Barnhardt Trail to Chilson Springs - Mazatzals

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 07:00
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727,
B+ LENGTH: 12.4 mi ELEV GAIN: 1,912 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at Wendy’s in Fountain Hills on Shea Blvd just west of Highway 87 at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15). 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. Hopefully we’ll have rain by then and the waterfall will be gushing!  We’ll view some promontories and ledges on our way to over 6,200 ft. Last year at this time, the flowers were beautiful and prolific! If we are fortunate, we might find some strawberry claret cups blooming.  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, hiking poles, electrolytes, rain gear, high energy snacks and lunch. No dogs or children please. Cost to non-members is $5.