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Sep 01 2014
gunungapi
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50 male
 Joined Mar 17 2014
 Tucson, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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gunungapi
Backpack17.00 Miles 950 AEG
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We backpacked the east loop over Labor Day weekend -- starting Saturday noon at the west end of the Barbershop Trail, heading east on the Barbershop and then counterclockwise around the U-Bar Trail and back down the Houston Brothers Trail to our starting point, which we reached Monday morning. We camped at Dane Spring and Aspen Spring.

This was my first time backpacking on the Mogollon Rim. As others have noted, this is beautiful country. I was happy to find that it was much more than a flat walk through Ponderosa forests -- it had a nice amount of variation and elevation change. Dane Canyon and Barbershop Canyon in particular were very beautiful.

Mushrooms were everywhere. I ended up with more than two dozen photos of mushrooms, all of them different: red, orange, white, green, gray, red with white spots.

The Barbershop and U-Bar trails were a little hard to follow at times. They frequently join the many forest roads that cross this area, and it was difficult at times to figure out when the trail branched off again into the woods. The blazes on the trees were the most consistent trail markers, though many of them are so grown over that you wouldn't recognize them if you didn't know what to look for. I recommend looking for the blazes while hiking on the well marked sections of trail so that when you get to the iffy parts, you know what to look for. The cairns, flexible posts, and ribbons on tree branches were spotty, but the blazes were consistent.

If I get another chance to hike here, I will try to avoid doing it on a holiday weekend. The woods were packed with people, and you're never more than a mile or so from the nearest road and motorized vehicles. I felt a bit like the Berenstain Bears in their Picnic book where they keep searching for a secluded picnic spot, and at each one are overwhelmed by obnoxious civilization. Nothing like hiking all afternoon to reach Dane Springs, setting up camp, and finding out that there are hundreds of people with motorcycles and amplified music camped within 1/4 mile of you! Next time, I will hike another 1-1/2 mile north on the trail to the bottom of Dane Canyon, which is very secluded and beautiful.

Aspen Springs too, where we camped the second night, is connected to a forest road, but we didn't see or hear any obnoxious campers there. I cannot think of a more idyllic setting than Aspen Springs.

The last thing of note that we saw on the hike was dozens of fossils on the Houston Brothers trail, just north of the Barbershop Trail intersection. About the size of flattened golf balls -- the backs are ribbed like sea shells, and the bottoms have vanes like the bottom of a leaf or maybe a miniature turtle. Keep your eyes on the ground and you'll see them!

There was water at Dane Springs, Aspen Springs, Coyote Springs, Barbershop Springs, and in the creeks at the bottom of Dane and Barbershop Canyons along the U-Bar Trail.
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Aug 29 2014
bballard
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 Tempe, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 29 2014
bballard
Backpack24.00 Miles 2,940 AEG
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This trip has helped redeem the rim area for me concerning crowds and noise, even on a holiday weekend. I had heard a lot about these trails and they did not fall short on expectations.

It was a casual 3 day trip with friends, going counter-clockwise from General Springs Cabin and doing the big loop on the Barbershop Trail to U-Bar and back on Fred Haught. We camped the first night at the General Springs Cabin trailhead to the distinct sound of party-bass nearby. Not the best night's sleep but we made due. The actual General Crook trail is hard to follow with the chevron markers and the official GPS route we downloaded on this site didn't follow the official trail all the way. But we made a side-trip to the dramatic views of the rim. It was much better to make due with this instead of following the dusty over-ridden 300.

We made it to Barbershop Trail and camped at it's spring. What a gorgeous meadow and just enough water to make camp comfortable. One word of advice- do not leave your plastic lid in your dualist stove while cooking unless you want a sticky plastic mess:(

I mistakenly told my friends the trail was "mostly flat". I never heard the end of that one over the course of three days! :) There are indeed many ravines and small creek-washes that are a definitely challenging. But overall it wasn't really too bad and it actually made the trek that much more interesting.

U-bar south of Dane Spring is incredibly beautiful. There is also an fantastic spot to camp at the bottom of Dane Canyon that perhaps we'll try for next time. We continued on to Fred Haught trailhead. I was surprised there were not more campsites nearby this junction.

Our tired feet were happy that the last 6 miles on day three were easier then what we had previously done. Overall the loop boasts a dramatic interplay of fern covered meadows and thick pine forest cover. Truly magic.

This is a wonderful and big backpacking opportunity slightly tucked away in the middle of a lot of RV, truck, and ATV party-camp big subwoofer bass activity. [which has become my most hated bane while traveling to the outdoors. And seems to be growing in popularity. I'm curious how other people here might deal with it, other than knowing where to completely avoid it]. But thankfully we didn't see many other people overall once away from 300. The only drawback might be the lack of "remoteness" while crossing many roads and hearing traffic here and there. We saw elk, turkey, and many horny toads. Very good water opportunities.
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Barbershop Spring

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A very small but moving pool of water from the spring. Just enough to safely filter and make camp.

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A good amount of water around, but the perfect spot to filter is a bit hard to find. We didn't use this water but it would be doable.

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good amount of water coming from the pipe. But popular spot nearby a road and we didn't care to take it when we saw kids playing with it like a fountain.

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definitely wet ground- I'm not sure where to filter. There are a couple spots where old wells have been created.

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good amount of water here.
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Aug 09 2014
VolcanoCLMBR
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 09 2014
VolcanoCLMBR
Backpack25.00 Miles 3,150 AEG
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Another weekend, another opportunity to get out of the concrete jungle and go into the chlorophyl jungle. This time around was the Cabin Loop. We took off on friday night after work, stopped for some quick dinner and headed out to the Mogollon Rim where we spent the night under the full moon. Saturday morning we woke up bright and early and started our hike at a little past 6AM, we knew we had a long day ahead as the plan was to make our way counter clockwise 18 miles in all the way to the Pinchot Cabin. The day was perfect, scattered cloud cover, cool temps, not much humidity and rather easy terrain. We met with a group of friends who took Fred Haught on their way in at Pinchot Cabin. We did not encounter many people on the trail, just one day hiker and one group of about 20 trail runners on Barbershop trail. We reached the cabin at a very decent time, around 3PM. We then had plenty of time to relax and enjoy the rest of the evening around the fire. 9L and Chumley paid us a visit and kindly shared a few brews with some of us. The following morning we took off before 8AM and finished off the loop by taking Fred Haught trail, the fire damage along the way was minimal, all trees seemed undamaged as the fire burned mostly low level brush. After we made it back to the truck we then stopped at Pine for some well deserved food and beer at That Brewery.
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Jul 04 2014
Tough_Boots
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Hiking22.50 Miles 3,153 AEG
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Its always nice to be on the Cabin Loop. John and I have done this lasso before-- it shortens the drive a bit and figured it would be preferable to not drive 300 on a holiday weekend.

We both started out a little slow this morning-- probably, though, the first time 9L has ever trailed behind me :D He blamed the half price bottles special at Boulders the night before. We decided to check out the trail tunnel since we skipped it last time. Once we were there, we decided that instead of backtracking, we would just scramble up to the top of the rim from there. It looked pretty doable. It ended up being a bit tougher than it looked but we made it. I hesitate to even mention it-- I mean... its not free-climbing Weavers or anything :o

The rest of the day was long and mostly uneventful. We saw some elk and a coyote. The temps were perfect and we got a little bit of rain which was nice. Thunder started in for our last couple miles so we were happy to be done.

Another pleasant day on the rim :D
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Jul 04 2014
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Hiking22.50 Miles 3,153 AEG
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Kyle and I headed up north to start off the holiday weekend. We started hiking from Washington Park around 8am and made our way over to the Railroad Tunnel. We did this hike last year but didn't see the tunnel. It was very cool. After checking out the tunnel we decided to bushwhack up to FR300. The climb up wasn't overly difficult but proved to be a pain in the ass due to the loose earth and sloping rock. We were both glad when the grade leveled off and when the road came into view.

Once on FR300 we followed the road for the next five miles. A handful of cars drove by as we hiked. It was still fairly early in the day. After some time we hit the trail again and made our way north. Our going was a little slow through this section. The morning coffee had worn off and the Boulders half price bottles the night before was taking it's toll. Our lunch break really helped around the 12 mile mark.

We hit our stride after lunch and the miles flew by. We passed a few backpackers making their way in. We took another break around the 17 mile mark. After that some light sprinkles hit and the weather was perfect. There was some thunder as we neared 300. I was glad we were almost done. Before long we hit the Colonel Devin Trail and were back to the jeep a little after 5pm.

The Cabin Loop is such a beautiful hike. It's the perfect getaway when the temps spike in the valley. I will be back again.
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Jun 28 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
West Cabin Loop via Washington Park, AZ 
West Cabin Loop via Washington Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2014
BiFrost
Hiking23.77 Miles 3,689 AEG
Hiking23.77 Miles   10 Hrs   15 Mns   2.62 mph
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We did the west section of Cabin Loop from Washington Park. Clockwise loop heading north on Blue Ridge AZT#28 to Fred Haught Trail and over to Houston Brothers Trail. There was some water in General Springs Canyon but once we started on Fred Haught it was dry. Also Quien Sabe Spring was also dry although the scenery more than made up for that. Lots of meadows and large ferns in Quien Sabe Draw. Then the Cabin Loop intersects with NF-95 which did have some what in the drainage. Eventually we dropped into Houston Draw and took a long break at Pinchot Spring and Cabin. Lots of water in this section near the Cabin where we filtered several liters.

After lunch it was up the Houston Brothers Trail to Aspen Spring which also had plenty of water in and around the spring area. There is a small cabin/structure near the spring and nice area to camp. Once we left Aspen Spring the canyon upstream from there was probably the best part of the loop. More meadows, tall ferns, and patches of water along the way.

Eventually the trail tops out at 7800 feet where it meets the Rim Road and General Crook Trail. We tried to follow parts of General Crook and could see some signs but mostly stayed on Rim Road back to General Springs. Then it's short drop back down to Washington Park.

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good water and pools in and around the canyon/spring

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nothing in the canyon

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water in the canyon...some pools downstream of the spring

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very light trickle but could filter if needed.

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decent water and pools in and around the cabin area

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completely dry in and around the spring
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Jun 28 2014
slowandsteady
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 Phoenix,AZ
West Cabin Loop via Washington Park, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jun 28 2014
slowandsteady
Hiking23.77 Miles 3,689 AEG
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A couple weeks ago when we came through Washington Park and General Springs on the AZT, we decided we wanted to go back and take time to explore.

I wanted to see what it was like to hike from Washington Park to road #300 on mile one instead of mile 17. It was much more pleasant!

We stopped at General Springs cabin for photos and then we were too busy discussing Google's business plan that we walked about a half mile down the road instead of down the trail. We got back on track and started the enjoyable journey of walking in the ferns.

We stopped just before Pinchot cabin to filter water and have lunch. If we had known how inviting the area is around Aspen Spring, that would have been a more preferred lunch spot.

I was more than happy to just walk #300 but Karl gave it several tries at hiking General Crook. Despite all of his back and forth trips to the road, we still ended up with the same mileage!
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May 26 2014
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2014
toddak
Hiking8.00 Miles 600 AEG
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Plenty of Memorial Day RVs parked in the woods but nobody on the trail, did an out and back from the north end. Still green and very pleasant.

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May 17 2014
Tough_Boots
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 17 2014
Tough_Boots
Backpack15.00 Miles 2,118 AEG
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Fun easy overnight trip with Chumley, BrunoP, and Lily. Chumley set up a shuttle Saturday morning with his bike and we headed up Fred Haught. There's lots of water out there-- BrunoP liked to jump right in and get nasty. Lily is a little more reserved though she likes to get her feet wet. BrunoP was a bit overly amorous with Lily-- we'll need to have a talk with Bob about that :o

We got to camp at Aspen springs cabin pretty early and relaxed with some beers. On sunday we took our time in the morning but still made it back to 300 pretty early. We went and visited with one of the fire lookouts and then headed to THAT Brewery for lunch. The temps were perfect and the dogs were tired-- pretty perfect :)
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May 17 2014
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 Tempe, AZ
West Cabin Loop, AZ 
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Backpack avatar May 17 2014
chumley
Backpack15.94 Miles 2,754 AEG
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Kyle and I decided on this as an easy overnight with the pups. I've always enjoyed this area, and this trip was no different.

I brought my bike and rode the 4.5 miles along FR300 to save us from having to do that less interesting section on foot. I was surprised how green and wet everything is, especially with the early fire restrictions this year. It really is early season up there, with many aspen not yet showing their leaves, and the maples just getting started.

Last time I did this section was in a freak April snow storm a couple of years ago, so it was neat to remember how things looked that day. Saturday was just borderline warm in the sun, but Sunday cooled off and was perfect, with cloud cover, breezy, and in the 60s.

I always forget about the numerous little draws to cross on the southern half of Houston Brothers, it's such a different hike from the northern half.

We stopped at Baker Butte on the way out. Shirley has been there for 18 years, and it's been at least 7 since I carried an antique sewing machine up into the tower for her, and she has since acquired a horse. The tower has been upgraded and now has new windows and doors and an outdoor walkway around it.

The views were nice, but a little bit hazy today.

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Low flow, but nice clear, cold trickle. Great for filtering.

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Light flow and pools throughout the draw

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Nice pool of water at the seep, trickling down into the draw.

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Very light flow at spring source, but plenty of water just downstream. Nice trickle flow and small pools.

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Reliable and cold as always

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Just a pool of muddy water.
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May 17 2014
NonnyD
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2014
NonnyD
Hiking18.70 Miles 950 AEG
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So, this is my first post as a newbie to the forum as well as a Cabin Loop first-timer. This was an incredible backpack that my 14-yr old son and I thoroughly enjoyed, despite some mistakes in navigation! The weather was perfect- 65-70 degrees, sunny, with a nice breeze.

I checked the Coconino road closures ahead of time and the web site noted that nothing was closed. The plan was to park at Fred Haught trailhead and begin the East loop from Pinchot Cabin. However, 139A is closed about 1/2 mile from trailhead so we parked in a little clearing off the road side. [I am not at all familiar with the area, and didn't know that there were so many access points to the loop that would be accessible to my Honda CRV- now I know better!]

We had downloaded an excellent GPS route by GPSJoe, as suggested by many members. We arrived about 11:30 AM and hiked from the car to Pinchot Cabin, started off on Ubar Trail, and almost immediately got off the trail (hey, did you know that you have to actually look at your GPS for it to lead you in the right direction?). We didn't even realize- I just thought, "wow, there's no trail whatsoever here. Must not be well-traveled." We accidentally got back on the trail and were on our merry way. Traveling along a portion of Ubar that coincided with a forest road, we went along and shortly realized that we were way off trail AGAIN, having missed a turn at about 34.48638 N, -111.15238 W. We had diverged from the trail about 1.7 miles earlier, but were determined to get to Dane Springs, which we could see was straight across our diverged distance. So we bushwhacked down into a canyon 300 feet, then back up the steep other side. Then we went down into another canyon (lots of water in this one), seemingly just as steep, and went back up the other side. There may have been a moment of panic there for a minute as we climbed past mountain lion scat, piles of bones (including an intact (elk? deer?) leg complete with hoof and hair, and it seemed we were getting no closer to our waypoint for Dane Springs.

Anyway, as we climbed out of the second canyon, never was there a sound so welcome as that of barking dogs. We soon saw Dane Cabin and the people that went with the dogs- a group of 4 from Friends Hiking (moveyouraz, I believe?). They gave us great information, calmed my newbie nerves, and pointed us in the right direction. What a sight for sore eyes, and many thanks to these folks if they happen to read here. Before moving on, we filled up on that amazing Dane Springs water- I wish I had brought extra bottles!

From that point on, we never turned off the GPS and checked it often. Made camp about 1/2 mile north of Coyote Springs in a meadow of big bunch grass that made for a great mattress. The next morning, finished Ubar, started Barbershop. Went west a little ways and filled up water. Continued to the end of Barbershop and stopped for lunch, then turned north onto Houston Brothers trail.

We made camp about 1.5 miles south of Pinchot Cabin at Aspen Springs (?). [It was early afternoon, but we wanted to stay a second night to fulfill one of the requirements for the backpacking merit badge that my son is working on]. Took our time the next morning, and hiked back out to arrive at the car about 10 am. [Mileage of 20.2 miles includes our off-trail wanderings :) ]

The tl;dr -- Zoom into your GPS to 120-300 ft. Watch it. Follow it. Awesome hike, plenty of water. Tons of great campsites.
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Excellent straight from the tap
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Apr 29 2014
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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Backpack18.70 Miles 950 AEG
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Sep 07 2013
topohiker
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Barbershop Trail #91Payson, AZ
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topohiker
Hiking29.35 Miles 3,951 AEG
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It seems like every hike this summer has had a thunder-storm poured down. Almost every time except for when Mike came along. When Mike wanted to hike, I was glad because I knew he would keep the rain away.
As we left the valley it was drizzling. We started at the Washington TH and the sky was clouded over.

About a 1/3 of mile from the trailhead was a people friendly elk. There was a family of 6 trying to figure out how to get past the elk. Mike got about 30 feet from it and the Elk didn’t care. When we got about 20 feet from the Elk, it walked away.

We hiked to the rim and took the Rim/General crook over to the Houston Brothers trail, to the Barbershop trail. We more or less started on the Barbershop trail to about a mile past the U-bat intersection. It rained for about 20 minutes and then Mike’s anti-rain powers kicked-in. We had a quick lunch and returned back to the TH.

Mike's rain powers had faded on the drive home and it staretd to rain. :D
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Sep 01 2013
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Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking9.00 Miles 800 AEG
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Out and back. Great temperature - mid 70's, a little humid but not too bad. Saw a coyote crossing highway 87. Along the trail we passed two groups of backpackers in the first 45 mins both heading out and then no one else. A couple of thunderstorms rolled by but missed us. Another great day :)

Just after you cross E Clear Creek on FR 95 there is a "Road Closed Ahead" sign - luckily I remembered Chumley's forum post: :thanx:
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FR95 is closed at the junction with 139G (.25 miles before Houston Draw) and there are a couple of JJ's machines at Houston Draw.
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Aug 31 2013
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John9L
Backpack18.16 Miles 2,797 AEG
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I met up with Kyle, Lyndsey & Jacki for a one night backpack up on the rim. The temps were perfect and we got some light rain for a short time. We were also met by Chumley who brought the ice cold beer! :o

We started from Houston Brothers and 300 and made good time as we headed north. After some time we connected to the Barbershop Trail and followed that to the start of Dane Canyon. We took a short break and then started the hike up the canyon. Kyle and I were out here last summer for this hike and really enjoyed it. This year it was more difficult with the full backpack. It also started raining about halfway up the canyon. We put our rain gear on and kept on trekking. Eventually we reached the junction with U-Bar where we met Chumley and the latest dog he's watching. He convinced us to hike up the hill to his truck for some cold beers and other car camping amenities.

The evening was very relaxing. We had a nice fire and enjoyed dinner. We all turned in around 11pm but didn't get to sleep for long. Some A-Holes decided to go shooting at 1am. They were about a mile away and fired some very loud guns! I'm not sure how long this lasted but would guess 30 minutes. Thanks guys for keeping us up! :x

We woke the next day and enjoyed the morning having coffee and breakfast. We packed up and said our goodbyes to Chumley and then started the hike out by following the U-Bar Trail south. We stopped by Dane Spring to top off our water and then continued hiking. We turned west on the Barbershop Trail and stopped for another break at the Barbershop Canyon junction. From there we all returned to the jeep and on back to Phoenix for the heat.

It was a fun weekend and thanks Chumley for meeting us. The cold beers were delicious! :DANCE:
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Aug 31 2013
Tough_Boots
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64 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 31 2013
Tough_Boots
Backpack18.16 Miles 2,797 AEG
Backpack18.16 Miles2 Days         
2,797 ft AEG
 
This was a pleasant weekend and we got real lucky with weather. We thought for sure we would get poured on at some point but there was only a short shower.

The four of us started out at the southern end of the Houston Brothers and then took the Barbershop Trail over to Dane Canyon. The going got a little slow in Dane but it was beautiful, lush, and worth the effort. Our plan was to camp where the U-bar crosses over Dane Canyon but Chumley was there waiting for us with cold refreshing beers beckoning us to the camp he'd set up higher on the ridge. There was promises of more beer and firewood so we all agreed. We loaded up on water and then bushwacked out of the canyon to his camp. What could be better than backpacking with all the comforts of car camping?

We woke up the next morning and took our sweet time. It would be a much easier day-- nice trails and no bushwacking. It turned out to be a beautiful weekend.
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Barbershop Canyon Dane Canyon
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Aug 28 2013
AZWanderingBear
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65 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2013
AZWanderingBear
Hiking32.00 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking32.00 Miles
950 ft AEG
 
Hiked the Cabin Loop (Fred Haught, Houston Brothers, UBar, and Barbershop while on a 6-day camping trip on the Mogollon Rim with several friends and two dogs. I'd hiked small sections of the Loop before, but never the entire thing. One of the most beautiful and restful hikes yet. Pines, spruce, aspen, mushrooms, elk, turkey, squirrels, etc. The creeks were all flowing. Every spring I checked on was flowing nicely. Dane Spring had fantastic water out of the pipe. Will be back next year to do it again
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Aug 10 2013
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2013
topohiker
Hiking29.48 Miles 2,965 AEG
Hiking29.48 Miles   11 Hrs      3.05 mph
2,965 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
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Mike & I parked at the Washington TH and headed up to Cabin trails. We looped through the cabin trails and headed back.
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Jul 20 2013
Anekantavada
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 Joined Mar 07 2013
 Chandler, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Anekantavada
Hiking18.70 Miles 950 AEG
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950 ft AEG      45 Mns Break26 LBS Pack
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I hiked the Western Loop, Fred to Houston to General Crook. Its pretty tough not to just walk the road for the last part. Got to see a Fantastic Monsoon Lightning Show, and a Bear on the Houston Bros. trail! Great Day on the Rim!
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 Glendale, AZ
Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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ChrisYouKnowChris
Backpack13.40 Miles 4,058 AEG
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4,058 ft AEG
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Headed up the hill early Monday morning to pick up my cousin from Camp Verde then drove east to the Cabin Loop. We were each dying to ditch the heat and had planned a quick, in-and-out overnight hike and had decided to start with the Houston Bros trail and figure it out from there. We parked just north of the Pinchot Cabin and the 95 road was in great condition. There were 2 elk grazing in the Houston Draw on the other side of the road from the TH, the first of many spotted on this hike. The springs were definitely flowing with cool, clear water and I couldn't get enough pictures. All of the descriptions about the beautiful scenery on this trail are true so we didn't rush our pace and took our time exploring both cabins along the way. We stopped for lunch around 2:30 and decided to take an extra long rest as we were eager to test out our new travel hammocks we had purchased. They were the cheap $20 versions and we had each read all the reviews about them splitting down the middle so it was a little tense at first but the hammocks held! After the quick catnap we got started on the trail again and came across a cow elk grazing near the spring with her calf on the hill to our right. We snuck to about 25 yards from them both. We decided to take the Barbershop trail when we came across it because we were looking to set up camp soon and it looked like it would have more springs for us to use for cooking. We were right as Barbershop Spring was flowing nicely. We saw another 2 elk before the spring and another 7 once we got there (that makes 13 for the day). This spot was gorgeous! We filled up enough water for cooking and set up camp shortly thereafter. The night was cool and borderline cold but was much welcome after dealing with the 110 degree heat in Phoenix lately. My cousin and I caught up on life, drank whiskey, and then survived the night in our sketchy hammocks. We did a simple backtrack the next day and made it back to my truck already planning our next trip back to finish the Cabin Loop, but not before we saw one more elk crossing the trail in front of us.
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