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Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2005
Vashti
Hiking6.70 Miles 1,183 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.91 mph
1,183 ft AEG
 
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We enjoyed a marvelous dayhike to Horton Creek Spring. Having never been there before, we were pleased at the high creek flow and wonderful pine forest! Our weather was *perfect*, about 70F and sunny. Not a cloud in the sky! :) The sun warmed the forest and it smelled wonderful, like sun-baked pines, for the whole hike.

We saw a number of tiny lizards, a few horn toads, and two snakes (red with white bands edged with black). Though this is a popular hike, the ~5 small hiking parties we met on the trail were friendly, as were their many dogs. :) Thankfully, the trail wasn't packed as the picnic area parking lot or Horton Campground.

This is a truly beautiful area, and we highly recommend it. A nice day hike from PHX. It took us less than 2 hours to drive up to the trailhead, which is not too bad.
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