|when||Trip Report : October 17, 2020|
|Trip Report : April 27, 2019|
|Trip Report : September 2, 2017|
|Trip Report : May 14, 2016|
|Trip Report : April 5, 2014|
|Trip Report : September 26, 2009|
|Trip Report : September 30, 2006|
|Trip Report : April 23, 2005|
|Trip Report : April 26, 2003|
|where||Horton Creek, Tonto National Forest / Mogollon Rim|
We have done this hike a number of times over the years, but as
a round-trip hike to Horton Spring and back on the same trail.
This time we’re going to do a more scenic and bit more strenuous
counterclockwise loop hike to the spring, taking in the Derrick Trail,
part of the Highline National Recreation Trail, and the Horton Creek Trail.
This is one of the most spectacular hikes in Arizona’s Rim Country.
From the campground we will follow an unsigned trail (actually an old jeep road) uphill and to the east for 0.7 miles to its junction with the Derrick Trail. At the junction we turn left onto the Derrick Trail and hike gently uphill in an east/northeast direction for 1.4 miles through a ponderosa pine and juniper forest to the Highline Trail junction. We turn left at this junction and follow the Highline Trail north along the west side of Promontory Point, a major peninsula of the Mogollon Rim. This is a steep climb with lots of ups and downs, where we gain most of our elevation. After hiking the Highline Trail for two miles we begin a steep descent into the headwaters of Horton Creek. Here the trail turns right and begins a short half-mile climb to Horton Spring.
We will stop for a rest and lunch break at the spring. After lunch we will hike the scenic Horton Creek Trail for 3.5 miles back to the trailhead. This trail runs parallel with Horton Creek all the way to the trailhead, passing many beautiful waterfalls along the way, some a bit further off-trail than others. Time permitting, we will go off-trail at some points to see as many of these waterfalls as possible.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|distance||9.0 mile loop|
|EC||+-1600' elevation change|
|elevations||5360' (Horton Creek) to 6850' (highest point on the trail)|
|on trail||100% — Horton Creek Trail, Derrick Trail, Highline Trail|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|meet||8:00 AM at the trailhead.|
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