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Barb Shop Cyn - Dane Cyn Loop fm FR139C End - 3 members in 3 triplogs have rated this an average 3.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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40 female
 Joined Jan 21 2019
Barb Shop Cyn - Dane Cyn Loop fm FR139C EndPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2020
Hiking5.30 Miles 746 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   1.26 mph
746 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
1st trip
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Drove up from Scottsdale Saturday morning for a jam packed adventure weekend! Found an awesome campsite nearby that was completely secluded (minus a mid evening elk parade!) then ate lunch before proceeding to the route. The road was in pretty good condition most of the way to the start of the route. (You just park off to the side of FR 321). You really have no warmup with this one; it went straight into dropping down into the canyon, which was tough for me because my legs were feeling super stiff. It’s really steep and had lots of dead trees to climb over, mild scrambling/downclimbs, so just pick your personal preference for the path. Once down into the canyon, we saw lots of foliage popping! Mostly yellow leaves with a few scatterings of red throughout the canyon. It’s quite overgrown and not very scenic at the beginning, but just keep going because it does get prettier! We ran into some day old bear poop and some large bear prints in the mud, but did not actually see any bears. :( The water levels were low, but the canyon wasn’t completely dry. You could mostly keep your feet dry with some good rock hopping skills. There was one section where the bypass was too sketchy for me, but James scaled a tree to get down while I waded in the water. On his way down from the bypass, he found an old box with carrots on the lid. We definitely wanted to check the contents and it was filled with some really random stuff but we did find a register. The last signature was in 2014 so that was super cool to sign it and add a few notes about how crazy this year has been! I’d anticipate most people taking the water route, so I bet many have passed the box without realizing it. The canyon walls were very pretty as we kept going and we really enjoyed it! We continued on downstream until the exit route. The exit was really steep, with some scrambling and route finding involved; terrain was loose and it was easy to slip. Alas, we did finally make it to the road and completed the loop with a nice flat walk back to the car. We had the whole canyon to ourselves, and a prime campsite nearby so it’s a success in my book!
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Jul 15 2017

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30 male
 Joined Mar 06 2016
 Salt River Valle
Barbershop and Dane Loop from FR 321, AZ 
Barbershop and Dane Loop from FR 321, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2017
Hiking3.55 Miles 514 AEG
Hiking3.55 Miles
514 ft AEG
1st trip
This section of Barbershop Canyon is really nice. After reading Joe and Bruce's descriptions of this area, I chose to make a short loop approaching from Dane Canyon. Getting down into Dane is pretty straight forward. The first few hundred meters are a little dull, but once you enter the confluence with Barbershop it quickly becomes clear that this is a rewarding hike through a unique part of the Rim.

Dane Canyon had a trickle of water flow and multiple pools. Barbershop was flowing well. The sound of the water was mesmerizing. There are few things that calm the desert soul like a steady sandstone stream.

In Barbershop, there are clear game trails that stop and start along the banks. Bushwhacking is fairly minimal. However, there are still a couple mandatory crossings. Exiting Barbershop was a little steep, but I had identified a break in the Coconino Sandstone as my exit route and I stuck with it. The first 350ft of climbing was the most challenging. The incline soon relented, and I enjoyed the views over the canyon.

Another item to note, FR321 has recently been graded and was in pretty good condition (still some sharp rocks in the middle of the road).

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Lots of flowing water that you can hear up to 1/2 mile away.

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Jul 26 2016

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75 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Barb Shop Cyn - Dane Cyn Loop fm FR139C EndPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2016
Hiking5.30 Miles 746 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   1.08 mph
746 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
1st trip
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This was my 2nd of two planned loop hikes on a nine day, Monsoon July vehicle camping-R&R trip to Camp Grasshopper- Mogollon Rim C/Site #3 at 7435 feet.

This was another loop hike that Oregon_Hiker had originally planned and hiked this past June'16 and one that I had yet to complete which would include the off-trail section of Barbershop Canyon below its intersection with U-Bar Trail to where lower Barbershop Canyon intersects with the lower end of Dane Canyon. At this Barbershop Canyon/Dane Canyon crossing I would continue up lower Dane Canyon for a distance before exiting out off-trail to intersect FR145A and then hike on FR145A to the U-Bar Trail crossing where I would then take the U-Bar Trail back to the Barbershop Canyon Creek Drainage, then off-trail back up to my vehicle parked at the lower end of FR139C (see my posted GPS Route with "key" way points).

This off-trail hiking section of Barbershop Canyon was very pleasant with defined game trails to follow, not that much dead fall to negotiate, very green & lush with at times five foot ferns to hike through with a lot of water flowing and numerous water pooling. I also passed much bear scat in this hiking section of lower Barbershop Canyon. I have never been a big fan of hiking lower Dane Canyon (below the Dane Spring area) and Oregon_Hike had earlier confirmed in his June'16 trip log that this hiking section of lower Dane Canyon (beginning at its X with Barbershop Canyon) became frustrating very quickly due to the numerous congested areas of tree downfall with overgrowth.

Oregon_Hiker had found an escape route up to FR145A to avoid more of this. Smartly I decided to plan an earlier escape route up to FR145A lower end from the intersection of Dane Canyon / McClintock Draw. This worked out well with a relatively easy and less congested up hill exit to the end of FR145A. This plan also allowed me to gain some additional experience by using my "go to" feature on my GPS which I rarely use for off-trail needs. It worked well doing a "go to" from the lower intersection up to the FR145A road lower end. With this purple colored "go to" route to follow, all I really needed to do was to find the best route up staying as close as possible to this guiding route up :)

Once I reached FR145A it was just a matter of continuing up FR145A & not passing the U-Bar Trail intersection which I would have passed if I had not again used my GPS way point "go to" feature (the intersection of FR145A/U-Bar Trail was actually another FR with only the standard plastic FR# sign that took a 160 degree turn to the right.. so it would have been very easy to miss this intersection and just continue hiking up FR145A..
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At this afternoon point in my hike the monsoon skies opened up again and it rained continuously for the next ~1.5 hours until reaching my vehicle. A nice, enjoyable, scenic, and relaxing with solitude loop hike this one was and I do recommend it :D
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