Mazatzal Peak Loop

Payson, Arizona

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At more than 252,000 acres, the Mazatzal is one of the largest wilderness areas in the state. Encompassing the Mazatzal Mountains, it ranges in elevation from 2100 feet along the Verde River in the west to the 7903-foot summit of Mazatzal Peak in the east. One of the premier hikes in this expansive parcel of pristine terrain follows the Barnhardt, Mazatzal Divide, and Y Bar Basin Trails around Mazatzal Peak.

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"At more than 252,000 acres, the Mazatzal is one of the largest wilderness areas in the state. Encompassing the Mazatzal Mountains, it ranges in elevation from 2100 feet along the
Verde River in the west to the 7903-foot summit of Mazatzal Peak in the east.

One of the premier hikes in this expansive parcel of pristine terrain follows the Barnhardt, Mazatzal Divide, and Y Bar Basin Trails around Mazatzal Peak."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Payson
Distance: 15
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 days
Season: Best March to November
Trailhead Elevation: 4,200 feet
Top Elevation: 6,550 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest; Mazatzal Wilderness Area
Local Maps: USGS Mazatzal Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Mazatzal Peak Loop

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May 2018