First time backpacking. Excellent views and rewarded w the Horton Springs at the end point. I then took the left side trail up past the waterfall as this trail the connects way up with the rim road. Nearby trails (Map) Arizona Sedona - A.B. GPX; KML 10.4 mi. Horton Spring is an unusually large spring. To reach Horton Springs you will continue on Highline Trail for about 300 feet and to your right you will see this unusual spring gushing from the side of the rim. Early on a weekday morning the kids and I pulled into the Derrick Trailhead near Christopher Creek, one of only three vehicles parked in the normally busy lot. Pretty challenging considering the first 4 miles is all uphill and hardly any shade but it’s a good workout if that’s what you are seeking. Horton, we believe community development is more than building beautiful and affordable homes- it's about bringing people together. The trail ends at Highline Trail #31. Horton and Highline trails were covered in snow but still easy enough to navigate. The spring is 3.3 miles from the trailhead. The surrounding areas of the trail are very clean and the trail itself is wide with an attractive mix of meadows and dense foliage throughout the trail. up highline, elevated & came back down. Cool weather and we saw not a single person! The confluence is well marked but the sign only faces towards the Derrick trail, as if you were coming up that. Always very pretty there! 1,742 ft. 6,882 ft. 1,742 ft. 5,466 ft. it was beautiful. Beautiful views. It was a chilly night and very windy but had a nice secluded and protected spot. Download. With its off-the-beaten path charm, beautiful nature parks, and abundance of walking and running trails, this is the perfect place to call home. We had cool wet weather, hiked at a strong pace with short breaks, took 5 hours, 9.4 miles, an easy hike with some moderate sections. It is a touch of bliss – especially in the midst of Arizona’s hot Summers. Highline trail was slippery in some areas with the snow. Segers Trail. I only hiked up 15 minutes and then back down. It looked at us for over a minute, while we loudly told it to go away and kept the bear spray ready. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. When I got to where the trail splits and you could do the loop, I took it. This was a lovely trail going along the creek. Beautiful trail with a lot of different sights - cliffs, forest, streams, meadows, and terrain similar to Sedona! Horton Creek was beautiful, nice flow of water with many small falls and mature ponderosa and fir trees. link Copy Link. See Canyon Horton Springs Loop 14.4 mi 23.2 km • 2,962' Up 902.8 m Up • 2,962' Down 902.74 m Down. Fish Hatchery to Knoll Lake via Babe Haught Trail, Military Sinkhole, Rim Lakes Vista and Highline Loop, Mogollon Rim and Woods Canyon Lake MTB Loop [CLOSED], Horton Creek Trail, Highline Trail, and Derrick Trail Loop. Had lunch by the bridge and the creek. Great hike. By going backwards we only ran into a handful of people the entire time until we got to Horton! Facebook; Twitter; Email; directions Driving Directions. Only problem I had is finding the trail head. Some parts of trail not very clearly marked, so use the map. I personally preferred adding in Highline and Derrick over taking Horton back. Star Va…, AZ. Login. Fall colors and the leaves falling in the late afternoon sun were picturesque. Due to arriving later in the afternoon I hiked this clockwise. Beautiful place. Gorgeous area. Did about 6.5 miles the first day and the rest the second day. Plenty of ups and downs. Recommend doing it counter clockwise so you get the creek at the end. Fun trail, perfect weather and no complaints! Was fairly crowded but still plenty of space. Moderate. Water gushes from the side of the rim, supplying Horton Creek. Bring bear spray if you do this one. At D.R. Only knocked one star because it is easy to get off trail....so be super careful and use the map on this app!! Yes. Young (Hiking) Cathedral Loop - Sedona (Hiking) Arizona Sedona - Broken Arrow Loop … Here the trail turns right and begins a short half-mile climb to Horton Spring. It was rigorous, but doable. Once on the trail, travel until you pass through a gate. Beutiful greenery throughout and crystal clear water running alongside the trail (looks good enough to drink — DON’T do it tho). Beautiful trail... fall foliage just poppin' in pockets along the way. https://www.mapquest.com/us/arizona/horton-creek-trail-367282181 The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Started at Horton, then ended up going the wrong way on highline (so basically when you see a sign for highline, do not follow it... go the opposite way - which was to the right). Perhaps next time I run this counter clockwise so that my legs are fresh when tackling these rocks. Horton Creek Trail . based on 7 tracks & routes | | DIFFICULT #10 hike out of 40 in | DIFFICULT. We loved it! Was beautiful and serene. Africa. 11-Feb-2020 (Thursday) The loop part of the trail was less shaded and not quite as pretty as walking along the creek. A Romain 17 views. Arizona Trails Payson, Arizona. Horton Creek Trail #285 Loop . Parking was very full but luckily got a spot. More like 11 miles from car back to car. Horton Creek Trail #285 is the most popular day hike in the area. The trail with course the creek for another 2 mi with some rocky parts on the old wagon trail, but the grade is easy. Did this hike about 2 weeks ago. Normally I hike alone but I hiked this trail with a buddy and we kept talking throughout the hike so as to not sneak up of them. Horton Creek Trail #285 Loop. The spring runs year around. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Horton Creek Trail #285 Hike Oct 19, 2013 - Part 3 of 4 - Duration: 10:21. Horton Spring Loop via Horton Creek Trail #285 and Highline Trail #31 14. RECOMMENDED ROUTE Mazatzal Peak Loop 15.1 mi 24.4 km • 2,868' Up 874.13 m Up • 2,841' Down 865.98 m Down. I set up camp about 3 miles in near the creek. We were able to camp right along the creek and listen to the water at night. Both Horton Creek and Tonto Creek have trout. See my September 11, 2005 Horton Creek Loop Hike Gallery for photos from a previous on this same loop. My dog, Duke, was the MVP!! It finally sauntered away. The spring-fed waters stay crystal clear year-round and create chilly winds near its … If you hike Horton Creek first, make sure to turn right at the end. It's definitely a moderate hike, Beautiful scenery and multiple environments. Category Hiking; Posted August 23, 2020; by Jacob Emerick. Drive 16 miles to Nf-289 on the left. Beautiful hike with lots of diverse terrains. ... Dixie Loop Wildflower Hike - Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, 1 of 4 - Duration: 11:35. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. We started out early enough on Horton (6 am) that we only saw one other hiker on the trail, and then once we got on the Highline Trail we didn't see anyone. share Share . YouTube attached shows the fall colors taken along the trail. Easy to follow the path. Cows and Horton Creek on the first part, Highline is the difficult part when climbing at elevation and Derrick reminds me of a rocky Sedona terrain. Horton Creek Loop Hike Tonto National Forest, AZ September 11, 2005. After hiking the Highline Trail for two miles we begin a steep descent into the headwaters of Horton Creek. Horton Creek Trail is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Make sure you bring good boots! We went further up past the beginning of the creek. terrain. But the varied terrain is nice, and certainly interesting. Gallery contains 72 photos. Gorgeous trail! There was a good mixture of sunny and shade spots. I am not in shape in any way. Hiked clockwise on the loop. Horton Creek Hiking Trail This 3.5-mile hike (seven miles round trip) follows along Horton Creek, a bubbling, blissfully cool creek. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=35613&actid=50. When you get to the spring at the end, continue up the hill - here you see the water coming off the mountain that flows down into the spring. To reach Horton Springs you will continue on Highline Trail for about 300 feet and to your right you will see this unusual spring gushing from the side of the rim. RECOMMENDED ROUTE Cabin Loop Trail 18.2 mi 29.2 km • 2,395' Up 729.94 m Up • 2,401' Down 731.69 m Down. Squirrel Springs; Superior, Arizona. This is a gradual 4 mile descent, pretty exposed to sun, so i advise taking this loop trail clockwise in warm weather to avoid climbing up Derrick. Lush colonies of roses, wild grape, poison ivy, ferns and strawberries cover the forest floor when the trail veers close to the creek. I’m glad I did it but I think keeping it to out and back would have been more enjoyable overall. Horton-Derrick Loop. Merge right onto AZ-270. Think of the Rim as a huge sponge, and Horton Spring is the faucet. Loved this loop. I went clockwise and think I may have liked it better counterclockwise. Scenery and fall colors were amazing, particularly at the Creek. Horton Creek Trail is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. [photo by Quy] front: Quy, Li,, Randall Tom: middle: Dave, Michael, Kevin, Lin: back: Tish, Heather, Ken, Ted: Randall [photo by Li] Horton Creek is one of my favorite hikes in Payson. Hike was challenging without being hard ! Toggle navigation. Author. 8.27 mi. A must trail to complete because of this beautiful place next to the creek that's running all the way through. Did this loop clockwise starting at 8:00am in late May. If I went again, I’d start at Derrick & end at Horton. A nice varied-terrain hiking loop but if I were to run it again I would stick to Horton Creek out and back. This trail follows treads along Horton Creek past waterfalls and winds through magnificent stands of pine. Beautiful trail, easy to follow and the creek was flowing and icy cold! This loop offers a lot of Arizona high country variety of foliage and terrain. All distances were measured from my GPS track. Star Va…, AZ . At the trail confluence of Horton spring and Highline, cross the river and then turn hard right over the large downed tree to catch highline (to left is the spring trail). The trail starts in the Upper Tonto Creek Campground. 2,431 ft. Elev Gain. It becomes rocky and there are less maple trees and pine trees. Highline goes both ways and sign points to the left. I wanted to camp near the creek and needed the water to filter. It was a great hike. Such a beautiful clump to the spring just past the confluence with the Highline trail. The trail is easy to follow, fairly flat except for a gradual hill towards the turn around point of the hike and follows a beautiful creek known as Horton Creek. Fourth time on the Horton creek trail, second time completing this loop, first time in 4-6 inches of snow. Distance 5 hrs 7 min. Absolutely gorgeous area and hike. There are plenty of entertainment options for the entire family including Clackamas Town Center shopping mall, movie theater, aquatic park and many nearby dining options! Hiked early in the morning right after it had snowed a lot overnight. Directions from Payson: Travel east on Hwy. A view of the Derrick Trail shortly after its start from the Upper Tonto Creek Campground. The trail drops quickly into Horton Creek. Easy for beginners and fun for experienced individuals. Beware of the sometimes predictable weather and have your rain jacket at the ready- especially in the summer. Horton Creek Trail was beautiful terrain for running. Beyond the north end of the trail, water gushes out of the ground, forming Horton Spring. The trail with course the creek for another 2 mi with some rocky parts on the old wagon trail, but the grade is easy. Beautiful scenery. 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