Cabin Loop Trail is a 28.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Happy Jack, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 28.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3,559 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

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nature trips

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

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rocky

6 days ago

fun trail if you're not wanting to do too much climbing, though not much to see except for cabins and trees, would be a great trail run though if you're training for adventure racing or whatever you're into. had plenty of water and campsite options. I would still keep your water topped off though in case you find a site you like not next to a water source though.

backpacking
17 days ago

Lovely backpacking loop trail! We did this over three days and two nights. You could do a long two days or a shorter four days as well, but we found three days to be perfect. We went clockwise starting from general springs so we could end along the rim. Beautiful loop. Lots of pines, which feel unique in AZ, and also so many variations in the surrounding terrain - meadows, springs, ridges, dense and sparse forest. Plenty of water to filter, though a few spots are dried up. Definitely can be tricky to keep the trail in a few spots; certain areas along the trail were incredibly well marked while others weren't so much. We DEFINITELY used our offline Alltrails file a lot, and even still we went up a few roads and had to backtrack. One confusing thing we found with the current Alltrails map here (5/11/20) was that it cuts off of UBar to take some ridge down to Barbershop if going clockwise. We didn't see any clear trail, so we just continued on UBar like seen on the map until we hit barbershop. No issues, looks to be similar length. We didn't notice there is a trail along the rim at the bottom and just walked the road. While trail would have been nice, we actually liked being along the rim so much with the road, which I think the trail doesn't give as much. Up to you! Ranger did say black bears are coming out of hibernation, so we did bear hangs and brought some mace. BUT, we never saw more than a single deer and heard a few coyotes at night. We encountered a few others on the trail and they didn't seem worried about it, but might be worth considering.

hiking
20 days ago

We hiked 3 days around the cabin loop. Good time, lots of streams were dried up but there are some stellar camping spots. We ended with an actual hiking distance of 28+ miles. No clue why it’s marked as 24 miles.

hiking
22 days ago

We went in early May. Counter-clockwise. Seemed to have been the general consensus. I’m glad we went that way. The trail is definitely longer than 24 miles. More like around 30. Plenty of water sources. Found some good camping spots.

hiking
24 days ago

Just a quick trip

hiking
26 days ago

We parked at Houston crossing on FR300. Then hiked counterclockwise on Houston, Barbershop, U-Bar, and back along Houston Brothers to the car. Lots of water. Bring filter. Trail was not hard to follow with map or AllTrails. We had distance at about 22 miles.

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rocky
1 month ago

We went counterclockwise starting from General Springs Cabin. The weather was perfect, and there were many water sources and water crossing (bring a filter). The trail ranged from perfectly marked to sporadic.... we got off trail a few times and definitely would not have made it without AllTrails map & gpx file. The initial route we followed was on FS300 and not General Crook Trail. It took some detective work to get to Buck Springs Cabin from U-Bar turn off. The road to Fred Haught from Pinchot was washed out and took some scrambling to get around. Camped two nights, hiked 3 days, just over 30 miles with the spurs to see the cabins and some additional way-finding. Lots of tall pines, ups and downs, stepping over downed trees, challenging but not too technical. There are some really nice trails out there.

backpacking
off trail
1 month ago

Mid-April 2020. We parked our car on FR300 near the Houston Brothers trail. From here, we went counter-clockwise. The beginning was incredibly hard to follow, and we were only able to navigate with the help of my downloaded alltrails map. We traveled until we hit the intersection of Barbershop & U-Bar trail (about 6.5 miles from where we started). We decided to turn around and camp at a spot we found earlier that was at the confluence of three streams. This entire hike was pretty challenging for us - lots of ups and downs; each of us with 30 or lbs on our backs. In the morning, we headed back the same way we came but took FR145 back to FR300 to avoid some of the ups and downs. There were snow patches scattered along the forests; It got down to about 28 degrees at night for us. We were surprised to see no wildlife; there was plenty of scat everywhere. Overall, really liked this backpacking trip & want to explore more of this area.

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washed out
1 month ago

Do not take this trail unless you have the loop downloaded into your phone through this app. It was beautiful, secluded and serene; however, it was pretty easy to get off course. We added an extra 3 miles trying to get back to the Ubar section following an accidental trip up an old FS rd and we are all pretty advanced backpackers. Thankfully we knew we were back on track after recognizing the trees with “i” notches in them ( these went the entire loop). There is a HUGE washout at the end if moving counterclockwise; if it’s not completely dry weather, this is likely impassable (it was already pretty challenging climbing down into the creek bed and scaling back up over a mangled culvert with large packs). Note that some of the water sources were already dried up and it’s only mid April. Lots of elk, cougar sign and bear sign, bring a bear bag.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail overall. Road washed out in some places, lots of good water spots and overnight areas. Canyons are steep but beautiful. Went counter clockwise and was happy about it!

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off trail
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Had a great weekend doing an out & back to Pinchot Cabin with Boy Scout Troop 131 from Scottsdale. Only reliable water over the 7.25 mile trek was at Pinchot Cabin. Only saw about 10 others all weekend. Beautiful fall leaves and cool weather.

backpacking
bridge out
8 months ago

U-Bar Trail opened on 9/15/19 according to USDA website. We hiked counter-clockwise based on the comments of some more recent reviews. Since I did not walk clockwise, I cannot compare directly but I do appreciate their reviews and I am pleased we chose to take the advice to walk counter-clockwise. One note, there is a point at around mile 10ish counter-clockwise that the trail breaks off an old jeep trail. Someone placed a log "arrow" on the path to point the way; good idea. The rest of the trail is easy to navigate. The bridge being out is not a problem, but impressive to see the force of water that took place. Saw some deer, heard some elk late at night. Water available.

backpacking
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8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

U bar trail closed due to fire. Fred haught trail to pinot cabin closed due to road washed out.

We had the trail to ourselves and camped in Barbershop Canyon. We didn't see a soul the whole time. It was cool and breezy and shady and lovely. Highly recommend!

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rocky
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11 months ago

HARD, NOT MODERATE!!! NOT FOR NEWBIES. Absolutely gorgeous though. Had an amazing three days, two nights, backpacking trip. HIGHLY RECOMMEND for those who know how to hike at 7,500 ft and still put in miles.

hiking
rocky
scramble
11 months ago

Not for the fainted hearted. Extremely meditative...I suggest night hiking because the night sky is extremely lit up.

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washed out
11 months ago

This was a fun trail and we only saw a few people when we did it Memorial Day weekend. There are several water sources and flat campsites some with pre-existing fire rings. We saw a few elk and birds but no other animals. The road is washed out at mile 18 (going counter clockwise) but it’s a pretty simple work around just very steep.

hiking
bridge out
Mon May 27 2019

Great hike! Went clockwise. Started at General Springs Trail. The bridge is washed out and says closed. We just went over the edge to the right, across the creek and back up the right side. Not a problem. The trail is 24 miles, however, you still have to walk 4.5 miles to get back to your vehicle making the total loop 28.5. Doing only 11 miles the first day it made day 2 a long 17.5 mile day. There was plenty of areas to gather water. Very pretty with lots of trees and meadows. Saw no animals. If we were to do it again we would go counter clockwise and get the up and down mountains out of the way on day one. 1st day do 14 miles or stay 1 extra night and make it a 3 day, 2 night hike.

backpacking
Sat Apr 27 2019

Overall good hike. Aspen Springs was a really nice camp out. The FR300 portion was a little rough being in direct sunlight. The road was washed out at Fred Haught. You can see on my recording I went back and forth just to see if we could do it before the whole group committed. Lots of good water spots to refill during this time of year. Still some snow (ice) patches. I’d recommend using your phone GPS if possible.

hiking
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washed out
Sat Apr 27 2019

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