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Jan 03 2021
rmartin
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51 male
 Joined Sep 03 2011
 Anthem, az
Little Pan Loop from Table Mesa Road TH - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2021
rmartin
Hiking9.70 Miles 1,070 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.59 mph
1,070 ft AEG
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This is an enjoyable lasso loop that a buddy and I did on a gorgeous Sunday morning.

The start and finish at the Table Mesa TH are the least pleasant part of the hike. Trash, RVs with barking dogs, and the sound of being on a target range are the main reminders of civilization on an otherwise beautiful loop.

We hiked the loop counter-clockwise. The fork only has the clockwise portion of the BCT marked but the counter-clockwise trail is obvious. The trail footing, cleared vegetation, and grade were very pleasant and the views were outstanding. We didn't see anyone else on the section of the trail until the first Agua Fria crossing. The first descent to the Agua Fria went through a nice shaded area for a break. It looks like others have used it as a camping spot in the past. There was both water flowing in the river and in pools along the rock wall.

Trail finding after the first CCW Agua Fria crossing was not particularly difficult but I can definitely see where those going CW on the loop would have trouble finding the trail on the other side of the river since there is a small river walk to get there. The road walk after the crossing was as fine as a road walk can be. We did not run into any vehicles on the road.

Once we got back on the single track, we ran into three mountain bikers doing a multiday southbound bikepacking trip along the BCT. We had a nice conversation with them about the overall trail and how they were camping on the trail. Getting going again, we had great views as we went in and out of the draws and canyons. There was one particularly gorgeous canyon with what would be waterfalls if water actually fell from the sky.

Coming down to the second Agua Fria crossing was interesting for me. The "stairs" that seemed to be cut out of the rock face were a surprise but pretty cool to see. There was no water in this very wide section of the river. Given the water only a couple miles upstream, I assume it was flowing underground in this area.

Overall, the hike was a great way to spend the morning. Once a quarter mile or so past the trailhead, the beauty of the upper Sonoran desert is really on display. I'll happily do it again while just pretending the area around the trailhead doesn't exist.
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Aug 07 2020
rmartin
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51 male
 Joined Sep 03 2011
 Anthem, az
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 07 2020
rmartin
Backpack18.70 Miles 2,398 AEG
Backpack18.70 Miles2 Days         
2,398 ft AEG
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I started around noon on Friday from the Houston Draw parking cutout and made my way to Pinchot cabin to start the east side Cabin Loop going clockwise. Starting mid-day on the exposed section of the U-Bar was not my brightest move of the day. Just before FR139, I saw the only other person of the day, a mountain biker going counter-clockwise. He gave me a heads-up about the joys Barbershop Canyon but it didn't quite register until my knees were barking at the stairstep boulders on the trail into the canyon. It was absolutely gorgeous down there with Barbershop Creek flowing pretty well. After climbing out then going down and up in Dane Canyon, I made my way to Dane Spring for a well needed refill of my water supply. Sitting for a couple minutes and eyeing the campsites, I decided I was done for the day. The spring and cabin remains made it a very memorable campsite.

I ran into many groups going CCW on Saturday as I finished the loop. The only trouble I had with route finding was when I ran into car campers on the U-Bar that had their easy-up next to the trail sign. I had missed it as I tried to avoid their campsite. The stretch of Barbershop Trail by Coyote Springs was very pleasant with a good amount of water in the drainage. I stopped for lunch at Barbershop spring and regretted not bringing a scoop to get water out of the pools. Had I not been spoiled by the flowing water at the other sources, I would have thought Barbershop spring was a good source. As that was not the case, it was mildly frustrating. The rollers from where Houston Brothers meets Barbershop to where Houston Bros starts the long downhill section reminded me how much I enjoy heavy roots on the trail. The coast from where the rollers stop to Aspen Springs was wonderful with plenty of water and hip high ferns. I had not been to Aspen Springs since 2012 so I was saddened to see the hay barn is in much worse shape though it is still a cool site along the trail.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Barbershop canyon creek Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Dane Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Great flow from the pipe.

dry McClintock Spring Dry Dry
Either dry or I couldn't find it.
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Jun 06 2020
rmartin
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51 male
 Joined Sep 03 2011
 Anthem, az
Highline Trail - RT Pine TH to Webber Creek, AZ 
Highline Trail - RT Pine TH to Webber Creek, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jun 06 2020
rmartin
Backpack16.30 Miles 2,761 AEG
Backpack16.30 Miles2 Days         
2,761 ft AEG
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This was a gorgeous, yet brutal, out and back trip along the segment of the Highline trail/AZT Section 26 from the Pine TH to Webber Creek. I was using this as a gear shakedown trip as my first time backpacking in several years. I only mention this as I was carrying way too much weight, making the accumulated elevation gain even more challenging. Not my brightest move to use this trail as a shakedown but I did learn quite a bit.

The climb through the first drainage was rather pleasant and not particularly exposed. I did misread a trail marker and end up on the Pine View trail for about a quarter-mile before I realized I was going the wrong direction. That was pure pilot error on my part as the trail is well marked. The switchbacks were exposed but also pleasant going through what reminded me of an orchard. I thought I had done most of the work of the day when I reached the southern tip of Milk Ranch Pt and Red Rock Spring (Plenty of water). I was wrong. The views definitely made the ups and downs well worth it. The trail was mainly exposed. Having started around 2 (too late for many reasons), I didn't get to the Webber Creek area until twilight was ending.

As I walked into the Webber Creek area, there was a couple camped out at the creek already. They took pity on me and offered to let me setup my hammock in the same area. The unexpected companionship was very welcome and something for which I am very grateful. Webber Creek is as beautiful and pleasant as I remember from my summers working at Camp Geronimo back in the mid-80s. The nostalgia made the camp experience even better.

The hike out in the morning was much better. Because I knew what to expect, I was able to plan my water usage and refills better. The views. Oh my, the views. I just cannot say enough about them.

The trail, especially the early parts, were heavily used by day hikers and a handful of other backpackers.
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