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Horton Springs Backpack
Mogollon Rim
September 10-11, 2022
by Rodney Baba

Four intrepid backpackers met early Saturday morning for a beginners’ backpack to Horton Springs, and carpooled to the trailhead.

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Rainbow. [photo by Rebecca]

The parking lot was full, so we had to park along the road adding ¼ mile to the hike.

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Rod, Robbi, Dwayne, and Rebecca bid farewell to civilization. [photo by Rod]

We started with our traditional hiker’s parade before a short descent, to the creek bed.

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Hiker’s parade with Rebecca, Robbi, and Dwayne. [photos by Rod]

The crossing was dry and rocky, so we gingerly picked our way across to the trail.

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Dry creekbed. [photo by Rod]

For 2½ miles, we walked leisurely among the pine and sycamores growing beside the creek. We stopped often to enjoy breathtaking waterfalls and the peaceful sound of nature.

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Enjoying the silence of nature. [photo by Rod]
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Our Dashing Leader with Robbi and Dwayne soaking up nature. [photos by Rod]
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Say “Horton Springs.” [photo by Rod]
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Pre-Butterfly. [photo by Rod]
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Post-Caterpillar. [photo by Dwayne]
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“Wow, 3 bars.” [photo by Rod]
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Recent rains filled the creek and the waterfalls were flowing. [photos by Rod]
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Rain-filled creek. [photos by Rod]

We began to climb up the side of the canyon heading towards the spring.

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Spiders! [photo by Dwayne]

We arrived at our destination and found a campground.

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Arrived! [photo by Dwayne]

It was pouring rain when we reached camp. We set up our shelters and hunkered down until the storm had passed.

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Setting up Camp. [photo by Rod]

We emerged from hibernation to begin happy hour.

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“Pass the wine, please.” [photo by Rod]

The sun came out and we started to dry off. I think Dwayne fell asleep sitting upright on a log while Robbi. Rebecca and I enjoyed a well earned cocktail.

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Drying off after the rains. [photos by Rod]

We ate dinner and In spite of the wet conditions, Dwayne was able to get a fire started. Rod showed Rebecca how to start a fire using a firestarter.

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Campfire. [photo by Rod]

We sat around the campfire telling stories. About an hour before sunset, we cleaned up camp and secured our food for the night. A very tired bunch retired for the evening.

We rose at dawn and watched the sunrise, then ate breakfast.

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Breakfast. [photo by Rod]

After cleaning and policing the camp, we packed up and reluctantly headed back to the trailhead.

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Packing up. [photos by Rod]

We stopped to bid farewell to the springs and take some photos at the log bridge.

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Crossing the Bridge. [photos by Rod]

The return trip was as picturesque with water cascading over the rocks providing a musical serenade as we hiked.

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Heading home. [photo by Dwayne]
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The journey home. [photos by Rod]
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Heading back. [photo by Dwayne]

Everyone made it safely back to the trailhead.

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We made it! [photo by Rod]
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updated September 17, 2022