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Y Bar Basin - Barnhardt Canyon Loop Professional Review and Guide
"This classic route takes you around the range’s highest peak and through a remarkable variety of terrain in the Mazatzal Wilderness. These trails are better maintained and easier to find than most of the trails in the wilderness. 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."
--Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Arizona (Falcon Guides).
Backpacked in on the Y-Bar trail to the Y-Bar basin. Due to altitude gain, and the most rocky trails imagianable, progress was limited to a little over 1 mile an hour. We did manage to find a nice camp site just short of the basin area, but the skeeters were out in force. The hike back on battered feet was just as bad. Out of the entire 10mile hike (out and back) we may have had 1/4 mile that wasn't on sharp rocks, loose gravel, tennis ball size bolders, or rock slide. The other trails in this area may be worth while but avoid the y-bar trail at all cost, unless you love blisters, twisted ankles, and banged up toes.
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