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Derrick - Promontory - Highline, AZ
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Derrick - Promontory - Highline, AZ 
Derrick - Promontory - Highline, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2016
The_N
Hiking16.42 Miles 3,389 AEG
Hiking16.42 Miles   6 Hrs   17 Mns   2.91 mph
3,389 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
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1st trip
I knew I wanted to climb Promontory today but I also knew I didn't want to climb down Promontory or posthole down See Canyon again. What I came up with was Derrick ➡ Promontory ➡ FR 76/76B ➡ FR 300 ➡ Horton Spring #292 ➡ Highline ending at Hatchery. Derrick was immaculate and a nice little warm-up before Promontory Trail which was it's usual steep self with some new deadfall to hop over. I enjoyed the strong winds on my way up. Atop the butte I briefly took in the views before taking on the flat stuff. Pleasant stroll along 76 & 76B as I listened to the wind howling through the pines. Rim Rd was annoying, even with no traffic. Patchy snow and mud still. Horton Spring Trail #292 was marked with numerous small cairns but the Pine needles, dry grass and loose rocks made for less than ideal footing. This is when the wind picked up in intesity. I couldn't even hear myself think. Quick water break at the spring before jumping on Highline. Took another short break at Dick Williams Creek before finishing out at Tonto. This stretch of Highline is beautiful. Panoramic views of the looming rim as I hiked through a giant manzanita/oak grove with tall pines and occasional Juniper sprinkled in.
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Horton Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Not as numerous as on the western half of the rim.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Dick Williams Creek Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Horton Creek Medium flow Medium flow

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
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