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Barbershop Dane Canyon Upper Loop, AZ
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Barbershop Dane Canyon Upper Loop, AZ 
Barbershop Dane Canyon Upper Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2018
markthurman53
Hiking6.40 Miles 673 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.43 mph
673 ft AEG      7 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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On this trip I camped along the rim road between the upper reaches of Barbershop and Dane Canyons. On the first day of hiking I completed the lower portions of Merritt, Barbershop and Dane Canyons. By lower Barbershop I mean where it is joined by Dane Canyon. There is still an even more lower portion of Barbershop (to where it empties into West Clear Creek) but that will have to wait for another trip. On the second day I hike along the General Crook Trail to the upper reaches of Barbershop and return via Dane Canyon and back to my camp site. Decided to camp this time so I don’t have to drive 17 miles in and then back out 2 times. Of course camping means I don’t get the usual Pizza and Mexican food I usually get when in Payson, instead I get beef stew.

Barbershop Canyon

I hiked west along the rim road to about .5 miles east of FSR 139 and headed down hill, not downhill south but downhill north. Crossed the old General Crook Trail and almost immediately the ground was damp and mushy, a little further and I dropped down below a rather large rock that had a trickle of water coming from it. I designated this as the start of Barbershop Canyon. While this running water didn’t flow too far downstream it showed evidence that it was flowing pretty well a week or so earlier. Continuing down what appeared to be the stream it slowly got larger as more small streams entered from the south off the rim. Very soon you notice you are on a game trail that follows this creek and will continue all the way to the Barbershop Trail, 2 miles later. This trail is fairly well maintained, have to take my hat off to the elk for how well it was maintained (have to give credit to the deer and bear also because I saw their tracks here to). This trail actually follows along both sides of the stream a little further down; I guess the traffic is so heavy they put in a divided highway. This is a very pleasant hike all the way to the Barbershop Trail. Along the way you pass by three tanks that are in fairly bad condition being breached but still holding back some water. There was also a set of caves on the East side of the canyon about .5 miles up from the Barbershop Trail. Wonder how many bears have used these to hibernate in. At the Barbershop Trail I headed east to Dane Canyon.

Dane Canyon

At Dane Canyon I headed up stream. This is an easy 2 mile walk through a “U” shaped Canyon. Unlike Barbershop Canyon I was surprised at the lack of a well traveled game trail; in fact it was almost nonexistent. Not much to say about this portion of Dane Canyon, it’s almost a yawner. At about .5 miles from the rim road the area gets a little mushy from water seeping in from off the rim. Appears there is a spring there but I don’t see one called out on maps. Shortly after this the canyon gets a little steeper and harder to travel so I headed up the west slope to FSR 145 near where it joins the rim road. Not a real interesting portion of Dane Canyon but if you want to hike the whole canyon this is part of it.
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