“A few ups and downs bring plenty of wildflowers and water along this scenic trail.
— Steve Jackson
Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildlife
Right from the trailhead, U-Bar requires some route-finding and map skills, a GPS, or the Trail Run 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.