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Highline Trail Hatchery to Horton Spring, AZ
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Highline Trail Hatchery to Horton Spring, AZ 
Highline Trail Hatchery to Horton Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2013
guyinthewoods
Hiking6.72 Miles 926 AEG
Hiking6.72 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.97 mph
926 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 
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I wanted to take an unfamiliar approach to Horton spring, and I thought that this section of Highline trail would make a good quick day hike. The morning started out with clear skies, but i knew that storm clouds would be quickly accumulating over the edge of the rim as the day went on. Sure enough, the thunder started around lunchtime as the blue skies started turning gray. Luckily my hiking buddy and I got back to the trailhead before it started raining.

So, this was an out-and-back hike from the fish hatchery to the spring. The trail was mostly very easy to follow, even in the parts that were overgrown by tall grasses. However that's not to say that this is a smooth section of the Highline - there is quite a bit of up & down action and a lot of this trail has the same "loose rock path" surface that every AZ hiker is familiar with. Keep an eye out for the blackberries around Dick Williams creek.

This hike was relatively more challenging than the beaten path to Horton spring, trail #285. Arriving at the spring is a welcome reward for completing the 3.3 mile workout that gets you there. And if you're like me, you appreciate the solitude of a day on the trail without encountering any other people or even seeing their footprints on the ground. Combine that with some great panoramic views of the rim, and this hike is one that's worth repeating.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Dick Williams Creek Light flow Light flow
Clear, cold water a few inches deep. Small cascades near the trail crossing.
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