Barnhardt Trail to Chilson Springs Hike (Mazatzals)

Date: 
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 06:30
Leaders: 
Don Mowry - 480-209-7963, dgmowry@gmail.com
Rating: 
B+ LENGTH: 12.4 mi ELEV GAIN: 1912 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at Wendy’s in Fountain Hills on Shea just north of the Hwy 87 turnoff at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45). We’ll carpool to the Barnhardt Trailhead and head up Barnhardt Canyon.

This is a “climber” but the beauty is worth it! We’ll start in desert scrub but as we gain elevation, we’ll encounter Ponderosas and small Oaks. At mile 2.5, we’ll encounter a highlight of this hike - a small seasonal waterfall nestled in a grotto just off the trail. We’ll view some promontories and ledges on our way to over 6200 ft. Last year at this time, the flowers were beautiful and prolific! We’ll reach the Mazatzal Divide Trail at mile 5.5 miles and will descend to Chilson Springs where we’ll have lunch, then return to the trailhead via the same route.

Bring 2 – 3 liters of water, electrolytes, rain gear, high energy snacks, and lunch. No dogs or children, please. Cost to non-members is $5.