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Buck Springs Cabin to Dane Springs
Mogollon Rim
June 29, 2022
by Rodney Baba

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.

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The sign for Buck Springs Cabins, [photo by Ron]
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Buck Springs Cabins. [photo by Ron]

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.

11 Hikers met at the historic Buck Springs Cabins for a hike to Dane Springs.

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We started from the cabins. [photo by Rod]
Rod (kneeling), Diane, Terry, Terri, Anna, Rudy (kneeling), John, Kim, Jacki, Ron, Anne
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Hikers Parade. [photos by Rod]

The trail meandered through a pleasant region of open forests and shallow canyons and we climbed a short incline and crossed FR 137.

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Hiking in the cool pines. [photo by Ron]
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Working our way up to the road. [photos by Rod]

We crossed the road and descended into Yeager Canyon. We traveled up a fire road before dropping down a series of switchbacks to a stream crossing at the bottom of the canyon.

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Moving down the canyon. [photo by Ron]
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Hiking with friends in the woods. [photos by Rod]

We paused for some photos and climbed the other side of the canyon. We crossed another fire road and headed across a plateau.

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Wildlife. [photo by Ron]

We reach a small plateau and pause in a small glade to catch our breath and take a group picture.

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Whew! Short Climb. [photo by Ron]

We proceed along the plateau and cross FR 321. Traveling ¼ mile farther we reach the junction with the UBAR Trail.

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Trail marker. [photo by Ron]

We turn northeast on the UBAR Trail. After a short climb, we cross a plateau formally strewn with fallen logs, crossing FR 321C along the way.

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The forest service cut the logs we identified for them. [photo by Rod]
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Butterfly and Flowers. [photo by Ron]
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The pause that refreshes. [photos by Ron]

We dropped into Dane Canyon and followed the watercourse to Dane Springs and the remains of a cabin.

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Cabin and Spring. [photo by Ron]

On the edge of Dane Canyon flat rocks protrude and formed perfect seating areas for contemplation.

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Serene. [photo by Rod]

We broke for a snack and explored the rocks overlooking the canyon before return via the same route.

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Breaking for lunch. [photos by Rod]
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Trekking home. [photo by Ron]
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Crossing the last stream. [photos by Rod]
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Back at the Trailhead. [photo by Ron]
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A visitor at the car. [photo by Rod]
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I see you. [photo by Ron]
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updated July 5, 2022