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Nov 06 2016
flagscott
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Horton Promontory See Highline Derrick Loop, AZ 
Horton Promontory See Highline Derrick Loop, AZ
 
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flagscott
Backpack25.00 Miles
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tl,dr: A fun, scenic, relatively easy overnighter in an area we'd never visited before.

The route, more or less: [ gps route ] (h/t to @fricknaley)

Longer report: We'd been wanting to see why so many people hike Horton Creek, so we decided to do an overnighter that incorporated the Derrick-Horton loop, Promontory Butte, and See Canyon. This was one of our more enjoyable backpacking trips in Arizona so far, and we managed to time it so that we only saw a few people.

We started up Horton Creek early on Sunday. There were a lot of people heading back out after camping, so we patted ourselves on the back for doing our trip on Sunday night instead of Saturday (hooray for flex work schedules). Horton Springs was great, and the water was delicious.

The Highline Trail over to Promontory was a steep, pointless rollercoaster. After reading previous triplogs, I was expecting the Promontory Trail to be a Level III Shitstorm. Wrong! It's just a steep trail and a bit overgrown in places. I would not want to hike down that trail, but even with 4 L of water apiece, we didn't have much trouble. Someone else's triplog said that you wouldn't want to backpack this trail. Meh, if you're fit and you're not carrying a 50-pound pack, it's fine. We loved the fantastic views from the Promontory trail whenever we stopped to catch our breath.

Once up top, we were dismayed to run into car campers immediately. But we wandered as far from the road as we could get and found a nice flat spot about 20 feet back from the Rim and with a fantastic viewpoint a stone's throw away. We watched the sun set over the Mazzies and settled in for a 40ish-degree night.

Monday morning, we were up before sunrise to get the road walk out of the way. We passed one hunter in an ATV--which was a little strange since deer and elk season ended the day before. Then it was down See Canyon, which we enjoyed except for a few unnecessarily steep sections of trail. I always enjoy the big Douglas firs and white pines you get in canyons along the Rim. The Highline Trail from the See Canyon TH to the Derrick Trail must have been new tread, because that is a fantastic and easy section of trail, very unlike other parts of the Highline we've done. Kudos to the FS and whoever realigned that section. The Derrick trail was nothing special, and soon enough we were back at the car.

This was a really enjoyable hike, we were thrilled to have two separate sources of great water to take from. We saw a bear along the rim (going straight down the cliffs, somehow), elk scat so big I thought it must be from a moose, and a lot of playful ravens along the rim. Good times.

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Great water.

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We didn't actually go to this spring, but the creek was flowing no more than a half mile downcanyon from here.
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Oct 31 2016
hikingaz2
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 Mesa,Az
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking10.83 Miles 2,181 AEG
Hiking10.83 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   2.21 mph
2,181 ft AEG      19 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Wanted to get out to Horton Creek for sometime now, reviewed HAZ'ers routes and wanted something other then just a up and back route. So settled on Lindaagm's Birthday hike route :scared: knew it would be spot on and it was, thanks Linda. This route really has something for everyone, the Highline portion was very scenic :D lot of switchbacks. Most of the fall coolers were seen on Highline, maybe a few days late, but nevertheless was very nice :) The Horton Springs area is all it has been billed as, very nice, had the Loop to our selves until we headed down Horton and started meeting hikers heading up.
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Oct 21 2016
DallinW
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 Gilbert AZ
Horton See Loop, AZ 
Horton See Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 21 2016
DallinW
Backpack18.50 Miles 3,700 AEG
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This was a nice refreshing loop I did as an overnighter. This hike would also make a great a day hike.

I haven't had much time for backpacking lately. I've only gone once since I've gotten home from Colorado, and that was for trail maintenance. Oppressive if you ask me!

On Friday morning an email landed in my mailbox. My one and only class that day was cancelled. I took it as a sign, and gathered my things for a night outside. I really didn't have time to put something together. I needed wrap up the school week and be out the door in 4 hours tops. I opened up Route Manager, and picked something in the backlog. This was a great candidate considering the constraints.

Around 2:30 PM I arrived at the Horton Creek TH. The fall colors along Horton Creek Trail are very hit or miss at the moment, but overall lacking.

I set up camp at the creek, and got ready to settle in for the night. There were 2 groups of 2 in the area, but we were all spread apart far enough that it was extremely quite and peaceful. Quite a rare event on a Friday night for such a popular area, and I think all parties were enjoying it.

That was all out the window around 9:30PM, when a group of 5 boys and their dad/chaperone rolled in. They decided despite all of the available campsites nearby, to build a new fire ring right next to my campsite. Not a big deal though, as this was what I expected anyway for Horton, it was surprising the peace and quite lasted as long as it did.

The next morning I got out of dodge just as the flock started rolling in. Didn't see a soul on Horton Springs Trail. Navigation wasn't terrible going up, there is an ample amount of cairns marking this route, some hidden in the tall grasses. Steep but doable even with a backpack, although I was packing pretty light. Oddly enough I had the hardest time following this trail right at the top just before it connects with FR 300. The cairns blend in really well with all the other rocks.

I did the FR 300 walk with a couple of backpackers who were doing the same loop, but over 2 nights. My recovering lower-back was giving me issues as I topped out on Horton Springs Trail, and I thought about turning back. Knowing that at least someone was behind me and could help if I locked up like an old grandpa, I decided to keep going. It didn't turn out to be a big deal anyway, I was fine the entire hike after popping some ibuprofen.

I lost the 2 backpackers soon after dropping into See Canyon. Great company, but there was no way I was making it back to the TH before dark at their pace. This was my first time in See Canyon and I was impressed. Great fall colors going on right now in the upper part of the canyon. Overall I thought this was a pretty area from top to bottom.

After hitting See Canyon TH, I had the trail all to myself all the way to the Derrick TH. :) This is a lovely little section of the Highline, and I had forgotten how good it was since the first time I did it back in Spring of 2015. Great views of the top of the rim + mazzies + hells gate. A winner in my book. It was a little warm in the exposed areas of the Highline, but there was usually a light breeze which felt awesome.

Would do again.
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Mostly concentrated in Upper See Canyon, with pockets on the Highline and Horton.
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Sep 04 2016
The_N
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 Payson, AZ
Promontory Trail #278Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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The_N
Hiking10.60 Miles 2,971 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.81 mph
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Met up with Dallin and crew for a morning trip up Promontory. At our 6AM start it was a crisp 45 degrees. We got a nice little warm up on Derrick & Highline briefly before the real fun up #278. The group made it up w/o issue. We all strolled along the rim over to the high point for a break. We returned by going back down #278. The loose rock and soil can be tricky going downhill but we all managed to stay on our feet. About half way back down Derrick we found out the 2 in our group that shot out ahead of us ended up missing a turn or something (we weren't sure) so we parked it in some shade as we waited for them to correct themselves and catch up. I took off after a while and Dallin stayed behind. Back at the TH I was reminded that it was Labor Day weekend. Good call on the early start Dallin. Any later and we would've had nowhere to park. Another beautiful outing in Rim Country.
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Sep 04 2016
DallinW
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Promontory Butte 7,914Payson, AZ
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DallinW
Hiking9.82 Miles 2,847 AEG
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Two of my cousins, my buddy Alex, and I met up with Nick for a good early morning hike in Rim Country. The mild temperatures and clear weather has me excited about the coming fall weather.

We started up Derrick and took the Highline over to Promontory Trail. We put a little trail maintenance into Promontory Trail with some foot traffic from a group of 5. ;) I love the slow grind up this trail. After we topped out on the rim, we headed for the Promontory Butte marker(s) while soaking in the good views.

On the return trip, my cousins got lost going down Promontory and decided to just continue dropping down until they hit the Highline trail. Then they couldn't decided if they needed to go left or right on the Highline. Eventually they found their way back to Derrick, I assume by talking to one of the hiker groups which were now coming up Derrick in droves.

Another day in paradise, with great company.
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Aug 27 2016
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 Mesa, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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jochal
Hiking8.80 Miles 2,130 AEG
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Aug 17 2016
DallinW
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Promontory Trail #278, AZ 
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DallinW
Hiking8.60 Miles 2,537 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.57 mph
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I got a very late start on this one because I woke up not intending to hike today. I changed my mind at the last minute. This is my last day of summer (my 8 month summer, really) before returning to school as a full time student. Then it is back to SoMo and other local hikes on weekdays.

I arrived around 11:00 AM, temps were in the low 80s, a little higher than I expected before noon.

The trip up Derrick was a little warm without any breeze, but I held out hope that once I reached the Highline and Promontory Trail there would be either cloud cover or wind. At the Highline/Promontory JCT the breeze picked up, and with better tree cover, it felt very nice going up.

Got a little spooked by a fellow coming down the hill about 1/3 the way up Promontory. He said he had turned around without reaching the top, I asked if it was because of steepness or trail conditions, he said both. He felt it was a little too overgrown and steep. I thanked him for the info. and he wished me good luck before continuing down the hill.

The trail definitely gets a little gnarly. I wouldn't say the overgrowth is all the bad, but there are a lot of downed trees, and in some spots it is very loose rock and soil. The last 100-150 yards is very steep and loose. I didn't have too much trouble following the cairns going up.

When I started getting close to the top, I would occasionally hear a faint rumbling sound that I couldn't quite make sense of (you probably already know where this is going), at first I dismissed it as maybe vehicles on FR 300 (even though that is far away). Once I topped out and started heading for the Promontory Butte HP, it clicked after a few more rumbles. I saw some very dark clouds just over the tops of the trees.

I wasn't particularly interested in being near a county high point with a big thunderstorm coming. I also decided I value my life too much to see what kind of slip and slide hell Promontory Trail would be on the way down if it was wet. I decided to head back down, a little disappointed that I had done 95% of the work but wouldn't get my summit today.

On the way down the trail was a little harder for me to follow. I fell on my ass a couple of times, but eventually I made it back to the Highline and headed for Derrick.

The storm never really hit til I was back at my truck... Hopefully i'll get her next time, and as it turns out, I'll be in the area for a family reunion Labor Day weekend. Maybe I will find some time to break away for more Promontory Punishment.
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Aug 13 2016
tobybaum
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Highland Trail Loop, AZ 
Highland Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2016
tobybaum
Hiking21.10 Miles 3,734 AEG
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I had a long run to do and, given that it is August, running on the Rim seemed better than in Phoenix! I started at 6:30am, hoping to catch some cool temps before the sun got too high. I began on the Derrick Trail, #33 from the Horton Creek Trailhead parking lot (just across the small bridge). Derrick Trail is a slow, but steady climb through some great forested sections. Reaching the Highline Trail (#31), I turned right and followed the Highline to the junction with See Canyon Trail #184. This section of the Highline was amazing, with some sweeping views and shaded areas. From the junction, I headed up 184 all the way to the Forest Road 300 (The Rim Road) with the mile or so detour to the See Canyon Spring, a very worthwhile side-trip. The frog picture was from this offshoot! On the Rim, I turned left until reaching Horton Springs Trail #292. Until this point, my route has been super easy to follow, but be forewarned: route finding on 292 is tough! Merely locating the actual trail off the rim took about 20-30 minutes of wandering around using a topo map. From there, even descending required multiple stops to search for the trail, another cairn, or some logical/safe path. In addition to route finding, the descent on 292 is steep, rocky, and drastically overgrown. After #292, I took Horton Creek Trail #285 back to my car. #285 is generally extremely pleasant and shaded. Only sections the last mile or so (for me; or the first from the trailhead) were exposed and sunny. All in all, a great loop and something I'll def do again!
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Aug 06 2016
rayhuston
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Horton Super Loop PlusPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking17.92 Miles 2,974 AEG
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The Horton Super Loop is a cool hike, but the "Plus" in this hike was all about walking the rim along Promontory Butte. That was a joy. The pictures do not adequately capture the stunning views along the rim.

This hike was done in a CCW direction so I could finish on the Horton Creek trail :y: . The Derrick Trail was muddy in spots. The steep Promontory and Horton Springs trails were in reasonable shape considering all of the rain up here. The Horton Creek trail was perfect as always. While I saw quite a few campers on Promontory Butte, I didn't see another hiker until I reached Horton Springs.

My bones were creaking at the end, but it was nice to get out on an all day hike. The weather was perfect!
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Horton Spring
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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Hiking12.94 Miles 3,563 AEG
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Johnlp and I hit the trail around 6 am. John was on his game today. He said take Derrick first so we would finish in the trees on Horton. That way you have it for shade or cover from rain. This trail can get muddy but to our surprise it was not. We made good time to Promontory then :o :sweat: :) . That is a tough climb. Steep loose and downed trees make it an adventure. John kept us pretty close. It's easy to miss a switchback here and there. Even some cairns missed the trail :lol: . We missed one switchback up top and didn't see the trail sign until we were getting ready to head down, later. John said just stay close to the rim and we should find Promontory Butte. We found the tall cairn first but no Butte marker. John said we should go check out the views from the next point off the rim. Good call John, we found the marker. I swear that point looks lower then were the tall cairn is. After checking out the views we headed back towards the tall cairn and found the other big cairn with the register. It's kind of between the tall cairn and the rim. The Butte was on the next point over. It was just about a mile from the top of Promontory. We took a nice break WITH VIEWS :) by the Register then headed back to finish our loop. Just follow the rim edge back and there is a couple medium cairns right before you turn down with the sign under a tree. We didn't see anybody until we got to Horton Spring. Even then it was only a few people on the whole top half. It didn't warm up to bad. With the overcast and the shade in the pines John picked us a winner!
Horton also happen to be in my Boots and Burgers book so we stopped at Buffalo Bar and Grill for burgers on the way home. Good burger, good service, good times! Thanks John, like HAZ, you rock! :y:
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Jul 31 2016
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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Hiking12.94 Miles 3,563 AEG
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The Turtle arrived at 0400. With a forecast of rain on the rim, we weren't sure where to hike. As warm and humid as it was in the valley we decided to take our chances at elevation.

As soon as we got on the beeline we drove through a thunderstorm with lots of lightning. Then another cell by Mt Ord. Things weren't looking too good, but when we reached Payson the weather had mellowed.

We started hiking up Derrick in cool temps. Probably about 60 degrees. Surprisingly the trail was not muddy. Didn't start sweating until we hit the Promontory trail. Beautiful up top. Great views and weather. Denny showed me where I had signed the register three years ago with 9L & JJ. I didn't remember doing it, but did recognize my handwriting. :-k

We checked out the bench marks on the next point over which are lower than where the register is located. Verified by my gps track. The trip back down the Promontory trail to the Highline kept us on our toes. The trek over to Horton always takes longer than you think it should. We saw two ladies by the spring. First people we saw all day. One of them spoke.

We heard thunder a couple times in the final furlong. No rain though. It looks like they got hammered later in the day. Radar showed lots of red in the area. We got lucky with the weather.

Finished up with a juicy burger in Payson. Good trip. Thanks Denny! :)
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Jul 16 2016
hikerdw
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Horton Super Loop PlusPayson, AZ
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hikerdw
Hiking15.00 Miles 2,828 AEG
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Losing my GPS during this outing makes this a hike I'd rather forget but I thought I would post a triplog anyhow. Did the loop counter clockwise so hit Promontory Trail going up. We lost the trail about 3/4 up which made the uphill even tougher. Lots of traffic on the Rim Road so we eat a lot of dust. The extra miles were my trip back to the spring area searching for the AWOL GPS. Warm finish.
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Jun 12 2016
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking9.97 Miles 1,976 AEG
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I've hiked Horton dozens of times over the last nearly 20 years--more than I can even recall--but oddly enough, my sister never has. When we were planning her trip a couple of months ago, she asked about doing this one. I like this loop, it's one of my favorites for an easy hike under 2 hours from my house, so of course I said we could do it.

We left my place at 6:00, and after a quick unplanned stop at Walmart in Payson, got to the trailhead just after 8:00. On the drive up, I thought I had forgot my hat; and there is no way I'm spending hours out in the sunlight without one. So I bought a cheap one at Walmart, then discovered my hat in the back of my car after we got to the trailhead. Oh well. We headed up Derrick trail, and at the junction at Promontory, debated heading up. We had originally planned to include Promontory, but it was a little warmer than we liked, so we decided to skip it this time.

We continued on Highline, and passed a group of people who asked us if we saw the bear. Nope. But I guess a lady ahead of us had seen one a few minutes earlier. I was a little disappointed we missed it, but Kristen seemed relieved. We dropped down to the spring, looked around for a while, had a snack, then headed back down Horton. The spring was flowing nicely, and the trail had a lot of green--more than last year it seems like. My sister pointed out a lot of different types of berry plants, and I had to take her word for it as I know almost nothing about plants or flowers. It was kind of warm on the walk back, but tolerable since we were going downhill. I was surprised that there were not nearly as many people on Horton as there usually is on a weekend.

Back at the trailhead, we ran into my friend, Stephanie, who was spending the weekend in Payson with her family. I introduced her to my sister and we chatted for a few minutes, then headed back to Phoenix. I was starving, and really wanting to get back home for a steak dinner. It was a great birthday weekend, and a bonus that my sister was able to spend it here. And thank you to everyone on HAZ who sent me birthday wishes!
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John9L
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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John9L
Hiking10.02 Miles 2,079 AEG
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Claire & I wanted to head up north for a simple day trip. We started with the Horton – Derrick loop hike. This is a nice hike with a fun section along Horton Creek. We made steady progress as we hiked next to the creek for a good chunk of this hike. There was lots of poison ivy and I went out of my way to avoid it. At one point I saw Claire brush her ankle by a leaf. How nice it must be not being allergic!

After exploring the area around Horton Spring we continued around the loop and finished up by early afternoon. From there we drove over to Waterwheel.
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking10.33 Miles 3,028 AEG
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Decided to escape the heat for a bit. Only problem is that it was close to 100 in Payson as well! :o Did the Derrick Horton Loop with Promontory thrown in for some extra gain. Love this hike.
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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The_Eagle
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,943 AEG
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Decided to head to the Rim Country to show my son Ben and Doodle one of the popular ones. We opted for the Derrick-Horton Loop, starting at the Derrick TH.

Perfect weather throughout. Temps stayed in the 60's to low 60's all hike. We had the Derrick all to ourselves and we passed only 3 people on the way to Horton. This is a nice section of trail.

I warned my son that Horton would have a few more people on it. When we got to the spring, at 11am, there were around 6 groups there. Plus there was a group camping 100yds south of the spring. We mozzied around for awhile and then decided to follow the creek down for awhile, instead of the trail. Pretty easy going and we were able to have lunch away from the crowds.

I like this place a bunch. Sure there's more people than a lot of the places I hike, but still real sweet. Someone mentioned that it was busier than normal, because it was on TV recently as being one of the best places in the state to day hike. Hikers on this day were from 5 to 75 and all shapes and sizes.

Always great hiking with my one boys.

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

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DallinW
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DallinW
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,952 AEG
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Lupine is starting to come in.

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JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking9.09 Miles 1,884 AEG
Hiking9.09 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   2.92 mph
1,884 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Took my buddy Brian up the check out the cabin that I have been eyeing. Afterwards we did the Horton-Derrick Loop.

Who did we run into at the spring? The one and only Dr. Frick! He was doing one of Bruce and Joe's loops and had made a stop for water. Cool to see him and chat a bit and then we went our separate ways.

Brian gave the hike shack a thumbs up! :lol:
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 Tucson, AZ
Derrick See Promontory Horton Loop, AZ 
Derrick See Promontory Horton Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking22.25 Miles 4,427 AEG
Hiking22.25 Miles   8 Hrs   58 Mns   2.58 mph
4,427 ft AEG      21 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
finally got out to hike the famous Bruce Loop on the rim. The reviews were right, this is a spectacular hike! i had primo weather for this one, which certainly helped too.

See Canyon is very nice. there is some deadfall from the winter that is largely avoidable, though annoying in a couple key spots. no big deal though. this canyon has charm any time of year. still little spots of snow up top

i enjoyed the road walk as there was nobody to be seen, except the (presumed) turkey that gobbled at me and a couple elk i spotted. Promontory Butte is simply outstanding and so is the famed lunch spot just west of 278.

going down promontory 278 had me chuckling that this seemed like someone's idea of a good place for a trail. i can't believe i didn't fall on my pumpkin.

took joe's advice and whined my way along the highline to Horton (incredible place!) where i finally saw my first hiker in 3 days...JJ :lol:

trip back on horton was just outstanding in the late afternoon sun and shade.
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Mar 26 2016
The_N
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 Payson, AZ
Derrick - Promontory - Highline, AZ 
Derrick - Promontory - Highline, AZ
 
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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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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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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

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