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    928 m
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    24.9 km
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    Y Bar and Barnhardt Trail Loop


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    The Y Bar and Barnhardt Trail Loop is a 25.3 km loop hike in the Tonto National Forest. This route can be used as a longer day trip or you can take advantage of the camping sites along the way to backpack it. One side of this loop is very rocky, so sturdy boots are a must. While it’s a bit of a longer trek, the elevation gain is nicely spread out, making it a less demanding route than you might think. Expect moderate traffic.

    Route Description for Y Bar and Barnhardt Trail Loop

    The Y Bar and Barnhardt Trail Loop is a gorgeous loop that takes you all the way around Mazatzal Peak for awesome views of a remote-feeling part of the Tonto National Forest. This loop can be done in a day thanks to its spread-out elevation profile, or you can make use of the dispersed camping sites on the route to make this a backpacking adventure.

    The Y Bar side of the route is extremely rocky, and the rocks seem to be perfectly ankle-rolling sized. Wear sturdy boots, but also consider starting your loop on the Barnhardt side in case you decide it’s too rocky for you- some users report preferring the Barnhardt side as an out and back because of the rocky terrain.

    From the trailhead, keep left onto the Barnhardt Trail. You’ll take a set of even switchbacks up between the creek valleys before starting a traverse across the washes on the side of the peak. Make a longer gradual climb through the canyon to hike underneath Mazatzal Peak, continuing through the manzanitas along the backside of the loop. Stay right three times as you loop around to the Y Bar Trail, which involves some steep descents down switchbacks and consideration of the aforementioned rocks.

    This route will deliver you back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Y Bar and Barnhardt Trail Loop Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Y Bar and Barnhardt Trail Loop is at the end of Barnhardt Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      Various backcountry sites

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    • Pets allowed:

      Yes - On Leash

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