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a charm of it's own
From our camp on 139C, we descended the western embankment down a gradual slope. Once in the Merritt creek-bottom, we turned downstream, sometimes hiking in the creek-bed and sometimes on the benches next to the creek. This is a beautiful, healthy forest rife with ferns and tall pines as well as some oaks.
After about 1.75/2 miles, you will reach the 'confluence' with Barbershop Canyon - it will be the first canyon entering from the south-east, and water will be running in it. There are well-used campsites at this intersection, as this is where the U-Bar Trail crosses Barbershop Canyon. Turning up Barbershop Canyon, you will shortly encounter a metal signpost on creek-left (LDC) with a yellow triangle emblem on it. At this point, there is a trail back up to 139C. A couple of our group ascended this trail and road-walked back to our camp. (see dotted red line on my map)
Most continued up Barbershop Canyon passing a small but tall waterfall on creek-right (LDC) - It is a beautiful spring cascading down the rocks. As you continue, watch for a sharp left-hand bend in the creek-bed (see my map) at about 1.6/1.8 miles from the confluence. After rounding this bend, you will see on creek-left (LDC) a substantial elk trail heading upslope. It is a steep trail, but all-in-all not bad as these elk trails go. Once at the top, you will merely head west-ish across the flat pine-forest on a blanket of pine straw back to 139C and your starting point.
If you choose to continue up Barbershop Canyon past where we exited, the canyon walls will get shallower, making a hike out less arduous, but we were shooting to exit close to our starting point. If YOU choose to continue further up Barbershop, exit where you please and road-walk back to your starting point.
Hiking in these canyons does not require a GPS (pointless IN the canyon following the creek-bed), but a map does help. There are numerous elk trails offering ingress/egress, so just look for those; after all, these guys LIVE here and know the best routes.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.