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Barbershop-Dane Cny Loop, AZ
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Barbershop-Dane Cny Loop, AZ 
Barbershop-Dane Cny Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 18 2016
Hiking6.40 Miles 929 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   5 Hrs   31 Mns   1.16 mph
929 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Started this hike at the end of FR139C where I dropped down off the end of the ridge into Barbershop Canyon. The plan was to take a loop hike going down Barbershop to Dane Canyon, then up Dane Canyon to the U-Bar Trail and take the U-bar back to my starting point. Tough_Boots and his friend had set out from Camp Grasshopper on FR139C the day before on an overnight backpack trip with plans to include this loop in their itinerary. There was a chance I might encounter them on their way back to Camp GH. Although I didn't see them I did hear a dog barking (most likely Lilly) down in the bottom of Barbershop when I got out of my car at 11:30 am to start my hike from the the end of FR139C. Throughout my trek down Barbershop and up Dane Cny I was puzzled at not seeing any human footprints. Later i found out that Toughboots and friend had changed plans during their hike and had taken the U-Bar over to Dane Spring instead of doing the loop.

The hike down Barbershop was easy going with elk trails along the creek bank most of the way so I made fairly good time on that section. Going up Dane Canyon was a lot slower with more dead falls and brushy thickets to navigate. I got within about 20 yds of a large bull elk in this heavy cover before we saw each other and he was gone before I got my camera out. He seemed to just vanish even though I could clearly see his only two routes of escape. Later I would encounter him again about a half mile up Dane and witnessed his escape. It was amazing how after the first noisy brush crashing burst of speed he went in to stealth mode and silently disappeared further up canyon.

Taking McClintock Draw back to the U-Bar trail was an option I considered. However after a short detour up McClintock from Dane it didn't look doable in the time I had left - too many deadfalls spanning the narrow bottom of the draw. Back in Dane Canyon it was still fairly slow going. With about a mile to go before reaching the U-Bar I was getting impatient with my slow pace and was also running out of time. The sides of the canyon were quite steep with many cliff sections. Fortunately an elk trail led me on a switch back course through a narrow gap in the cliffs to the old road bed on top of the ridge. From there it was a quick walk on an open road and along the U-Bar trail to complete the loop.

This was a pleasant hike in lush fern covered canyon bottoms with pools of water to cool off in, picturesque sandstone cliffs towering above and lots of solitude. Probably some of the best the interior of the Mogollon Rim has to offer.
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