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NORTH PEAK TRAIL Day Hike - Payson Mazatzal Wilderness

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 07:00am

Leader: Denise Osborne ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Phone: 480-241-9297
Length: 7.2 miles
Elev. Gain: 3,400 ft
Rating: Difficult
RSVP required by September 13th
MEET in Target parking lot at 16825 E Shea Blvd Fountain Hills, 7:00 AM
The trailhead is 10 miles west of Payson along a dirt road. The beginning of the trail is along a nicely shaded riparian area by Mineral Springs. However, the shade soon ends and the trail will begin to climb as you approach the Mazatzal Wilderness boundary. From here the trail heads up a ridge that descends from the NE face of North Peak. At this point, you will get expansive views of the Tonto Basin on your left and, to the right and behind you, the Mogollon Rim. After 2 miles, the trail reaches approx. 6000 ft. and starts to level off as it enters the pine forest. At 2.5 miles you will turn left (south) and head off trail to ascend the summit as the trail does not go to the summit. As you head through the forest towards the summit, it immediately becomes a relatively steep climb until you reach the top. Bushwhacking may be required. The views are expansive from the summit with Mazatzal Peak and Mt. Peeley to the south and the Rim to the Northeast. We will head back the way we came until we hit the trail again.


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