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Jul 31 2020
adenium
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 Gilbert, AZ
Barbershop Trail #91Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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adenium
Backpack19.72 Miles 1,095 AEG
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Spent a couple of days doing the eastern half of the Cabin Loop. Temps were in the mid-80s when I started, but clouds moved in and made it more enjoyable. I think my pre-lockdown fitness has evaporated... this trail seemed so much harder than it should have. Scoped out a few campsites along Barbershop Trail that I could use to introduce my kid to backpacking. Just far enough a walk to earn your dinner, but not so far that he never wants to do that again. Arrived at my campsite in Barbershop Canyon early and relaxed in the hammock before heading up canyon to see what was there... turns out it's ferns. Lots of them. I turned back when the going became inconvenient. I rose early on the second day, having been awoken every couple of hours by uncooperative bedding in my hammock. The trip across the pines was pleasant in the morning air. Made it back to the Jeep before lunch. The last section on Houston Bros Trail was cruel. So many hills right at the end.
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Jul 09 2020
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 Scottsdale
Barbershop, AZ 
Barbershop, AZ
 
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Hiking4.27 Miles 941 AEG
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Wanted to escape the heat so I drove up North for a little getaway. I camped off a forest road on Wednesday night, and then was up early to hike! I had Barbershop trail to myself, and it was a nice forest type easy to follow trail. The spring was pretty close to dry, maybe dripping a bit. I explored a bit in Barbershop Canyon & Dane canyon before turning around. I realized I hadn’t downloaded offline directions to my next destination (oooops), so I stopped and checked out some random canyons instead on the drive back (not on my recording). Started feeling toasty in the early afternoon so I headed back to the AC. Nice little getaway! First solo camping trip under the belt : app :
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Jun 12 2020
Grasshopper
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Lower Buck Spring from Cabins, AZ 
Lower Buck Spring from Cabins, AZ
 
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From a 7 night/8 day Mogollon Rim vehicle camping trip, R&R get away at 7435 feet, first hike day and number one of three short area hikes to check-out some local Perennial Springs.
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Lower Buck Spring

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Less than a Quart/minute flowing out, but under Spring Source "Cement Covering" is a full H2O catch basin.
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Jun 11 2020
Oregon_Hiker
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 Phoenix, AZ
Upper Barbershop Cny - FR139C Loop, AZ 
Upper Barbershop Cny - FR139C Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking5.90 Miles 553 AEG
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I visited Grasshopper for three nights at his camp on FR139C on the Mogollon Rim to escape the valley heat and enjoy this forested retreat. GH decided to take a day of rest in camp on the first day while I started off from camp on a hike to explore the ridge above the west side of Barbershop Canyon. An old long abandoned logging road follows the top of the ridge between FR139C and the canyon and was my guide for the beginning of the hike.

I soon tired of the ridge top scenery and found a likely route down the side of the canyon after studying the topo map on my gps. Although steep, the descent was not all that challenging. I was soon hiking up the creek bed with the plan to continue up the bottom of the canyon until reaching the Barbershop Trail #91 and following it to FR139. There were numerous pools of water with water trickling down the stream bed between pools. In some areas the flowing water retreated below the surface leaving the stream bed dry. The lush green of ferns and grass on the stream bank and the shade of towering pine, spruce, fir and the occasional Aspen trees made this a most pleasant escape from the hot desert of the valley. Some rock hopping and the occasional detour around fallen trees were required but the hike was otherwise an easy stroll on elk trails along the stream bank.

I stopped frequently to take photos of the scenery with my new cell phone (a Samsung Galaxy S10E) and with my old standby, a Nikon P600, to later compare photos. The cell phone has two cameras, one with a "normal" lens, and one with a wide angle lens. Both provide a wider view than the Nikon but there is no optical telephoto zoom on the cell phone where the Nikon excels with a 60x zoom. I soon found that having the wide angle capability of the cell phone cameras and its photo quality in difficult lighting situations made it my top choice for most scenery shots. But, for me, also having the zoom capability of the Nikon is a necessity. So not a problem, I'll just carry both on my hikes.

The section of the Barbershop Trail to FR139 is mostly through thick forest as it climbs up to the road. Barbershop Spring had a trickle of water, maybe about 0.5 gpm. A huge cow elk tried to sneak by me in the dense forest near the trail and disappeared before I could get a photo. Once reaching the road I abandoned my original plan to follow the top of the ridge between Merritt Draw and instead hike down FR139C back to camp. FR139C, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful back roads on the Mogollon Rim. It follows a spring fed draw with lush meadows and forest much better viewed when walking than from a moving car. I've been down this road many times over the last 10 years on the way to Camp GH and it's like going home.

Back at camp, GH informed me that our camp had been visited by a bear during my absence, @AZWanderingBear, to be exact. Wade returned for a visit shortly after I got back to camp. I hadn't seen him since a backpacking trip to Reavis Ranch in Oct. 2015. It was great to see him and catch up on his latest outdoor adventures.
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Oct 23 2019
caragruey
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Barbershop Trail #91Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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caragruey
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,095 AEG
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Beautiful day for the tail end of fall colors. After a little detour due to prescribed burns in the area we arrived at the trailhead. Truly a delightful trail with color still plentiful. It was pleasant to have the area to ourselves.
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Jun 29 2019
ALMAL
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Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
 
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markthurman53
Hiking8.50 Miles 889 AEG
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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
 
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markthurman53
Hiking13.30 Miles 1,473 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles   6 Hrs   19 Mns   2.39 mph
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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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markthurman53
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Barbershop Trail, AZ 
Barbershop Trail, AZ
 
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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
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Barbershop Merritt Loop, AZ 
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Hiking12.77 Miles 1,213 AEG
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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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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
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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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chumley
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East Cabin Loop, AZ 
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chumley
Hiking17.80 Miles 2,615 AEG
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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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John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
East Cabin Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jul 14 2018
John9L
Hiking17.80 Miles 2,615 AEG
Hiking17.80 Miles
2,615 ft 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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 Phoenix, AZ
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2018
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
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2018
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

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Flowing strong and clear through the pipe

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Semi frozen but flowing
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