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Jun 29 2019
ALMAL
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 GILBERT
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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ALMAL
Backpack26.20 Miles 950 AEG
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Decided to hit the Cabin Loop when it isn't raining for a change. Marched up the Col. Devin at 6:30am and hit the rim road down to Houston Bros. Quick stop at the B-shop turn off, then down to a favorite water spot for a refill. Some folks were camped at Aspen spring but Pinchot was empty and quiet. Continued on down the road to the turnoff for the lake and hiked into an empty spot. There were some folks camped a bit further down, but I like the first little spot. Hung the hammock and chilled, fished a little, caught 1 rainbow and lost two others on downed trees. I spoke to others that were catching "stockers" too. Quiet night, but the sun comes up early these days. The washout on FR95 is a pain. Fred Haught was quiet on the return as well.
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Jun 16 2019
Grasshopper
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Barbershop Tr #91 from FR321 TH / PARK, AZ 
Barbershop Tr #91 from FR321 TH / PARK, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2019
Grasshopper
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This was Fathers Day 2019 :D and was the next to last full day of my 6nt/7day (6/12 to 6/18) Mogollon Rim Vehicle Camping/Hiking/R&R trip.

I only had two short hikes on my agenda for today. This second stop was to hike the last one mile out-in-back segment of historic Cabin Loop Trail- The Barbershop Tr #91 from where it crosses FR321 to the Buck Spring Cabin Complex and Perinneal Buck Spring.

Because of my late start with sun heat exposure on my .5 miles hike in and taking a hard trail fall (doing some minor damage to my right elbo), I decided to turn around at this Yeager Canyon fall area and head back to the TH and on to Camp G/H where it was a safer place to be :oops:
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Jun 12 2019
Tim
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 Scottsdale
Barbershop Trail #91Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 500 AEG
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I just went out and back on this trail from the Buck Springs Cabin. I wasn't feeling well so I cut the planned hike short. Just 2.2 miles in an hour and 10 minutes with 500 feet of AEG. And then I broke a front strut on my way back across the rim. FS 300 had some rough spots and I was probably driving too fast.
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Nov 03 2018
jamminaz
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 Gilbert, AZ
Barbershop Trail #91Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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jamminaz
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,095 AEG
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Headed out to see if there was any fall color left on the Rim. (The junction of U-Bar and Barbershop is one of my favorite places for color) Nope. All the leaves are down and brown. Oh well...solid forest hiking!
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Aug 31 2018
OdinWiski
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 Chandler, AZ
East Cabin Loop, AZ 
East Cabin Loop, AZ
 
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OdinWiski
Backpack17.78 Miles 2,600 AEG
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We had a late start and got to U-Bar and 321C at 1300 Friday afternoon. Hiked CCW to Aspen Spring to set up camp. Saturday morning took our time starting out to continue on Houston Brothers to Barbershop. Got back to our car after noon. It was surprisingly quiet on the loop and we only ran into 2 other backpackers doing the same loop clockwise. All the springs were flowing nicely from the recent monsoon.
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Aug 29 2018
markthurman53
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 Tucson, Arizona
Barbershop Merritt Draw Loop, AZ 
Barbershop Merritt Draw Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2018
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Hiking8.50 Miles 889 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   4 Hrs   22 Mns   2.38 mph
889 ft AEG      48 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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On day 2 I took the Barbershop Trail at FSR139 east to Barbershop Canyon and headed down stream. I was on this portion of the Barbershop Trail last week but it was raining so it was nice to see this part of the trail in a different light. The rains from a couple days ago had this stream running pretty good but has since subsided enough to make hiking this canyon easier. With grassy flats areas on either side of the stream the going was pretty easy. Steam crossing was a little difficult on the upper portion due to the lack of rocks to cross on but luckily there wasn't any need to cross over. Further down the rocks start showing up and also the need to cross over. Like Dane Canyon the scenery keeps you occupied and you travel pretty far downstream without realizing how far you have gone. At 2.5 miles down, the Canyon Gets a little narrow and pinches off with rock outcrops on either side of the stream that makes traveling further more difficult. This is where I bailed out by heading up the west side of the Canyon to the ridge and FSR139c. Much of the way along Barbershop Canyon you follow a faint game/human trail that makes the walking easier. At the point I exited the canyon there was a fairly good route up the side of the canyon that obviously the elk use to exit the canyon or to get to bedding areas up in the rocks on the side of the canyon.

Once on FSR139c I followed it to an old logging road that would take me toward Merritt Draw. From this road I went off trail down to Merritt Draw just below where Maverick Canyon enters. At the Junction of Maverick Canyon I ran into a bear about 50 yards ahead of me. Both of us took a few seconds to check each other out and this gave me a chance to get my camera out and get a couple of pictures. At first I was trying to frame the picture and zoom in but since the bear was moving I thought just shoot the picture or you'll miss it. Did get too photos but it would of been nice if I was able to zoom in a bit. Oh well can't have everything. Better than the bear I ran into in the Mazzies that was within 30 feet and took off immediately, so rude didn't even pose for a picture.

About .4 miles up Merritt Draw from Maverick Canyon the going gets really ugly, all choked up with trees and brush. made an attempt to stay high on the west side of the canyon but this was as hard as staying in the canyon. I decided this is where I exit this canyon and get on the old logging road that follows along the east side of this canyon from higher up. This road parallels the canyon for about a mile before crossing over the creek. From this point where it crosses to the upper end of Merritt Draw it should be called Merritt Meadow, resembles more the meadows of the Kaibab Plateau only smaller. Along these meadows are two springs, Merritt and Whistling Spring. Easy walking and great expansive views.

Great hike with the exception of the one mile portion of Merritt Draw. Looks like FSR139c is the road to take to do the lower Merritt Draw (which looks easier to navigate) and middle Barbershop Canyons. would make a nice loop trail which I believe someone has posted already.
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Aug 28 2018
markthurman53
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 Tucson, Arizona
U Bar Dane Canyon Loop, AZ 
U Bar Dane Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2018
markthurman53
Hiking13.30 Miles 1,473 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles   6 Hrs   19 Mns   2.39 mph
1,473 ft AEG      45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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The Monsoons were taking a break so I thought I would spend a couple of days up on the rim again. Last weeks rain didn't allow me to finish the trails I wanted to so this time I will try again. The first one was finishing up the southern part of the U Bar Trail from Barbershop to Dane Canyon then up Dane canyon back to the Barbershop. From the Barbershop I would head east to Buck Springs. The weather was perfect on this hike, clear skies and in the 70's in the afternoon. It appears there was a very large storm up here probably on the 26th because the creeks had been really running high but were down to a manageable level by the 28th. The tree that blocked access to these trails on the rim road last week was dragged off to the side and there were no other road issues this trip, except the rim road was a bit rough from the summer rains. Empty your bladder before heading out on this road. Lots of elk and a few deer on the drive in, always enjoy the early morning drive so I can see the herds.

Took FSR 321 to the Barbershop Trail crossing and headed west .3 miles to the U Bar Trail. The U Bar heading north is a very gradual and scenic walk to Dane Canyon. Only real down hill is just before entering Dane Canyon. Along the U Bar Trail you pass by Dane Spring and Dane Cabin, one of the 6 cabins on the Cabin Loop Trails. Hiking the U Bar in early morning is beautiful, the sun just coming over the east ridge with rays of the sun light slicing through the trees at a low angle lighting up the forest. Since the stroll is easy you have nothing to do but enjoy it. Dane spring had a good flow from the pipe.

Dane Creek was running pretty good but not too much that it would create a problem navigating upstream. When I came to this point last July the creek was dry. Meet the only person and that was at Dane Creek. He was with his dog on a multi day hike of the Cabin Loop trails. I would meet him again on the Barbershop Trail later in the day. So does that count as one person meet or two. Dane creek was easy to navigate, there were no real choke areas and the water was down quite a bit from the prior day. May of been a little more difficult if the water was a foot or two higher. The 5.25 miles of Dane Creek went pretty fast, not sure if it was the easier than I thought it would be walking or that I was constantly kept occupied by the scenery.

Back on the Barbershop Trail I headed east to Buck Spring. Even though I had hiked this portion of the Barbershop Trail last week it was like doing it for the first time, this time the sun was out and instead of shades of darkness there was an abundance of color. While hiking along the trail I saw in the brush something that looked like a tail of an animal, thought it might be that guys dog I saw earlier. I kept walking closer until I was about 20 feet away and saw that it was an elk. At that time it suspected something and moved into clear view and stared right at me. I was standing perfectly still and it continued to stare in my direction, what seemed like a long time but didn't seem to see me. I tried to slowly move my camera up from around my neck but eventually it noticed the movement and took off. I did get a rear end view of it though. That is the closest I have ever been to an elk, not counting the ones at Grand Canyon that you can practically pet. Those are park pets that have been sentenced there to amuse the tourist. Wonder what they did to get that sentence.

Any way, back on the Barbershop Trail I headed back to FSR321 and about 3/4 mile later after crossing over Yeager Canyon arrived at Buck Spring. There are two cabins there that are in good condition and count as one of the 6 cabins on the Cabin Loop Trail. Buck spring pond was full.

Will have too come back another time to maybe finish up the lower Dane Canyon to where it meets Barbershop Canyon. So many hikes so little time.
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Aug 21 2018
markthurman53
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 Tucson, Arizona
Barbershop Trail, AZ 
Barbershop Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2018
markthurman53
Hiking8.90 Miles 1,687 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   4 Hrs      2.67 mph
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I arrived on the rim about 0600 which is just about sun rise and of coarse this is the best time if you want to see Elk along the way. Saw maybe 2 dozen Elk, three of them pretty good sized bull elk. The Rim road is a little bit weather worn from the monsoon rains but still street car doable if you go really slow in places. Took me 45 minutes to get to the trail head on FSR139. Started the hike at 0700, after eating a can of sardines for breakfast (make a note to bring fork next time, eating sardines out of as can with fingers is messy). The weather was getting darker instead of lighter as it usually does as the morning progresses. The temperature was 53 degrees which was quite a change the normal summer weather I have been in.

Headed east on the trail going down into a small side canyon that eventually leads to Barbershop Spring and then Barbershop Canyon. a couple of minutes into the hike I spotted a couple of bear tracks in the trail, made probably just in the last 10 minutes. I believe I spooked this bear probably when I parked the jeep at the trail head which is just a couple hundred yards up the hill. I never did see the bear but it probably was watching me from the woods. It had rained here late last night, or very early morning so the trails were clear of all other tracks. The rain started up again as I approached Barbershop Spring and would continue until I finished the hike. In Barbershop Canyon I took refuge under a giant fir tree for about 20 minutes as the rain, lightning and a little hail came down pretty good. I bought one of those five dollar light weight ponchos so I could abandon my old camouflaged surplus poncho (it was old, stinky and sticky) and I was surprised how well this cheappy poncho worked. This will probably become my new day hike rain gear equipment, only weighs 5 oz.

Barbershop and Dane Canyon Creeks were running but no issue crossing. The trail just past Dane Creek crossing passes through a small meadow and continues on to a forest service road for a short distance before heading east over a small ridge to Bill McClintock Draw. I entered on to this road OK but missed the trail exit a quarter mile away. I continued on for almost a mile before I looked at my GPS and realized I was off Trail. I made the necessary corrections to get back on trail. On my return trip I followed the Barbershop trail and saw where I made my mistake. It was raining and I was walking along the road and seeing the road ahead of me I continued going, missed the big wooden arrow in the road, the rock cairn and walked over the wood laid across the road. In other words I was sleeping. The only thing missing was a person sitting there saying exit the road here. I reentered the trail in McClintock Draw and continued on for about a half mile to the junction with the U Bar Trail. My original pan was to hike the U Bar to the Dane Creek crossing and return the way I came but due to the weather I will have to do the U Bar tomorrow.

I returned along the Barbershop Trail without incident and at FSR139 I continued west for .2 miles to the junction with the Houston Brothers Trail. It stopped raining just before I got back to the trail start. Sometimes bad weather makes for interesting hikes and that was the case here. Got to see these canyons in a dark and gloomy light, sit out a thunderstorm with a magnificent lightning show and see these normally dry creeks running with water. Nothing bad happened so it was a good hike.

This trail is in good condition and easy to follow with the exception of the trail entrance and exit from a road along Dane creek but if you aren't asleep it should be easy to find. The signs along this trail are old and a little bit hard to read but they are still functional. I liked this hike even if it was a bit wet, there were no bugs bothering me and the temps were in the 50s.
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Aug 12 2018
John9L
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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
BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
Barbershop Merritt Loop, AZ 
Barbershop Merritt Loop, AZ
 
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BiFrost
Hiking12.77 Miles 1,213 AEG
Hiking12.77 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.35 mph
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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 28 2018
Tough_Boots
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 Phoenix, AZ
Barbershop to Dane Spr., AZ 
Barbershop to Dane Spr., AZ
 
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Tough_Boots
Hiking11.40 Miles 1,794 AEG
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Took the dog and girlfriend out for a hike-- started at the Barbershop crossing at FR139 and hiked to Dane Spring. We planned to be back to the car by 2:30 or 3 to hopefully miss the storm. We got back at the planned time but didn't miss the storm. We hiked our last mile through a pretty thick hail storm-- put our heads down and kept moving.

Ran into Almal. Realized after talking to him he must have been the hiker we drove past on 300 that morning. I should have stopped and offered a ride. The next backpacker/hiker I see gets a ride in his honor.

Fires still smoldering along 300 but the hotshots didn't seem worried-- its pretty darn wet up there.

Plenty of water at Dane and Coyote Springs.

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Couldn't tell how much is actually flowing but there's plenty there to filter and small pools in the drainage below that's generally clearer. Just as likely to be rain water.

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Reliable as always-- water flowing out the pipe.
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Jul 14 2018
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
East Cabin Loop, AZ 
East Cabin Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking17.80 Miles 2,615 AEG
Hiking17.80 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   3.04 mph
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With the monsoon in an active pattern, I wanted to do this one early in the day and avoid any potential lightning so we drove up Friday night for a pleasant camp with jonnybackpack and the shed hunter. It rained for a few hours overnight and the morning was overcast and cool. We were on trail at 7. By 8 it started drizzling and lasted an hour or so, adding to the already vibrant greens from the recent rain.

Over the course of the day we spotted 16 or 18 elk in about 5 different encounters, plus two encounters with large and loud mammals that went unseen. I saw a big redtail near Aspen Spring too.

It was surprising how few people were up on the rim. All the big campsites were empty, and we didn't encounter a single hiker on the entire loop. A rarity for sure in summer here. Only twice did we hear the slight drone of a quad driving on an adjacent road, but that's also pretty impressive given the proximity this trail is to so many motor vehicle routes.

The sun came out around 11, but only lasted an hour before clouds began to build. We made it back to the truck before any rain hit, though the rim views revealed a few showers in the area.

While the cabin loop doesn't offer the euphoria of trudging the road that climbs Mt. Ord, it allows you to cover a bunch of miles over diverse landscape in a fairly short amount of time. Somehow this was my first hike on the rim since snow season, and it was nice to be back!
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Just a few spots with the big yellow daisy looking flowers.

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Light flow, clear water.

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Dry at trail crossing. Pools visible downstream 100 yards or so.

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Water flowing in the drainage

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Pool of clear water

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Good flow from the pipe, plus light flow of water in the drainage

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Plenty of water, light flow, good size pools

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Light trickle of clear water.
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Jul 14 2018
John9L
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East Cabin Loop, AZ 
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John9L
Hiking17.80 Miles 2,615 AEG
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The rim was closed due to fire danger for the past month or so and finally reopened a few days prior. Monsoon kicked in strong and the area was saturated and fires were allowed. So Chumley and I got organized and drove up on Friday night. We arrived at FR300 on the west side and made the drive in with plans to car camp near the middle of the Cabin Loop where we would meet Jon & Matt. The drive in went well and it was eerie how few people we saw. We assumed most people were not ready for car camping after the forest was closed for so long. We continued in and eventually pulled in to our preplanned camp where we met Matt. Jon would join us an hour or two later. The rest of the night was spent enjoying a campfire and an adult beverage.

We started early on Saturday because the afternoon called for thunderstorms. We said goodbye to Jon & Matt and then drove over to the Barbershop TH. We started in and opted for a CCW loop. Along the way we saw a lot of Elk with several babies. They appeared startled by us. I guess they were getting use to no people with the closure. We made the loop and it went really well. Both of us have hiked portions of the Cabin Loop so I won’t go into details. I really enjoy this area and the hiking is very easy. We eventually completed our loop and packed up and headed back to Phoenix. It was a nice short getaway. Thanks Chumley for planning and driving.
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Apr 15 2018
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 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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emilystardust
Hiking21.00 Miles 950 AEG
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We went up Houston Brothers, over to U-Bar and back across Barbershop. There was a lot of criss-crossing with old roads on U-Bar, so we got off-track a few times and had to backtrack to locate the trail. We only saw a few other folks the whole time. One was a group with an off-leash, advancing, aggressive dog. Not sure why they made little effort to grab the dog or call it back and instead let their other dog off-leash too after they saw us. It ended without incident, and I don't have dogs, so I don't know what proper etiquette is but I am pretty sure it isn't that. :-k I would possibly do the loop counter-clockwise next time, as the Houston Brothers section was the easiest and I would have preferred to end with that.
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 Mesa, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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daend4u
Hiking18.70 Miles 950 AEG
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This area of AZ is incredibly breath taking! What an experience to pull us away from the sprawling city and enclosed dark saloons we find ourselves frequenting. The flipside though was this trip was only possible this time of the year probably due to the ridiculously dry season. The roads were in great condition from Payson to getting on FR-300 and FR-95. Got to come back with my 2wd hatchback badged up with snow and mud tastefully splattered across the body. Coming up the forest roads was peaceful with panoramic sights nonstop. Just a couple of cars were seen on the way up and looking out over the rim was a must.

Once at the Houston Brothers TH we excitedly hopped out and took off down the trail. We briefly surveyed the semi frozen creek and cabin planning to indulge there on the way out. The only people we met on our loop was a vibrant group of 4 on their way out about a mile into Houston brothers. The forest, the space, the patches of snow on the ground was another world compared to our usual day to day trek. I loved the trees towering over us, hearing them grunt and moan swaying in the wind. I loved hearing the rare crunch of snow under our boots, and then hoping the moisture didn’t seep through my roll back boots. We even saw a herd of cow Elk stealthily making their way across the trail. Checking Barbershop Spring most of it was snow and there was only standing water at what I assumed was the source. We decided to pitch just east of Coyote Spring, which was in the same condition just a shallow pool of standing water. As the light faded it definitely cooled, but with a small fire and surprisingly filling good to-go meal, by the time we tucked in we were certainly at ease.

COLD. Rising just after sun up there were tiny crystals of condensation that had frozen over on our rain fly. Once outside of the tent we were back on our way waiting for the warmth to return to our toes. Probably could have stepped up to a full cushion DarnTough here, but after about a quarter mile down U Bar it was back to basking in this winter wonderland. Dane Spring was running pure straight out of the pipe and Barbershop Canyon creek was glistening and running feely through patches of ice. Completing the loop we took in the history of Pinchot Cabin and signed out the trail log. There is no question to whether you should hike out here. Thanks for the time can’t wait to be back!

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Mix of snow and frozen glass over the top but plenty of flowing patches to draw from.

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Mostly snow,small standing water pools

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Mostly snow, small standing pools

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Dane Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Flowing strong and clear through the pipe

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AZWanderingBea
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63 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
KactusKutie's First Backpack, AZ 
KactusKutie's First Backpack, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Sep 29 2017
AZWanderingBear
Backpack12.83 Miles 1,781 AEG
Backpack12.83 Miles2 Days         
1,781 ft AEG34 LBS Pack
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KactusKutie
Last year our neighbor started going hiking with us. She liked it. Several of us created a HAZ name for her - KactusKutie. She sort of liked it. A couple months ago she and her family went on a camping trip with us. She sort of liked it. Then she wanted to go backpacking. We did. She liked it.

Headed up to the Mogollon Rim with Stephanie (KactusKutie) and MJ (AZBeaver) to hit part of the Cabin Loop (Barbershop and part of U-Bar). A little cloudy as we began to climb up towards the Rim with MJ proclaiming loudly that we were going to drown. She does have a history of being caught in torrential downpours on the Rim. We took Rim Road in for the views. Saw turkeys on Rim Road and then some elk as we turned on FR 139. The clouds cleared nicely as we hit the trailhead on FR 139.

I haven't been hiking much over the summer, so Barbershop was going to be a lung burner for me given the elevation. Cool temps (high 60s) and a light breeze helped. The ladies kept pace admirably. Steph's new pack was working well for her. MJ was nursing an injury from a previous backpacking trip, so we kept her pack light. While Barbershop is relatively short, running east-west it is a roller coaster in and out of the tops of Barbershop and Dane Canyons as well as smaller tributaries. The climbs had all of us breathing hard and happy to top out each time.

The big tooth maples and other trees are well into their Fall color. The aspens still need some time. Barbershop Spring and Creek had plenty of water. Heard the occasional elk bugle.

Beyond the unction of Barbershop and U-Bar, the hike was an easy stroll on an gentle downhill grade to Dane Spring. The pipe at Dane was gushing pure cold water at several gallons a minute and no one else was around. We had found our home for the night. The ladies explored various level places for their abode, MJ's two-person Big Agnes tent. After settling on a good choice I began setting up my hammock nearby. The girls were pretty quick with their tent, though Steph was a bit skeptical that it was indeed a TWO person tent.

With camp basically established, we found our mugs. I had humped a liter of Shotfire, a decent Shiraz from Australia, for us. It made for a nice camp warmer. After gathering some firewood, MJ broke out her JetBoil and concocted had a 3-course dinner of re-hydrated broccoli cheese soup, a shepherds pie of Idahoan instant potatoes enforced with dried milk, butter and cheese and sliced summer sausage, and a finale' of Backpacker Pantry's Key Lime Pie. Steph helped start the fire which felt really good as the evening chilled as did a mug of hot apple cider later.

MJ turned in early leaving me and Steph to discuss all those topics best aired around a camp fire. The tiniest field mouse I've ever seen came out to play on the flat rocks we'd used as our kitchen. He was unfazed by our presence, the fire, or our headlamps shining on him. He even did a little scampering dance worthy of Michael Jackson. You just can't buy entertainment like that.

The night passed uneventfully. Elk bugled fairly regularly. I was trying out a new top quilt for my hammock set up and it performed well. The sun warmed the Rim a bit before the girls emerged, Steph having conquered her fear of freezing to death while camping. Breakfast was a coffee/hot chocolate mix and oatmeal. Camp came down quick enough and we set off for the trailhead encountering a single backpacker and two day hikers along the trail.

We drove out north for some different scenery. On FR 96 close to East Clear Creek, there appeared a "Road Closed" sign just before a small bridge and some other barricade signs on the other side of the bridge. The bridge looked intact except for some damage to the rusted railing. I wasn't about to backtrack 20 miles so I asked the girls to move one of the barricades on the opposite side. They jumped out, crossed the bridge, and proceeded to discuss and plan their attack on the barricade. I eased the 4Runner over the bridge and it held up nicely. After watching the extremely slow progress with the barricade relocation, the driver's side ditch seemed a good option and was manageable in 2WD. The ladies were both impressed and nonplussed.

A late and much needed lunch and libations at That Brewery in Pine followed by a quick drive home ended the adventure. The ladies performed admirably and seemed to enjoy themselves. MJ is settling in as solid backpacker developing good skills. For a first backpacking trip, Steph did fantastic. She literally trounced her fears and trepidations. There are undoubtably more adventures in her future.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Barbershop canyon creek Medium flow Medium flow
Nice flow and pools at Barbershop Trail

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Standing pool

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Dry at Barbershop Trail crossing.

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Sep 03 2017
DarthStiller
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49 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking20.10 Miles 3,325 AEG
Hiking20.10 Miles   8 Hrs   55 Mns   2.40 mph
3,325 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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Since the next 5 Sundays will involve the Steeler game kickoffs at 10am, I wanted to get in a longer hike before my usual fall hiking lull :lone: . This seemed like a good one to tackle. Labor Day weekend meant Monday off, the weather is getting even cooler up there compared to Phoenix, and the days are still long enough for daylight not to be an issue. This also turned out to be my first 20 mile dayhike, so new horizons are still being broached in my progression through middle age : rambo : .

On the ride up, just outside of Payson we arrived at what seemed like moments after a roadkill. It was still dark and we arrived to a pickup pulled over at the same time that a DPS officer did. He pulled over to assist and that's when we noticed the elk bull laying on the left side of the road. Actually he was in the turning lane to turn left into that subdivision just south of Payson. Even on its side, it was at least 3'+ tall. Massive. I got a quick glimpse of the front of the truck in the dark as we moved on and it was not pretty :o .

Once we arrived at the Buck Springs TH after some confusion as to where it is exactly, we saw some wild turkeys clearing out. After that, the only wildlife we saw during the hike were the Kaibab squirrels, with their darker coats and pointy ears. We also noticed the "visitor center" that's been tagged with a HAZ decal, as well as an AZ Wilderness Brewing sticker. The list is short as to which HAZ member may be responsible for this :lol: . ( :-k @chumley ?? :M2C: )

From Buck Springs, we took the Barbershop Trail to the Houston Brothers Trail, and completed the loop coming back on the U Bar Trail. At the start of the hike, my camera wasn't working. when I turned it on, the display screen was totally black, which resulted in a black picture. After an hour or so, it was ok. I think the bumpy ride in on FR300 may have been the cause. The camera is over 8 years old, so I might be due for a new one soon :DANCE: .

The Barbershop Trail goes thru several canyons, resulting in a less than level hike than what I was expecting. Houston Brothers started with some similar ups and downs, but then stayed level along the extended meadow/riparian zone that went on for several miles. This was probably my favorite part of the hike. the meadow(s) gave some really nice views, the trail was extremely easy to hike, giving us our best times per mile :D . We stopped and checked out the Aspen Spring cabin area quickly, then moved on up to and past Pinchot to the hill above and had lunch.

the hike back after lunch was beyond our halfway point for the day, but I think it took longer to do than the first 11+ miles we did. Going through Barbershop and Dane Canyons had a lot to do with this, as well as the fatigue setting in as we approached 20 miles. It was slow going coming out of both canyons, but nothing too bad. coming back on McClintock Ridge after Dane Canyon gave some relief as it was mostly level, but at that point, the fatigue kind of neutralized that advantage. The last ascent out of Jaeger Canyon along Barbershop at the very end of the hike felt like murder. No pain or cardio difficulties, just my legs didn't want to move anymore.

The temperature was moderately warm, forecasted at 77 for a high and that seemed about right. Frequent breezes throughout the day made things pleasant. Shade was prominent for most of the hike, almost making the hood on my hoodie hiking shirt unnecessary. I did put it up after awhile during some sun exposed sections to cover my neck and ears. Wally spent most of the hike wearing his backpack backwards since he hiked the day before and had some chafing issues on his back from that. I think between him wearing his backpack backwards and my hoodie and longer beard these days, we made quite the odd looking pair. I'm pretty sure one little girl was giggling as their group walked the other way on the trail. Fortunately, we're old guys now, so we give no :pk: s.

I finished all 7 liters of my water with about 3 miles to go, but the cooler temperatures and breezes helped that not be an issue. I did immediately drink a half liter of Propel on arrival at the car. The ride back resulted in the absence of the usual several bathroom stops I usually need to make as a result of defensive overhydration :sweat: .

On the ride in we went through Pine and Strawberry. For the ride back, I decided to keep along FR300 eastbound to 260. It was about the same either way. FR300 was mostly ok until the last few miles, at which point the traffic became much heavier from the holiday crowds. There was so much dust that it was difficult to see. There were two extremely slow drivers that created a backup of 6 cars and counting, and they refused to pull over. At the long stretches of the road, the cars one by one began to pass them in the foglike clouds of dust. And still they refused to pull over :pout: . Once we passed them, it seemed like everyone was pulling over at one of the vista view pullouts. About a mile later, we passed the road for Woods Canyon lake and FR300 from there to 260 is paved, thankfully :y: .

Other than the drive out, the crowds weren't too bad. The trails were not very crowded at all. We saw a lot of campsites and people hanging out at the various camping spots, but it wasn't bad. There was a cave south of Aspen Springs that had some people in front of making a photo op not convenient, but no biggie. Saw the usual traffic and parked vehicles at the road crossings and heard the occasional faint rumble of ATVs along the trail since all the roads are very close by. All in all, not bad for the last big hurrah holiday for the summer.

Once we got to Payson, it was after 6pm, so Wally and I grabbed a quick dinner at Jack in the Box. Dinner was finished in under 10 minutes, and without conversation or talking of any sort :-$ . French fries were devoured with both hands, which I think made us each resemble the Cookie Monster as we ate.

The ride back with the traffic seemed normal for a Sunday. I was hoping the traffic might be a little lighter since Monday was a holiday, but not really. in fact, people seemed to be driving faster than they usually do. Got home just after 8pm, the end of a very long and satisfying day. :zzz:
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Sep 01 2017
ALMAL
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53 male
 Joined Oct 17 2010
 GILBERT
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 01 2017
ALMAL
Backpack29.00 Miles 950 AEG
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950 ft AEG
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Got started at Gen springs cabin about 4pm Friday. Marched into a nice campsite just off trail near the remnants of Fred Haught cabin. Some folks were camped nearby back where the trail pulls away from Gen Springs. Good water flow coming out of the spring below the cabin site. A bit of rain came about midnight. Packed up early Saturday and headed for Pinchot cabin. No body there but a warm campfire remained. Continued on up Houston Brothers, the springs are flowing nicely, lots of good water. Made a left on Barbershop. Passed a few people going the other way. Water in Barbershop and Dane both flowing along the Barbershop trail. I like the campsites in the big meadow just passed Dane. Passed a few more folks by the U-bar turnoff. Stopped at Dane spring which was flowing about like a garden hose full on. Considered camping here, too much broken glass around, a definite turn off for me. A sure sign its close to a road where people can park and walk in quickly. Oh wait! I hear some now, time to move on. I really like the next section of trail leading away and down into Dane Canyon. Folks camped at both Dane and several groups camped at Barbershop crossings. Good water at both crossings. Gathered extra water here. Continued on up and across 139 and settled into a spot for the night. Started early Sunday and rolled down 95B into Pinchot. Watered up and kept on towards Fred Haught springs again for a final water and snack spot. Passed at least 20 people hiking in during my last 2 miles out. Yes, the rim road was a bit crazy, but likely nothing like it was today.
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Aug 12 2017
ALMAL
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53 male
 Joined Oct 17 2010
 GILBERT
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2017
ALMAL
Hiking18.70 Miles 950 AEG
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950 ft AEG
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I made a last minute trip up to see some of the water along the cabin loop. I arrived at Washington Park at 6:45am to find the parking lot almost full, and a group of runners getting ready to launch a training run for the Mogollon Monster. I started first, most of them passed me on the way up. Great weather until about 3:30pm when I reached Barbershop canyon on the U-Bar trail. I scrambled for some dry firewood which could be hidden from the rain under the large rock there. I managed to get my tent set up on a slanted spot just before the rain came. Rained for about 2 hours solid. It let up just long enough to cook some food about 6:30, and I got a fire started, then it rained again for several more hours as I called it a night early.
Clear skies Sunday and a nice hike back to General Springs, Fred Haught still has wet crossings in several places.
The real fun began when I made it back down to the parking lot. The parking lot was fine, but the last half mile of the road coming in is absolutely trashed. I spent an hour moving rocks, logs, and leveling some sandy spots before I could make it out. I've never seen that black plastic before, must have been a real gully washer Saturday afternoon... The one picture I took does not tell the whole story. The road is seriously a mess!
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Jul 20 2017
nathanbrisk
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32 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
East Cabin Loop via Pinchot Cabin, AZ 
East Cabin Loop via Pinchot Cabin, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jul 20 2017
nathanbrisk
Backpack16.70 Miles
Backpack16.70 Miles3 Days   5 Hrs      
40 LBS Pack
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