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Aug 15 2019
LJW
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25 male
 Joined Jun 02 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
Promontory Butte 7,914Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2019
LJW
Hiking22.77 Miles 4,556 AEG
Hiking22.77 Miles   7 Hrs   16 Mns   3.25 mph
4,556 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to combine a trip to Promontory Butte with the Horton-Derrick loop, but decided to make it a little longer in order to see more of the Highline Trail. Started at 5:20am on Horton and took the loop clockwise.

Horton Creek is very pleasant, a nice gradual gain always within earshot of the creek. Went to the spring and headed up Highline. Saw 4 elk, all bucks.

Made it to Promontory and saw it's still a long way to the top despite the 3/4mile distance posted on the sign. The trail has a good amount of deadfall and is pretty well overgrown in spots. Nice views distracted from the toughest part of the hike.

Walked cross country along the rim to Promontory Butte. As is true pretty much everywhere on the rim, nice forest with great views of the Mazatzals. Very quiet apart from the occasional passing plane. From the highpoint I cut through the forest to FR764 and took that to 300. The gate to 764 was closed, so seemingly no one was out on Promontory Butte.

Took See Canyon down. The only people I saw all day were 2 groups at the beginning and end of the trail. Trail's in great shape, those varmint callers do good work.

Once on Highline it started to get warm. It was more exposed than I thought it would be. Not too much shade overall, and the same was true for Derrick. Mid 90s by the time I finished, but it seemed cooler than that.
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Apr 30 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Promontory Butte via See Canyon, AZ 
Promontory Butte via See Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking15.20 Miles 2,658 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   7 Hrs   32 Mns   2.58 mph
2,658 ft AEG   1 Hour   38 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I enjoy hiking to Promontory Butte, but had never done it from See Canyon. What a difference a month makes! I attempted this hike in late March, and there was about 3' of snow up on the Rim Road, so I wound up turning around and going back to the TH.

I started and ended the hike at the See Canyon TH. I did a CCW loop by taking the See Canyon Trail up to the Rim; then taking Rim Road 300 to FR 76; then taking FR 76 and another forest road before going off-trail to the high point on the edge of Promontory Butte. From there I continued off trail to the Promontory Trail, took the Promontory Trail down to the Highline Trail, and then took the Highline Trail back to the TH.

The Promontory Trail is still in need of some TLC -- I don't think that there has been any maintenance on this trail in quite some time. The trail doesn't seem any worse than last year though, so the winter weather does not seem to have had a negative impact on it.

This was my first time on the section of the Highline Trail from the Derrick Trail junction to the See Canyon TH. It was nice hiking on this section, especially after coming down on the Promontory Trail. I have now hiked the western section of the Highline Trail from Pine to Geronimo, and the eastern section from the Fish Hatchery to the 260 TH. I still need to do the section from Geronimo to the Fish Hatchery.

It was a cold, damp day so unsurprisingly I saw no other hikers. I did see a camera-hogging elk up on Promontory Butte though.
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Apr 15 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Horton Super Loop PlusPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking16.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   8 Hrs   36 Mns   2.73 mph
3,000 ft AEG   2 Hrs   44 Mns Break
 
Being a glutton for punishment, I decided to do this hike once again. This time, there were 6 of us with a meetup group that were on the hike.

We did the loop clockwise, so as to avoid going up the Promontory Trail. On this trip, going up the Horton Springs Trail seemed more difficult than last time, and going down the Promontory Trail seemed easier than last time.

Once we got on FR 76, I took a bit of a circuitous route getting to Promontory Butte -- a more direct route would probably have shaved a half mile or so off of the distance.

The views at Promontory Butte were very nice, as always. Actually, it was a very clear day, so the views were even better than normal.

When we started the hike the temperature was in the low 30's, and it was around 70 when we got back.

One interesting thing about this hike was when we were hiking on Rim Road 300/General Crook Trail 140. We were walking east on the Rim Road and an off road vehicle came up behind us. When the vehicle got beside us, the driver told us that as he was coming up to us, a mountain lion went across the road just behind us. Since we were looking ahead, we never saw the mountain lion. I am just glad that the mountain lion was not looking for a meal...lol.
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Apr 04 2018
DixieFlyer
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Horton Super Loop PlusPayson, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking16.30 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking16.30 Miles   8 Hrs   39 Mns   2.59 mph
3,000 ft AEG   2 Hrs   21 Mns Break
 
I have wanted to do this hike, and I decided to do the loop clockwise so as to go down, instead of up, Promontory Trail #278 -- I think that was the right call.

Starting at the Horton Creek TH, Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I travelled on Horton Creek Trail #285 to get to Horton Spring, and then took the Horton Springs Trail #292 to get up to Rim Road 300/General Crook Trail #140. Then we went east on the General Crook Trail for a little over 2 miles, and then took an easy jaunt through the forest to get to Forest Road 276. We then took that to the Promentory TH, and then went to the SE to get over to Promentory Butte. At the Butte we stopped at the point where we saw a survey marker and the logbook that had been placed there by Joe Bartels back in 2003. From there we went SE to where the Butte juts out a bit, and saw 2 other survey markers. Then we backtracked back to the Promentory TH, and descended down to the Highline Trail on the very steep Promentory Trail #278. Then we turned left on the Highline Trail and after about 3/4 mile we took the Derrick Trail back to the Horton Springs TH.

As advertised, all but 2 miles of the hike are on easy to moderate trails. The exceptions are the Horton Springs Trail #292 and the Promontory Trail #278. I had never been on the Horton Springs Trail, and it was easier than I thought that it would be -- the footing was mostly pretty good and the trail was generally easy to follow. But it was fairly steep, gaining around 1,200 feet over 1.2 miles. I had been up and down the Promontory Trail before, and it does not get any easier. This is a primitive trail that is poorly maintained, is hard to follow, is very steep (you go down 1,150 feet in 0.8 miles), has poor footing on much of the trail, and there is a lot of deadfall to negotiate. Other than that, it is a delightful trail to hike!

Virtually all of the elevation gain on this hike is in the first 5 miles. In looking at a map, I could have shortened the distance by a mile or more by exiting the General Crook Trail sooner, and by not taking Forest Road 76 all the way to the Promontory TH and then backtracking back to Promontory Butte.

We saw a couple of people on the Horton Creek Trail who were camping; other than that, we did not see anyone else all day.
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Mar 22 2018
DixieFlyer
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking13.30 Miles 3,200 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   2.46 mph
3,200 ft AEG   2 Hrs   20 Mns Break
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This hike began and ended at the Horton Creek TH. We did the Horton Creek Loop Counterclockwise by taking the Derrick Trail to the Highline Trail on to Horton Spring. At the Spring, we came back to the TH on the Horton Creek Trail. Along the way, we took a side trip up to Promontory Butte by going up and back down on the Promontory Trail. The Derrick, Highline, and Horton Creek Trails were all in good shape and were easy to follow. The Promontory Trail was a different story -- you won't see too many named trails worse than this one. Going up was much worse than going down, mainly because it was very difficult to follow the trail. I had to refer to my GPS numerous times to make sure that I was still on the trail. Even though the trail was steep, on the way down you could see in advance where the trail was, so you knew where you were going. It was nice once on top of the Rim. We went over to the survey marker and signed the log book, which was place there by Joe Bartels back in 2003. Next time I might just do the Horton Super Loop Plus instead of this hike, and do it clockwise to avoid having to go up the Promontory Trail. Of course, then you'd have to go up the Horton Creek Trail which isn't a piece of cake either.
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Jan 13 2018
The_N
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 Payson, AZ
Derrick-Prom-See-High-Horton, AZ 
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The_N
Hiking24.63 Miles 4,944 AEG
Hiking24.63 Miles   7 Hrs   48 Mns   3.18 mph
4,944 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
Good little Rim Country leg stretcher. I figured hitting Promontory would increase my chances of seeing snow. Started up Derrick and onto Promontory. The climb up was over quicky. The trail is in great shape and easier than ever to follow. Thin layers of snow clung to the shade. There was some snow on top of the butte, not nearly as much as there should be. A mere inches of crunchy snow blanketed the forest floor. It was a desolate road walk across the butte. My 'winter wonderland' for the day. Tread was snow, ice and frozen earth. Avoid the ice and you're fine. The short walk on Rim Rd was the same. The upper reaches of See Cyn was a little winter-like. That ended quickly. Trail was dry, no mud. Midway down it turns to a fall scene. Passed a couple of dog walkers as I cruised on down to the TH to jump on Highline. Ate my lunch as I made my way over to Horton. It was sunny and warm now. The 30 degree starting temp turned to 60. Stopped at the spring to grab a little water before making my dash back to the TH. Passed a couple families out for a stroll. Fantastic weather for an outing in Rim Country. Saw a dozen elk and a few deer.
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Aug 19 2017
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Promontory Butte 7,914Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2017
chumley
Hiking2.00 Miles 290 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles      54 Mns   2.45 mph
290 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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We had some time to kill, and though I'd done this one before, it had been many years. We used to drive out all the way to the point and camp here. Over the years, the road that once existed has been lost to nature. I'm actually pretty ok with that despite the fond memories of camping here.

There's a register and cairn at the witness corner monument. I'm 99.97% sure that's not the high point, but whatever. We walked down to the Promontory benchmark too, so somewhere along the way we crossed the high point for sure. It was nice to get back here and see how it's changed over time.
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May 19 2017
Jim_H
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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Hiking13.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   1.86 mph
3,500 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Did the popular loop with the side trip to Promontory Butte, except I went up Horton and down Derrick. Pretty nice out. Lots of birds, and the air was chilly. Nice to be on the Rim. Good views of the Arizona Highlands.

Promontory seems to be a trail in name only, and should either be decommissioned or rebuilt. Lost it in a tangle of dead and down, game trails and rough spots on the way down and I ended up doing an off trail hike down slope. That wasn't fun at all. Due to this I came down on the Highline east of Derrick and went a bit further out to the east before I realized I was too far below Promontory Point. Turned back and I easily found Derrick Trail. For some reason people don't want this high point from below.

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Horton Spring

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Mar 19 2017
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 19 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking13.29 Miles 3,589 AEG
Hiking13.29 Miles   6 Hrs   59 Mns   2.07 mph
3,589 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
Parked at the Horton parking area, then headed over to Derrick Trail. It was 48 degrees when I started, but I was cold for maybe 5 minutes. PLENTY of evidence of deer and elk on all the trails today except for Horton. I saw a couple of deer near the beginning of Derrick, then several elk a few minutes later. Derrick is in nice shape, but I don't care much for manzanita.

Headed up Promontory Trail. If you like ridiculously steep and slick, and getting swarmed by giant ants at every log you climb over, then this is the trail for you. I swear, this trail gets steeper every time I hike it. There are some downed trees, and the trail gets vague in places, but there are usually cairns when you need them. I've always been able to find my way pretty easily on this one, but a gps route may be helpful to someone on it for the first time. There was still some snow when I reached the Rim--yay! I headed over to Promontory Butte, had lunch there, then meandered back to Promontory Trail. Staying further in from the edge of the Rim seemed to have less downed trees, and I was enjoying walking through the snow. The descent down Promontory was nearly as slow as the ascent, and it had warmed up a lot by noon.

Back on Highline, it was an easy, pleasant walk to Horton, where I finally saw my first people of the day. Horton is flowing like crazy, and was quite enjoyable to see. I hung around the spring for a few minutes, taking pictures, then headed down the trail, taking several picture breaks along the way. The creek is flowing full force all the way to Tonto Creek. I finished up at 3:00 to a full parking lot and people waiting for my parking spot.
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 The Basin
Promontory Butte 7,914Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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survivordude
Hiking13.00 Miles 3,005 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   5 Hrs   56 Mns   2.35 mph
3,005 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had the itch for a week, and wanting to enjoy nature before the world blows up, I called out hookey today and made a beeline for the rim (get it?) Anyway, I left the basin at 4AM and got to the trailhead at 6:15. The goal is to go up Horton to Highline and then up the Promontory to get the Gila county highpoint and finish off down Derrick. It was still pretty dark so I couldn't see much of the creek and trees but this was perfect becuse the scenery just got better the further I went up and as the sun was rising. Most of the leaves were already off the trees but there was still enough to get my autumn fill. Made it to Horton Springs in an hour and ten minutes. The Highline had quite a bit of elevation gain as it rose a few hundred feet and then dropped a few hundred feet and then back up again. That was nothing compared to the Promontory trail.. The trail up was in pretty good shape just super steep. There were only a few spots where it was a little confusing but a quick spot of rock cairns got me through. Lots of deadfall to negotiate. There were also a few springs up high that made the ground very muddy and slippery up there. It was just relentless up up up. Baby steps.. Baby steps.. Made it to the top in 3 hours. Took the jaunt over the the highpoint and found a giant rock pile nearby but my gps was not agreeing so a little walk further and I found the official high point! Had lunch overlooking the greenness below when I felt something eerie behind me. I didn't see nor hear anything, just a weird feeling. As I made the way back to the trail down I spotted a fresh pile of scat. I don't know what it was from but it was big and a lot. Being all alone, my pace picked up a lil bit after that as I found the trail and made my way down the rim. Derrick trail was so different than Horton as it was all manzanita and shrubs and not shady at all until the last mile or so. Made it back to the Jeep in just over 2 hours. I didn't see another person the entire time out there which made this hike extra special. I was really looking forward to this trip and it was definitely worth it!


Three highpoints down, twelve to go..
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Oct 22 2016
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Highline - Promontory - See Spring Canyon Loop, AZ 
Highline - Promontory - See Spring Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2016
joebartels
Hiking17.42 Miles 3,284 AEG
Hiking17.42 Miles   9 Hrs   14 Mns   2.09 mph
3,284 ft AEG      55 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Bruce created an olympic version in 2013 that included Drew and Horton Springs. His new lean cut version is more suitable for moderate hikers to complete in the available daylight hours.

Highline Trail #31 - west from trailhead
This 6 mile section of the Highline is pretty nice! Lots of pines, Sedonaesque and the trail is in excellent condition after recent maintenance.

Promontory Trail #278
The steep grade isn't for the timid. Too steep for backpackers unless hardcore. That said I enjoy this one. The views looking out are fab. There are plenty of pines to hug for a shady break. We enjoyed a couple five minute breaks heading up.

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The rim is great for lunch views. Ours included bullets whizzing by from a nearby target shooter. This took away from the relaxation aspect. It was semi encouraging when he/she switched to a lower caliber.

See Spring Canyon
This ~2 mile offtrail segment is adventurous and enjoyable descending, ascending would be a task. Autumn foliage is peaking right now in the lower canyon, upper is past. It's never as good as "that one time".

We did not cross paths with another hiker all day.

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Substantial is for lower See Spring Canyon. Most of the hike is pines.

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Highline - Promontory - See Spring Canyon Loop, AZ 
Highline - Promontory - See Spring Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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The_Eagle
Hiking16.99 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking16.99 Miles   9 Hrs   14 Mns   2.22 mph
3,313 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
We knew we'd see color, based on the Maples on the drive in on FS284 and at the See Canyon TH. We were surprised however that we were only the 3rd car in the lot.

We did a clockwise loop starting on the Highline Trail #31. This stretch from the TH to the Promontory Trail #278, has to be one of my favorite sections of the Highline Trail. Sedona views and even some fall color are the highlights.

If you are curious, the Promontory Trail is still a steep one. Steepness made slipperier by the carpet of pine needles. Views on the way up are killer.

Once up top, we meandered over to the Gila County High Point. and then over to the named Promontory marker for some lunch. It's here were we ate a lunch for the first time in fear of our life. Some yahoos a couple of hundred yards away, decided lunch was target practice time. We endured 200+ rounds with 3 of those coming close enough, that we heard them fly by. No amount of blowing on the whistle made them stop. We booked in between reloads. This actually changed the planned track that would have taken us into the gunfire.

Off of Promontory Butte we hit the General Crook Trail for a bit to get to the feature part of the hike... The See Spring Canyon Bushwhack :y: . This is slow going, but not tough at all, with only 2 down climbs of 15' and 25'. Tons of colorful Maples and mucho elk sign.. including the biggest and freshest Elk scrape I've personally seen.

Once to the See Spring Trail #285, it was clear sailing, with perfect fall views, all the way back to the Trailhead.
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Christopher Creek
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Spotty on the Highline. See Spring Canyon and See Spring Trail were the highlights

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DallinW
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 Gilbert AZ
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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 Payson, AZ
Promontory Trail #278Payson, 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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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
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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Hiking12.94 Miles 3,563 AEG
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3,563 ft 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 27 2016
friendofThunde
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37 male
 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Promontory Butte 7,914Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2016
friendofThundergod
Hiking15.70 Miles 4,139 AEG
Hiking15.70 Miles   7 Hrs   54 Mns   2.22 mph
4,139 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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This one had been on the list since I found out it was a high point, but for various reasons I have just never got around to doing it. Part of the reason was that I was not even sure which route I would take there, or whether I just wanted to drive to the edge of rim and just walk out to it. The latter seemed a little cheap, so I went with the big loop option most recently completed by @fricknaley, but I think created by the @eagle.

I started around seven to one car in the Horton TH which is a rarity, but it was a Wednesday morning so I did not expect the usual big crowds. Quick hike into the springs and then the Highline to Promontory Trail. The Highline is a little up and down to the Promontory turn-off, but I liked it and the trail seems to be in pretty good shape. Promontory Trail was more rugged than I thought it would be and pretty steep, but I kind of liked the aggressive little trail. I am not really sure if there is a trail that I missed on the rim, but I kind of just went towards the highpoint with a few glances at route to see if I was missing something. I just never really found anything I would call a trail, some sections of road and cairns, but they seemed too far away from track. I don't know maybe I was just off today. The high point was very cool and I spent a good time taking in the views, testing the 3G and thinking about where my summer went, as the party is over, back to work tomorrow, no kids yet, but back to work...sigh.

There were some nice periods of cloud cover today, but it was also a little warm at times. I decided on an out and back at the high point, rather than the big loop. I was probably being a little paranoid, but I thought it was a tad warm and did not want to drag Blanco, or maybe I simply did not want to drag myself across the Highline late in the afternoon. Either way I was fine with the shorter option.

In the end, A great first hike back in Arizona. I forgot how much I like the Beeline drive early in the morning and while I miss Colorado, I have a lot to still do and see in this great state, for example, finishing up that county high points list....10 down :)
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Jun 29 2016
The_N
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33 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Promontory Butte Loop, AZ 
Promontory Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2016
The_N
Hiking14.45 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking14.45 Miles   5 Hrs   9 Mns   3.01 mph
2,700 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
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Yesterday evening I drove up on top the rim and did a little 4-wheel exploring before settling on a camp spot on the edge. An awesome sunset, rainbows and thunder clouds filled the sky. At about 8pm I was near Wiggins Crossing when a huge black bear scampered across the road right in front of me. Dozens of elk roamed and I even saw 2 gray foxes. I set up camp and enjoyed the lightning show to the south and east. This a.m. was absolutely beautiful at 60 degrees and sunny. I headed back to See Cyn and thought it would be nice to have lunch atop Promontory for my birthday. Started west on Highline for 6 miles before the Promontory junction. This is a really scenic segment of Highline. Great views, good tread and diverse flora. Passed a pair of day hikers and that was the only human contact all day. Promontory was kicking my pumpkin this time but about half way up the clouds blocked the sun briefly which was a nice boost. Passed up my usual lunch spot atop the butte and moved on down to a sunny little rock outcropping with even better views. Walked across the butte via FR'S 76 & 76B and to my surprised didn't see anyone camping or driving ATVs. Filled my pack with water bottles and beer cans as I went. Very pleasant road walk. Shortly after 11am it got warm and thunder started rumbling in the distance. See Canyon was a nice shaded break from the direct sun I'd been in all day. Finished off at a very quiet See Cyn TH with JJ's jeep being the only other vehicle in the lot. Great day in Rim Country!
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Christopher Creek
Meteorology
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Double Rainbow Sunset
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lillies, bergamot, columbines & paintbrush mostly.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Christopher Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Light flow to a trickle above See Spring. Light to medium flow below See Spring.
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Derrick See Promontory Horton Loop, AZ 
Derrick See Promontory Horton Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2016
fricknaley
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
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 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
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

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