It had been a few months since our last backpacking adventure and we were hungry for some trails. Our original plan was foiled by prematurely high temperatures, so we headed North. My better half suggested that we attempt to hike in the Mazatzals again. In the past we had tried numerous trips there, but were forced North by high temperatures (there is some irony in us being forced here, now). We settled on a 19 mile loop that began on the Mazatzal Peak Loop, but veered off and took the Sandy Saddle Loop for some new views. The amount of downed trees, and unmaintained trail wore us out the first day and we decided to just do the Mazatzal Peak Loop at 15 miles. The loop offered stunning views, isolation and some challenges that were a great warm up for the upcoming backpacking season. If you are interested in hitting this loop check out the details here on the hikearizona.com link.