good, worthy draw
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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