Description: Please join us for a day’s break from the summer heat as we hike alongside Horton Creek outside of Payson. We’ll follow the shady Horton Creek Trail (#285) until it reaches a signed junction with the Highline Trail (#31), about four miles from the trailhead. We’ll turn right at the junction and look for a spot near the creek to enjoy a picnic lunch and swim, or at least dip our toes in the water. It’s a pretty amazing site to see a natural springs gushing water right out of the side of a mountain. We’ll then turn around and hike back to the trailhead. On the drive back we plan to stop somewhere cool to eat and have a beer (and I’ll let you know where that is once someone cool tells me where that is).
Difficulty: Moderate, Total Distance: 7.5 miles
Start Elevation: 5460 ft. Elevation Gain: 1200 ft.
Drive Time: 2 hours, Water to Bring: 3 liters
Meeting Time/Place: 7:00am - at Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 9:00am - From Payson drive East on SR 260 for 16 miles. Just past Kohl's Ranch, turn left onto the road to the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery – Zane Gray Hwy, NF289. One mile up this road park in the trailhead parking on the west side. The trail begins across the road in the campground.
Estimated Return Time: 7:00pm
Minimum Attendees Required: 4
RSVP By: Wednesday, June 19, 9:00pm
Special Instructions: At the trailhead there is water and restroom facilities. Bring a lunch to enjoy at the swimming hole and an optional swim suit, towel & water shoes like Tevas or Keens. You can just hop in with your quick-dry hiking clothes as you will drip dry very quickly on the hike out. You'll need some money if you're joining us for a cold beverage/snack in Payson on the way home.
Not sure what to bring? Checklists are available here.