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Derrick See Prom High Horton Loop, AZ
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Derrick See Prom High Horton Loop, AZ 
Derrick See Prom High Horton Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2012
Hiking22.12 Miles 5,140 AEG
Hiking22.12 Miles   11 Hrs   42 Mns   2.24 mph
5,140 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
1st trip
This area's been on my list for quite awhile.
I was looking for something to make the 2 hour drive North worthwhile.
This worked!

We made a last minute decision to make this a Counter Clockwise loop. Good call.

This loop is a steady climb, steep at times, all the way to Promontory Butte.

This hike starts out on the Derrick Trail and makes it's way over to the Highline trail. Both of these trails afforded some good views, but the best is yet to come.

We made our way into the See Canyon TH area, crossing Christopher Creek. The vegetation started getting thicker and greener. I was awe struck by the qty of Maples up there. This would make a great fall hike.

I made the 1.25 mile Round trip to check out See Spring. What a little slice of heaven back there. The forest canopy in spots, left the forest floor darker than I'm used to in Arizona. See Spring is more of an area. Water was flowing from the ground in multiple spots forming a quite sizable creek.

Continuing on towards the Rim, you stayed in dense forest most of the way. The climb up was steep and a bit loose in spots, but not that bad.

Once on top, the flat boring 3.5 mile walk on Promontory to the County High point, was a good way to rest my tired "Go Uppers". After stopping at the high point, we bushwhacked over to the Promontory TH for a little Lunch. On the way, in the middle of nowhere, we stumbled on a Mining claim placed under a small Cairn, in a glass jar from Oct 2006.

The lunch spot just west of the Promontory Butte TH, has moved into the top 10. We were perched on the edge of the rim with incredible 180 degree views out, and 1300' down to the trails we started on earlier in the day.

The drop off the rim at Promontory TH was defiantly a steep and loose one. At first glace it appeared that is was surprisingly well traveled, however, most of the previous travelers were Elk. We lost the trail in spots, but were never far from it.

It was a relief to be on the Highline trail on our way to Horton Spring. This trail was mostly in great shape. It appeared there had been an event recently on the trail.

I finally got to see Horton Spring. It's amazing how it just gushes out of the side of the mountain forming a creek/river.

This was a very enjoyable day. Joe even enlightened me on his interpretation of French Customs.

See Spring/Creek, Promontory Butte viewpoint, Horton Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Light

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Horton Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow
Flowing for quite awhile out of the spring.
Dry by the time it gets close to the Southern TH.

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Lot's - o - water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Nappa Spring Dripping Dripping
The ground was damp

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Lots of clear clean water filling up the creek
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