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Jun 17 2021
Grasshopper
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
M-Rim-FR139C-Out-Back Merritt Draw-Merritt Spr, AZ 
M-Rim-FR139C-Out-Back Merritt Draw-Merritt Spr, AZ
 
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Grasshopper
Hiking1.80 Miles 217 AEG
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This was our first full day (day 2) of a planned 4nt/5day camping-hiking trip to our Mogollon Rim.

From Camp Grasshopper, I always enjoy this out and back hike to the Merritt Draw Riparian Area with a continuing short off-trail to check out Historic and Perennial Merritt Spring Box.

This day I was especially looking forward to our hike here as it would give me the opportunity to show my visiting TX Granddaughter how to correctly use a water filter at a spring source like Merritt Spring. She passed with flying colors and is now the proud owner of my old, but still new MSR Waterworks Ceramic Water Filter! Hopefully, she will have more valuable use with it than I ever did :D
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Merritt Draw Merritt Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Merritt Spring Dripping Dripping
No water flow outside Spring Box this visit but ~2" deep of H2O in accessible Spring Box (best to use an extension tube type filter, like an MSR to access water within Spring Box).
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May 28 2021
Oregon_Hiker
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 Phoenix, AZ
Merritt Draw Short Loop, AZ 
Merritt Draw Short Loop, AZ
 
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Oregon_Hiker
Hiking4.03 Miles 416 AEG
Hiking4.03 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   1.69 mph
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This was our first hike of a two night stay during Memorial Day weekend at Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site3 with my Son-in-Law and Grandson. We arrived at the campsite late Friday morning. After setting up camp we took this loop hike from camp through the meadows in upper Merritt Draw. We started out taking the closed road FR9735p from FR139C to Merritt Draw then up the draw to the meadows. This seems to be a favorite area for elk and we were not disappointed coming upon a small herd which quickly disappeared. This was a familiar hike for the three of us having done it together at least twice before during family camps on previous Memorial Day weekends and it's always a pleaser. After returning to camp Son-in-Law Lloyd set out a table full of snacks rivaling Grasshopper's after-hike offerings. Not to be out done, Grandpa later prepared a dinner of carne asada fajitas. It was a great start to the weekend.
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May 10 2021
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Pinchot Cabin, AZ 
Pinchot Cabin, AZ
 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking13.40 Miles 1,775 AEG
Hiking13.40 Miles   6 Hrs   2 Mns   2.90 mph
1,775 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
 
I decided to head up to the Rim for a couple of days of hiking and one night of car camping at Camp Grasshopper Site #2. After setting up camp, we hiked over to Pinchot Cabin and back. When we got back to the campsite we decided to climb up the ridge to the west of the campsite and check out the Merritt Draw Riparian Area.

It was a nice day to be hiking up on the Rim. We saw a mountain biker at Pinchot Cabin, but did not see anyone else all day. At Pinchot Cabin we started hiking on the Houston Brothers Trail, thinking that we might go back to the campsite that way. However, after a bit of reflection, I figured that route would be longer than I wanted, so after a short distance on the Houston Brothers Trail, we turned around and went back the way that we came.

The Merritt Draw Riparian Area was really nice and is worthy of some more exploration.

The campsite was clean except for some TP that some moron had left not too far from the fire ring. You'd think that people could do better than that, but I guess not.

This is a nice area, and I hope to get back there later in the summer.
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Pinchot Spring
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Oct 04 2020
Grasshopper
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
GH C-Site to Merritt Draw Riparian-Merritt Spr, AZ 
GH C-Site to Merritt Draw Riparian-Merritt Spr, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2020
Grasshopper
Hiking2.10 Miles 238 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.40 mph
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MY third and short hike of a seven night / eight day Mogollon Rim Autumn Camping trip down FR139C. Hiking from my campsite, it's always a good choice on an extended week trip, to visit scenic and usually quiet, peaceful "Merritt Draw Riparian Area" to include a short hike to reliable, perennial Merritt Spring.

HAZ- blk and I hiked back to camp from Merritt Draw Riparian Area to be greeted by HAZ- Oregon_Hiker [ photo ] for some wild tales from his just completed over two weeks of adventures, hiking and vehicle camping in the Colorado high country in prime Autumn. He camped with us for 4days/3nights. We did two area day hikes together on 10/5 and we both exited for home on Wed-10/7/20.
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Merritt Draw Merritt Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Merritt Spring Dripping Dripping
This visit, reliable, perennial Merritt Spring was actually more than dripping, was seeping outside of the Spring Box;
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Aug 12 2018
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Barbershop Merritt Loop, AZ 
Barbershop Merritt Loop, AZ
 
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John9L
Hiking12.77 Miles 1,213 AEG
Hiking12.77 Miles
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Met up with Karl for a nice hike up north. We left Scottsdale at 6:30am and headed up to the rim. The drive took some time because FR300 is chewed up from the recent storms. Nothing major just lots of annoying ruts & potholes. We started hiking around 9am and headed up Barbershop. We made good time as we rock hopped back and forth over the creek. We really enjoyed this stretch!

After some time we arrived at the U-Bar junction and talked about our options. Our original plan was to loop back on Dane but we wanted something new. We looked over Route Scout and decided to make a CCW loop by hiking up to FR139C and then dropping down in Merritt Draw. This turned out to be a fun option and worked well. We really enjoyed seeing some new terrain and Merritt Draw was nice & scenic. We eventually arrived back to the Beater and then enjoyed a cold one and returned to Phoenix. It was a nice day in the high country.
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Aug 12 2018
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Barbershop Merritt Loop, AZ 
Barbershop Merritt Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2018
BiFrost
Hiking12.77 Miles 1,213 AEG
Hiking12.77 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.35 mph
1,213 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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After hiking in the heat of the Supes on Saturday I joined John for some hiking in the cool Pines on Sunday. Drove up to FR300 then to FR 139 and the Barbershop TH. We went down Barbershop Canyon the normal route enjoying the scenery and pools. Several pools were probably deep enough for a swim and certainly good enough to filter. Everything was bit wet from recent rains and the clouds were already building quickly in the late morning. Eventually we reached the Barbershop and U Bar Trail junction. Since we were already getting some light rain with thunder we decided to change the original plan of going up Dane Canyon. Instead we decided to off off trail over to Merritt Canyon and head up that drainage instead.

It was a good alternative and new area for both of us. Wide scenic meadows and a couple of springs to check out. Eventually we made it back to FR 139 and the vehicle. Great to spend a relatively relaxing hike in the cool pines!
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Jul 18 2018
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Grasshopper
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Six nights / Seven days at my favorite place to be on our Mogollon Rim. Monsoon Rains on Wed-7/18 arrival day 10:30am which made for a more challenging "Camp Grasshopper" setup, but got it all done before sunset :)

Lots of cooking with R & R at 7435ft and cooler temps with only three short area hikes planned. Nice to visit again with HAZ-BeeBee (Brian) who arrived on Sat-7/21 afternoon to Sun-7/22 late morning. Brian towed in his very cool custom built camping trailer with custom, high end pop-up tent.. an impressive setup that Brian designed and built.


On the Merritt Draw Riparian Area hike Sat-7/21am, prior-to reaching perineal Merritt Spring, there was a large cow elk that managed to lock itself into the first large Riparian enclosure [ photo ] along this hiking route. It appeared to have been in this large rectangular, 8ft high enclosure for a number of days with enough vegetation to eat, but with no water source available. On my unplanned and unexpected drive to/back from Strawberry, AZ, this same Sat-7/21 afternoon, on FR95 (my late afternoon drive back to Camp G/H), at around 4pm I was able to stop a Ranger from the Mogollon Rim Ranger District and communicate this cow elk's location details. He said he would later contact AZ Game & Fish with the details. Two kind, courtesy kudos for me this day 👍 the first of which driving to Strawberry, AZ, turned-out to be very stressful & risky for me.
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Merritt Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Merritt Spring Dripping Dripping
Minimal spring water present in the constructed old spring box but enough seepage to filter with an extended filter tube;
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Jul 22 2017
Grasshopper
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
FR139C-CSite3-Out-Back to Merritt Draw-Spring, AZ 
FR139C-CSite3-Out-Back to Merritt Draw-Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2017
Grasshopper
Hiking1.70 Miles 303 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.70 mph
303 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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ReneeG
A short, enjoyable, and easy "off-trail" hike with my friends from Scottsdale to visit the lush green middle section of Merritt Draw to check-out the water status of historic, perennial "Merritt Spring" Box.
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Merritt Draw Merritt Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Merritt Spring Dripping Dripping
a seeping water pool was visible this visit
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Jun 17 2016
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Merritt Draw Short Loop, AZ 
Merritt Draw Short Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2016
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Hiking3.63 Miles 381 AEG
Hiking3.63 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   1.83 mph
381 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
 
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Larry and I had to do something other than sit in camp all day Friday, so he suggested this short loop. Up and over the ridge and then down into Merritt Draw. Upstream for awhile before cutting back over the ridge and walking road 139C back to camp. Checked out an absolutely fantastic camp spot (very well shaded) on the road walk. I liked the old hydrologic equipment in Merritt Draw. We checked out Merritt Spring, but pulled up out of the draw before reaching Whistling Spring (apparently fenced off anyway). What a delightful area to just wander around in. :D
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Merritt Draw
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Aug 15 2015
Oregon_Hiker
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 Phoenix, AZ
Maverick Cny - Merritt Draw Loop, AZ 
Maverick Cny - Merritt Draw Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2015
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking5.13 Miles 596 AEG
Hiking5.13 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   1.04 mph
596 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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This was another hike out of Camp Grasshopper on the third day of a seven day camp at this location. GH and I had planned on doing a loop hike up Maverick Canyon since it was about the only canyon near Camp GH that we had never been to. Unfortunately GH was compelled to remain in camp so I was on my own. I followed the abandoned FR9735P from its intersection with FR139C near Camp GH towards Merritt Draw. I've always liked the hike down this old road. It passes through a fern and grass covered forest glen with Ponderosa Pines towering overhead, a couple small clusters of Aspen and a sprinkling of what look to me like the Blue Spruce common to the Cascade Mtns of Oregon.

I dropped down into Merritt Draw about a mile from camp following a string of ancient cairns placed there long ago by GH as a guide. Once reaching the bottom of Merritt, I headed up the draw to where Maverick Canyon forks off to the right. Continuing up Merritt Draw from this point is very difficult because cliff walls narrow down to a log filled nightmare. I was afraid Maverick Canyon would have the same barriers but it ended up being a pleasant stroll although my feet did get soaked from the wet grass. This time I was wearing my non-Gortex desert hiking boots so my feet were quickly soaked. However on the plus side, these boots dried out quickly once back at camp while my heavy duty Gortex backpacking boots were still wet 5 days later.

The hike up Maverick was not strenuous and I took my time enjoying the scenery. It's nice to have a bushwhack hike once in a while that is this easy. I continued to the upper end of Maverick and crossed over FR9734P and down into the upper end of Merritt Draw near Whistling Spring. The upper end of Merritt Draw is one long continuous meadow with the grass grazed down by elk to the height of the grass on a golf course green in some areas. Large clusters of sunflowers added color to the meadows. I took my time and had a relaxing lunch break in the shade of a towering pine tree before heading over the ridge on the east side of the draw to Camp GH. The afternoon thunderstorms were starting to roll in and I was hesitant to go over the ridge top but got back to camp before the storm started.
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Merritt Spring
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Jun 14 2013
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Middle-Upr Merritt Draw Figure 8 LOOP, AZ 
Middle-Upr Merritt Draw Figure 8 LOOP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2013
Grasshopper
Hiking4.70 Miles 481 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   1.94 mph
481 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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One of the enjoyable perks of my Mogollon Rim vehicle campsites is often not having to drive to a hiking TH. This Figure 8 Loop hike is one of those :)

Over the past three years I've hiked this family friendly and very pleasant, simple off-trail route finding section of Upper and Middle Merritt Draw loop hike a number of times. This trip I planned to check-out the three riparian enclosure sections within this area of Merritt Draw and report on the perennial flow status of a couple of the named map springs that were located on my planned hiking route (Whistling Spring and Merritt Spring).

As an unexpected benefit today, I located three (3) additional springs along my figure eight loop that are unnamed but had what appeared to be a perennial water flow. I have way point documented all these springs within my posted and geocoded GPS Route and further documented them via my posted picset with captions and tag notes.

The only disappointment to report on is that last year I was able to walk right up to the perennial flowing cement spring box of "Whistling Spring" (located in Upper Merritt Draw). This trip I noticed that over the past year some enclosure work had been done to reinforce and build-up the Riparian Enclosure around this spring with a seven foot high fence with "no" access :? I don't understand why they fully enclosed the cement spring box without having some type of human access. On my exit day 6/17, I stopped by the Hwy 87- Blue Ridge Ranger Station and leaving without a reason why..?
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Merritt Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
appears to be a perennial water flow with a cement spring box

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Whistling Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Appears to be a perennial water flow with a cement spring box "but" is presently inaccessible for filtering or treating due to being enclosed within a 7 ft high fenced-in riparian enclosure.
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Aug 12 2012
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BarbershopCynMerritDrawLoop, AZ 
BarbershopCynMerritDrawLoop, AZ
 
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nonot
Hiking13.50 Miles 1,250 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.08 mph
1,250 ft AEG
 
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Parked along the Barbershop trail and headed down into Barbershop Canyon. Down Barbershop Canyon is initially easy, with good elk trails on benches. After awhile the going gets a bit tougher, but Barbershop Canyon is wonderful, with plenty of flowers, intermittent water, and two impressive springs along the way.

With monsoons clouds forming at the time I started the hike, it wasn't surprising I got rained on. After getting a bit wet, I finally found a spot out of the rain to wait out the second half. Thoroughly wet, I continued down the last part of Barbershop, where the elk trails got much better, and found the Ubar intersection.

Barbershop canyon is a true gem on the rim, probably the best hike anywhere in the area.

I went up Merritt Draw, which initially wasn't too bad but quickly required scrambling, bushwhacking, and crawling over many, many downed trees. After awhile of this the elk trails began to improve and I headed up the draw at twice the speed. Reaching Hank's "best entry point", I surprised two elk. One of the elk spotted me and ran away. The other elk didn't see me, but panicked when the other ran.

The elk happened to end up running right at me, not having spotted me. This was good and bad - the bad part was that I had 600 pounds of animal barreling right at me at 15 mph and about 1.5 seconds to react. What to do? Dive behind the tree! While moving, grab the camera, fire off a shot! I haven't checked, but I think I go it!

The rest of the trip wasn't as eventful, I used an elk trail to bypass a portion when I wasn't having any fun climbing over tree after tree and bushwhacking. I think I skipped about a quarter mile. The upper part of Merritt Draw has lots of fences to keep the elk out.

It was pleasant walking through the vast meadows of Merritt Draw. This part is an easy hike that anybody can do, and it goes on for quite a ways. Lots of flowers and green fields. Very nice indeed!

I continued all the way to the top of the draw, cross country to find the trail, and crossed through Barbershop canyon again to finish the loop.

Spring reports - the springs in Barbershop were flowing quite well. They are amazing, but not on the map!

Couldn't tell with the Merritt Draw springs - too many fences in the way.
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Maverick Canyon Merritt Draw
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May 12 2012
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Merritt Draw Loop (Mid-Lower) - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Hiking avatar May 12 2012
Grasshopper
Hiking3.60 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.06 mph
330 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Why drive a total of 6 hours and spend $75.00 on gas to only hike a total of 3.6 miles? ;)

Because:
.. it was 100F+ in my residence area today at 1215ft elevation and it was a very pleasant high of 75F at this Merritt Draw hiking area at 7450ft elevation :)
.. this is a very enjoyable area to visit within our Mogollon Rim- Cabin Loop Hiking Area;
.. enjoyable company to join me and good conversation :)
.. after the hike, a planned picnic lunch that by itself was worth the trip..thanks Trish! :)

I hope to return again for a week stay this coming June, July, August, and September :D
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Merritt Draw Merritt Spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Merritt Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
A perennial spring with spring box;
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Sep 30 2011
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Merritt Draw Riparian Area - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Grasshopper
4x4 Trip4.40 Miles 170 AEG
4x4 Trip4.40 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.51 mph
170 ft AEG
 
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Since my first visit in July-2011 to this somewhat hidden Merritt Draw Riparian Area with its summer lush green and very pleasant meadow area for individual and family hiking which also includes a number of perennial springs, I had been very curious wanting to locate the original driving route(s) in and out.

This 9/30 visit I 4WD explored one of the original forest service roads in and out (FR9734P..Ref my posted 9/30 GPS Route). I discovered that this original road is still open, in decent shape as of this posting, and stock 4WD passable from its beginning intersection with FR139 for the 2.2ml drive in to enter middle Merritt Draw Riparian Area to begin hiking (Ref the first 4 pics with captions in my posted 9/30 picset).

On my drive out on FR9734P I stopped for a pleasant, impromptu 1ml R/T hike on "closed to vehicle traffic" FR9739V (Ref pics 5-12 with captions).

My next 9/30 driving stop--> McFarland Spring (to check-out the area and to confirm the spring status).
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Aug 16 2011
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Merritt Draw Loop (Mid-Lower) - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Aug 16 2011
Grasshopper
Hiking5.10 Miles 841 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   1.61 mph
841 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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I first had the chance to explore this very pleasant "Merritt Draw" and "Merritt Draw Riparian Area" this past mid-July while car camping in this area.

I had some unfinished exploring I had hoped to complete and with Jack and Angela's kind offer to drive and join me for a revisit, I was able to share my new area finds with them both and also complete some of my unfinished exploring that I had hoped to accomplish:
..to confirm the perennial source locations of both Drift Fence Spring and Merritt Spring (Thank you Jack for your keen eyes in locating both of these perennial spring sources)! :D
..to hike and post a revised GPS track to include a new hiking section of closed to vehicles, old logging road FR9735P( http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=205911 ).

Thank you both for a very enjoyable day on our Mogollon Rim-Cabin Loop Area at 7400ft+ and an opportunity for me to give you both a grand, scenic driving tour up via Hwy87 to FR95 and driving out via the Rim Road FR300 to Hwy87. Angela's dinner recommendation at "El Rancho Mexican Food" in Payson was also an excellent choice!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Drift Fence Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
A perennial spring with nice, clear water pooling just down from the spring source..
http://hikearizona.com/dexcoder.php?PID=591088

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Merritt Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Appears to be a perennial spring with a small hand made spring box..
http://hikearizona.com/dexcoder.php?PID=594133
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Jul 17 2011
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Merritt Draw Loop (Mid-Lower) - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jul 17 2011
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Hiking6.10 Miles 975 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   1.79 mph
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On my last full day of M/Rim camping this trip, this planned exploratory loop hike which I originally discovered via reviewing Google Earth for my 7/14/11 hike, turned-out to be a real winner :)

I do recommend and for my next visit I will plan to hike this loop a little differently as described in my posted 7/17 GPS Track "information notes".
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Drift Fence Spring Maverick Canyon
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Drift Fence Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Appears to be a perennial spring with some water pooling;
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Jul 15 2011
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Hiking avatar Jul 15 2011
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Hiking1.50 Miles 315 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.50 mph
315 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Camping on the Mogollon Rim-Cabin Loop area for six days at 7435ft elevation this day three I had originally planned to be an "in camp day" only but..

I am really glad I decided to grab a quart of water, my camera, and cross the road to see what was on the other side of the hill in the upper section of Merritt Draw. This easy to navigate "off trail" hike to view an interesting, hidden, lush green meadow area, and loop around on a well defined use trail its Forest Service protected (fenced) Merritt Draw Riparian Area turned-out to be a hidden gem. :D

My only regret was not checking out Merritt Spring which I later realized was within only ~150 yards further up the meadow.. http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=201905 Guess I will need to return for another visit :)
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#2Payson, AZ
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It was past time for me to plan another car camping/hiking/R&R "get-away". This time to one of my favorite Mogollon Rim-Cabin Loop area locations at 7435ft elevation.

Back in early June I had intended this July 13 to July 18 (5nt/6day) event to be a group outing, but due to Coconino NF fire restrictions in-force prior-to 7/12/11 and my concerns regarding a possible Coconino NF violation of group/vehicle camping at this proposed campsite without me having a Plan "B" group campsite location, on 7/9 I most reluctantly thought it best to cancel our previously planned group overnight camping.

On my Mogollon Rim arrival day Wed-7/13 I drove the immediate area up/down/around FR139 and FR139C and just could not find an alternate campsite location that I liked enough to commit set up of my major "Camp Grasshopper" for 5 nights and 6 days of camping and that was also within close hiking access to our Cabin Loop area trails. So I ended up camping for this entire period at my original planned group campsite with "off trail" hiking access to all the areas that I had originally intended to explore:

Thurs-7/14: From my campsite to ~3mls up FR139C to off trail down 300ft to intersection of U-Bar Tr28/Barbershop Canyon to off trail ~4.5mls up Barbershop Cy to an off trail exit point back to my campsite location;

Fri-7/15: From my campsite to cross FR139C to off trail over to Merritt Draw to explore the Forest Service protected (fenced) riparian area in this interesting draw with its incredibly lush green meadow area;

Sat-7/16: Dane Canyon Loop (7.0 mile route per hike description write-up) from the FR321A Dane Spring/Cabin TH Start location;

Sun-7/17: From my campsite up FR139C to connect with an obscure, closed to vehicles logging road (FR9735P) to off trail downhill to intersect middle Merritt Draw with plans to explore a few hiking miles down riparian Merritt Draw to its intersection end at U-Bar Tr28/Barbershop Canyon and then hike back up Merritt Draw past my previous Merritt Draw entry point and hike all the way up Merritt Draw to repeat the hiking area of my 7/15 hike;

I will post separate photosets and GPS Tracks for these above four hikes and will also post a few "Camp Grasshopper" pics from my very enjoyable 5nts/6days :DANCE:
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