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U-Bar Trail #28

Intermediate
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A few ups and downs bring plenty of wildflowers and water along this scenic trail.


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Map Key

8.3

Miles

13.4

KM

Point to Point

7,593' 2,314 m

High

6,949' 2,118 m

Low

1,454' 443 m

Up

951' 290 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildlife

Description

Right from the trailhead, U-Bar requires some route-finding and map skills, a GPS, or the Hiking Project mobile app. The signage is not great, and you are sometimes on a lightly marked trail or road. This trail is the more difficult of the cabin loop trails with steep ups and downs that cross the canyons on a mixed tread.

The first great place to fill water is after a steep descent to Barbershop Canyon. The stream flows nicely, so we stopped for food and water. In the water around here, expect to see lots of small fish and a few crayfish. I used a new Steripen Adventurer and MSR Trail Shot filter for the first time just to be sure, but the water was clean-tasting and cool.

From here, make your next stop Dane Spring and the remnants of a cabin. Water flows from the spring through a pipe here, reducing the risk of contamination. Regardless, you should always treat your water.

This trail ends at the intersection of the Barbershop Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Large stands of dense ponderosa pine dominate the landscape in this area.

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Shared By:

Steve Jackson

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Photos

Flowering Cactus poke through a scattering of pine needles.
Jun 6, 2017 near Star Va…, AZ
Pinchot Cabin in a clearing near the stream.
Jun 6, 2017 near Star Va…, AZ
A clump of ferns reaches toward the sun near a small creek.
Jun 6, 2017 near Star Va…, AZ
One of the many rock cairns marking the trail.
Jun 6, 2017 near Star Va…, AZ
Begining of U-Bar trail.
Jun 6, 2017 near Star Va…, AZ

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