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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 07 2018
Backpack27.00 Miles 950 AEG
Backpack27.00 Miles25 Days         
950 ft AEG
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Well this is the first time I could get away for a much needed trip. The weather forecast was great (lows in the 40's and highs in the 70's)and I couldn't wait to get on the trail.
I arrived late (11:00am) at the General Crook Cabin on the first day and started out on Fred Haught Trail. I met five other hikers on this trail. I ended up at Pinchot Cabin around 4:00pm. I camped at Pinchot Cabin the first night (temperature dropped to around 40). I was disappointed that a large fire ring had been built in what was a nice grassy area under some trees.
I was up early had a good breakfast (scrambled eggs with sausage and three types of bell peppers) and hit the U-Bar trail. I met two hikers on this trail (Wow! Lots of people on the trail this weekend). :o I did see two elk while trucking on down the trail.
Dane Spring was flowing, a little slow from my last two trips. I wasn't sure if there would be any flowing springs after that so I loaded up on water. :scared: I dry camped a short distance down Barbershop Trail. Wow, did it get cold! The temperature had dropped to 40 just after the sun set and fell below freezing before dawn. I had some ice in one of my water bottles when I got up, as well as frost on the rain fly of my tent. I'm glad I didn't cowboy camp that night!
Since it was Monday, I decided to take my time breaking camp :y: . After another great breakfast and hot chocolate I packed up and headed on down the trail. About 11:00am I had an early lunch and spread my tent, rain fly, and sleeping bag out to dry in the sun while I chowed down on some Sloppy Joe mix on Paleo crackers. After lunch I checked my eyelids for holes (I needed about 30 minutes just to make sure :D ). Repacked everything and with a spring in my step I was off again. A short time later I passed yet two more people on the trail (man, I've got to do this trail in the middle of the week next time). Barbershop Spring was flowing so I didn't need to carry all the water I got from Dane Spring ](*,) .
I switched over to Houston Brothers Trail and was glad to see the area is recovering from the fire. Once I got to FR 300 it was a short walk (about three miles or so) back to my van. The day was great and with just the right mix of sun and cool breeze.

I was trying out a few new things this trip, here is the run down.
New tent 3F 2 person tent - Worked great!!
Hiking poles instead of a hiking staff - I'm now a convert. The bonus was I no longer had carry two poles for my tent.
The CNOC water bladder - fail. I contacted the company and they are sending me a new one.
Liner socks inside of my wool socks - fail. Ended up with a blister for the first time, back to just wool socks.
All my food was homemade freeze dried food. The Paleo crackers were the bomb! My wife and I will look into selling these.

Things that I wish I had taken on the trip.
Nothing. I had everything I needed without any dead weight.

Things that I would do differently.
Maybe a little heavier sleeping clothes, I was still warm enough even when the temperature dropped below freezing. Guess I'm just whinnying.
Get an earlier start. If I wanted the trail to myself start my hike on Wednesday. :lol:

Over all trail conditions.
Good trails, few trees down across any of the trails, just have to keep a sharp eye out at times for the faded blazes.
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Mogollon Rim

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Barbershop canyon creek Light flow Light flow
Good flow of water, Clear and Cold.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Barbershop Spring Dripping Dripping

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Box Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
No running water, just pools.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Coyote Spring Dripping Dripping
First time I've seen this spring with even a small flow of water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Dane Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
This spring is slower that I've ever seen it before. It still had decent flow out of the smaller pipe.

dry Fred Haught Spring Dry Dry
Just some small pools.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Turkey Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Not a lot of water flow, the pools near Pinchot Cabin were low.
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