May 27, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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This hike is rated as Intermediate
DISTANCE: 6.7 miles roundtrip
ELEVATION GAIN: 1183 ft
TRAIL STYLE: In-and-out style
DURATION: 3.5 hours
WEBSITE: Forest Service
Starting in the Upper Tonto Creek Campground. The trail follows along Horton Creek, past waterfalls as it winds through Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, to its origin at Horton Springs. Starting at an elevation of 5360 feet, this easy trail climbs approximately 1060 feet to the spring, which flows year round. Like most of the drainages originating at the base of the Mogollon Rim, Horton Creek features an excellent combination of both deciduous and coniferous trees. Watch for birds and other wildlife along the trail. We'll take a leisurely pace to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature on the way up and back.
Temperatures will probably be in the 60's, with a chance of rain. Dress accordingly
What to bring: Water (need a filter to drink from the creek), food (picnic lunch up at the spring), snacks, camera, and your usual hiking gear.
Directions to Trailhead: From Payson, take Hwy[masked] miles northeast to FR 289. Turn north on FR 289 and go about 1 mile to Upper Tonto Creek Campground. Cross bridge and park. If the lot is full, please backtrack down the road, and park along Tonto Creek Rd. N34°[masked], W111°[masked]’.
Carpool Location: Target parking lot on south side of Shea in Fountain Hills, a mile west of the Beeline Hwy (16825 E Shea Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ (map)). Park on the north curb, away from Target.
Meet at carpool location at 7:00am; Trailhead at 8:30am
Please indicate if you will meet us at the car-pool or the Trailhead in your RSVP