Hike Barnhardt Trail

Rate this Adventure Arizona Barnhardt Trail

Added by emma harries

This is a challenging 8-10 mile hike (depending on how far in you go) leading to a few waterfalls. The Barnhardt trail is hidden off the side of the 87 and feels extremely secluded.

To get to the trailhead, use the turnoff of highway 87 labeled Barnhardt trail (has a marked sign coming from both Payson and Phoenix). Barnhardt road is just over 4 miles and is unpaved. The road can be driven on by lower clearance cars because the terrain is not too rocky. Once at the trailhead the trail is very easy to follow. Right from the beginning you will gain elevation, the trail has many switchbacks then gradually gets steeper and steeper. About 4 miles in, a small waterfall can be heard from the trail. The small waterfall is accessible though not visible due to large canyon walls. Throughout the hike there are many shady spots under trees, unique rock formations and stunning views. Some parts have steep cliffs. This hike is not recommended for younger kids. The lush greenery and pretty flowers in the spring are beautiful to see. Though the trail being in the transition zone of the Mazatzal Wilderness in Tonto National Forest you will see cactus and desert like plants in some areas and ponderosa pines in others. Trail can be done in about 3-5 hours or more depending on speed and fitness.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking boots
  • Trail Snacks
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Fitness, Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1912 Feet

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by emma harries

More Adventures Nearby

Stand Up Paddle in Castle Rock Bay

Arizona / Castle Rock

The Castle Rock Bay is a bit out of the beaten path, making it a quiet place to relax on Lake Havasu. The parking lot can be found off a dirt road off of Vista Dr.

Nick Garcia
2 Saves

Hike the Baldwin Trail

Arizona / Baldwin Loop Trail

As with most areas in Sedona, you will need to have purchased a Red Rock Pass to park at the trailhead, which is located just south of Verde Valley Road.

Dan Deublein
1 Saves

Hike Soldier's Pass Trail to Brins Mesa Trail

Arizona / Soldier's Pass Trailhead

Starting at the trailhead is a parking lot for around 14 vehicles, arrive early in the morning if you want to be guaranteed a parking spot.

Edward Webb
2 Saves