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Horton Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

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3.5 mile 5.7 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

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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Trail shared by Michael Bonnette

This is a popular trail with some nice views.

Michael Bonnette

Features River/Creek · Views

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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May 23, 2020
Gary Walker
Mar 15, 2020
C O
Aug 17, 2019
Rachel H
May 26, 2019
Michelle Chuang
First time hiking with 2 puppies!
Apr 28, 2019
Chetan Shah
Leisurely pace 2.5mi — 3h 00m
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

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Horton Creek
Nov 20, 2017 near Star Va…, AZ

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