Arizona Hiking Gallery
Barnhardt Trail Hike
Mazatzal Wilderness, AZ
May 11, 2008
Gallery contains 68 photos
Gallery last updated: 6/1/2008

This hike was about a 7 mile out-and-back hike along the Barnhardt Trail in the Mazatzal Wilderness. The hike starts from the Barnhardt Trailhead near Rye, Arizona, and climbs into the Mazatzal Mountains along the slopes of Barnhardt Canyon.

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A view into the Mazatzal Mountains a little ways in from the trailhead on the Barnhardt Trail.

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Beautiful lavender-colored Mariposa Lilies or Sego Lily (Calochortus nuttallii) made a spectacular showing along the trail.

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Mariposa Lily.

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Mariposa Lily.

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Yellow Linanthus (Linanthus aureus). Notice the interesting leaves ringing the stem at its branch points.

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A colony of Spreading Fleabane (Erigeron divergens) colors the hillside with white.

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Spreading Fleabane.

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Barestem Larkspur (Delphinium scaposum) is a highly toxic wildflower.

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The long spur of the Barestem Larkspur contains the nectar and allows only certain insects to reach it.

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Tansyaster (Machaeranthera sp.).

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Mariposa Lily.

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Golden-Flowered Agave (Agave chrysantha) shooting up its asparagus-like flower stalk.

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A view looking up Barnhardt Canyon.

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A few pools of water can be seen down below in Barnhardt Creek

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A rock outcropping along the Barnhardt Trail.

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A juniper makes its home on a rock ledge far above the floor of Barnhardt Canyon.

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Water trickles down Barnhardt Creek among red boulders and green bedrock.

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Flannel Bush (Fremontodendron californicum) covered in bright yellow-orange flowers.

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Closeup of the Flannel Bush flower. Flannel Bush is known by several common names such as Fremontia, Slippery Elm, and Silver Oak.

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The Barnhardt Trails climbs up to some purplish tortured cliffs.

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A small riparian area along Barnhardt Creek.

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The sweet smelling flower of Deerbrush (Ceanothus integerrimus) gives rise to another common name of White Lilac.

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Deerbrush is also known as Soapbush as its bark was used by Native Americans to create a soap.

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Lichens and succulents cover reddish rock along Barnhardt Canyon.

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A view looking eastward out of Barnhardt Canyon to the Rye Valley below.

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Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum).

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Where a small creek crossed the trail ferns and mosses could be found.

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A patches of bright green moss nurished by a trickle of a stream.

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Sunlight lights up a cliff wall in a side canyon.

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The always interesting flowerhead of Antelope Horns (Asclepias asperula) of the Milkweed family.

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Closeup of Antelope Horns.

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A pair of Mariposa Lilies, the state flower of Utah.

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I have yet to identify this beautiful wild onion bloom (Allium sp.).

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I want to call this Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata), but the fruit is much yellower and much slender than the banana yucca I'm familiar with. The red on the stem is also throwing me for a loop.

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Spreading Fleabane with a more lavender color than fleabane found lower on the trail.

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As the trail skirts a rock ledge damage from a wildfire that roared through here a few years ago becomes quite apparent.

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Lichen covered boulders at the edge of the a cliff frame this view looking back out of Barnhardt Canyon.

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A layered rock wall provides plenty of shade for a nice resting spot on the way up the canyon.

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The New Mexico Raspberry (Rubus neomexicanus) blossom will be followed by an edible reddish-purple raspberry.

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A short boulder hop from the trail at a stream crossing brings one to a secluded alcove complete with a trickle of a waterfall.

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Alumroot (Heuchera versicolor) growing on the rock ledges around the alcove.

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The waterfall starts high on the cliffs rocks above.

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After the waterfall the trail contours around a ridge into an area damage by wildfire. Here's a view into a tangle of dead brush.

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A bleached log in the fire damage area.

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Manzanita surrounds three ghostly shub skeletons, victims of the fire.

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A view to the northeast over the dead shrubbery toward Sandy Saddle. From here we'll turn around and head back down.

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Interesting color and texture of the stumb of a dead shrub.

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A cluster of the light pink, bell-shapped flowers of Pointleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungens).

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Reddish brown bark of the Pointleaf Manzanita.

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Rock Echeveria (Dudleya saxosa) flowers rise from a yucca-like succulent.

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Mariposa Lily.

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Details inside a Mariposa Lily flower.

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A lone charred and blackened tree trunk stands as a reminder of the fire that swept through the area a few years ealier.

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A trickle of water splashes over maroon colored boulders.

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Back at the waterfall and alcove ferns grow from cracks in the rock walls.

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Strange "flakes" of lichen (I'm guessing it's some sort of lichen) cling to the rock wall along with a lone fern.

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Alumroot clings to the rock ledges and water splashes its way down a chute.

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Side view of a Claret Cup Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) blossom.

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Claret Cup Cactus nestled in the lichen covered maroon-colored rocks.

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Claret Cup Cactus blossoms.

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Closeup of Claret Cup Cactus blossom.

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Closeup of Allium.

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Tortured rocks in the cliffs above Barnhardt Canyon.

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Cliff Fendlerbush (fendlera rupicola).

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Cliffs above Barnhardt Canyon.

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Barestem Larkspur.

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Some extreme geological forces must have been at work on theses rocks.

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More of the interesting geological folding of the rock.

All images Copyright ©2008 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.