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Houston Brothers Trail #171 - 39 members in 139 triplogs have rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 02 2017
The_N
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35 male
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 Payson, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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The_N
Backpack31.00 Miles 3,200 AEG
Backpack31.00 Miles   22 Hrs      1.41 mph
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Came up with this idea last minute and got to Washington Park TH just before sunset.

Colonel Devin #290: Enjoyed the new stretch of trail in the lower portions. Definitely more scenic than walking under powerlines. Lots of green vegetation and more Columbines than I'd ever seen along the creek. Raspberries appear to be on schedule. New tread meets back up with old tread. Steep climb up the rim, but it's over quick.

Fred Haught #141: Sunlight was fading quick. I remembered this canyon having ample tent sites so I walked into the darkness for a while before settling on a nice flat spot w/ plenty of firewood. Very peaceful night alone at the campfire. Started again in the a.m. Plenty of water in the canyon, nothing flowing. Green grasses and ferns dominated. Spooked 3 bull elk at Quien Sabe Spring.

Houston Brothers #171: Highlight of the trip for me. Stopped for brunch at Pinchot Spring where I encountered people for the first time. A group of day hikers. Grass and ferns again dominate the landscape. After the fenced in Houston Draw area, the forest gets dense and tall pines loom overhead. Then into a thick Maple grove. Passed a group of about 15 backpackers headed North.

Barbershop #91: Couldn't pass this up so I took a detour and did an out and back just to see the sights. Beutiful meadows and dense pine forests where enchanting. This might be my favorite Rim Country canyon.

General Crook #130 / Rim Road: I started following the white chevron blazes immediately. Spent a surprising amount of time on the actual trail before it spit me back out onto FR300. There is a path there. No well-defined foot path, just remnants of a trail and a bunch of deadfall. Played leapfrog with 3 mule deer for about 30mins. 3 cars stopped and asked me for directions to various spots.

Great day in Rim Country with highs in the 70s and plenty of sunshine.

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Apr 22 2017
wrenegade
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 phoenix, az
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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wrenegade
Backpack18.01 Miles 2,090 AEG
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Lots of water, beautiful weather, not freezing at night. Camped at Pinchot cabin (along with 2 other groups that had the same idea). Saw lots of day hikers.
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Aug 13 2016
Tough_Boots
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 Phoenix, AZ
Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Tough_Boots
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Lily finally made it through recovery and I wanted to get her back on the trail-- but something nice and easy. I took a couple friends and one of Lily's dog park buddies up to the Cabin Loop. We parked where Barbershop crosses 139 and then hiked over to Houston Brothers and up past Aspen Spring a little ways. I picked up a backpacker on 300 making that dreadful walk back over to General Springs and added it to my good trail karma. We drove through some pretty nice hail on the 260 back to Camp Verde.
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Jul 11 2016
knmurphy
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 Chandler, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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knmurphy
Backpack18.70 Miles 2,750 AEG
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Did the eastern loop counter clockwise from the Pinchot TH. Started the hike in at 5:30pm, as it turns out the perfect time to see tons of Elk on the Houston Brothers trail, they like the open spot just down trail from Aspen Spring. Lots of clear water all along Houston Brothers. Made it to Barbershop Spring before calling it a night. The next day I went through the rest of the loop fairly quickly with the exception of an unplanned but pleasant detour through Dane canyon in lieu of the Y Bar trail.

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Jul 02 2016
nathanbrisk
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 Phoenix, AZ
Fred Haught Trail #141Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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nathanbrisk
Backpack18.00 Miles 721 AEG
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Great couple of days on the trail. Found some antlers, but left them at a rest stop :o
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Jun 24 2016
Tough_Boots
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cabin Loop via Washington Park, AZ 
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Tough_Boots
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One of our annual summer hikes. My friend Sara came along this time-- she wanted to see what this kind of mileage was like. Nice day!
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jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
East Cabin Loop, AZ 
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jacobemerick
Backpack16.00 Miles 950 AEG
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Three day backpack on the Mogollon Rim with a group of four to escape the horrific weekend temperatures in Phoenix. The plan was to hike the eastern loop (Barbershop/Houston/U-Bar) - both reynchr and myself have done the full loop before and wanted to see Houston Brothers (and avoid the dusty 300).

Saturday
After a great lunch at Macky's in Payson we headed up to 321c via 260/300 and parked near the trail crossing. Left the car around 1:30 and headed down to Coyote Springs, turned west and followed Barbershop to Barbershop Springs. Our group split in half to account for different hiking speeds and the last one rolled into camp at 4:30. Plenty of time to test out the hammock, get everyone filtered up, and sit around a campfire as the moon-less night sky filled up.

Sunday
Slow start with the cold morning, but we hit the trail around 8 and headed over to Houston. The group stuck together until the draw and then split again based on speeds. It was my first time on this stretch of Houston, and while the little hills at the beginning weren't welcome, the draw was fantastic and the open meadows gorgeous. Plus the little caves at Aspen and Pinchot Springs were awesome. Our groups re-joined at Aspen for lunch and then separated shortly after. Afternoon was getting annoyingly hot, with the strong winds buffered down to breezes by the pines. Last group rolled into camp at Lower Barbershop Canyon around 5:30. Everyone was in their tents shortly after sunset after the long day.

Monday
After much debate the group split in half right away in the morning. Two backpackers continued on U-Bar to pick up the car, myself and one other stayed back at camp to nap through the morning and eventually backtrack up to 139 and get picked up. We met around noon and drove back via 95/87 for another Macky's lunch before the long, hot drive back to Phoenix.

Aside: reynchr and I have been on several backpacking trips over the last two years, but the other two in our group were brand new to this. They loved the camps, endured the hiking, and tolerated our company.

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Good stuff coming out of the spring, not that many pools to pull from. Deeper pools in the creek w/ slight distaste.

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Cold near the source. So wonderfully clean and cold.

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Good amount coming out of the spring. Ended up filtering from creek near cabin instead, but this spring would have tasted better.
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May 29 2016
JasonCleghorn
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 Amherst, NH
West Cabin Loop, AZ 
West Cabin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 29 2016
JasonCleghorn
Hiking19.20 Miles 2,202 AEG
Hiking19.20 Miles
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So who hikes 19.2 miles with a sore back? This guy... Actually felt better today. I bought some good inserts for my Moabs and it seemed to help. Slept on my side last night with a pillow between my knees. Seemed to help too.

About the hike... I've been daydreaming about the Rim and Cabin Loop for a while. With plenty of free time I made my way up.

This will perhaps be my first and only Cabin Loop since I suffer from IVTS (Inferior Vehicle Trail Syndrome). Some of you would take a used Yugo to Crown King, but not me... Rim Rd in a Nissan Maxima was a bit much, LOL. Ruts, pits, potholes.

The first 2/3 of Fred Haught is really really nice. Loved it. The last third was OK. I had thought about turning around at Pinchot Cabin to save 5-6 miles but I had the scene from Shawshank Redemption in my head where Andy asks Red "If you've come this far, maybe you're willing to come a little further..."

Houston Brothers is much more up and down than Fred Haught but not nearly as scenic. Still a great trail. The last few miles on the Rim Rd were a slog but, hey you gotta get back to the car!

Overall the Rim is a beautiful area. I already miss it...

@Chumley running water and evergreens.
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Apr 08 2016
survivordude
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 The Basin
Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Backpack16.52 Miles 1,379 AEG
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3 Day backpacking trip with 4 adults and 3 kids, 10, 12, and 14. The plan was to meet up Friday near Pinchot cabin, Saturday we follow Houston bros trail to the Mogollon Rim, make camp somewhere near there and then hike back on Sunday. My sons baseball game got cancelled on Friday night so him and I and the dog were able to leave earlier than expected, even though we didnt get to Houston Brothers draw until 10:30PM. My buddy Jamaal, his brothers and kids had gone up earlier on Friday to setup a base camp. With no moon, we were hiking through complete darkness, following the trail with our flashlights. We passed and didnt even see Pinchot cabin. After about .5 miles I started the 'call' and heard the response. The guys had made a camp on some trees near the giant rocks past Pinchot springs. With all the hammocks strewn up in the trees about 15 foot off the ground it looked like some kind of Avatar jungle land. The boy, dog, and I settled down for day 2.
We got up, ate, and made our way up the trail. After several stops and making it only 2 miles in 2 hours, we made the 1st of two most excellent decisions. We decided to make camp #2 early and drop all of our gear so we can hike to the rim much more easier. The kids loved the idea. We found a great spot several hundred feet off the trail and we stopped, ate, and then pushed forward. This trail is great as it passes through the canyon. Some of the open areas remind me of the fairways at Augusta as it was Master's weekend. We saw deer, turkey, squirrels, chipmunks, and many signs of bear :scared: . There were also huge patches of snow still, which the kids and dog loved playing in! After the trail crosses FR139, it becomes more strenuous and after 7 miles the boys were really starting to wear down fast. We decided to make it to the rim by following the 139A road instead of the trail. This proved to be most excellent decision #2 as, though not as scenic, saved us much climbing there and the way back. Carrying packs and hiking 8 miles in one day is a lot to ask for some kids and they rocked it. Finally making it to the rim, you could tell they were all proud of themselves and of each other. One of my favorite things about being a father is watching my son's doubt and fear turn into strength and determination. He has faith in me and I have faith in him and that grows stronger everyday. Trips like this are what really solidifies our bond. The views off the rim were outstanding, as always. I made sure every single piece of food and every snack was eaten before we left as to energize everyone and lessen the weight of my pack! Following the road to the first crossing of 139, we made it back to camp #2 about 45 mins quicker than it took to get to the rim. After a much needed nap, we had an awesome dinner, and partied like the rockstars we are.
The hike out on Sunday morning was very quick as we were trying to beat the weather. We got hailed on just a bit at Aspen cabin but overall perfect timing, as the drive out was a different story. Us desert cats are not used to driving in a snow storm!! It was fine however and we made it back safely. It was a perfect end to a great weekend of excitement. We had a great team this weekend, hope to do it again soon.
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Sep 05 2015
OdinWiski
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 Chandler, AZ
Cabin Loop Overnighter, AZ 
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OdinWiski
Backpack18.26 Miles 2,637 AEG
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It's always nice to revisit the Cabin Loop. Last time I backpacked the western loop was a couple of years ago. All the other hikes have been day hikes since. I decided to do a leisurely overnighter of the eastern loop last weekend. I had Friday off, but the forecast was a lot of rain. So I opted for Saturday and Sunday instead.

I parked at FR321C and U-bar before noon and started counterclockwise on U-bar. It looked like a lot of storms were brewing when I was driving on the Rim, but they never materialized. The weather was nice and cool - perfect! Wiski was enjoying the cool weather and chasing squirrels and chipmunks. Met 4 kids at the Dane Cabin who were exploring from their car camp. A lady with a dog was camping on the far end of Dane Canyon. There were a lot of people car camping at Pinchot cabin and Houston Brothers' TH. It was certainly a busy weekend.

When I got to Aspen Springs, there were already a family with two tents there. The lady told me that there might not be water a mile out. Remembering the nice flowing water near McFarland Spring where I camped a couple of years ago and the amount of rain we've been getting lately, I decided to take a gamble and keep going.

My gamble totally did not pay off :lol: When I got to the clearing near McFarland Spring at a bit after 16:00, there were already two groups (4 tents) and there was no water. Good thing I was still doing OK on water for the night. And I knew there wasn't any good spot to camp after this on Houston Bros. So I decided to camp there. I think the guy with a dog I met on the way heading the opposite direction probably decided to go back to Aspen Springs to camp for the night because he came back down south again the next morning. Good thing the meadow was huge and we were all pretty far away from each other. The night was beautiful! :)

I woke up early the next morning, but wanted to sleep in a bit. Rain came down for about half an hour at 7:00. I was taking my time soaking in the serenity. Broke camp and left at about 9:30. Found water about half a mile down by the trail and filtered some. The hike out was beautiful. Sections on Barbershop were fern Disneyland! Got back to the car at 13:00. A beautiful and relaxing hike it was!
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LARichardson73
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 Phoenix, AZ.
Barbershop/U-Bar/Houston Loop, AZ 
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Hiking18.50 Miles
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I started at the junction of FR 139 and Barbershop Trail, at about 7:15am. I took Barbershop Trail to U-Bar Trail to Houston Brothers Trail, and ended up back at the Barbershop trailhead at about 4pm.

Along the way, I passed both the Dane Cabin and the Pinchot Cabin.

The trail is somewhat difficult to follow in places, especially where there are road crossings. I recommend using gps. Fortunately, all of gpsjoe's great tracks for this area are available on this site.

18.5 miles is quite a ways for me, so I'd say it was hard. However, There isn't a lot of elevation gain. There are long stretches of flat ground. The hardest parts are where the U-Bar dips in and out of Dane Canyon and Barbershop Canyon.

Great place to escape the Phoenix furnace.
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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Tough_Boots
Backpack23.20 Miles 3,268 AEG
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Everyone is off doing other stuff and I really needed to do a backpack. I know I've done all the Cabin Loop trails a million times-- but I like those trails :D

Lily and I started from Washington Park to avoid the extra hour of driving plus the long stretch on 300. My old truck rather appreciates that preference. We made it up to the rim pretty quick. The Colonel Devin really is speedy access to the top. We got our lousy road walk over and powered through the 4 miles encountering very little traffic. We finally hit Houston Brothers.

The first pair we came across were doing the loop in the opposite direction starting at Pinchot. We would see them again the next morning. Then we came across a larger group camped in one of the drainages just south of the Barbershop intersection. They were part of a larger boyscout group. They were the ones who didn't make it as far but they didn't seem to mind :D

I had the idea of adding some off-trail stuff to the day. I'd drawn up a route to duck over into Merritt Draw and then Maverick Canyon and head back to Houston Draw. With the slight chance of rain and clouds coming in and out all morning and still having fresh memories of getting caught in that storm up there a few weeks ago, I decided just to head to camp. Also to be honest, we were ten miles in at that point and adding three miles of off-trail didn't sound very appealing.

We came across the rest of the boyscouts. They had camped at Pinchot and were on their way back to meet the other group. I think they were spending one more night out there-- really friendly kids. Finally we made it to Aspen Spring. Its one of my favorite camp spots.

I set up camp, made dinner, water, and all that normal camp stuff. According to the boyscouts, it had rained up there early that morning. It was a bit of a struggle getting a fire going and I had to sacrifice all of my frequent buyer cards and coffee stamp cards-- but I got that baby going :lol: I went to bed pretty early to the sounds of coyote echoing through the draw. I don't know what they were up to, but it was loud and steady for some time.

I woke up to the beautiful sounds of elk singing-- just gorgeous set of pipes on those things :lol: I spotted a few on the ridge right above us and they were just going to town. I took my time breaking down camp and we headed off. We didn't see anyone again until we hit the Fred Haught Trail. I saw the couple from the day before earlier than I thought I was going to. Then I met a couple other pairs that were camped and a couple sets of dayhikers. It was turning out to be a lovely day and pleasant hike out.

We finally hit General Springs. There were a lot of folks down there today. Four or five cars down at the cabin and then probably seven or eight up by 300. I spoke to a couple groups and headed back down the Colonel Devin. As soon as we began descending, the sun came out and the temperature jumped up unexpectedly. It was a little toasty and Lily immediately felt it. My thermometer was reading 96 on that first set of exposed switchbacks. I figured if I kept Lily moving, I could water her down in the pines where it would be a bit cooler and then there would be a few spots after where the water flows over the trail-- no big deal. Once we got out of the pines, the clouds rolled back in for a bit and the temperature dropped nicely but by the time we reached the trailhead things had warmed up again but we were done :)

I let Lily cool down and I was hungry so we headed up to the THAT Brewery for their delicious black bean burger and dog friendly patio. We headed back to Phoenix soon after. I'm pretty over these long summer drives with no A/C in my truck-- and I know Lily is too. I have a pretty good method of keeping her cool in the truck now which basically consists of dumping water on her every 30 minutes or so which is kind of annoying to both of us. Though if I'm consistent, she barely even pants on the drive :lol:
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Jul 20 2015
Tim
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 Scottsdale
Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking7.60 Miles 500 AEG
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After spending the night at Mark's cabin up near the Blue Ridge Reservoir, Doug, Mark, Paul and I dropped a vehicle near the Pinchot Cabin and drove down to the southern trailhead at FS #300. We pushed off at 9:10 having stayed up a little too late the night before. Red wine while watching cowboy TV will do that to you- smile. It was slightly cloudy an the temperature was around 57 degrees. The trail was quite wet and climbing up and down the draws was quite slippery so I was glad I had my poles. There is a lot of up and down draws during the first 3.5 miles of this hike. The last 4 miles, especially, after crossing FS #139A, is a gentle downgrade through meadows and along the creek. The sun came out during this stretch and it was all very pretty. We reached our vehicle on FS #95 at 12:20 and the temperature was still only 64 degrees. Beautiful. The total hike came in at 7.6 miles with 500 feet of AEG in 3 hours and 10 minutes.
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Bear Canyon (Middle) - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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BiFrost
Hiking10.66 Miles 1,453 AEG
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Great hike in Bear Canyon with Lee and the dogs. We had been working on getting out there with the pups and Bear Canyon with all the water was perfect hike. Bruce did this hike recently and it looked like a winner especially for Cup...she loves the water! Bear Canyon is definitely the nicest of the rim canyons I've seen so far with some rocky cliffs and interesting pools to navigate.

After exploring Bear we linked up with Houston Brothers Trail which is cool in it's own right. Lunch was at Aspen Spring with large meadows and an old cabin site. We continued up Houston Brothers enjoying more meadows and tall ferns along the way before dropping back down into East Bear Canyon. Once in the bottom we followed it downstream back to where we hiked out at the Bear Canyon - East Bear Canyon confluence. On top it was short hike back to the vehicle and some beverages to finish off a great day of hiking :D
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Jul 12 2015
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Bear Canyon (Middle) - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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We were going to do Bruce and Kyle's loop, but after Kathy, full of grace, fell in immediately and was slow going down the canyon, the guys took a few miles off.
It's always fun to hike with Cupcake and Blanco, and Lee too!
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Bear Canyon Loop, AZ 
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Tough_Boots
Hiking13.70 Miles 1,969 AEG
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1,969 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Good hike with Lily and The Eagle. We parked on 95 at the intersection with a road that only exists on the map and as a sign. The signed but non-existent road took us on a bushwack down into Bear Canyon. Bear is probably more scenic, larger, and contains more water than Dane and Barbershop Canyons but is also is little slower to get through. With that said, we only had one major bypass to avoid a swimmer. We took Bear north to where 95 crosses and then over to Pinchot.

Soon after reaching 95, it began to rain. It was no big deal and perfect timing. We were able to take lunch at Pinchot Cabin sheltered under the overhang and wait for the rain to end. The rain ended and we were in and out of blue skies for the rest of the day. We then headed south on Houston Brothers until just before the Barbershop intersection. Here there lies another road that only exists on maps that takes you down to the canyon. We found a good route and bushwacked back down into East Bear Canyon.

We then took the canyon the 2.5 miles north back into Bear Canyon proper and bushwacked back up to my truck. This was a good day and we got to see a lot of Bear Canyon.
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Jul 09 2015
The_Eagle
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 Guides 9
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 Photos 10,311
 Triplogs 1,630

65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Bear Canyon - Houston Draw Loop, AZ 
Bear Canyon - Houston Draw Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking13.88 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking13.88 Miles   7 Hrs   35 Mns   2.10 mph
2,000 ft AEG      58 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Kyle invited me for a walk in one of his favorite areas. Do I want to spend the day at 106 or 76 degrees. Duh.

We dropped into Bear Canyon off of FR95 at FR9737M (as depicted on the TOPO maps) There was actually a Forrest Service sign for this road, but no road. We picked a pretty good route just making our way down the side of the canyon.

The Bear Canyon drainage was flowing pretty good the entire length we were in it. It was green, green, green! You can find game trails to navigate most of the way, but still need to cross over the drainage many times. It's easy making your way down there, but slow going.

We crested a bit of a rise in the drainage, to a small grassy meadow. We were both surprised to stumble on a huge Bull Elk, still in velvet, feeding in the grass, not more than 50' away. He was gone before I could get the camera going.

We only had one spot where we had to go up to avoid a swimmer. Would have been a good swim if it was warmer.

Out of the drainage and on our way to Pinchot Cabin, it started to rain lightly. Perfect timing as we'd planned to stop at the cabin for lunch anyway. It rained and thundered while we ate lunch under the awning of the cabin. It was actually a bit cold.

On the Houston Brothers trail we made up some time.

We dropped into East Bear Canyon following a side canyon down. The Elk have made a decent path to the hill. A few more miles in the canyon and I was ready for the climb out.

A pretty hike, in great temps. Lots of tiny strawberries along the entire hike. Lilly did great on the hike. Even all the off trail stuff. Thanks for the hike and driving Kyle.
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Aspen Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Light

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Aspen Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Plenty to filter

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max East Bear Canyon Light flow Light flow
Plenty to filter

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Houston Draw Head Quart per minute Quart per minute
Plenty to filter

dry McFarland Spring Dry Dry
Did not get off trail to check it, but plenty of water in the area

dry Pinchot Spring Dry Dry
Did not get off trail to check it, but there was plenty of water in the area

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max West Bear Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Plenty to filter
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Jun 06 2015
Tough_Boots
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 Routes 67
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64 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2015
Tough_Boots
Hiking22.85 Miles 3,263 AEG
Hiking22.85 Miles
3,263 ft AEG
 
Now that we've done this one 3 times, 9L and I are now considering this hike to be an annual ritual. The west Cabin Loop via Washington Park is great. Save on some driving time and add a nice climb up the Mogollon Rim at the start.

We got rained on pretty good early on. The weather said it should start clearing up around noon so we had some trust. The rain mostly stopped on our long walk up 300 to Houston Brothers. We shared dreams of being warmed by fresh beams of sun at our Aspen Springs lunch spot and our dreams came true. It turned out to be a rather gorgeous day and the rains had everything flowing.

I always love the Cabin Loop trails.
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Fauna
Elk
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Jun 06 2015
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2015
John9L
Hiking22.85 Miles 3,263 AEG
Hiking22.85 Miles
3,263 ft AEG
 
Kyle and I get together for what has become an annual trek up on the rim. We started from Washington Park on an overcast and rainy morning. We were prepared with rain gear and the forecast called for clear skies starting around 12pm. The first two miles up the Colonel Devin Trail were wet and muddy. Both of us had wet feet. We topped out on FR 300 and started our hike east on the road. The rain let up but a heavy fog moved in. This is a really easy stretch and took a bit over an hour to hike the four miles.

We hit the Houston Brothers Trail and headed north. The weather finally broke and the sun started shining through. We continued on and took our lunch at the Aspen Spring Cabin. We were about half way done at this point and the food really energized us. The rest of the day flew by as the miles blurred by. The going was very easy and we finished back at Kyle’s truck late afternoon.

This was a really fun hike and I look forward to our return next year. Thanks Kyle for driving!
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Apr 18 2015
bendorbreak
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 Routes 2
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41 female
 Joined Nov 19 2012
 Prescott, AZ
West Cabin Loop, AZ 
West Cabin Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 18 2015
bendorbreak
Backpack11.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
Backpack11.00 Miles2 Days         
1,400 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Camped at General springs Friday night. Headed out Saturday morning along the Fred Haught trail. What a gorgeous hike. Reading past trip logs I wasn't sure what to expect for water, I was thinking that it would be hit and miss, but around every corner there seemed to be another pool. Saturday night we set up camp at pinchot springs. Sunday morning we headed back to the carpool which we had left at the Barbershop Canyon TH. Can't wait to go out and explore more of the rim country.
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