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Monday, June 28, 2010

HORTON CREEK-HORTON SPRING

Horton Creek-Horton Spring Tonto National Forest This popular trail never fails to please. Following shady Horton Creek for most of its length, this beautiful trail treats hikers to a non-stop show of waterfalls, fields of wildflowers, wild berries and forests of maples, alders and pines. The semi-grueling uphill jaunt pays off big time at Horton Spring where icy water gushing from a rock cliff tumbles over moss-encrusted boulders into the creek. Its impossible to get tired of this classic Arizona trail. LENGTH: 8 miles roundtrip ELEVATION: 5,360 – 6,420 feet RATING: moderate BEST SEASONS: March - November DOG RATING: 3 paws DISTANCE FROM PHOENIX: 108 miles one-way GETTING THERE: From the junction of AZ 87 and AZ 260 in Payson, go right (east) and continue on 260 for just under 17 miles (near milepost 268), turn left onto Fish Hatchery Road (Forest Road 289) and go 1 mile to the parking area. From the parking area, hike back down the road, cross the bridge and follow the road to the Horton Campground and the signed trailhead. INFORMATION: Payson Ranger District (602) 225-5200, www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto/recreation/rogs/hikingtrail/prd/HortonCreekTrail285.pdf

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