FR 139C is a short jewel of a trail in the Coconino National Forest. The trail runs through a mixed-conifer forest. Besides the ever-present Ponderosa pines, spruce and fir trees stand tall beside the trail. Spruce and fir are rare in Arizona and thrive in very limited locations. Their presence lends a certain Rocky Mountain flavor to the area. The trail briefly runs alongside an unnamed grassy draw with a seasonal stream and a small spring. Look for elk grazing in the draw during the early mornings and late afternoons. The last half of the trail rides atop a wide ridgeline between Merritt Draw on the north and Barbershop Canyon on the south. From the end of the trail, it is easy to see the outline of both canyons merging. The openness of the forest beckons you to stop and take a stroll. Wild raspberries and blackberries flourish in late Summer and early Fall. Picturesque campsites beckon visitors to pitch a tent and stay a while.
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