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Lower Barbershop - East CC Loop, AZ
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Lower Barbershop - East CC Loop, AZ 
Lower Barbershop - East CC Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking13.79 Miles 1,250 AEG
Hiking13.79 Miles   8 Hrs   28 Mns   1.87 mph
1,250 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Ever since the first time I drove up FR96 the first time, Lower Barbershop Canyon intrigued me. I took probably 6 years to finally get to it.
The planned loop took us CCW down Dane/Barbershop into East Clear Creek and up another first time for me, Lockwood Draw.

From the Sat views I could tell Barbershop was loaded with lots of pools. You can't of course tell how many drops or bypasses would be required. As it ends up, once you are in the Canyon :-k , it was relatively simple with no down climbs or even swimmers. Lower Barbershop is a very pretty canyon. Tall walls and picturesque pools. Our trip in this canyon lasted 7 miles, dropping only 340'. We did stumble on two Blacktail Rattlers in this stretch. One so small, it's rattle sounded cute.

Next is East Clear Creek. Once you get 100 yards or so either side of the paved parking area, we saw no one. We were in here only 2 miles to get to Lockwood Draw. The first mile of this one gets some traffic, so you have a trail.

Turning into Lockwood Draw, I had less worries for hiking up this one. After all, it's not even a Canyon, It's a Draw. After making it in only .2 of a mile in, we reached the first 20' dry-fall, that would have to be bypassed. We climbed up to get a better view. Ahead, the terrain was thick and we could see other required bypasses. Were getting bombarded by mosquitoes at this point. I'd scoped some old forest roads above that we could use for an escape route, so we climbed straight up and out of the canyon. We were lucky to be able to find a route that only had one tricky spot.

The rest, was a cruise back to the Focus. We saw some Elk and well as one larger Bull that was loosing his velvet on the way back.

Good times gentlemen.
We laughed, we cried, we got wet and lived to tell the story.
Thanks for driving Denny and Ray for dinner at "That Brewery" in Pine.
I had my first Arizona Trail Ale!
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Plenty of pools beteween Dane and East Clear Creek

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Pools in the areas approaching Barbershop
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