Horton Creek Trail #285

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Horton Creek Trail #285

Hiking Trail

Horton Creek Trail #285

by: Honza
Location:  Payson, AZ          Longitude:  -111.0944    Latitude:  34.3402
The Horton Creek Trail is a gently ascending in-and-out trail to a popular spring.
Features and Interests:   A large spring emerging from beneath the rocks/cliff of the Rim.
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
From the trailhead, the trail descends into the Horton Creek river bed. You will cross the creek and follow the path coming to a fence in a quarter mile.

When the trail forks, you can take either the left or the right which follows the creek through campsites. The arms of the fork rejoin in another mile.

The rest of the trail follows the creek with gentle grade, but after 2 miles the trail does climb through rocky terrain. Once you reach the creek crossing, the trail meets up with Highline Trail #31 where Horton Creek Trail ends.

To get to the spring, follow the creek to the left (around the corner). The spring does run year round.

You can return the same way or make a loop by taking the Highline trail via Derrick Trail #33 back to the trailhead.
Trail Distance:  7.5 miles round-trip
Elevation:  5480ft - 6705ft   (change 1225ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Moderate - requires some endurance, elevation changes
How Crowded:  Often frequented trail
Season:  March to November
Accomodations: (on site)   Toilets  Water  CampingFrom Payson, take the SR 260 east for 16 miles. Past the Kohl's Ranch turn off, turn left onto the road to the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery. Follow this winding road for 1 mile; park in the parking lot after crossing a narrow bridge on left. The trail begins across the road in the Tonto Creek Campground (cross the bridge and follow the dirt road on the other side).Paved road or trail to the trailhead
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