This was my second time doing Babershop Cyn and I wanted to check out Dane Cyn as well so I worked out this loop that turned out to be a pretty great hike. We began our hike at about 8:30 am. I wasn't sure how long this would take-- Barbershop Cyn is pretty quick going and full of game trails but I wasn't sure about Dane (though I assumed it would be similar).
Starting at the junction of FR139 and the Barbershop Trail, we made our way past Barbershop Cyn to Dane Canyon. We would take care of Dane first and hit Barbershop on the way back. Dane Cyn is very similar to Barbershop-- luckily, that is a good thing. The game trails aren't as distinct but it is still pretty easy to maneuver through. There's a lot of water right now and small fish in some of the larger pools. We eventually made it to the junction with the U-bar Trail and were in familiar territory again. We ate lunch at the junction and then made our way over to Barbershop Cyn.
Barbershop Cyn was just as cool as I remembered and definitely appears to be traveled more than Dane (by people and animals). Not too far down the canyon, we ran into the only people we would see all day. They were descending down into the canyon from above. We first assumed they were scrambling down from one of the forest roads above but then they said they were just looking for a way around a water obstacle. They couldn't find a route and wished us better luck than they had. They headed back towards the U-bar Trail. We never did figure out what impassable section of water had stopped them
We had no trouble getting through the canyon.
After a couple little waterfalls, a large bull elk stomping up to higher ground, and a blue heron-- we eventually made it back to the Barbershop trail and back to John's jeep. This is a beautiful loop and I would recommend this one to anyone trying to gain some off-trail experience-- this hike would be perfect for off-trail beginner.
In all honesty, both these canyons are beautiful and fun to work through but I don't know if I'd do them together as a dayhike again. Maybe I'll save them more for secluded shortcuts through the Cabin Loop area. The more I explore this area, the more awesome it becomes-- it never disappoints.
On the drive home, John spotted two bald eagles perched beside the road near the casino. We also ended up driving a really annoying cicada all the way from Strawberry to Mesa. I guarantee you-- he's gonna hate his new home. Homeslice picked the wrong vehicle to hop a ride in
The SRTM sync says 2488 aeg but it couldn't have been more than 2,000.