
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