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Horton Creek Trail #285, AZ
2011-10-1315 by
 
Payson, AZ
 
Backpack6.70 Miles          
1,183 ft AEG   
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I decided to use October Break to break my 9 year old brother into the world of backpacking. He was pretty nervous about the trip and I joked that he was responsible for trapping a squirrel for dinner. I picked up a junior Kelty pack for him and we headed up to the trailhead from Mesa just after lunch time. With plenty of stopping time to enjoy the scenery, we made it to the springs just before dark. There were a few scout troops camped near the springs and we headed up the hill from the springs to enjoy a spacious campsite to ourselves. We brought a few Nintendo DSes and had some multiplayer fun after finishing off dinner and hot chocolate while I taught him about backpacking and the outdoors. A full moon illuminated the area and we used Google Sky Maps to identify some constellations and a few planets. The night wasn't nearly as cold as I was expecting.

In the morning we enjoyed the springs and creek area. Of course just after I told him to stay clear of the creek while I fetched our packs (and his sandals), I returned to him standing with sopping wet shoes. Good thing the hike out isn't bad and he did it in his sandals.

Horton Creek is a great hike for beginners. My goal was to introduce my brother to the joys of backpacking with an relatively easy overnighter that would get him comfortable with backpacking and leave him hungry for more. Mission accomplished.
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