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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 09 2013
southpawaz
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58 male
 Joined Mar 18 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2013
southpawaz
Hiking8.00 Miles 550 AEG
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After fishing and camping at Bear Canyon Lake on Saturday, we drove over to hike this trail today. To hit a good distance for an out and back hike, we started at the trail's crossing of FR 139A and hiked north to Pinchot Cabin, then back. As soon as we reached the first spring ("Houston Draw Head") along the trail, there was water flowing down the draw most of the way, with a dry spot for a ways just above the Pinchot Springs. There were plenty of flowers for cindyl to take pictures of, so we took our time along the way, stopping to look for a few survey monuments along the route. We came up empty on the monuments themselves, but I did find blazed and scribed bearing tree accessories for two of them.

We enjoyed seeing the cabins at Aspen Spring and the Pinchot site. Domestic Irises around the chimney at Aspen Spring are in full bloom, and we spotted a couple red Columbine growing out of the rocks at the spring there. We took a break at the Pinchot Cabin before turning around and heading back the way we came. By the time we reached the truck it had gotten pretty warm out, though not nearly as hot as it was down in the Valley.

We took the long way around going out, driving north up FRs 139 and 95 to stop at Moqui Fire Lookout Tower on our way out to the Highway. We had a great visit there with the longtime lookout (on her last day in this tower before starting a two month assignment in the Blue Ridge Ranger Station) before heading home.
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Both springs flowing.
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Jun 01 2013
moo
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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moo
Backpack20.60 Miles 950 AEG
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Wonderful weather for an overnight on the rim. Fred Haught :next: Houston Brothers :next: Rim Rd. Camped near Pinchot springs and enjoyed the crystal clear ice cold spring water. The northern 3 or so miles of the Houston Brothers trail is amazing. Next time I'll have to try the eastern portion of this loop and do the U-Bar and Barbershop trails.
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Crystal clear, ice cold and flowing strong.
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May 24 2013
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Cabin Loop from Washington Park, AZ 
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Hiking23.31 Miles 3,572 AEG
Hiking23.31 Miles   9 Hrs   20 Mns   2.83 mph
3,572 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 
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Fun day with Kyle. Started from the Washington Park Trailhead and made our way up the Colonel Devin Trail. We set a steady pace as we climbed up to the rim. From there we went east on 300. This was the monotonous section and we wanted to get it over with first. We actually commented that our hiking finally began when we reached the Houston Brothers Trail and by this point we hiked over six miles.

The hiking up Houston Brothers is beautiful as you make your way through the forest. After some time you reach a meadow and follow that for a while. This hike was a nice change of pace after all our recent hiking in the Canyon. We stopped by the different cabins along the way and took our time enjoying the area.

We hit the Fred Haught trail and kind of zoned out as the miles flew by. We took a brief detour over to the Fred Haught Cabin. We took another break there and then started the final grind back to 300. We didn't talk much and basically put one foot in front of the other. Eventually we reached the Colonel Devin Trail and we cruised back on down to the jeep at Washington. This was a long and great day. I'm really glad we started from below the rim. On the ride back to Phoenix there were a ton of cars, trucks and campers heading up the 87. Its going to be a busy weekend up on the rim.
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May 24 2013
Tough_Boots
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cabin Loop from Washington Park, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 24 2013
Tough_Boots
Hiking23.31 Miles 3,572 AEG
Hiking23.31 Miles   9 Hrs   20 Mns   2.83 mph
3,572 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
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Did this one on three hours of sleep. I'm tired and my feet hurt. Great day overall!
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May 07 2013
OdinWiski
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 Chandler, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2013
OdinWiski
Hiking17.00 Miles 950 AEG
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I did this loop back in 2013 in May. It was a good backpack and nice to get out of the heat that was starting to creep up in Phoenix. From the TH, we started on Fred Haught to General Springs Cabin. From there, instead of taking the General Crook Trail, we just hiked a section of the Rim Road to hook up to Houston Brothers trail. There were good spots to set up camp on both Fred Haught and Houston Bros. If you want to make it a longer trip, loop over to Barbershop and then U-Bar. Typical Payson pine forests - very pretty.
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Oct 20 2012
chumley
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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2012
chumley
Hiking5.27 Miles 981 AEG
Hiking5.27 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.18 mph
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The portion of the Houston Brothers trail between FR300 to where it crosses FR139A is a hidden gem of autumn color. It dips into the upper portion of numerous drainages, each one with more big tooth maples, aspens, and oaks than the one before it. It is a 5-star trail for fall foliage!

I was a little late this year, and the peak of the maples has passed. There was still some left, but most of the maple leaves had already fallen, making a colorful carpet on the forest floor. The aspens are near their peak, and there was still abundant color. A persistent breeze created a wonderful effect of leaves "raining" on me all day!

I started at the Barbershop trailhead on FR139 and headed down into the eastern portion of Upper Bear Canyon, a beautiful off-trail meander. I hiked downstream a couple of miles to where the west leg of Upper Bear Canyon meets the eastern leg I was in. From there I hiked straight up hill and took the 139A road a short distance to the Houston Brothers junction. From there it was a couple of spectacular miles back to my truck.
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Oct 10 2012
allanalxndr
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 Phx, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 10 2012
allanalxndr
Backpack19.90 Miles 950 AEG
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Aug 31 2012
hikerdw
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 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Aug 31 2012
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Hiking16.90 Miles 3,116 AEG
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We hiked the east side of the Cabin Loop starting at the FR139 and Barbershop Trail junction starting at 8:30 and ending at 3:30. Other than some campers near a FR at the start of the U-Bar trail we had the loop to ourselves. The weather was great, cool temps and a gentle breeze, which just added to the overall enjoyment of this hike.
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Aug 25 2012
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking7.00 Miles 900 AEG
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We did the south end of HB out and back from 139A. Lunch out on the rim was 8) Saw a couple of elk and a few squirrels. Afterwards we went over to Camp GH.
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Aug 11 2012
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 Phoenix, AZ
Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Aug 11 2012
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Hiking7.49 Miles 2,029 AEG
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This was a hike up the Houston Brothers Trail from Pinchot Cabin to the Barbershop Trail and then along the Barbershop Trail to the Buck Spring Cabins. On Saturday morning of the HAZ Summer Fest the HAZ members were informally dividing up into groups for hiking the many nearby trails. I decided to hike this route with Chumley and Julia Chaos - a distance of about 10 miles. We set off in Chumley's Toyota Tacoma for our starting point at the Pinchot Cabin - a high speed drive down gravel forest roads and including some rather rough unmaintained back roads. :scared: I wasn't sure Chumley knew where he was going but we got to our destination. :) Liz who was riding in the back seat and is prone to motion sickness was turning green and about ready to up-chuck by the time we got to the trailhead. This was my second experience in two days with HAZ member forest road driving.

The Houston Brothers trail has a gently grade and we made good time over the approximately 5 miles to its intersection with the Barbershop trail. At Aspen Springs we encountered a family resting on the Paige's Crossing bridge. I learned that Chumley had restored part of the log stable after it collapsed about three years ago under a heavy snow fall. 8) After leaving Aspen Springs we encountered HAZ members Joe Bartels, Coanbru and Coreyprator on their way around the East Cabin Loop.

The hike got more strenuous on the Barbershop trail with its up and downs through at least 5 canyons. I was really dragging my rear on the uphill sections but Chumley and Liz were patient enough to wait for me at the top of each hill. Allthough strenuous, this is a beautiful trail through canyons and ridge tops. After another five miles we arrived back at the Buck Spring Cabins and the campsite for the HAZ Summer Fest. I drove Chumley back to the Pinchot Cabin trailhead to retrieve his car as dusk approached. We saw several elk including a majestic large bull cross the road on our drive to the trailhead. A great ending to our hike.
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Aug 11 2012
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2012
chumley
Hiking10.65 Miles 1,645 AEG
Hiking10.65 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   1.88 mph
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Liz and Larry and I decided the 20-mile cabin loop was a little too much, and opted to shuttle our way to about the half-way point at Pinchot Cabin, and hike back. In retrospect, the better option would have been to shuttle the car there, and drive back and hike from Buck Springs to Pinchot. That would leave the nice Houston Draw for the last few miles and make it easier at the end. Oh well.

We started at 11:30, and quickly made it up to Aspen Springs where a family or two were taking a break on Paige's Crossing. Since it's only 1.5 miles to there, we didn't really take a break, and continued up to McFarland Spring where we met Joe, Bruce, and Corey. I told Corey that the sheriff had been by looking for him, and was happy he didn't get scared, pull out a gun and kill us all now that we knew his secret. ;)

We plucked along until the trail climbs out of Houston Draw and dips unnecessarily into 4 or 5 drainages just a few yards from the ridge that FR321 is on. I'm happy to be away from the road, but the stupid added AEG of going up and down little canyons that could bypassed was irritating me a little bit!

We took a break for hydration and some snacks before making the turn onto Barbershop and proceeding down to the spring. Liz caught a horned toad and a butterfly along the way, and started to have some blister problems in her sandals. A little tape, and lunch at the bottom of Barbershop canyon made all things better.

Some campers had set up a pop-up and a toy-hauler right in the middle of the trail at the end of what is technically a closed road. I didn't preach to them, but did ask if I was supposed to hike right through the pop up, and if I could also raid the cooler on the way by. They were in good spirits and offered a drink, but we just passed with a chuckle.

All the ups and downs and canyons toward the end of this hike were wearing on all of us a little bit, but we pressed forward, determined to make it back to camp before Joe and crew reached it via the other half of the loop.

Laura cruised up behind us, and just kept going, leaving us in the dust. We made it back to camp and Larry shuttled me back to pick up my truck at Pinchot.

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Start 11:30
Pinchot Spring 11:40
Aspen Spring 12:00
Joe at McFarland 12:30
Break 15 min
Barbershop Junction 2:00
Barbershop Spring 2:20
Barbershop Canyon 2:35
Lunch 20 min
Dane Canyon 3:20
U-Bar Junction 4:30
Camp 5:00
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Aug 11 2012
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Cabin Loop - East, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Aug 11 2012
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Hiking20.40 Miles 3,419 AEG
Hiking20.40 Miles   9 Hrs   24 Mns   3.03 mph
3,419 ft AEG   2 Hrs   40 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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We invaded HAZ Camp at around 8:30, to find quite a few HAZers still Sleeping.
We were greeted by Angela, Pam, Trish, Cindy, Corry, OregonHiker, (all of whom I was meeting for the first time)....and rolling out of the Coleman Mansion with Chinese eyes, Todd.

Corry decided he wanted to tag along for the tour of the East loop, so we were off.

This is a pleasant hike with Pines, Oak, Maple, Aspens, Ferns. Our Clockwise loop took us past numerous springs and cabins in various states of disrepair. My favorite areas on the hike were the Barbershop spring area, the Fern Forests on the Houston Brothers Trail, Barbershop canyon, and the cold, refreshing water of Dane Spring.

On the way up to Pinchot Cabin, we ran into Chumley, Liz, and Oregonhiker. A little later we ran into Laura hiking Solo and then later again, south of Dane Spring, Steve (Nonot).

I stopped back at camp to wet my liver (Thanks Liz!)for a short while and jab with the folks. I was even allowed to view, touch, and sample Angela's Treasure chest of snacks!

Good to meet all the new people and catch up with the others I have not seen in awhile.

Good Hiking with you Corry... keep up the good work!.
JBM was at an all time low. Approaching 0 (and actually going positive for a short while) at the beginning of the hike.
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Clear Filterable Water

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Clear COLD water coming from pipe.
Tasted Good, and felt good!

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Aug 11 2012
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cabin Loop - East, AZ 
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Hiking20.10 Miles 3,047 AEG
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Headed in and met the 2012 Summer HAZFest gang! Finally got to meet Trish after NINE years. Oregon Hiker and Corey were new faces! Corey decided to join in on our loop hike.

We headed out on the #91. It's not much of a trail from Buck Springs Cabin. After a while it gets more recognizable. The loop hike was nice. Three areas were outstanding. The rest I classify as enjoyable. Barbershop Canyon looks like a nice one to travel through someday.

Later met Laura in passing on her solo loop. Great conversation with Corey throughout. Midway learned this loop was a big step up in mileage from his previous hikes. He knew what he wanted to accomplish, he was determined and made it happen.

I didn't fair so well on the healthy meter today. jj brought me an almond snickers and Angela was passing out huckleberry taffy which was mighty tasty!

Alex showed up with the family just as we were parting. We said our goodbyes to the chipper group. It was great to meet everyone! Figured I should probably leave some sort of lasting impression so I did a short fashion model of the hunter green Creating HAZ sportswear. A fun day and a nice way to get out of the valley heat!
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Aug 11 2012
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 phx
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Hiking20.40 Miles 3,419 AEG
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Aug 10 2012
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 Joined Mar 01 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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juliachaos
Hiking11.00 Miles 950 AEG
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Awesome weekend! It was great to see everyone, and meet a few new faces. Did part of the Cabin Loop with Larry and Chumley, then came back to camp to discover that my bike had been partaking in ki-biking (kite biking)... hopefully someone will post a video at some point :lol: Sang and played some songs around the campfire, then headed out to the meadow for some Perseids when it got dark. Awesome group of people; we all had a great time, and a lot of laughs.

I did tag everyone (as far as I can remember), whether they stayed for three days or just an hour or two. Bob was around early on, and I didn't get to see him or the pooch, but I figure he still counts :)
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 Tempe, AZ
Summer HAZFest 2012, AZ 
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chumley
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Oh boy, where to begin?! Let's start by separating the camping from the hikes.

Thanks to everybody who showed up. It was fun to see some of you again, and great to meet new people. Especially the Coconino Sheriff and the Forest Ranger, both of whom surprised us by showing up without even marking the "interested" column ahead of time. I've always known that a good event usually results in a vehicle with lights flashing :)

Things started slow with just Pam and me arriving on Thursday night. On Friday, Bob stopped by with Bruno after hiking an AZT segment and loitered for an hour or so. Eventually things got interesting, with Laura, Larry, Liz, Trish, Angela, Cindy, and Steve all arriving in time for dinner. Pam and Larry went to Knoll Lake and caught some fresh Rainbow Trout for dinner, and on their way back they brought Corey, who actually fulfilled the requirement of driving his Prius down the mogul road! Later on, Jon and Patrick showed up and joined us around the campfire. I think that was the whole group on Friday night?

Saturday morning, Bruce and Joe showed up and most of us went separate directions and did different hikes before reconvening back at camp for evening festivities. John arrived after an AZT segment, and Joel showed up after shooting sunset. A little later, Alex, his wife and kids arrived, and somewhere along the line Andrey showed up too.

After dinner and shenanigans, we ventured out into the meadow to watch the Perseids. It was a little chilly laying in the abundant elk poop, and I was hoping for a better show, but we were all treated to more than a few cool streaks across the sky and the accompanying "ooooooohs" and "where!!? which way!?" made the whole experience more entertaining.

The next morning, some headed home, some headed on additional hikes. After a nap, I managed to leave at just about sunset. A stop for food at THAT Pub and Brewery in Pine put an exclamation point on a great weekend!

There were a total of four dogs, and all were white (ok, Bruno is a little more yellow), and all fun to see. I also brought home a pair of sunglasses that have a yellow strap. Let me know if they are yours.

I also have a couple of movies that I'll add the URL to the comments for this triplog when I ever get them uploaded.
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Aug 10 2012
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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A third HAZfest I felt obligated to attend even though I had just flown back to Phx on Wed evening after a glorious 8 day all day long hike/vacation. But these are the best kind of obligations to have! Lucky for me Trish offered to car pool and bring all the food and cook; what a relief! I have to say having a personal chef and chauffeur when you're on a camping trip is pretty cool!

On the drive up via Globe and Jake's Corner, we did see the beginning of the Mistake Fire so I got a couple of shots of that as well as the Roosevelt Lake area. We did encounter a few too many way-slow drivers but we eventually got up to Payson where we stepped out of the car to nice temperatures. We picked up some additional groceries and headed up to the Rim for what seemed like a long drive on FR300.

After turning onto FR137? and driving for a bit we see the Camp Chumley sign and to our right Todd was picking up some slightly burned logs for our fire. I looked over at Trish and said "told ya" as I had said with Todd and Nonot around, logs for a fire would not be a concern.

We got set up and I helped Trish with her new tent that is taller than her. I think it will end up being a nice purchase. I know I sure enjoy my new mansion compared to the "kiddie" tent I used to bring to car camping. Soon others started to arrive, we chatted, ate (Thx Trish & I also got to try some of Pam's fresh catch), and then went out to the meadow looking for those pesky Perseids before I turned in for a very cold nite as I forgot my sleeping bag.

The next morning we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the cool temps of the pines when I look up and out of a jeep pops Bruce and our leader. What a pleasant surprise! A couple of us went and put on our apropos shirts to impress the boss ;) . After visiting for a bit and lending them Corey, they took off for their hike. Little did we know Corey was a wanted man until the Sheriff showed up. Actually his brother thot he was MIA. We dawdled for a bit more and then took off for our hike.

We got back around 1, had lunch, lounged around, prepared for the rain that didn't materialize and had cocktail hour as we waited for the others to return from their hiking. Trish made some awesome TrishKabobs with shrimp and a yummy corn/black bean salad while we enjoyed drinking the apple merlot wine I had brot from an Avila Beach, CA winery. John (JJiii) even showed up. Joe and Bruce joined us for a bit before heading out after Alex and his crew came to camp.

Alex made these most incredible Pittsburgh Mountain (didn't know they had mountains in Pittsburgh) Man sandwiches using an Iron Pie Plate (I found them on Amazon) that tasted somewhat like a pizza but much better. So now it was time to break out the Trader Joe's Dark Ale that I bot at Xmas and saved for a special camping situation. Almost everyone gave it a try. I think it tastes wonderful. Steve helped me finish it off.

We enjoyed the music of 2 hikers and Not Julia before it was time for another Perseid show. Todd generously offered us towels to lay on the ground so that we could gaze into the sky. It was a bit chilly but somehow with all of my fellow HAZers, I felt plenty warm. It was like watching a game and when a meteor would race across the sky, I swear everyone who saw ;) it said "Sccccccccccooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeee" :D . Even though we saw several, we realized it was just too early to get the good show so we headed back to camp.

The next morning, once again we had a leisurely breakfast. Those are so much fun when you're camping. We tore down our campsite, loaded up and headed on down the road after saying our good byes. Yes I have a lot of video but I'm not sure how much will be for public viewing, ha!

It was a great event again :y: . Thx Todd for keeping it on track by making signs, verifying our directions, pre-checking the spot and of course for making sure we would have enough logs for the bonfire. It was great to renew old acquaintances and meet new ones; altho with some of the new acquaintances, when you're on HAZ, it seems more like an old acquaintance.

9-12-2012 Here are the videos at last. I think you can get away with watching them on the full screen otherwise the large screen is the other option. I had a glitch on Part 1 that I had to re-do. If you like fire scenes and music, you will enjoy these. There's other stuff too.
Part 1 - a little bit of our drive past Roosevelt Lake, Friday nite fire activity, Saturday afternoon camp walk about finished by camp activities: http://youtu.be/8JAU8iw4cR8
Part 2 - it's Saturday nite, must be HAZfest around the fire where there was various antics going on including Todd's unrolling of his dinner (I still get hungry watching that :lol: ) with lots of great guitar music and firelight finished off by a short movie from our Meteor watching in the meadow where you will hear the "awh" moment: http://youtu.be/TJIfQPDhBt8
Oh, may I suggest you change the quality on youtube to HD1080. You can find that setting next to the minutes just below the video screen (or next to the clock icon)
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Camp-fire
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Named place
Theodore Roosevelt Lake
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 Tucson, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Backpack26.42 Miles 2,833 AEG
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We led the perimeter Cabin loop for TUB and had a party of 6. It was a long 2 day backpack but well worth the miles. It's not often that you can do that many miles with very little elevation gain. The only negative was all of the roads. Luckily, the majority of the roads are not used very regularly. I do have to admit that I used my GPS a lot more than usual. I didn't want us adding any mileage on the trip by going on a road we weren't suppose to travel.

We started from our campsite just up FS95 from the junction with 300. We sorted of followed the tracklog/chevrons along the rim to the Houston Brothers Trail. Then we got on a real trail that was easy to follow. There were a lot of maples in the area so it would be a nice fall hike.

We took the Barbershop trail and had our lunch at Barbershop spring. The butterflies were out in force. The spring was flowing so several people topped up their water supply. The area has a big meadow with boarding trees in which would be nice to camp.

From there we continued on the Barbershop trail to the UBAR trail. Our destination for the night was to be North end of Dane canyon where the trail crossed but when we found Dane Spring we were charmed by the cabin ruins and the wonderful spring. We pitched our tents on a flat shelf overlooking Dane Canyon. Not much of a view because of all of the trees but it was still really nice.

That night as we hung out on the rocks an owl came to check us out. It actually flew into a tree really close to us and bobbed his head to ensure a good look at all of us. He was overly curious so we figured he must be a juvenile. We decided that he might be a Western Screech-Owl.

The next day we hit Dane Canyon and we were happy that we decided to stop at Dane Cabin. There was not any noticeable water in the canyon. We didn't spend anytime looking but I'm pretty sure we would have been able to find some. It was just so nice to have had easy water at the Cabin. Just as a side note, the camp area at Dane Canyon is really nice.

The next stop was Barbershop canyon. There was several pools of water and a couple really nice campsites. We had a nice break before continuing on.

Our lunch spot was Pinchot Cabin. I can't pronounce Pinchot which led to a series of funny conversations. Pinchot Cabin was in pretty good shape however it had been boarded up. The outhouse was being used as a trash. There was water in the creek. The area would also be a nice camp.

From there we hit the Fred Haught trail. I really liked the section between the Fred Haught Spring and General Crook Cabin. It was a nice walk alongside a creek. Many great camp sites.

We explored the General Crook Cabin and took a short break. We were all pretty tired from the high mileage with the big packs. I had a small mutiny in which everyone else wanted to take the road back to our cars instead of trying to find the old General Crook trail. I decided it was easier to give in since I had no idea what the terrain was like back to the cars off the road.

We managed to get back to the cars before a monsoon storm started. We hurried to change our clothes and pack up the cars. Then we headed to Strawberry.

We stopped in Strawberry at Mama Joe's Italian Grill and had a great meal! What a nice way to end a great adventure!
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Wooden Dwelling
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Named place
Barbershop Canyon Dane Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Barbershop Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Plenty of water...

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Coyote Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
I would say it is probably a bit less than a quart per minute. But definitely 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
Wonderful flow out of the pipe. Awesome spot to camp too :)

dry Dude Lake Dry Dry
Looked dry from the "edge" of the lake, but it might be possible that there was some water under all the beautiful green grass.

dry McClintock Spring Dry Dry
I think I found the spot where the water would come out of the ground but it was dry.

dry Quien Sabe Spring Dry Dry
Perfect spot for a mud bath in the event you are into that sort of thing. But if you really need water you'd be a bit disappointed.
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 Tucson, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Backpack26.42 Miles 2,833 AEG
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 Mesa AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Partial run of the west cabin loop was a last min trip we started at night camped at Aspen Spring then at Dude lake the second night. Spotted several Elk and 2 bobcats all to fast to get pics. It was a great trip we want to go back and finish it as a 3 night trip and spread it out more.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Aspen Spring Dripping Dripping
Pools but not flowing strong more then enough to fill a 4 quart container but needs to be filtered and treated lots of scat near the spring

dry Dude Lake Dry Dry
BONE DRY!! Only a small area of mud in the low area

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Houston Draw Head Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Good clean flow very inviting

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 McFarland Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Good flow clear but as with the other springs in the area filter the water lots of scat near the spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Pinchot Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Great clean flow lots of scat around the spring think about filtering and treating the water before drinking
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