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Dane Canyon Upper, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 5.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,115 feet
Elevation Gain 342 feet
Accumulated Gain 555 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.95
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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18  2018-08-28 markthurman53
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U Bar Dane Canyon Loop
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Mar, Apr
Seasons   Early Spring to Early Winter
Sun  6:29am - 5:52pm
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Floyd Spring Meander
0.4 mi away
0.5 mi
200 ft
Dane Canyon Loop
0.9 mi away
7.0 mi
600 ft
Yeager Cyn Loop from FR321/FR9707S TH
1.0 mi away
4.1 mi
556 ft
Barb Shop Cyn - Dane Cyn Loop fm FR139C End
1.1 mi away
5.3 mi
746 ft
Merritt - Barbershop Short Loop
1.5 mi away
5.0 mi
800 ft
Merritt Draw Upper
1.7 mi away
2.9 mi
569 ft
Dane Canyon
1.9 mi away
10.1 mi
1,138 ft
Maverick Canyon - Merritt Draw Loop
1.9 mi away
5.2 mi
648 ft
Merritt Draw Lower Loop - Mogollon Rim
1.9 mi away
5.8 mi
754 ft
Barbershop Cyn Upper - Merritt Draw Upper Loop
1.9 mi away
5.9 mi
800 ft
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by markthurman53

Overview
This description is along Dane Canyon from the Dane Canyon intersection with the U Bar Trail to the intersection with the Barbershop Trail. Travel can be from either direction but for this description it is from the U Bar Trail. There is no trail along this creek but there are areas where game/human routes have made walking easy.


Description
At Dane Creek along the U Bar Trail head up stream. There are level areas off to one side or the other along this creek in many places that make walking easier, take advantage of this crossing over as needed. At no point on this hike did I come across obstacles that required me to climb up the sides of the canyon to get around them. This may not be true in higher water conditions.

During the summer the canyon is lush and green and the scenery is outstanding. If you are a photo buff allow extra time to fool around with the camera. The upper reaches of this route have some short sandstone ledges/cliffs that make for interesting pictures. If you are “vewy vewy quiet” you might come across elk, deer or bear. At mile 1.25 a there is a small canyon entering from the left (East) and that will lead up to Dane Cabin and spring, this could be an exit point back up to the U Bar Trail of the Cabin Loop Trail system. At 2.4 miles Bill McClintock Draw enters again from the left (East) and this is also a possible exit point this time back to the Barbershop Trail of the Cabin Loop Trail system. Another exit point is 4.1 miles in, an unnamed canyon coming in again from the left and this will also lead back to the Barbershop Trail. Push on another mile (5.1 miles) and Dane Canyon crosses the Barbershop Trail. For this route the elevation gain on Dane Creek is 345 feet but it is hardly noticed because you are consistently admiring the views.

Recommendations
You can do Dane Canyon Upper the easy way or the hard way depending on when you do it. When the canyon creek is running high it can be difficult because of the amount of side canyon traversing done to avoid obstacles in the stream. When the creek is dry it is far easier to walk but far less interesting and scenic. Picking a time when there is good water flow but not too deep is ideal. A summer day during the monsoons season is great but pick one between storms. On the trip I did it was just two days after a very large storm, the water in the creek had time to recede to a manageable level.

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    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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    Directions
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    To hike
    Mogollon Rim Road (Forest Service Road 300) to either Forest service road 321 or 139 to the Barbershop trail head. At FSR 139 take the barbershop Trail to Dane Creek. from FSR 321 take Barbershop to U Bar trail down to Dane Creek.
    page created by markthurman53 on Aug 31 2018 10:40 am
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