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Barbershop Trail #91Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2016
tibber
Hiking4.02 Miles 772 AEG
Hiking4.02 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.30 mph
772 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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Guess we pushed our luck on this day by hiking later in the afternoon due to a leisurely lunch after hiking the U-Bar from Barbershop to the FR thru two canyons. We took Tonto Jr to the west TH and off we went with smiles on our faces as we headed down hill through the forest and under partly cloudy skies. I had done part of this from Barbershop Canyon and around to Merritt Draw. I remembered that hill that you have to go up as we were going down. We hiked thru Barbershop and then of course, what you go into you need to climb out of :sweat: (250ft in 1/4 mile). And so up, up we went... I should say "they" went as I was the laggard as usual.

I would see flowers and such that would grab my attention and of course I was always impressed with the fern fields. It's been a ferny summer for me so far :D . As we climbed out of Barbershop the skies seemed to be getting just a tad darker. But up I went and then down into Dane Canyon for the second time today. As we topped out and I finally got to catch up again, all hell broke loose... slowly at first but then kaboom and hail was popcorning all around us. We tried to get covered with rain gear and of course I had my trusty lightning rod ;) to protect me from the pelting marble size hail.

We realized we had to retreat for the moment as the hail was pouncing pretty hard so we all did what one shouldn't do and that is get under the tree branches for cover. We all gathered in the protection of the tree branches until the hail could hail itself out. In about 10-15 minutes, we decided to move on. It was also very cold and Kelly just had shorts so I'm sure she was nippier than the rest of us. We retreated from the tree cover and realized rather quickly that the trail was now big puddles of water and running. The hail on the ground looked like snow but fortunately didn't seem to be as slippery.

And soon, our feet were pretty much drenched as there really wasn't a way to keep out of the water or the hailstones but onward we hiked. I got behind again but you know, I just had to film this unique event :stop: even though it was wet and cold. The contrast of colors between the hailstones and the ground cover of ferns and grass and trees was pretty awesome looking. And from time to time we encountered fog which made the scenery even more eery. I was trying to keep my lens dry as well. I used my hat as a cover for my front little pack but alas, it fell off and I lost it. I knew about where but everyone was so far ahead I didn't dare try to go back for it. As it was, I would lose sight of the other hikers but I had a route loaded so it wouldn't have been too much of a problem to pull out Route Scout.

And then every hill we would climb I would think the vehicle would be waiting but nope, it was the next hill and then the next hill. My feet kept getting wetter but at least most of the storm had subsided with about 1/2 mile left. There was still hail stones on the ground and the trails were still full of water for the most part; even the grassy road walk you had to pick your territory carefully.

I have to say this is a beautiful hike; would have been nice to enjoy it more but as they say, always a reason to come back then. Here is a preliminary video of the hailstorm https://youtu.be/nT ... w5Nc I shortened the actual footage so I could post it up on that other website yesterday. The full footage will be available later after I finish another video series.

Kelly made some excellent licorice tea and fortunately for us this nite, Hank would prepare his infamous Italian dinner, the sauce is YUM! so that warmed us a bit from the after-hike chill. And then we had some great desserts too with occasional howling of the coyotes to finish off the daylight.

I decided not to use youtube's stabilizer as the low light caused too much havoc:
Part 1 - https://youtu.be/Zl ... lRCo, with stabilizer https://youtu.be/IE ... BQMw
Part 2, hail yes - https://youtu.be/M8 ... c_eo
Part 3, hail's over but still quite the after effects - https://youtu.be/mq ... UWrQ

Camp Grasshopper: https://youtu.be/6l ... VZOQ
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