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Oct 19 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
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58 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking9.25 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles   3 Hrs   52 Mns   2.39 mph
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Two cow elk reminded me two be alert on the drive up :scared: . I figured I would do this loop and see how the colors are doing. I went counter clockwise. Shorts and two HAZ shirts kept me comfy. Just a touch of color by the turnoff for Promontory Trail. About five miles in there is a real nice section of Maples with just a touch of color. Although they were mostly green and yellow, this is still an area I like. There was about a dozen cows by Horton Spring and cowpies to boot! They must have came up Horton trail as the cowpies were all the way back. The green and waterfalls are always nice to see. I didn't see any people until a mile down Horton :o . I did see a little color but not a ton. This hike is good anytime though so the color is just a bonus. :D :y:
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Sep 07 2019
richvosko
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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richvosko
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,750 AEG
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Aug 04 2019
trekkin_gecko
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 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking9.25 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.80 mph
1,950 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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i've done horton creek a few times, but never the derrick - horton loop
john kindly agreed to hike it this morning
left town at 0400 and were hiking by 0600
low 60s and cloud cover to start
recent rain made for damp trails and vegetation
easy grade through pine forest on derrick
some ups and down on highline
derrick and most of the highline section were new to me
last time on horton was seven years ago ( :o ) with @cactuscat
wandered around the spring for a few minutes taking photos
stopped at a few scenic creek spots on the way down
saw a couple dozen other hikers after not seeing anyone else until the spring
found my car door hanging open; guess we left it like that :lol: nothing missing, fortunately
enjoyed the loop
nice to get out of phoenix for a hike in the pines with good company :)
had breakfast at the 260 café in payson since we finished too early for the thai restaurant to be open
good times - thanks, john!
using the official stats for now
my track was short and john's was long on mileage

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seemed like the regular flow from what i remember

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johnlp
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 chandler,az
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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johnlp
Hiking9.25 Miles 1,950 AEG
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1,950 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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Anything JJ can do I can do slower! Nice cool morning. 63 at the trail head and got a little cooler as we first ascended Derrick. Saw very few people until the last couple miles. It pays to get an early start. This hike is growing on me. Always good to hike with the gecko! :)
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Jul 25 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking9.25 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   3.23 mph
1,950 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Needed to escape Phoenix for a day to clear the head. Horton Derrick loop never disappoints. I went up Horton and returned on Derrick. The last two miles I got poured on. The trail turned to a mild creek and I was soaking wet by the time I got to the car. Kind of refreshing actually! :D
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May 26 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2019
BiFrost
Hiking10.27 Miles 3,357 AEG
Hiking10.27 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   2.20 mph
3,357 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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Another cool day in the pines. Kathy had a dog from the animal shelter she wanted to take out for the day so we chose Horton Springs area. While Kathy went up Horton Springs Trail I headed up Derrick Trail and the plan was to meet at Horton Spring. Derrick Trail was in decent shape and not very steep so I made the Highline turnoff quickly. Once on the Highline it’s a super trail and I think some work has been done since last time I hiked it. Making good time I decided to try the Promontory Butte Trail with the goal of getting to the rim. The trail is in rough shape and unfortunately I lost the trail and ended up on some game trails about 200 feet short of the rim. Not wanting to waste too much time headed back to Highline Trail.

Back on the Highline it’s quick hike over to Horton Springs where Kathy was waiting. Only saw 3 people on the Derrick and Highline trail with great weather so it was a very pleasant hike. However, being Memorial Day weekend Horton Springs Trail was somewhat a cluster as expected. Despite that still was able to check out some of the cool cascades on the way down canyon. At least the shelter dog had great time away from the kennel :)
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May 21 2019
Brian14
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Brian14
Hiking10.23 Miles 2,242 AEG
Hiking10.23 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   2.46 mph
2,242 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Apr 21 2019
Frostshocknoob
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 Joined Sep 05 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Frostshocknoob
Hiking9.23 Miles 2,232 AEG
Hiking9.23 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   2.24 mph
2,232 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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MEWhiteman
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 Phoenix, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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MEWhiteman
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,911 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.18 mph
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This was a very enjoyable hike. We did it in the counter clockwise direction as in the description. It was a slow and steady climb to the Highline. It got somewhat rocky at about the 2.5 mile mark of the Derrick and the first .5 mile of the Highline. The Highline was great. Lots of shade and only a few climbs. I never saw any maples or oaks though. When we reached Horton Creek we headed down the trail. I noticed a trail off to the right but just thought it was a continuation of the Highline. It also lead to the spring which we completely missed. I guess I should pay more attention to the description and gps waypoints. The Horton Creek trail back to the trailhead was very easy hiking; wide, smooth and downhill.

I feel good about this hike. Since my foot problems effectively sidelined me for two years, I hadn’t done longer hikes with significant (for me) elevation gain. I’ve been gradually doing more challenging hikes and going further afield which I enjoy; well not the uphill so much. We’ve already planned next weeks hike.
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Aug 19 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking10.58 Miles 3,062 AEG
Hiking10.58 Miles   3 Hrs   52 Mns   2.80 mph
3,062 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
This was just what the doctor ordered. Apparently I wasn't the only one that had the same idea as it was pretty busy up there today. The parking lot was full so I had to park up the road a bit. Once past the spring I only saw three other people. The Promontory Trail is difficult to follow for the first quarter mile due to downed trees. After that it isn't bad. Felt great to get out of town for a bit. :y:

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Aug 07 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Mesa, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking9.80 Miles 1,785 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   3.02 mph
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The whole group agreed to start early.... I hit the trail around 5am. I mentally break this down into 3 sections. Derrick to Highline, Highline to Horton Spring, Horton Spring to the car. The fist section went good. I saw to cow elk in this section. The grade is not to steep. The second section went good too. It has 2 climbs but not bad at all. I saw 2 cow elk at the start of this section and 2 bull elk right before I dropped into Horton Creek. The first two sections show a little wear from rain runoff. The last section is in the best shape and I like seeing the spring and creek for my final leg. Really nice loop. I hade shade for 99% of the first 2 sections and probably 75% of the last one :y: . I saw one fungi on a tree and one mushroom. Thought I would see more. I saw no hikers on the first 2 sections. I saw 2 camps across creek on the last section but no hikers until 7:50. Then I saw 1 couple and 1 more at the trailhead :o . Really nice morning to be on trail!
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May 19 2018
ddgrunning
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 Gilbert, AZ
Horton-Derrick Loop, AZ 
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ddgrunning
Hiking10.99 Miles 2,318 AEG
Hiking10.99 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.27 mph
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After an overnight campout near Forest Lakes, we took an afternoon hike up Horton Creek. As anticipated, there were quite a few people on the trail. However, since we started in the afternoon, most were headed down while we were headed up.

We mostly stayed near the creek and eventually just committed to hiking up the creek itself. We took our time and had fun playing in the pools and checking out the multitude of cascades. I marked several good camping spots on the track.

Once we made it to the spring, we had it to ourselves.

Decided to take the Highline/Derrick trails on the return trip. I didn't anticipate the up and down buttkickers along Highline for those first couple of miles. Ran into a trail runner who had already put in 17 miles after getting a bit lost. She was trying to get back to the See Canyon TH. I showed her where we were and where See Canyon was on the topo map. Figured she had another 7-8 miles. She seemed in good spirits and well fueled--hoped to make it back before dark.

We enjoyed the more open views on the Highline, though the bottom couple miles of Derrick are, in my view, pretty blah ....

All in all, a great day of hiking in perfect conditions.
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Apr 29 2018
Frostshocknoob
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 Phoenix, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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Frostshocknoob
Hiking9.09 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking9.09 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.57 mph
1,900 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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Mar 22 2018
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, 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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Oct 12 2017
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 Deer Valley, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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RowdyandMe
Hiking10.09 Miles 2,105 AEG
Hiking10.09 Miles   5 Hrs   9 Mns   2.19 mph
2,105 ft AEG      32 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Rowdy truly needed this hike and I am glad to have him back :y:

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Oct 08 2017
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 Chandler, AZ
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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Yoder
Hiking10.40 Miles 2,247 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   2.59 mph
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Glad I did the loop rather than just going to the spring and back. Derrick trail section of the hike had quite different scenery than then the first part to the hike. A few REALLY large Manzanita plants :o . One must have been 15-20 foot. Usually these are only about 1.5 - 5 foot.
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Sep 23 2017
BRichard
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
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BRichard
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,130 AEG
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nice hike, would definitely do again. Started on the Derrick Trail. Despite beautiful weather and an absolutely packed trail head we didnt see a single person until we made it to the Horton creek trail...after that it was pretty busy with people.
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Sep 22 2017
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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ALMAL
Backpack11.00 Miles 2,130 AEG
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I rolled into Tonto creek early morning and caught a few remaining "stocker" rainbows hiding out under the bridge.
Hiked into a campsite along Horton and set up in a familiar spot. Then, finished the loop from there. A few folks on the trail but none on the Highline. Back at the parking lot I did a little more fishing and spooked a couple of turkeys. There are still ripe blackberries in a few spots.
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Aug 12 2017
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Derrick - Highline to 6450 Saddle - Horton, AZ 
Derrick - Highline to 6450 Saddle - Horton, AZ
 
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joebartels
Hiking12.91 Miles 2,547 AEG
Hiking12.91 Miles   6 Hrs   47 Mns   2.41 mph
2,547 ft AEG   1 Hour   26 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Itching to get out on longer hikes after easing back into hiking. Wanted a good trail with pine shade. [ Derrick Trail - Horton Loop ] almost fit the bill but I wanted over 10 and under 14 miles. Added 1.7 miles west on the [ Highline Trail #31 ] to a saddle that looked like a good turn around point.

@The_Eagle says we've hiked Derrick a couple times. Possibly, I just have one 2012 triplog and this route felt cleaner but maybe I missed a triplog cause he's rarely incorrect, to the point I bang my head at times while he gloats...lol
Derrick is a steady climb to #31.

Denny said there were two healthy ascents over to Horton, believe he nailed it. A rare sight at the Springs, very few people.

We continued over on #31 to my planned turnaround at a saddle near 6,450 ft. This turned out to be more of a winner than just upping the distance as planned. Which netted a dense pine forest feel along with a few nice distant views. When I'm confident in more aeg I'd opt for ascending the rim in a heartbeat This worked well for getting back into the groove.

The hike was a tad tiring, overall just the right progression. Forecast was 50% chance of rain and we got sun on the majority of the ascent. While it was toastier than anticipated I'll take heat over the deluge we experienced driving home. The guys were great as usual allowing me to take a record amount of breaks.

We hiked the entire 800+ mi AZT a few years ago. They had this running joke that every gate we encountered Bruce would open and I would run through leaving Denny to close. Total nonsense and they kept it rolling today saying don't worry we got the gates today... we didn't encounter any closed gates... ha!

Huge thx guys, this hike was perfect with just enough challenge to keep stepping it back up to old times!
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