Barnhardt Trail is a 12 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 12.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,185 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This route starts in the Barnhardt Canyon along a creek. During wet months, you may see a waterfall there. This route can be made into a loop with the addition of the Y Bar Trail. Wear pants to avoid getting scratched by plants.

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snow
9 days ago

Hiked in February, while the last of the snow was still feeding Big Kahuna Falls. Nice trail, when there is water coming off the Mazatzals. Plenty of parking, but about a 4 mile dirt/rock access road from the highway to the trailhead. Only reason I knocked it down a star is that, though Barnhardt Canyon is pretty, I can't rate it as comparable to the nicer hikes around Sedona.

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail. Easily visible. Lots of incline, but not too steep. Great views, and when we hiked, all the desert flowers were in bloom. We went early, started at 8, and didn’t see a lot of people till our decent which was nice. Saw water on and off. Cute little waterfall off trail around mile 4. I liked this hike. Nice drive from Phoenix.

19 days ago

Great trail I’m 64 my husband is 66 went early 6am to beat the heat and it was great. I must say it is an ankle injury looking to happen. So wear great shoes and just be on the lookout for the rocks it is worth the time great views

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rocky
1 month ago

This trail was awesome amazing views watch out though because there are some crazy edges I only recommend this trail for intermediate to advanced hikers. Watch out for rattlesnakes we saw one coming down.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail and would have given five stars save for the group of trucks camping feet from the access road up firing handguns close to the road. Called sheriff and not sure if shooting stopped because of that or they packed up for the day. Wildflowers in bloom, traces of running water, some nice shaded areas too.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail. The trail is a steady incline. Camped about 3.8 miles in. Beautiful views. Water was still running in 3 or 4 spots.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Straight up you go! Not for the faint of heart. Only bring experienced dogs. Saw one that looked like it was saving a head stroke. Nice shady spots along the way with the sounds if water flowing

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail. Backpacked in on Friday 4/17, hiked out Saturday. Steady incline for about 4 miles going in. Last running water source was about 3.6 miles in. Trail was pretty much wide open hiking in and only passed 5 people. Hiking out was crowded probably passed 50 people who were hiking in. Beautiful scenery and water was flowing down the canyon. Camped about 5.2 miles and enjoyed the views.

backpacking
1 month ago

We are planning an overnight backpacking trip up Barnhardt to Chisholm Springs. Trying to gauge recent reliable water sources. Are the falls going at mile 3.1? Did any of you see water farther back? How about Chisholm Springs? Any information is helpful! Thank you all and happy trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful bio diversity makes this hike visually stunning. Random brooks feed vegetation with a wide variety of wild flowers, trees and cactus. This area was burned by the Willow fire in 2004 so you can see signs of it. Pay attention to your mileage so you don’t miss the waterfall. About 3.10 miles in you’ll see a small waterfall but go in towards the canyon to see the real waterfall. Easy to miss the big one.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike, we are on it right now! We even have cell service! If you’re planning on staying the night and carrying your gear with you, get ready for a ride! It is fun, it is gorgeous, and it’s also extremely steep. All in all though great hike. Lots of fun.

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rocky
1 month ago

My hubby and I are avid hikers so this hike wasn’t too difficult, but it is long! We did 10* miles. The waterfalls are tiny so don’t get too excited for rapidly flowing water. The best part was the solitude and SOUND of the water you could hear frequently throughout the hike. Some breaks of shade but definitely lots of sun. Rocky the first 1/2 mile but then very nice trail. Easy to follow. You can do the Y Bar and Barnhardt together and the hike would be 14!

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rocky
1 month ago

Camped out overnight and hiked early on 4/5/20. More crowded than we expected. Great scenery, flowing water, and unusual plant life. The waterfall at the 3 mile mark was the highlight. We turned around at the 4.7 mile mark because that section of the trail had been burned years ago and is just a sea of manzanita. Wear good boots, not your trail runners like I did!

1 month ago

WAY too crowded on a Saturday morning :( This is my favorite trail in the area, I've hiked it annually for the last 6 years in various seasons. Instead of 2 or 3 groups/cars, there were 50+. The narrow trail makes passing a chore (and a big social distancing fail). If you were trying to find a peaceful hike like I was, this isn't it right now. Five stars because the trail itself is always gorgeous and the waterfall is flowing.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great hike! It’s hard for sure! It’s about 6.2 miles to the great divide! Our total hike was 12.52 miles round trip. Not many kids on this hike but some. Great inclines, elevation was 2,069 gain. The water fall this time of year was beautiful. There is a couple places you could actually hike in and set up camp. Bring lots of water. Very rocky, good shoes a must. Also not many places to stop along the way to eat, or restore your comfort if your a female . Its single person trail. So if you bring kids hard to hold their hands to help them down the really rocky areas.

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Scenic. Photo opportunity about 3 miles into it at the waterfall. I did not go to the top in the interest of time so I could explore other trails. This is not the most difficult trail but it has some distance to it.

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rocky
2 months ago

NOT CLOSED

hiking
2 months ago

Overall great trail. Would not rate the main attraction (waterfall) portion of the trail as difficult though. Took my family of 6 plus our 150 lb Bullmastiff up there on Saturday. Total hike took us about 4 hours. That included breaks for snacks and rest. Wife has asthma and kiddos range from 7-12 years of age. Each of us had our own hydro packs that lasted the full duration of the hike. The waterfall was flowing great and there were a few streams flowing along the way that our pup enjoyed drinking from. We let him walk the majority of the trail off leash as it wasn’t too high of traffic. Saw a few other with their pups off leash as well. Only the ankle biters showed any signs of reaction though. Overall great day/hike for all of us.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked this trail yesterday, beautiful trail with a set of waterfalls, the last one is about 4 or 5 miles in but the distance round trip is 12.4 miles is somebody will like to correct that in the description.

hiking
2 months ago

This is an incredible trail! The trailhead is easy to find, following the coordinates. The trail starts to the left of the parking lot entrance. This is a great, hard hike and just breathtaking. Last weekend, there were so many little tiny streams flowing across the trail, some fun little water crossings, and a couple incredible waterfalls. The largest is about 4-4.5 miles out. There was snow up top and it was a beautiful day. On a Saturday, we saw no one except two nice men all the way to the top. It became incredibly busy from the main waterfall and below coming back down. This trail is definitely 12+ miles, not 10.2 miles. (We passed quite a few dogs on this popular trail, and all were off leash, just a heads up if you have a reactive dog)

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail. Is beautiful all around. I was lucky to go after a few days of rain so the waterfalls were flowing quite a bit. After about 2/3 of this mapped trail, it gets flat and very different but just not as exciting as the waterfalls. We turned around just before the junction because the trail was a stream of water and didn’t want to damage it.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

This was a great hike. Had a great day. Lots of water running everywhere off the mountains. Lots of flowers blooming.

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rocky
2 months ago

an utterly beautiful hike with stunning geography and amazing waterfalls

2 months ago

Beautiful. Water flowing strong in the creek and the falls. Weather is perfect in early March. There were a few extra random tiny falls flowing down the canyon that weren't here previously. Trail pretty rocky. Also - this trail is 6.2 miles from the trailhead to the end at the AZ Trail, 12.4 miles round trip.

2 months ago

No idea why this is listed here, why Alltrails calls it "Mazatzal Peak", why it is listed as 9.1 miles, or why it is listed as a loop. It is none of those things. This is Barnhardt Trail. It is an out and back trail, and is about 12.4 miles round trip. This trail goes nowhere near Mazatzal Peak, which can be accessed by other routes. The trail does not end where it is shown here; it goes another 1.5 miles and ends at the Mazatzal Divide portion of the AZ Trail. This is listed in Alltrails under "Barnhardt Trail." Go there.

hiking
3 months ago

2/25 road conditions have improved since my last visit, but still a tad muddy. Falls are flowing very nicely right now! Got very chilly and windy at higher elevation, layers are helpful!

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snow
4 months ago

Our hiking group hiked this trail on 1/11/20. FR 419 is fine, no muddy. There is ice and snow on the trail at higher level. Waterfalls is with gushing water. But going closed to waterfalls is difficult due to ice on the rock. Be careful.

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