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    Barnhardt Waterfall Trail

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    9.7 km
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    434 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Barnhardt Waterfall Trail is a 9.7 km hike in the Tonto National Forest that feels very remote and is quite beautiful. If feeling like you’re far from the beaten path appeals to you, this could be your new favorite hike. The trail leads to a waterfall that doesn’t flow year-round, so visiting after rain will be your best bet to seeing it active, although we caution you to avoid this area if there’s flash flooding risk. Bring long pants to deal with the overgrowth.

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    Route Description for Barnhardt Waterfall Trail

    The Barnhardt Waterfall Trail is a pretty hike through a remote area defined by scrubby brush, red rock canyons, and dramatic rock formations. This hike feels quite rugged and off the beaten path, and it doesn’t see too much traffic. Add this hike to your list for the days when you want to get away from it all and try to visit when there’s been recent rain to fill out the waterfall.

    This route is quite rocky and can be overgrown in places. Good boots and long pants are recommended. If you choose to hike in the warmer months, bring plenty of water and protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sunscreen.

    From the trailhead, the hike rises gradually and consistently up the wall of the valley. Enjoy the trees and the blue sky above as you trek over the red dirt. Where the creek splits (if it’s flowing), you’ll turn left to tackle a set of switchbacks. This is the final push before making it into the canyon where the waterfall is. From here, you’ll retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Barnhardt Waterfall Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Barnhardt Waterfall Trail is on FR 419.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


    • When to do


    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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