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Merritt Draw Loop (Lower) - Mogollon Rim, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 5.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,431 feet
Elevation Gain -466 feet
Accumulated Gain 600 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.6
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
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Pinchot Cabin
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Pinchot Cabin from Camp Grasshopper
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Barber Merritt
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Merritt Draw Meander
29  2019-06-14 Grasshopper
18  2016-07-23
Lower Merritt Loop - FR 139C
8  2015-09-02 The_N
25  2014-06-13 Grasshopper
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Author Grasshopper
author avatar Guides 45
Routes 480
Photos 8,786
Trips 543 map ( 5,393 miles )
Age 75 Male Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Jun
Sun  5:22am - 7:20pm
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5 Alternative

good, worthy draw
by Grasshopper

Likely In-Season!
This moderate, pleasant, and partially off-trail loop hike enters scenic and riparian Merritt Draw with seasonal water flow, pooling, a perennial spring, Drift Fence Spring, and travels NNE down the draw to its lower end at the intersection with Barbershop Canyon and U-Bar Trail #28.

From the intersection, follow some well and not so well defined animal routes. The off-trail route continues with about 350 ft of elevation gain to connect with the lower end of scenic FR139C for hiking, biking, and driving for roughly a 2.2-mile hike back to start to complete this loop.

June, July, August
I recommended "Counterclockwise" vs "Clockwise" as described above. From the recommended Start location described in directions, first hike 2.2 miles down FR139C, then off-trail downhill to enter close to the intersection of Barbershop Canyon/Lower Merritt Draw, then continue off-trail hiking up Merritt Draw.

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2019-05-27 Grasshopper
    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.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To Mid FR139C (arbitrary/unofficial) Trailhead
    From Phoenix
    Drive Hwy 87 north through Payson, Pine, and Strawberry.. approx 10.5 miles north of Strawberry on Hwy 87 at MP281.1, turn right at signed FR300 (the Rim Road). From this intersection...

    Utilize this GPS Driving Route "from" the intersection of Hwy 87/FR300 (Rim Road) at Hwy 87 Milepost 281.2 "to" the recommended FR139C TH Start at Camp Grasshopper-Campsite #3 (or #2).
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    page created by Grasshopper on Aug 30 2012 12:25 pm
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated
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