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blue Horton Creek Trail

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3.5 mile 5.7 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,214' 370 m
Descent: -9' -3 m
High: 6,646' 2,026 m
Low: 5,436' 1,657 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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This is a popular trail with some nice views.

Michael Bonnette

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Description

Go down Tonto Creek Rd toward fish hatchery, cross small bridge and park on the right in the Horton Parking area. Hike back across the bridge and up a dirt road into the campground, where you'll see the trailhead located at the top of the hill.

Climb all the way to the Highline Trail #31 (NRT). Your way will be consistently uphill, though up pretty modest grades, and some sections of the trail are rugged. When you hit the Highline Trail #31 (NRT), go left for about 100 yards and you'll see the creek. A recommendation is to follow the creek up another 100 yards and you'll see the spring where the creek comes out of the side of the mountain. It is beautiful at the top with some huge trees. After the uphill, this is a welcome reward!

Once you've had your fill of mountain views, turn around and follow the same trail out.

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Mar 8, 2019
Jessie Davidson
First creek crossing was flowing with snow melt making it difficult to cross. Nice steady incline after and always close enough to the water to hear.
Nov 3, 2018
Kevin Bailey
Overnight backpacking trip — 2h 30m
Sep 1, 2018
Tommy Lee
4mi — 2h 00m
Sep 1, 2018
Michelle Rice
May 12, 2018
Brian Helfrich
Nov 19, 2017
Mone Smith
8mi
Oct 14, 2017
Kasia Sarzynski
Nice hike however I expected to see more creek along the hike. Views around are pretty nice not nothing special. Good training hike you may say.. 6.1mi
Apr 3, 2017
Nicole L
with Femme Power group

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#149

in Arizona

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