Y Bar Basin

Mesa, Arizona

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A classic route around the range’s highest peak and through a remarkable variety of terrain in the Mazatzal Wilderness; the trails are better maintained and easier to find than most of the trails in the wilderness. Start on the Barnhardt Trail, then, just a dozen yards from the trailhead, turn left on the Y Bar Trail (sometimes called the Shake Tree Trail). The Barnhardt Trail will be your return. The Y Bar Trail climbs up a broad ridge in a series of rocky switchbacks, heading generally southwest through pinyon pine and juniper forest. When the trail passes the wilderness boundary, it turns more to the south and climbs along the east slopes of Mazatzal Peak, crossing numerous small canyons.

Y Bar Basin Professional Review and Guide

"A classic route around the range’s highest peak and through a remarkable variety of terrain in the Mazatzal Wilderness; the trails are better maintained and easier to find than most of the trails in the wilderness.

Start on the Barnhardt Trail, then, just a dozen yards from the trailhead, turn left on the Y Bar Trail (sometimes called the Shake Tree Trail). The Barnhardt Trail will be your return. The Y Bar Trail climbs up a broad ridge in a series of rocky switchbacks, heading generally southwest through pinyon pine and juniper forest. When the trail passes the wilderness boundary, it turns more to the south and climbs along the east slopes of Mazatzal Peak, crossing numerous small canyons."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mesa
Distance: 14.3
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 6,900 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto Basin and Payson Ranger Districts, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mazatzal Peak; USDAFS Mazatzal Wilderness, Tonto National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Y Bar Basin

Recent Trail Reviews

12/3/2002
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When I first started this trail I had those pre big hike jitters but when I started to hike I was amazed by the captivating scenery and the wildlife I saw. The hike was a moderate hike, it was a little harder than usual due to the snow but it was perfect in order to show the true beauty of the wilderness. When we reached the saddle I took lunch and then headed up to the peak, I stopped at the peak and relaxed for the night, then I went back down and around the moutain and then connected to the Maztazal divide trail. The whole trip was breath taking and after all the trips I have been on, that trail and that week will never be forgotten.



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May 2018