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Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2014
ALMAL
Hiking6.70 Miles 1,183 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles
1,183 ft AEG
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OK this was a planned trip to West Clear Creek originally on Friday afternoon. I made it to FR144 just before dark to find the usual spots near 260 all taken of course with large campers. Continuing on to FR149 turning left, things opened up and there was only one group of campers all the way to FR142E turnoff. The roads have taken a beating this summer with the rain. They are much worse than when I came here in June.I was thinking I might have the trailhead area all to myself, but wrong! There were at least 7 groups camped all within a 1/2 mile of the trailhead. So I back tracked and found a spot to park at 8:30 and camp. Wet wood, bogus fire, but slept ok. Got up early and hiked down the point trail to find the Verde River... At least that's what it looked like. Total mud, no fishing to be had. Hiked back up and came up with plan B. Drove to Horton and parked just above the bridge over Tonto creek. Hiked up Horton about two miles passing several other groups of campers to find a nice little spot. Too bad it was right on the trail. Caught several small browns but lost a really nice one. I caught that nice one Sunday morning though. I also saw a 5LB brown in a deep pool along with a 3LB and 2LB friend. This has got to be the biggest fish in the creek. It was huge. Caught a few stocker rainbows down in Tonto on the way out too...
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