desertlavender wrote:I'm taking a group of beginning backpackers along the Derrick Trail/Horton Creek loop in October. We have hiked the Horton Creek Trail but not Derrick. Any suggestions for places to camp along Derrick before we reach the springs? Also, I noticed the parking lot is often full. If so, can we park overnight on the road?
It appears that you may be hiking the loop counter-clockwise? The camping along the Derrick is pretty grim as a fire and subsequent erosion have damaged a lot of the area - it is possible though. Once up on the Highline the situation improves some, but are few-and-far-between, especially if your group is large. Just going from memory, there is some decent space near the Highline/Derrick intersection. And, if you prefer open-air sleeping like I do, there are some nice promotory outcroppings on which to camp, but are likely unsuitable for tents. These are every-so-often just west of the Highline. http://hikearizona.com/dex2/igallery/image_page.php?id=4558
I have left my vehicle in the Horton Trail pkg. lot over 3 days time with no issues.