Barnhardt Canyon Trail Hike (Mazatzals)

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 07:15
Victoria Johnson -
B LENGTH: 11 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at 7:15 am (depart at 7:30) at the Denny’s in Fountain Hills (SE corner of Shea and Saguaro Blvd.).

Join us on this hike as it climbs into Barnhardt Canyon past a series of switchbacks along Castersen Seep and Sandy Saddle. Dana Downs, a professional geologist will be discussing the folding mechanisms of the metamorphic rocks along the trail. This hike is located in the Mazatzal Mountains starting in alligator juniper, live oak and agave, followed with ponderosa pine in areas at 6,500 feet and higher. Geology fans will enjoy the layers of sedimentary rock which can be seen from the trail. Depending on the amount of rainfall, the hike has the potential of showing waterfalls.

Optional early dinner afterwards in Scottsdale.

Bring plenty of water, lunch, sunscreen, a hat, and wear sturdy hiking boots. Cost to non-members is $5.

Only guests and new members need to contact the hike leader prior to the hike.