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Dane Canyon Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Loop 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,451 feet
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Accumulated Gain 600 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
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Author nonot
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Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:21am - 7:39pm
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by nonot

From Dane Spring, use the U-bar to go a short distance and drop into Dane Canyon. Take a right at the intersection with McClintock Draw. Either climb up to an old jeep trail or continue until the Barbershop intersection. Use the Barbershop and U-bar to return to your car.

Descent into and climb out of Dane Canyon is somewhat steep if you miss the best routes.

Dane Cabin is located near the start of this trek. Most cabins along this loop were ranger and firefighter homes, I don't know if this was one of them. The cabin is now partially collapsed.

From the trailhead, continue down the steep, short path to Dane Cabin Springs. At the unsigned intersection, proceed north approximately 0.15 miles until you spot a cairn between the trail and the canyon to your left. Approach the canyon rim and look for the elk trail that proceeds somewhat southernly towards the bottom of the canyon. Other avenues of descent are possible, but will be more difficult.

Once in the canyon bottom, follow the elk tracks upstream, heading west at first. The canyon bends south and continue following the water upstream. The main thoroughfare is elk game trails and they are actually quite good except for a few spots.

At the junction with McClintock Draw, stay in the right fork (Dane Canyon). Proceed upstream until you spot a nice trail on your left (34 27 06 N, 111 09 47 W). Take this up to the old road and follow the road south until it reaches the Barbershop trail.

The Barbershop trail here is where the road (you are hiking on) keeps going but the trail makes an abrupt turn east. It is not signed and is only marked by a cairn. We beefed it up with some logs indicating the turn but these may not be here. Coords: 34 26 15 N 111 10 08 W

Take the Barbershop east, then the Ubar North until you reach Dane Cabin Springs. Walk the 200 yards uphill back to your car.

Alternate Route #1
Instead of leaving the canyon for the road, continue hiking the canyon until its intersection with Barbershop (there is a sign here that says "Dane Canyon").

Alternate Route #2
From the junction w/ McClinktock draw, Head up McClintock Draw until it intersects the Barbershop trail.

Dane Springs appears to be a popular site.

Water Sources
Dane Spring was flowing nice and clear. Dane Canyon had flowing water. Bring a filter!

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2009-06-30 nonot
    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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    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From approximately halfway between 87 and 260 on the Rim Road 300, take maintained gravel road FR 321 north approximately two miles and turn left onto ... 321A(?). Take this unpaved road 0.25 miles to the trailhead. Dane Springs Trailhead is a good pulloff on the left with room for at least 8 vehicles, but I don't recall seeing any signs.

    2012-05-12 big_load writes: The turnoff from FR321 mentioned is almost four miles from FR300, and it is FR321A. I departed by FR321/96/95, which was a tad longer, but much faster than going out on the Rim Road, since they are not paved with fist-sized gravel (as of 5/2012).
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