Arizona Hiking Gallery
Barnhardt Trail Hike
Mazatzal Wilderness, AZ
May 7, 2017
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Gallery last updated: 10/1/2017

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, southwest of Payson, Arizona, and climbs into the Mazatzal Mountains along the slopes of Barnhardt Canyon.

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Scene from the Barnhardt Trailhead. I'll follow the arrow to the right for Barnhardt Trail #43.

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There were many Goldenflower Century Plants, Agave chrysantha, in the area.

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Also to be seen were a few nice examples of Desert Spoon or Sotol, Dasylirion wheeleri.

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Agave chrysantha and pup.

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Agave chrysantha sending up a flower stalk.

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Agave chrysantha.

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Scarlet Four O'Clock, Mirabilis coccinea.

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Leaf and stem structure of Scarlet Four O'Clock, Mirabilis coccinea.

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Scarlet Four O'Clock, Mirabilis coccinea.

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I love the red bark of the Pointleaf Manzanita, Arctostaphylos pungens.

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Lupine leaves, Lupinus sp.. Not sure, but this might be Arizona Lupine, Lupinus arizonicus.

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Doubting Mariposa Lily, Calochortus ambiguus.

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Doubting Mariposa Lily, Calochortus ambiguus.

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Agave chrysantha.

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Circular toothed leaves of Hollyleaf Buckthorn, Rhamnus crocea.

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Flowers of Hollyleaf Buckthorn, Rhamnus crocea. The fruit of Hollyleaf Buckthorn are bright red berries.

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Lichen circle. There are many lichen covered boulders and rock outcroppings along the Barnhardt Trail.

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You won't see many ferns in the Sonoran Desert environment. But one you might see in well shaded cliffs and rocky areas is Spiny Cliffbrake, Pellaea truncata.

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Now entering the Mazatzal Wilderness in the Tonto National Forest.

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Agave chrysantha.

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Agave chrysantha.

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Bear Grass, Nolina microcarpa, inflorescence.

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Bear Grass, Nolina microcarpa.

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Spent blooms of Common Monkeyflower, Mimulus guttatus. Common Monkeyflower grows where there is persistent moisture around such as near seeps, springs, and creeks.

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There is a nice population of Agave toumeyana var. bella along rocky terrain of the Barnhardt Trail.

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A cute little Dudleya saxosa with pup!

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Dudleya saxosa is commonly refered to as Panamint liveforever or Rock live forever and is a member of the Crassulaceae family of succulents. This one is making a home on a bed of moss.

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Agave toumeyana var. bella is a small agave with white striped leaves with curling white threads on the leaf margins.

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Agave toumeyana var. bella and Dudleya saxosa among lichen covered rock.

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Dudleya saxosa blooms with striking yellow flowers on reddish stalks.

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Dudleya saxosa in bloom.

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Agave toumeyana var. bella is endemic to central Arizona.

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Agave toumeyana var. bella sends up a tall thin infloresence. It may reach up to around 10 feet in height.

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Dudleya saxosa.

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Dudleya saxosa.

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Caret Cup Cactus, Echinocereus santaritensis.

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Dudleya saxosa.

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Caret Cup Cactus, Echinocereus santaritensis.

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Caret Cup Cactus, Echinocereus santaritensis.

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Agave toumeyana var. bella just beginning its bloom stalk.

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Agave toumeyana var. bella young bloom stalk.

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Dudleya saxosa.

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Ascending the Barnhardt Trail deeper into the canyon.

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Dudleya saxosa.

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Agave toumeyana var. bella growing from a crack on lichen covered rock.

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Dudleya saxosa bloom.

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A large bright yellow flower of California flannelbush, Fremontodendron californicum.

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Barestem Larkspur, Delphinium scaposum.

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Continuing to climb into the canyon on the Barnhardt Trail.

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Agave toumeyana var. bella.

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Tortured geology.

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The Barnhardt Trail stretches into the distance.

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A nice shady section of trail.

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Fragrant flower of Deerbrush, Ceanothus integerrimus.

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A look back down Barnhardt Canyon.

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More tortured geology.

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Desert Spoon or Sotol, Dasylirion wheeleri.

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Caret Cup Cactus, Echinocereus santaritensis.

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Caret Cup Cactus, Echinocereus santaritensis.

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Caret Cup Cactus, Echinocereus santaritensis.

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A view looking up canyon with a Velvet Ash, Fraxinus velutina, on the left.

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Seed pods of Velvet Ash, Fraxinus velutina.

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Mating Giant Agave Bugs, Acanthocephala thomasi, on Agave chrysantha leaf. Note the orange and black legs and antennae. Such strange looking creatures. They are sucking insects and feed on the juices of plants; agaves and yuccas are among their favorites.

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Mating Giant Agave Bugs, Acanthocephala thomasi.

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Ghostly white branches reach out from dead tree.

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An old dried up Agave toumeyana var. bella inflorescence. Compare with following photo.

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A fresh new developing Agave toumeyana var. bella inflorescence. Compare with previous photo.

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Agave toumeyana var. bella inflorescence.

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Red and black Net-winged Beetle, Lycus sanguineus, on Agave chrysantha leaf.

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Red and black Net-winged Beetle, Lycus sanguineus, on Agave chrysantha leaf. Who you lookin' at?

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Desert Spoon, Dasylirion wheeleri and Pointleaf Manzanita, Arctostaphylos pungens.

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Pointleaf Manzanita, Arctostaphylos pungens.

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Pointleaf Manzanita, Arctostaphylos pungens, with berries.

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Agave chrysantha carcass.

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California flannelbush, Fremontodendron californicum along the Barnhardt Trail.

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Agave chrysantha.

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Engelmann's Prickly Pear, Opuntia engelmannii, bloom.

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Engelmann's Prickly Pear, Opuntia engelmannii, pad and buds.

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Further up the Barnhardt Trail.

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Banana Yucca, Yucca baccata.

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View from the Barnhardt Trail.

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Barestem Larkspur, Delphinium scaposum.

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Flower of California flannelbush, Fremontodendron californicum.

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Agave chrysantha. An agave only blooms once. After spending all of its energy on the blooming event, the plant will die.

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Fendler's Meadow Rue Thalictrum fendleri.

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? Unknow ?

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Lichen covered rock shelves with agave and prickly pear in the foreground.

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A clump of Agave toumeyana var. bella clings to the corner of a lichen covered rock ledge.

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Although an individual Agave toumeyana var. bella rosette my be small, they offset frequently and can form large groups or clusters of plants.

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Alligator Juniper, Juniperus deppeana, with Agave toumeyana var. bella at the bottom of the photo and up on the rock ledges.

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A large cluster of Agave toumeyana var. bella.

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Cliff hanger. An Agave chrysantha hangs from a vertical crack in a cliff.

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New Mexico Locust, Robinia neomexicana.

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Agave toumeyana var. bella and Claret Cup Cactus, Echinocereus santaritensis.

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Agave toumeyana var. bella and Claret Cup Cactus, Echinocereus santaritensis.

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Agave chrysantha.

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? Unknow ?

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Common Monkeyflower, Mimulus guttatus.

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Common Monkeyflower, Mimulus guttatus.

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Not sure on this one. Might be some sort of Cinquefoil, Drymocallis sp.. Perhaps Drymocallis arguta?

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My destination for the day: A litle hidden grotto a few yards off the trail. A little trickle of water was flowing through. After a lunch break here, I turned around and headed back down the trail.

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