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Barbershop Cyn Upper - Merritt Draw Upper Loop
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Barbershop Cyn Upper - Merritt Draw Upper LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2017
Grasshopper
Hiking5.90 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   1.82 mph
800 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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1st Note:
This loop hike does not include the Merritt Draw section but rather completes the hike description loop from Barbershop TR 91 by returning (with some off-trail) to the TH Start via FR139C.

This was the sixth off-trail since 2010 that I have hiked this section of Upper Barbershop Canyon. Each hike year it seems that the off-trail, route finding 300ft drop (from the top off FR139C) into the canyon drainage changes due to new downed trees, washouts, and some re-routing of various game trails to follow.

This sixth hike down to the canyon drainage from the top I did not do a very good job of following my recommended hike description GPS Route. I missed the recommended rock cairned waypoint entrance by about 60 yards which made our route down more difficult for my two friends who are active trail hikers but do little off-trail hiking.

I do believe this Aug'17 visit had the most vegetation growth and water (both pooling and flowing) since first visiting here in 2010.

It was still a good area hike choice and I'm sure I will be back for another round on a future year :D
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