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on Horton Creek Trail

nature trips
6 days ago

Beautiful, easy trail. Elevation may bother you if you are from the Valley.

on Water Wheel Falls

hiking
7 days ago

Easy and thoroughly enjoyed the snow hike.. This a good family hike with children and would have to cross the stream in 3 places

keep going until you reach the waterfall! We went right after a snowfall and it was beautiful to see and hear the icy water rushing, including the waterfall itself! The water wheel itself greets you to the left before you begin the trail. There are also lovely memorials for victims of flash flooding; we stopped and paid tribute as reminders of both human life and the strength of nature. We walked on ice over the frozen streams! if you follow the trickles, they become larger and larger bodies of frozen water, until you reach the rushing falls. There is a carved chair that you can sit in at the very end near the falls! I would definitely recommend this hike and will most likely visit again during another season to check out the difference. Be mindful of the massive horse pies along the route, though I rather take that than the unnecessary tagging done to the beautiful rocks :-( Beautiful hike, lovely natural workout. I highly recommend!

hiking
11 days ago

Definitely need a high clearance vehicle, 4x4 is probably best but not absolutely required if you know what your doing. If you have a capable vehicle and are able to actually drive to the trail head you shave several miles off the hike. If not, then the first few miles will be hiking along a dirt road. The trail and trail head are not very well marked. So be prepared to do some looking around to find them.

I hike this regularly. Beautiful hike, dogs love the water. Any level of hiker can hike this. In and out as far as you wish. Parking can be an issue on weekends so come early.

hiking
19 days ago

A unique hike. Slippery but has some of the most picturesque views within the natural bridge.

hiking
23 days ago

a bit difficult to find the trailhead. once you see the sign off the side of the 4x4 road depicting the ancha cliff dwellings - walk in a straight line behind that sign. theres a nice spot to camp right at the trailhead. we are avid hikers but this is the most difficult hikes I've endured. a calf killer and at some points the trail is literally on the edge of the cliff. Having good hiking boots for thr protection and traction is a must.
the energy and the sights were well worth it.
hiked in December, with the elevation gain and the cold it actually started snowing !
came across a beautiful flowing waterfall.
ruins are well preserved.
if you have an adventurous heart and quick on your feet, this hike is a must.

This trail will kick your butt with the incline lol.

hiking
1 month ago

Lame! Litter and cow dung and graffiti and no real trail. It was actually kind of gross. This was a serious disappointment.

This a good mtb or hiking trail if you want want to get out of the heat and see some pines. It’s quiet and scenic.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of slippery boulders to climb over, be careful and you will have a lot of fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike up to three spring going through the forest following the Horton Creek with some mini waterfalls all along. Very beautiful scenery, very peaceful and relaxing. This hike is at a moderate level.

Great for dogs

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is my favorite hike yet. The pine trees and creek are breathtaking. I highly highly recommend you make it to the top - the views are so worth it! It was very windy and chilly at the top and the trail toward the top is not marked. Allow yourself 4-5 hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Everything and more for a relatively short hike. Beautiful views and you can make some cattle friends as well! Also gives you an option to explore further and take multiple routes.

Great hike today! Relatively easy hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

This was a killer overnighter! I was able to get to the start of the trail in my car (front wheel drive). From there I walked the 4X4 road which added about 3 miles. All trails starts this hike around where I parked but you can save miles and elevation gain if you have a good 4X4. The ruins are in remarkably good state considering how old they are. It was a blast exploring them and taking note of the engineering and architecture of that time. Overall I logged 13miles and 5300 elevation gain. I recommend trekking poles due to the consistent unstable terrain. You are literally walking on a ledge of the canyon most of the time so a fall could be fatal. There is a steady stream of water that you can filter once at the ruins. This is where I camped for the night. As always, practice leave no trace!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Mountain Bikers Please Read!!!
The Facts: I am 51 and have been a MTB for 20 plus years. I was on a Specialized Fuse Carbon Comp, Hard tail and I live in Phoenix.
This trail was great! Not just the views (but they were fantastic!) but the riding as well. Wider tires the better. The Fuse has 3 in tires and there was never an issue. Lots of DG makes for an interesting ride, even with the hydraulic disc breaks, I wasn't sure I was going to get stopped in time. Others have been harsh on this trail, but it is very most worth it! Creek crossings, Boulders abound, ultimate views, just keep your eye out for the hikers.

One of the best!

Beautiful trail with some awesome side hikes into the boulders with views! Look for the rock cairns along the south side of the boulders trail but be prepared for less defined trails with some scrambling.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with great scenery along the way. Dog and kid friendly. Nice to have a waterfall hike in Arizona

Beautiful!

2 months ago

Take away the INSANE foot traffic, the views are spectacular!

What a watery wonderland!! :-D

2 months ago

Beautiful trail! Our beagle loved it, too. There are a couple shallow creek jump-over spots (more if it has just rained).

nature trips
2 months ago

The view was amazing! The hike was short but intense

If you’re a beginner but you have a steady foot, this would be a great trail to step up your hiking game. Most of the trail was pretty sandy. Going up and down got tricky and you had to be sure of your footing for some parts. But none of the trail was extreme. There were a lot of beautiful views of the mountains and the boulders. We walked across a few small creeks. We could tell after monsoon season where all the water washed through. I’m sure hiking during monsoon season it would be full of water. Probably making it difficult to stay on the trail. There were trail markers everywhere. Impossible to get lost.
Only complaint would be the road you have to drive on going up to the trail. It is in a small neighborhood. But if you don’t have a truck you may scratch a bumper. Too many potholes and un paved, uneven roads.

hiking
2 months ago

I loved the bridge and all the amazing views there! There was a waterfall coming down from the top of the arch when I was there, and I chose to go all the way under the bridge and out and up on the other side instead of going back up the way I came. Watch the slippery rocks!

hiking
2 months ago

This is quite fun if you like hopping from one rock to the next, but it’s not the best trail if you are just looking for an easy stroll. I liked it! A bit hard to navigate and there are several paths you can take...but it’s hard to get lost with a GPS.

hiking
2 months ago

LOVED this trail. Lots of scrambling, bouldering, and rock hopping. We paused many times to observe the beautiful rock formations, caves, tree varieties, fall colours and explore each area. My wife had our 7mo daughter on her back and managed to navigate fairly easily. It has challenging sections that follows the rocky creek bed but is very doable. The massive cave with falling water at the end was spectacular- pictures do not do it justice- it’s epic.

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