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Sunday, August 16, 2009


EAST CABIN LOOP CIRCUIT Coconino National Forest Stream-filled canyons, substantial timber lands, flowing springs and three sites where the ruins of decommissioned forest service cabins stand in aspen-framed alpine meadows combine for an especially interesting hike. This route uses three of the five trails that make up the Coconino National Forest’s Cabin Loop System of old fire roads and shelters. Not for amateurs, this hike requires a fair amount of map and route-finding skill. The trail is marked by tree blazes—pairs of short and long gashes in the bark of trees. To stay on track, leap-frog from one blaze to the next. HIKE DIRECTIONS: Begin on the Barbershop Trail # 91 located across the road from Buck Springs Cabin. Follow #91 for a half-mile to the U-Bar Trail # 28, go right (north) and continue 7.6 miles to the Houston Brothers Trail #18 junction near Pinchot Cabin. From here, go left (south) and follow #18 7.5 miles back to trail #91, go left (east) and hike 4 miles back to the trailhead. See the Forest Service map for other loop and day hike options. HIGHLIGHTS: creeks, canyons, springs and historic ruins LENGTH: 18-mile loop RATING: moderate ELEVATION: 7,000 – 7,500 feet DRIVING DISTANCE FROM PHOENIX: 157 miles GETTING THERE: From Payson, go east on Highway 260 for 30 miles to Rim Road (Forest Road 300) just past milepost 282. Follow FR 300 for 23 miles to Forest Road 137. Turn right onto FR137 and go 4 miles to the sign for Barbershop Trail on the left side of the road, across from Buck Springs Cabin. INFORMATION: 928-477-2172 or

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