I was initially just going to do the out and back Horton Creek Trail map. Scenery and fall colors were amazing, particularly at the Creek. It is a gradual 1200-foot climb from the trailhead. Difficulty – Moderate. It was a chilly night and very windy but had a nice secluded and protected spot. Horton Creek Trail was beautiful terrain for running. loved hearing the water the whole time. The 0.4 mile section from 0.8 mile to 0.4 mile to the end of the out trail gains 1150ft elevation., 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. We will stop for a rest and lunch break at the spring. Derrick trail was more rocky and muddy. Excellent views and rewarded w the Horton Springs at the end point. Coordinates 880 Uploaded November 6, 2019 Recorded November 2019. Horton Creek Hiking Trail This 3.5-mile hike (seven miles round trip) follows along Horton Creek, a bubbling, blissfully cool creek. Was fairly crowded but still plenty of space. Horton Creek Trail 285 - This trail follows treads along Horton Creek, past waterfalls and winds through magnificent stands of pine.Great for loop hikes . 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. Rugged trail. Login. A view of the Derrick Trail shortly after its start from the Upper Tonto Creek Campground. This loop offers a lot of Arizona high country variety of foliage and terrain. file_download GPX/KML . First time backpacking. Facebook; Twitter; Email; directions Driving Directions. This Horton Creek Loop Hike is about an 8 mile counter-clockwise loop hike below the Mogollon Rim, using the Derrick Trail and the Highline Trail to reach Horton Spring and then using the Horton Creek Trail to return to the trailhead near the Upper Tonto Creek Campground. We did it backwards starting at Derrick trail and ending at Horton creek. After lunch we will hike the scenic Horton Creek Trail for 3.5 miles back to the trailhead. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 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. Parking was very full but luckily got a spot. It was rigorous, but doable. The only bummer is the Derrick trail itself, at least for running on tired legs. Follow the stream for about 0.5 miles and come to a campsite where you can stay the night. The spring-fed waters stay crystal clear year-round and create chilly winds near its … 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). Absolutely gorgeous area and hike. It becomes rocky and there are less maple trees and pine trees. A nice varied-terrain hiking loop but if I were to run it again I would stick to Horton Creek out and back. particularly at the Creek. I decided to turn around. Broom Snakeweed (Gutierrezia sarothrae). up highline, elevated & came back down. I had started too late, so ended up needing to turn back. But the varied terrain is nice, and certainly interesting. Horton Spring is an unusually large spring. Residents are sure to enjoy the pool and cabana, community pond, walking trails, and more! hiked in and camped for the night before hiking out the next morning. Horton Creek Trail . Due to arriving later in the afternoon I hiked this clockwise. Highly recommend. Easy for beginners and fun for experienced individuals. When I got to where the trail splits and you could do the loop, I took it. When I came to the really steep part of the trail where you can go up and look out, I realized I would also have to come back down and didn’t feel I’d be all that safe since I was alone. Fourth time on the Horton creek trail, second time completing this loop, first time in 4-6 inches of snow. Nearby trails (Map) Arizona Sedona - A.B. it was beautiful. A couple of times we lost the trail because it's not well marked but we found our way back no problem. Arizona Trails Payson, Arizona. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Stay along the water as much as you can for the beautiful sights. Author. Cascades and waterfall were perfect. This is the turn off for the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery. The last 1 mile to the Mogollon Rim was very steep. 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. Was beautiful and serene. Distance 5 hrs 7 min. Horton Creek Trail, Highline Trail, and Derrick Trail Loop is a 9.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Payson, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. We loved it! Horton Creek Loop Hike Tonto National Forest, AZ September 11, 2005. Here the trail turns right and begins a short half-mile climb to Horton Spring. I started with that path. This was the first trail we backpacked! The trail with course the creek for another 2 mi with some rocky parts on the old wagon trail, but the grade is easy. Directions to the Horton Creek Trail If you're coming from Phoenix, drive two hours up the AZ-87. Horton Creek – Highline – Derrick Loop; Promontory; Bear Canyon Lake; Babe Haught to Knoll Lake; Knoll Lake Loop; Pinetop - Greer, Arizona. Horton-Derrick Loop. I went clockwise and think I may have liked it better counterclockwise. link Copy Link. Hiked early in the morning right after it had snowed a lot overnight. Boyce Thompson Arboretum; Sedona, Arizona. There was a good mixture of sunny and shade spots. Category Hiking; Posted August 23, 2020; by Jacob Emerick. I set up camp about 3 miles in near the creek. We only hiked about a mile in, but enjoyed the quiet of the woods and the relatively unoccupied trail. beautiful scenery and not crowded! The Highline Trail coming back from Horton Creek starts out absolutely gorgeous. A Romain 17 views. The second half of the loop enters a more Sedona-esque terrain, with little shade and the trail is more rocky and loose making it difficult to run on. Gallery last updated: 9/24/2005 . Horton Creek Trail #285 is the most popular day hike in the area. Highline is a darker and denser forest, fog and mossy trees, steep for 30 minutes or so, nice views up high. 7:00 am Depart Carpool Location 8:30 am Hike Start from Derrick Trailhead (directions below) Hike Route: Derrick Trail/Highline Trail/Horton Creek Loop Trail Hike Description: We will start from the Derrick Trailhead and find our way to the beginning of the trail that is East of the Parking lot. The trail with course the creek for another 2 mi with some rocky parts on the old wagon trail, but the grade is easy. Hiked clockwise on the loop. Directions from Payson: Travel east on Hwy. The spring is 3.3 miles from the trailhead. Wonderful diverse loop trail. Now Selling Phase 2! Always very pretty there! 2,431 ft. Elev Gain. Gallery contains 72 photos. Star Va…, AZ . Beautiful trail, easy to follow and the creek was flowing and icy cold! Beautiful place. 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. The loop is not much more difficult than the more common Horton Creek out and back, a bit steep and more feisty, but it is very pleasant and it does offer some solitude before reaching the very popular Horton Spring. A tour of a Ponderosa Pine Forest Once we accomplished crossing the partially frozen Horton Creek, we had a leisurely "walk in the woods". Beautiful views. This trail starts at Upper Tonto Creek Campground and follows Horton Creek, past waterfall, lush colonies of roses, wild grape, ferns and strawberries cover the forest floor when the trail gets close to the creek. Did this loop clockwise starting at 8:00am in late May. 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. Once on the trail, travel until you pass through a gate. This trail follows treads along Horton Creek past waterfalls and winds through magnificent stands of pine. Then once back at the creek I ran east on the Highline trail and down the Derrick trail. Highline goes both ways and sign points to the left. Bring bear spray if you do this one. super easy hike, with lots of beautiful trees and animals... 10/10 would go again, Fish Hatchery to Knoll Lake via Babe Haught Trail, Horton Creek Trail, Highline Trail, and Derrick Trail Loop, Military Sinkhole, Rim Lakes Vista and Highline Loop, Mogollon Rim and Woods Canyon Lake MTB Loop [CLOSED], https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=35613&actid=50. 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. 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). I've done this trail. A must trail to complete because of this beautiful place next to the creek that's running all the way through. The trail with then evolve into a larger path along the west side of the creek and at.25 mi you will come to an old fence and turnstile. 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. We went further up past the beginning of the creek. The "puzzle piece" bark of Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa). Lots of places to have a picnic or just hangout! We had one follow us for a while. Beautiful scenery. Did this loop clockwise. Perhaps next time I run this counter clockwise so that my legs are fresh when tackling these rocks. https://youtu.be/Scyc_Y4vnUM. Bugs, butterflies and dragonflies all over. The trail is out and back, with the trail leading to the head of Horton Creek where the spring literally comes right out of the side of the mountain. Gorgeous trail! 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. That's why Segers Trail has been thoughtfully designed with private outdoor amenities and low maintenance living. Lots of picturesque spots along the creek. https://www.mapquest.com/us/arizona/horton-creek-trail-367282181 Length 8.3 miElevation gain 2431 ftRoute type Out & back Horton Creek Trail – Yellow Section. The latter half when you get the to creek is absolutely gorgeous. After hiking the Highline Trail for two miles we begin a steep descent into the headwaters of Horton Creek. We saw plenty of places to rest along the way if you need to. 101 51 34. If I had to redo it, I would start on the Derrick trail so I can have the shade and cold water from Horton Creek on the latter part of the hike. My recording didn't kick in right away. Day 2: (6.8 miles) To start your day continue going south on the Seneca Creek Trail for 1.2 miles. The left fork is the official trail and you’re more likely to encounter other hikers on this route. Segers Trail. Had lunch by the bridge and the creek. Retrace your steps back to the Horton and Seneca Creek Trail intersection and continue following the Seneca Creek Trail in the other direction by crossing the Seneca Creek. However, I could not figure out where the trail continued to make it the loop with Derrick. 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. Lush colonies of roses, wild grape, poison ivy, ferns and strawberries cover the forest floor when the trail veers close to the creek. It is an 8-mile down and back that showcases beautiful Horton Creek and its waterfalls among the largest stand of Ponderosa Pines in the world. Great hike. The spring runs year around. Most of the trail is rocky and hard to get good stable purchases. I didn’t go all the way to the top because it was super steep and I struggled to find the trial to get up there! Beyond the north end of the trail, water gushes out of the ground, forming Horton Spring. We enjoyed ascending a wide path through pine covered ground. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Did about 6.5 miles the first day and the rest the second day. I then took the left side trail up past the waterfall as this trail the connects way up with the rim road. GPX; KML 10.4 mi. YouTube attached shows the fall colors taken along the trail. The trail drops quickly into Horton Creek. beautiful scenery! Packed up and started out by 7:30 and didn't see another soul until 10 AM near the Derrick trail head. Carrying bear spray would be smart, though I didn't carry it. Make sure you bring good boots! Fall colors and the leaves falling in the late afternoon sun were picturesque. Loved this loop. We were able to camp right along the creek and listen to the water at night. Overall wonderful experience. The cows are fun to have on the trail with you. At.75 mi the trail forks. The trail begins at the eastern end of the campground. Horton Creek Trail, Highline Trail, and Derrick Trail Loop is a 9.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Payson, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Would definitely recommend if you’re in the area. Squirrel Springs; Superior, Arizona. 10/17/2020 Great Saturday morning hike. The loop part of the trail was less shaded and not quite as pretty as walking along the creek. Drive 16 miles to Nf-289 on the left. Fun hike along the creek, then turned The trail starts at Upper Tonto Creek Campground and travels along Horton Creek. Lots of wildlife, including a black rattlesnake so keep a look out while hiking at higher elevations. Horton Creek Loop Mogollon Rim October 17, 2020 by Li Li GPS Map by Tom Simonick: Trailblazers ready to hike. 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. share Share . Only problem I had is finding the trail head. Beutiful greenery throughout and crystal clear water running alongside the trail (looks good enough to drink — DON’T do it tho). Very steep but some great views. Water gushes from the side of the rim, supplying Horton Creek. Download. The confluence is well marked but the sign only faces towards the Derrick trail, as if you were coming up that. StevieValdez. 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. The trail ends at Highline Trail #31. Merge right onto AZ-270. It finally sauntered away. Kilimanjaro Maasai Mara Cape Town Serengeti Marrakech Zanzibar Cairo Ngorongoro Victoria Falls Amboseli Gorilla Trekking. If you park in the parking lot you have to go back across the bridge and into the campsite to access it. 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. 1,742 ft. 6,882 ft. 1,742 ft. 5,466 ft. More like 11 miles from car back to car. Think of the Rim as a huge sponge, and Horton Spring is the faucet. Watch out for poison ivy and oat right along the trail on the Horton Creek stretch. It was nice to have a little change in scenery from the Horton Creek Trail. Time. The decline is a pretty nice steady decline, so no knee killer there. terrain. [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. This fun and flowing trail follows the beautiful Horton Creek to Horton Spring. Beautiful hike with lots of diverse terrains. ... Dixie Loop Wildflower Hike - Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, 1 of 4 - Duration: 11:35. Like Mother Nature’s “water cooler”, Horton Spring gushes cold, crystal-clear water and chilly air year-round. Recommend doing it counter clockwise so you get the creek at the end. constant sound of water flowing and hike wasnt difficult. Not busy during the week. Horton Creek was beautiful, nice flow of water with many small falls and mature ponderosa and fir trees. Young (Hiking) Cathedral Loop - Sedona (Hiking) Arizona Sedona - Broken Arrow Loop … This was fun and beautiful. Such a beautiful clump to the spring just past the confluence with the Highline trail. I personally preferred adding in Highline and Derrick over taking Horton back. If I went again, I’d start at Derrick & end at Horton. Derrick looks like Sedona, red dirt and pinon juniper with plentiful red trunk manzanita trees, some are the biggest and oldest I have ever seen. Would definitely recommend. 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. based on 7 tracks & routes | | DIFFICULT #10 hike out of 40 in | DIFFICULT. Moderate. Spectacular view at the top!! The easy Horton Creek Hiking Trail follows the banks of beautiful, spring-fed Horton Creek (to its fresh water source). 8.27 mi. Yes. Gorgeous area. It looked at us for over a minute, while we loudly told it to go away and kept the bear spray ready. The distance on Highline to the Horton Creek crossing is 0.4 miles, the distance from the creek to the beginning of Derrick Trail is 2.9 miles and the distance on Derrick to the parking lot is 2.2 miles. An all-day loop hike is possible by taking Derrick Trail and Highline Trail, then going north on Highline Trail 31 to Horton Spring: Follow Horton Creek Trail 285 back to Upper Tonto Campground. Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com This was a lovely trail going along the creek. Only knocked one star because it is easy to get off trail....so be super careful and use the map on this app!! Beware of the sometimes predictable weather and have your rain jacket at the ready- especially in the summer. Africa. Plenty of ups and downs. The Horton Creek Trail starts off a little rubbly then smoothes out nicely into a packed dirt trail a few hundred meters into the hike. We hiked it on a wednesday and only meet about 12 other people on the trail. Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja sp.). It was a great hike. Some parts of trail not very clearly marked, so use the map. And ended up on this path. My toddler was able to do most of it. Beautiful trail... fall foliage just poppin' in pockets along the way. Started late and spent too much time at the Creek to view the fall colors and did not complete the last 0.6 mile. Destinations; Tours and Packages; Members; Join. I did see many fresh animal tracks in the snow, some of which I believe were bear tracks (Especially in the Highline trail). Follow Horton Creek Trail #285 for your return down Horton Creek. Because of Wednesday’s forest fire, I almost canceled the hike. The trail starts in the Upper Tonto Creek Campground. 260 to Forest Road 289. 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! March hiking on a weekday is fabulous. Great area to combine other trails to form a loop hike. Payson, AZ. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. It is a touch of bliss – especially in the midst of Arizona’s hot Summers. I am not in shape in any way. All distances were measured from my GPS track. My Garmin clocked the mileage right at 10 miles even though this says 10.4. The spring runs year around. Horton Creek Trail #285 Loop. Both Horton Creek and Tonto Creek have trout. Horton Creek Trail #285 Hike Oct 19, 2013 - Part 3 of 4 - Duration: 10:21. Great for kids and dogs too. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. 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. Explore Touristlink . Overview. The Horton Creek Trail to its end at the Highline Trail is just over three miles long. Hike was challenging without being hard ! Highline trail was slippery in some areas with the snow. Not a hard hike at all. At D.R. See my September 11, 2005 Horton Creek Loop Hike Gallery for photos from a previous on this same loop. The trail ends at Highline Trail #31. Didn't see anyone else the entire time and there was only one other parked car at the trailhead. Fun trail, perfect weather and no complaints! The fall colors were perfect and the trail and temps were great. We arrived early and came back just before 12pm. 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. Horton Creek Trail #285 Loop . I’m glad I did it but I think keeping it to out and back would have been more enjoyable overall. Toggle navigation. Horton Creek Trail is a 13.4 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Discover The Trails at Rock Creek located in the heart of Happy Valley, Oregon. It's definitely a moderate hike, Beautiful scenery and multiple environments. DId the trail on this past Saturday. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. My dog, Duke, was the MVP!! 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. I'm just a beginner hiker and was able to do the hike. This is a good hike for families with children and pets. Did this hike about 2 weeks ago. Star Va…, AZ. 11-Feb-2020 (Thursday) Beautiful trail with a lot of different sights - cliffs, forest, streams, meadows, and terrain similar to Sedona! 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. Encountered a black bear on the Derrick Trail, about 40 yards away. Horton and Highline trails were covered in snow but still easy enough to navigate. Cool weather and we saw not a single person! By going backwards we only ran into a handful of people the entire time until we got to Horton! If you hike Horton Creek first, make sure to turn right at the end. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=35613&actid=50. I only hiked up 15 minutes and then back down. Would love to do this one again. 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