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Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2017
arizona_water
Hiking4.01 Miles 498 AEG
Hiking4.01 Miles
498 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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We were looking for easy-access autumn colors. Recent trips reports suggested peak color along Horton Creek this week (or possibly next). Many of the maples were on color-fire. But I was a little disappointed with the limited distribution of these beautiful trees. We only saw 6-7 along the banks, with many more visible along the ridgeline.

This was our first time at Horton Creek, and I expected it to be super busy on a Sunday afternoon. While there were 15+ cars in the parking lot, we didn't see anyone else on the creek trail :? ... Can't complain though! I can see why this are is so popular. It's relatively close to the valley and beautiful.

I was surprised that the lower section of Horton Creek wasn't perennial. With so much surface water above and below this section, it seemed odd.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
some nice maples reds about 1.5 miles up the trail

dry Horton Creek Dry Dry
Dry at the confluence. All flow is from Tonto Creek (where the water report marker is located on the map.
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