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Derrick-Prom-See-High-Horton, AZ 
Derrick-Prom-See-High-Horton, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2015
Hiking23.38 Miles 4,613 AEG
Hiking23.38 Miles   9 Hrs   42 Mns   2.64 mph
4,613 ft AEG      50 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
1st trip
This was an act in how to throw a hike together in an afternoon. My plans changed, so I texted JJ. JJ signs up LP and Dave is looking for something to do by 8:30pm.

AJ-JJ (aka - The King of Tacos), the Turtle Wrangler, Scooter McGruder and myself, head north to get out of some of the heat and hit up some favorite spots. Dave is a Rim Virgin, so we were gentle.

We parked at the Horton Creek parking area and headed to the new Derrick #33 TH. I'd forgotten what a steady climb the Derrick was, but it's in great shape. We cached at the Derrick / Highline intersection and continued on to the Prom.

Promontory Trail #278 is still one of the steeper trails you'll climb to get to the Rim. There's still some downfall, but not that big of a deal. We had some discussion as to if this trail or the East Rim BSA Trail was harder and agreed that East Rim BSA is steeper. Comparing the two routes from the exhaustive HAZ database, while both trails are about .69 mile long, the East Rim is about 105' higher in AEG. We agreed the Prom is slipperier and East Rim has the Rock climbing.

OK.. now on top, the 3.5 mile walk across the Butte to get to the See Canyon Upper TH.

See Canyon #184 is a favorite of mine. Thick and Lush, it's definitely not JimH approved. We sample Strawberries and a few raspberries on the way down, whille JJ took in the Columbines.

We hadn't seen a single person on the trail, until we reached the See Spring Trail #185. There we ran into Blanco and Cupcake (Lee was there too) They got talked into joining us for the rest of our adventure.

We got on the Highline #31 at it's rerouted TH at the turnaround circle. Also many areas between See Canyon and the Derrick have been rerouted. The trail is in great shape. I like this section.

We picked up out cache and made our way to Horton Spring. I'd forgotten (as well as JJ) of the AEG between these two points.

After stepping over a large log jam on the trail that had recently been cleaned up, I was at the Horton Spring area.

The cool water felt good on my face. I drank a bunch, and we were off.

Another surprise was the rerouting of the Horton Creek Trail #285. It's been taken off that rocky road and put closer to the Creek itself in many places. We could hear the rumbling up on the Rim and we started to get sprinkled on. The sprinkle was a lot heavier by the time we all piled (5 wet guys and 2 wet dogs) into JJ's Ferrari SUV.

Del Taco's around, topped off with Cherry Dipped Cones at DQ..... Perfect Day!

Thanks all, a great day gentlemen!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

dry East Fork Horton Creek Dry Dry
Dry where is crosses the Highline

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Horton Creek Light flow Light flow
Plenty of places to filter from

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Horton Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
refilled right from the source.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max See Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Always a good flow
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