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Derrick-Prom-See-High-Horton, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2015
Hiking25.23 Miles 4,717 AEG
Hiking25.23 Miles   8 Hrs   20 Mns   3.21 mph
4,717 ft AEG      28 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
Initially I wanted to do the Derrick-Horton loop but stumbled upon this route and decided to go for it. Early morning temps were nice and cool, although humid. Awesome hike overall.

Derrick Trail #33: Well maintained and easy to follow. Looked like any and all brush withing 10ft of either side of the trail was recently cut back. Not steep but a nice little warm-up before reaching Promontory. Cached a frozen Gatorade at the junction.

Promontory Trail #278: Steep but enjoyable. Enjoyed the morning cloud cover on my way up. Some deadfall to navigate but nothing too serious. Good views of Rim Country start to open up but I was more intrigued by the lush cliffs on that side of the butte. Lost the trail briefly and had to backtrack but picked up a little extra AEG in the process. Once atop Promontory Butte I took in the views for a moment and busted out a sandwich for my walk along the FRs heading toward Rim Road. I encountered several elk within the first mile, they were drinking from all the puddles in the road. Probably the most enjoyable road walk I've ever experienced.

See Canyon Trail #184: Typical See Canyon, lush and green with plenty of moss and fungi. The wild strawberries have burned out but there's been a burst in Wildflowers since last week and other berries are present. The humidity seemed to be trapped in the canyon and the bugs were pretty bad. Stopped at the creek to filter some water before departing the canyon and heading west on Highline.

Highline Trail #31: The segment of Highline between See Canyon and the Derrick junction is beautiful. Well maintained almost Sedona-like trail. Entirely different from See Canyon as the rocks and dirt turn red and the landscape becomes dominated by Juniper and Manzanitas. Amazing views of Rim Country and beyond to the left and a beautiful but rugged Promontory Butte looming over me to the right. The segment of Highline from the Derrick junction to Horton Spring was my least favorite. Exposure to afternoon sun and a surprising amount of uphill. Glad I started so early. All I could think about was the cold spring water awaiting me. I hadn't even stopped for a break yet either because I wanted to reward myself with an extended break at Horton Spring. Within about the last half mile, clouds crept in and thunder started booming through the canyon. The moment I reached the spring it started raining. I filled up a couple liters before leaving.

Horton Creek Trail #285: Beautiful creekside hike, as usual. It rained on me for the first couple of miles, a welcomed relief. Lots of campers and hikers. I could spend all day at Horton Creek. Reached the road and walked back to the Derrick TH which ended up putting me over 25 miles on the day.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Christopher Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Flowing good, bring a filter.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Horton Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Flowing good. Plenty of swimming holes.

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
Cold and tasty.
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