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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#2 - 4 members in 9 triplogs have rated this an average 4.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 10 2021
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Pinchot Cabin, AZ 
Pinchot Cabin, AZ
 
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DixieFlyerTriplogs 710
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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Aug 11 2020
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Pinchot Cabin from Camp Grasshopper, AZ 
Pinchot Cabin from Camp Grasshopper, AZ
 
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DixieFlyerTriplogs 710
Hiking13.10 Miles 1,411 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   2.76 mph
1,411 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I was wanting to check out a couple of cabins on the Cabin Loop that I had not been to, so I decided to camp at the excellent Camp Grasshopper #2 site on the rim, and hike for a couple of days.

This was day 1, so I drove in and set up my tent, and then I decided to hike to the Pinchot Cabin. I went north on FR 139C until it ended, and then made an off-trail descent down to a spring where Barbershop Canyon and Merritt Draw meet. There I picked up the U-Bar Trail and took it to Pinchot Cabin. This was a very nice trail to hike on. The cabin was nice to check out, but it sure needs a new roof.

I had thought about doing a loop by taking the Houston Brothers Trail south to the Barbershop Trail, and then taking FR139 and FR139C back to Camp Grasshopper. That would have added 2+ miles to the hike, and it was getting a bit late, so I decided to just retrace my steps back. Of course, I missed a turn to the trail and walked on a forest road longer than I should have. So I checked out my map and GPS track and went off-trail for a ways to FR139 just below the U-Bar Trail, and then took it back to U-Bar. I don't think that my mistake added more than 1/4 mile to the hike.

This is a nice area to hike in, and I imagine that I will go back there sometime for some more exploration. It did not look like anyone had been to Camp Grasshopper since my one-night stay there the previous week.
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Aug 03 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Merritt Draw Meander, AZ 
Merritt Draw Meander, AZ
 
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DixieFlyerTriplogs 710
Hiking7.10 Miles 814 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   3 Hrs   38 Mns   2.21 mph
814 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I decided to escape the heat of the VOS, so I headed up to the Mogollon Rim to hike and car camp in an area that I had not been to before.

I drove up to Camp Grasshopper Site #2, and got my tent set up. Then I decided to hike north on FR 139C, following the Merritt Draw Lower Loop, and for a short ways the Merritt Draw Middle Loop and Maverick Canyon Loop. After a couple of miles or so I got to the end of 139C, and descended off-trail down to Merritt Draw. After the descent I was across from the Ubar Trail at a nice spring, with a pool of water deep enough to swim in had I been so inclined.

Then I followed the Merritt Draw Lower GPS track up Merritt Draw. The track went uphill after a ways, but it was really overgrown with some thorn bushes. I was wearing a short sleeve shirt with no gloves, and since I really wasn't looking to donate a pint of blood, I backtracked a bit and found a route up between cliffs. It was a bit steep in a couple of places, but it wasn't TOO bad. I then went south, in between FR 139C and @grasshopper's GPS track. I had intended to make my way back to @grasshopper's route, but there was some deadfall in front of me, and I decided to take the easy way, so I went uphill a bit back to FR 139C.

On the way back to the campsite I stopped to check out campsite #3 and campsite #2.5. Campsite #3 was almost, but not quite, as nice as campsite #2. Campsite #2.5 was also nice, but it did not have all the amenities of Campsite #2. Which is why @grasshopper charges less for site 2.5, so it has some appeal to more budget minded campers. otoh, @grasshopper charges an arm and leg for site #2, so you'd better have some deep pockets to stay there!...lol...I am just kidding of course!

Once I got back to Campsite #2, I walked up the hill on the other side of FR 139C, just to check it out. However, I decided to save any further exploration for another day.

This is a nice area, and I plan to come back and explore some more of Merritt Draw, and also hike on some of the Cabin Loop to check out the Pinchot Cabin and Buck Springs Fire Guard Station.
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Aug 01 2020
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48 male
 Joined Mar 16 2019
 Phoenix
Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#2Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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AugustWestTriplogs 135
Car Camping0.01 Miles 17 AEG
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Absolutely beautiful couple of days of camping on the rim. My kids had been asking for a camping trip and this incredible spot did the trick!Temps were perfect in the mid-80's during the day and mid-60's at night. We only saw one truck on Forest Road 139C and that was as we were driving out. Grasshopper thank you so much for posting this amazing camping location. I would have never found this otherwise.
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Jun 14 2014
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77 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
From GH Campsite#3 to GH Campsite #2, AZ 
From GH Campsite#3 to GH Campsite #2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2014
GrasshopperTriplogs 560
Hiking0.25 Miles 19 AEG
Hiking0.25 Miles      10 Mns   1.50 mph
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Just to document the GPS Route distance and to update the June'14 status of Camp Grasshopper C/Site #2 and to add new reference pics/location for alternate Camp Grasshopper C/Site #2.5 :)
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Sep 28 2011
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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I had a burning :sweat: need this past late September to exit our continuing 100F degree Phoenix area days for the hills. My first choice was the Mogollon Rim- Cabin Loop car camping area off FR139C at one of my favorite remote campsite areas in the shaded pines and oaks at 7500ft elevation.

When I decide to go car camping, it is always a very time consuming and a pretty big deal (for my camping prep-camp setup-camp tear down) the way I enjoy it, so for me a minimum of 4 nights/5 day stay in almost mandatory, and especially for this trip when I decided to unfold "Hank's Hilton Kitchen" complex :)

I had very few objectives for this one week (5 night/6 day) trip except to enjoy the cooler temps, R&R, hike some, stay in camp some to read, and to eat well with emphasis on preparing and enjoying some serious breakfast meals. My "Camp Grasshopper" pics should confirm.. :D
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Jul 16 2011
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Dane Canyon LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking7.20 Miles 850 AEG
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We met up with Hank at Dane Spring TH and did a very nice loop through Dane Canyon and along Barbershop and U-Bar trails.

Afterwards we were honored to be invited over to "Camp Grasshopper" for some delicious hors d'oeuvres before the trek back to the valley - thank you Hank!
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Jul 13 2011
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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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Sep 28 2010
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#2Payson, AZ
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5 Nights/6 Days(9/28 to 10/3) of Wonderful Autumn "Mogollon Rim" Car Camping off FR139C..
(at 7435 feet elevation)
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