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Barbershop Cyn Upper Loop - Mogollon Rim, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 7.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,419 feet
Elevation Gain 495 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,512 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 15.26
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
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8  2018-05-20 MountainMatt
11  2017-07-15
Barbershop and Dane Loop from FR 321
39  2015-06-27 OdinWiski
25  2013-06-13 Grasshopper
11  2012-08-24 Oregon_Hiker
9  2012-08-12
29  2011-07-14 Grasshopper
8  2011-07-13
Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#2
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Overview: Located within the "Cabin Loop Trails" area on the Mogollon Rim, this remote Class 1 hiking loop area of upper Barbershop Canyon sees few human visitors and offers some very pleasant summer "off-trail" hiking in this riparian canyon section with summer perennial water flows, nice pools, beautiful riparian vegetation, and an opportunity to possibly view various Mogollon Rim wildlife as you navigate the numerous animal trails with some tree downfall to navigate under, around, and over. Also, it should be noted that the posted GPS default track is highly recommended for download and following as the decent into and climb out of Barbershop Canyon requires some intermediate navigation skills.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Barbershop Cyn Upper Loop - Mogollon Rim
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    The last time I day hiked this two mile off-trail section of Upper Barbershop Canyon to its intersection with Barbershop Trail #91 was with GPSjoe in September, 2010. It was good to finally be back for a revisit. It did not disappoint in Sept'10 and neither did it this revisit :)

    This June 13th loop hike was a deviation from the original hike description write-up further explained in the "information notes" section of my posted 6/13 GPS Route.

    This visit I wanted to further document via photos and way point locations for all others qualified and interested, the possible and recommended overnight backpack campsite locations within this two mile section of Upper Barbershop Canyon. I located two to three possible backpack campsites that I would recommend. These campsite locations with views of and associated pic captions are documented in my geocoded picset with reference way points/comments also noted on my posted GPS Route (hiking up canyon, these two recommended backpack campsites are at elevations of 7336ft and 7424ft respectively).

    While hiking this lush green with seasonal/perennial water flow and pooling sections of Upper Barbershop Canyon, I noticed a significant amount of deer and elk activity via well worn use routes, droppings, and I also noticed more alcoves and minor cave areas up into the cliff walls. This canyon surely must be a very active early morning and evening/night mecca for wildlife and thus one of the reasons why I feel it would be an awesome location to spend the night. I can visualize waking up in the early morning and seeing : rein : outside my tent. I'm not sure what else might roam around from inside the numerous alcoves and caves :lol:

    This has been mentioned before by others, but I might repeat that for those who have exhausted hiking the standard Cabin Loop Trails in this area, that Barbershop and Dane Canyons should offer a pleasant off-trail minor challenge alternative for those qualified. In my opinion, Upper Barbershop Canyon (between U-Bar TR 28 & Barbershop TR 91) is a good choice for either day hiking or backpacking. Dane Canyon (between U-Bar 28 & Barbershop TR 91), the "center" section up canyon from Dane Spring being better for day hiking or backpacking with the "lower end" and "upper end" of Dane Canyon being better suited for day hiking.
    Barbershop Cyn Upper Loop - Mogollon Rim
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    Parked along the Barbershop trail and headed down into Barbershop Canyon. Down Barbershop Canyon is initially easy, with good elk trails on benches. After awhile the going gets a bit tougher, but Barbershop Canyon is wonderful, with plenty of flowers, intermittent water, and two impressive springs along the way.

    With monsoons clouds forming at the time I started the hike, it wasn't surprising I got rained on. After getting a bit wet, I finally found a spot out of the rain to wait out the second half. Thoroughly wet, I continued down the last part of Barbershop, where the elk trails got much better, and found the Ubar intersection.

    Barbershop canyon is a true gem on the rim, probably the best hike anywhere in the area.

    I went up Merritt Draw, which initially wasn't too bad but quickly required scrambling, bushwhacking, and crawling over many, many downed trees. After awhile of this the elk trails began to improve and I headed up the draw at twice the speed. Reaching Hank's "best entry point", I surprised two elk. One of the elk spotted me and ran away. The other elk didn't see me, but panicked when the other ran.

    The elk happened to end up running right at me, not having spotted me. This was good and bad - the bad part was that I had 600 pounds of animal barreling right at me at 15 mph and about 1.5 seconds to react. What to do? Dive behind the tree! While moving, grab the camera, fire off a shot! I haven't checked, but I think I go it!

    The rest of the trip wasn't as eventful, I used an elk trail to bypass a portion when I wasn't having any fun climbing over tree after tree and bushwhacking. I think I skipped about a quarter mile. The upper part of Merritt Draw has lots of fences to keep the elk out.

    It was pleasant walking through the vast meadows of Merritt Draw. This part is an easy hike that anybody can do, and it goes on for quite a ways. Lots of flowers and green fields. Very nice indeed!

    I continued all the way to the top of the draw, cross country to find the trail, and crossed through Barbershop canyon again to finish the loop.

    Spring reports - the springs in Barbershop were flowing quite well. They are amazing, but not on the map!

    Couldn't tell with the Merritt Draw springs - too many fences in the way.
    Barbershop Cyn Upper Loop - Mogollon Rim
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    Last September'10 from this hikes same TH Start, I was able to locate a good off trail route down to enter Barbershop Canyon to hike the 2.1 mile distance up canyon to where it intersects Barbershop Trail 91. We called this HAZ hike description "Barbershop Cyn & Dane Cyn".

    My plan this July'11 trip was to research and hike a mostly off trail loop which would start from the same TH Start to include the 4.4 mile section of upper Barbershop Canyon from where I entered Barbershop Cyn on my Sept'10 trip to where it intersects the U-Bar Trail 28. We now call this new HAZ hike description "Barbershop Cyn Upper Loop". This new loop turned-out to be a very pleasant route covering a quiet, easy, and scenic 2.6 mile hiking section of FR139C to its road end before reaching an off trail route finding section for ~350ft downhill to intersect U-Bar Tr 28/Barbershop Canyon.

    As my picset with captions hopefully confirms, this 4.4 mile mostly easy to navigate off trail upper section of Barbershop Canyon 7k'to 7.3k' (following existing Deer/Elk use trails and needing to cross the sometimes flowing creek numerous times and dodging a few downed trees), during our summer monsoon months June-Sept offers a remote, lush green landscape of various flora including lots of ferns, wildflowers, and butterflies. Never thought I could fatigue of such, but honestly the last 1.5mls of this 4.4 mile section I was ready for it to end.. I think so much lush green for 6 hours straight was starting to play with my mind :lol:
    Barbershop Cyn Upper Loop - Mogollon Rim
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    It was past time for me to plan another car camping/hiking/R&R "get-away". This time to one of my favorite Mogollon Rim-Cabin Loop area locations at 7435ft elevation.

    Back in early June I had intended this July 13 to July 18 (5nt/6day) event to be a group outing, but due to Coconino NF fire restrictions in-force prior-to 7/12/11 and my concerns regarding a possible Coconino NF violation of group/vehicle camping at this proposed campsite without me having a Plan "B" group campsite location, on 7/9 I most reluctantly thought it best to cancel our previously planned group overnight camping.

    On my Mogollon Rim arrival day Wed-7/13 I drove the immediate area up/down/around FR139 and FR139C and just could not find an alternate campsite location that I liked enough to commit set up of my major "Camp Grasshopper" for 5 nights and 6 days of camping and that was also within close hiking access to our Cabin Loop area trails. So I ended up camping for this entire period at my original planned group campsite with "off trail" hiking access to all the areas that I had originally intended to explore:

    Thurs-7/14: From my campsite to ~3mls up FR139C to off trail down 300ft to intersection of U-Bar Tr28/Barbershop Canyon to off trail ~4.5mls up Barbershop Cy to an off trail exit point back to my campsite location;

    Fri-7/15: From my campsite to cross FR139C to off trail over to Merritt Draw to explore the Forest Service protected (fenced) riparian area in this interesting draw with its incredibly lush green meadow area;

    Sat-7/16: Dane Canyon Loop (7.0 mile route per hike description write-up) from the FR321A Dane Spring/Cabin TH Start location;

    Sun-7/17: From my campsite up FR139C to connect with an obscure, closed to vehicles logging road (FR9735P) to off trail downhill to intersect middle Merritt Draw with plans to explore a few hiking miles down riparian Merritt Draw to its intersection end at U-Bar Tr28/Barbershop Canyon and then hike back up Merritt Draw past my previous Merritt Draw entry point and hike all the way up Merritt Draw to repeat the hiking area of my 7/15 hike;

    I will post separate photosets and GPS Tracks for these above four hikes and will also post a few "Camp Grasshopper" pics from my very enjoyable 5nts/6days :DANCE:

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    From the PHOENIX area: Take the Beeline Hwy 87 north all the way past Payson, Strawberry, and past the small community of Clints Well; Continue on Hwy 87 past the right turn for signed Blue Ridge Reservoir, continue on Hwy 87 past the signed right turn for Moqui / Blue Ridge Campgrounds, continue on Hwy 87 past the Blue Ridge Ranger Station to the next signed FR right turn onto FR95; Turn Right onto FR95 at way point N34 36.785 W111 11.209 and follow signs for FR95 South, then a major downhill on FR95 to FR95/FR96 intersection after crossing East Clear Creek Bridge; "Stay on" FR95 (a ~right turn SSW) and continue uphill until you reach signed FR139; Turn left onto FR139 (Note: set your odometer to "0") and continue south on FR139 for ~6.6mls to signed FR139C on your left side at waypoint N34 26.535 W111 11.900; Turn Left onto unmaintained, easy to follow gravel FR139C (Note: set your odometer to "0") and continue driving on FR139C for 2.10 miles to primitive campsite entrance/TH Start, a right turn at waypoint N34 27.546 W111 10.598;

    Please also note: Via either Hwy 260 east/FR300 from Payson "or" Hwy 87 north/FR300 (at Milepost 281.1 on Hwy 87), you can drive to the SW end of FR139 at its intersection with Rim Road FR300, then drive north up FR139 for ~2.0 miles to intersect FR139C and then make a right turn onto FR139C and follow the directions noted above;
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