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Barb Shop Cyn - Dane Cyn Loop fm FR139C End, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,292 feet
Elevation Gain -432 feet
Accumulated Gain 746 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 9.03
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Historic & Seasonal Creek
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Barbershop and Dane Loop from FR 321
30  2016-07-26 Grasshopper
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Apr
Sun  6:13am - 6:22pm
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Overview: A mostly "off-trail" moderate canyons hike with route finding/navigation required with a connection back via FR145A and the historic U-Bar Cabin Loop Trail. A pleasant, enjoyable, scenic, and relaxing with solitude loop hike this one is.

Warning: Active Monsoon Season on our Mogollon Rim is late June, through July & August;

History: Cabin Loop U-Bar Trail hiking segment;

Hike: Best detailed in author's (Grasshopper) posted 7/26/16 trip log. Also see posted GPS Hiking Route for review and download with "key" way points included;

Water Sources: Some sections of Barbershop and Dane Canyon have seasonal water flow with pooling;

Camping: Backpack camping not really recommended but available/doable;

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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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    Barb Shop Cyn - Dane Cyn Loop fm FR139C End
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    Barbershop and Dane Loop from FR 321
    This section of Barbershop Canyon is really nice. After reading Joe and Bruce's descriptions of this area, I chose to make a short loop approaching from Dane Canyon. Getting down into Dane is pretty straight forward. The first few hundred meters are a little dull, but once you enter the confluence with Barbershop it quickly becomes clear that this is a rewarding hike through a unique part of the Rim.

    Dane Canyon had a trickle of water flow and multiple pools. Barbershop was flowing well. The sound of the water was mesmerizing. There are few things that calm the desert soul like a steady sandstone stream.

    In Barbershop, there are clear game trails that stop and start along the banks. Bushwhacking is fairly minimal. However, there are still a couple mandatory crossings. Exiting Barbershop was a little steep, but I had identified a break in the Coconino Sandstone as my exit route and I stuck with it. The first 350ft of climbing was the most challenging. The incline soon relented, and I enjoyed the views over the canyon.

    Another item to note, FR321 has recently been graded and was in pretty good condition (still some sharp rocks in the middle of the road).
    Barb Shop Cyn - Dane Cyn Loop fm FR139C End
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    This was my 2nd of two planned loop hikes on a nine day, Monsoon July vehicle camping-R&R trip to Camp Grasshopper- Mogollon Rim C/Site #3 at 7435 feet.

    This was another loop hike that Oregon_Hiker had originally planned and hiked this past June'16 and one that I had yet to complete which would include the off-trail section of Barbershop Canyon below its intersection with U-Bar Trail to where lower Barbershop Canyon intersects with the lower end of Dane Canyon. At this Barbershop Canyon/Dane Canyon crossing I would continue up lower Dane Canyon for a distance before exiting out off-trail to intersect FR145A and then hike on FR145A to the U-Bar Trail crossing where I would then take the U-Bar Trail back to the Barbershop Canyon Creek Drainage, then off-trail back up to my vehicle parked at the lower end of FR139C (see my posted GPS Route with "key" way points).

    This off-trail hiking section of Barbershop Canyon was very pleasant with defined game trails to follow, not that much dead fall to negotiate, very green & lush with at times five foot ferns to hike through with a lot of water flowing and numerous water pooling. I also passed much bear scat in this hiking section of lower Barbershop Canyon. I have never been a big fan of hiking lower Dane Canyon (below the Dane Spring area) and Oregon_Hike had earlier confirmed in his June'16 trip log that this hiking section of lower Dane Canyon (beginning at its X with Barbershop Canyon) became frustrating very quickly due to the numerous congested areas of tree downfall with overgrowth.

    Oregon_Hiker had found an escape route up to FR145A to avoid more of this. Smartly I decided to plan an earlier escape route up to FR145A lower end from the intersection of Dane Canyon / McClintock Draw. This worked out well with a relatively easy and less congested up hill exit to the end of FR145A. This plan also allowed me to gain some additional experience by using my "go to" feature on my GPS which I rarely use for off-trail needs. It worked well doing a "go to" from the lower intersection up to the FR145A road lower end. With this purple colored "go to" route to follow, all I really needed to do was to find the best route up staying as close as possible to this guiding route up :)

    Once I reached FR145A it was just a matter of continuing up FR145A & not passing the U-Bar Trail intersection which I would have passed if I had not again used my GPS way point "go to" feature (the intersection of FR145A/U-Bar Trail was actually another FR with only the standard plastic FR# sign that took a 160 degree turn to the right.. so it would have been very easy to miss this intersection and just continue hiking up FR145A..
    Ref: [ photo ] ).

    At this afternoon point in my hike the monsoon skies opened up again and it rained continuously for the next ~1.5 hours until reaching my vehicle. A nice, enjoyable, scenic, and relaxing with solitude loop hike this one was and I do recommend it :D

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    High Clearance possible when dry

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    From the PHOENIX area: Drive Hwy 87 North past Payson. Pine, and Strawberry to the top of the Mogollon Rim at the intersection of Hwy 87 / Rim Road (FR300) at MP 281.1; Turn onto FR300 and drive ~16 miles to signed FR300/FR139; Drive FR139 for ~2 miles to the intersection of signed FR139/FR139C; Drive FR139C for ~4 miles to its end at Park/TH Start;
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