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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2016
Hiking29.00 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking29.00 Miles
950 ft AEG39 LBS Pack
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Well, I just had to get out and on the trail. It looks like my timing was great as I managed to do the loop before parts of the trail was closed. :app:
The weather forecast for day one was 50% chance of rain (never tell me the odds). I was on the good side of the odds as it was just over cast with temperatures in the 60's. I started out at General Springs and went in a clockwise loop. Fred Haught Trail was great as usual, nice to see the trail when it is dry. However for the most part the General Springs was dry, there were a few pools that had water but there wasn't any flow. I spent the night at Pinchot cabin, once again my timing was great as I had the tent up and even had dinner before it started to rain. I battened down the hatches and called it an early night. It rained off and on most of the night. :zzz:

Day two saw partly cloudy skies and great 60 degree temperatures. After filling up my water bottles, I had to pack up my wet tent because I didn't want to waste daylight waiting on it to dry. I'm really glad that I downloaded the Route Scout app for my phone. I didn't have to constantly check my route on the map and could just enjoy the hike. Merrit Draw had flowing water, but Moonshine Draw was dry. I was very glad to get to Dane Spring which had a good flow of ice cold water. I covered 9.9 miles before I called an early stop. I wanted to setup my tent and let some of my gear dry out before dark. I found a great place just off the trail and watched the sunset. I have to give a shout out to whoever did trail maintenance on U-Bar Trail! It was great not to have to scramble over all the fallen trees that were all over the trail.

Day three was a lazy day. I got up and spent an hour just enjoying the morning as I ate and packed to get going. For the most part Coyote Spring was dry, just a few pools of water here and there. I didn't find any real water until I got to the bottom of Dane Canyon. :SB: OK I do have a complaint about Route Scout. Every mile it would call out times and information (which I liked), but that was proceeded by some random bird call (I've since turned that feature off). There was many a time I would stop to look for the bird making the calls just to find Route Scout was the source. The weather once again smiled on me with scattered clouds and a wonderful breeze to keep things cool. I clicked off another 9+ miles to get back to the vehicle. Not 20 minutes after I arrived at my vehicle it started to rain, what timing! :y:

Great hike all in all! Wonderful fall colors!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate

dry Coyote Spring Dry Dry

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Cold and clear

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For the most part just some pools of water

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Nice flow, very clear
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