Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Buck Springs Cabins to Dane Springs Day Hike
when Wednesday, June 29, 2022
where Coconino National Forest Mogollon Ranger District
the hike     The Barbershop Trail (#91) and the UBAR Trail (#28) are part of the Coconino National Forest’s Cabin Loop Trail system on Arizona’s Mogollon Rim. Once part of a network of trails used by early ranchers and the Forest Service, the route of the historic Barbershop and UBAR Trails are designated by blazes (notches) cut into the bark of trees and Cabin Loop System trail markers.
    The Barbershop trail derives its name from a local sheepherder who had a talent for shearing sheep and cutting the hair of his fellow herders.
    The trail begins at the historic Buck Springs Cabins, one of three cabins built by the Forest Service as housing for fire crews. The first cabin was built around 1904, the second in 1923, and the last in 1946 but only the two newer cabins remain. The larger of the two is still used occasionally as a ranger outpost.
    A short distance downstream from the cabins, the waters of Buck Springs are impounded by a concrete dam.
    The trails meander through a pleasant region of open forests and shallow canyons. There is a wide variety of tree species, including maple, aspen, and oak, scattered among Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir.
    We climb a short incline and cross FR 137. Crossing the road, we descend into Yeager Canyon traveling up a fire road before dropping down a series of switchbacks to a stream crossing at the bottom of the canyon.
    We will pause for some photos before ascending the other side of the canyon crossing another fire road. We reach a small plateau and pause in a small glade to catch our breath and take a group picture.
    We proceed along the plateau and cross FR 321. Traveling about ¼ mile farther we reach the junction with the UBAR Trail
    We turn northeast on the UBAR Trail. After a short climb, we cross a plateau strewn with fallen logs, crossing FR 321C along the way.
    We drop into Dane Canyon and follow the watercourse to Dane Springs and the remains of a cabin.
    We will break for a snack and exploration on the rocks overlooking the canyon before returning via the same route.
distance 6.5 miles
time 4 hours
EC +-775' elevation change
elevations Buck Springs Cabins 7500' Dane Springs 7346'
type Out and Back
starting at Buck Springs Cabins
on trail Barbershop Trail (#91) 50%, UBAR Trail (#28) 50%
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Buck Springs Tanks
leader    Email the leader to confirm.
meet Buck Springs Cabin 8:00 AM
Rod will lead a group from the Mogollon Campground, meet up 7:00 AM.

Individuals traveling from the Valley arrange their own carpool. I will send an email out to all with participants prior to the hike.
•  From the intersection of State Route 87 and State Route 260 in Payson, go 29 miles east on SR 260 to Rim Road (Forest Road 300, signed for Woods Canyon Lake).
Turn left on to FR300 for 25 miles to FR137.
Turn right on FR137 for 4 miles.
Just past the Barbershop Trail sign turn right on the unsigned access road to Buck Springs Cabin.
From Mogollon Campground drive 21 miles west on FR300.
Turn right on FR137 for 4 miles.
Just past the Barbershop Trail sign turn right on the unsigned access road to Buck Springs Cabin.
Note: Road is paved until the access road to Woods Canyon Lake. The road beyond is dirt but suitable for passenger car although the access road to Buck Springs cabin is short but rough, high clearance vehicle recommended.

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