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mini location map2015-08-22
14 by photographer avatarThe_N
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Derrick-Prom-Highline-Horton, AZ 
Derrick-Prom-Highline-Horton, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2015
The_N
Hiking12.42 Miles 3,758 AEG
Hiking12.42 Miles   5 Hrs      2.88 mph
3,758 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
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1st trip
Plans fell through with some friends from the valley who wanted to see Horton Spring for the first time. I decided to follow through alone. Derrick TH was busy as the start but the trails were surprisingly empty for a Saturday. I added Promontory Trail because why not? Did a little exploring on top of Promontory Butte, finding one panoramic view after another until settling on a lunch spot and enjoying the breeze before heading back down Promontory Trail. Much more fun hiking up than down. Quite a few nice campsites along the edge of the Butte. Hustled my way on to Horton Spring and had it all to myself. Downed a quick liter of water and headed on downstream to the 'rock slide' area where my inner child took over and I slid into the pool at the end. Water was nice and cold as usual. Even the hike down creek to the parking lot was eerily quiet for a weekend (especially with it being so busy in Payson for the rodeo) but a pleasant surprise.
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Horton Spring Promontory Butte

dry East Fork Horton Creek Dry Dry
Dry at crossing.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Horton Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Water felt great. Flowing nicely.

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
Flowing better than it was last week. Cold and tasty.
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