Horton Springs Trail is a 3 mile out and back trail located near Forest Lakes, AZ and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Payson: Travel north on Hwy. 87 to Forest Road 300, 15.7 miles miles west of Hwy. 260 The trail sign is on the south side of the road.
Amazing Great hike for the summer pine trees almost all the way. Very nice shady walk and the creek is so beautiful at the end of the hike you get to see the spring where all the water come from. You can do it two ways along the creek wish is my favorite or there is a well mark trail up in the woods if you want a little more power to your walk. Enjoy it. Love Arizona.
It is VERY important to know that this is trail 292 Horton SPRINGS trail that starts at the TOP of the Rim and descends one mile of rocky switchbacks to the bottom where it meets trail 285 Horton CREEK trail everyone else is reviewing. it's a beautiful descent, but strenuous climb out. Trail is very well marked with cairns but gets steep towards the bottom and is a bit closer to a scramble. Bring lots of water on a hot day. very rewarding, calorie torching hike.
A great trail to get out of the Phoenix heat. It took us a little under 2 hours to drive from the 202 and Williams Field. We took our 3 and 1 year old in carriers and made it 2 miles in before we turned and around. Well worth the drive and short hike.
Great trail! 95% shaded, super rejuvenating. National Forest lists the mileage as 4 to the springs, 8 total. I finished it in less than 3 hours so that's probably an overestimation. Fishing is available in the creek and you'll share your trail with horses (and therefore their dung). There are quite a few trees down on the trail that hinder progress but are mostly easy to avoid. All in all, very cute day hike.
Started this trail at 715 am and didn't see anybody until after 1200.
Snow had covered up the trail in some areas but not a big deal. What a fantastic and beautiful trail!
Oh, man I love this hike. It's so damn beautiful, the whole way. Ah. And the clean spring water at the end is to die for! Next time I'm bringing empty bottles.
Not too difficult of a hike, did it with my family (ages 6 & 8), forest views with a nice creek and a beautiful crystal clear spring at the end coming out of the rocks.
horton springs is a flat hike it isnt very hard but it is a hike where u should bring lots of water