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Absolutely beautiful trail. So much green, so close to Phoenix, and about 20° cooler. The creek is gorgeous and refreshing. The trail runs right next to the creek most of the way. The trail is very easy, very wide, and mostly flat except for a few uphills as you get further in. The waterfall is small but pretty and a good place to relax. Past the waterfall is a more challenging trail that climbs right up the mountain to Promontory Butte, which offers an amazing scenic lookout. I've been to Horton Creek 3 times and enjoyed each time.

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3 days ago

Amazing views! Easily one of my favorite hikes in recent memory, and my 17th State high point!

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3 days ago

Great hike, not sure why this is rated as moderate. Once you get to the waterfall the real hike begins in one mile you will climb 1400+ feet up the face of the rim. The trail is pretty much non existent I had to follow stacks of rocks and build my own in some spots, as my phone had died and I was on my own. All trails, say this is a 4 mile 1900 ft elevation gain when I got to waterfall i was like there is now way I hiked 1900 ft. I pulled up all trails and seen I still had 1 mile to go. I did not want to miss out on anything and pressed on. Take lots of water and food as that last mile is ruff. If all you want to do is hike to the waterfall then I would say this hike is easy.

My first time hiking this trail...and LOVED it!! What I learned:
1) Trail is rocky, wear comfortable, supportive HIKING shoes, your feet will appreciate it. Take water shoes or sandals (Teva is my favorite) for when you’re ready to jump in the swimming holes
2) Have PLENTY of water to drink!! When you think you have enough, take some more. Other option is to fill your water bottle at the spring.
3) Watch our for critters...2 fellow hikers saw rattle snakes and 1 saw a tarantula...I got lucky and saw a deer.
4) The sun can be a bit brutal so make sure you have a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
5) Pace yourself on the way back up, take breaks in shady areas (when you can find one), the trail is exposed to the sun
6) Pack light snacks
7) DRINK WATER!!
8) Have fun!! Happy hiking!!

This trail is very nice and finished by a waterfall !! We took 3h to reach it. At the crossing roads between "Spring" and "Dam", the first one is a little bit longer and you have to cross the river just before the fall but the trail has more shadow and follow the river. Bring a lot of water (we have 3 liters per person), because the return climbs.

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6 days ago

Unbelievable views, and challenging terrain. This hike had many other hikers on the trail. I clocked 5.1 miles in 2 1/2 hours. The Summit sign was just changed (new) earlier today. It was kind of a bummer I couldn’t locate the USGS medallion. The last 2 miles are the most challenging due to the lose rock, false summits (3 of them) and the thin air. Over all a great challenging hike.

So this hike I’ve been on several times growing up and definitely a hike to go on in the late winter or spring to see the waterfalls. Which in the past have seen up to three climaxing with the third in the canyon. I enjoy the difficulty especially because it keeps it relatively quiet of lazy hikers and people who leave trash behind. They seem to avoid harder trails which is great for the rest of us. Beautiful views and water keeps me coming back every year!

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9 days ago

How can hikes be better than this? Hard to fathom.

We 'trained' for Humphrey's for a couple of months, knowing that it would be the highest elevation we'd ever climbed, and gave ourselves (staying in Flagstaff) 3 days to acclimate. It's doable if you are in decent shape, bring plenty of water and a snack for the top, and have some patience with all of the other foot traffic. We picked the most gorgeous day - not a cloud in the sky and rain chances (during monsoon season), 0%. Apparently everyone else chose the same Saturday, and with good reason. Our group of 7 was up in 3, down in 3 for a total of 6 hours (left the parking lot at 6:45 am). The trail is really unforgiving in places - lots of rocks, roots and other low-lying obstacles to give your knees and ankles an insane workout. Trekking poles help, but aren't required.

No reason to restate what has been posted. Just put this on your bucket list and check it off. (Sorry to hear Ron's tale, below!)

While we would have liked to take a pic at the summit sign to show our 12,633-foot, 3,300 vertical odyssey was legit, it was vandalized (or whipped off its post from recent monsoons). Regardless, I'll never forget this epic hike!

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10 days ago

Perfect for someone from the Phoenix area because you'll get your fix of wildflowers and a woodland paradise, including waterfalls. It's a charming hike, and good for summer because it's shaded and has the cool water of the creek nearby.

Well i have climbed Mt Rainer 7 times from all sides and 40 years worth of mountaineering on techinical climbing rock, ice & snow. Take this mountain with a trail to the summit. I tried last year at age 65 and only got to 10,300’. A trail runner fell and broke his ankle. I splinted it and took him down, no one would help. This year age 66 been training on the treadmill for 3 months at 5 times per week with a 30 pound pack and 5 pound ankle weights. I go at 2.5 mph at 15% for 80 minutes. I go today leaving at 02:00 wanted to see a sunrise from high up. Made it to 10,064’ and had to descend. Why, well first a bear 20’ from me off to the side. Then two bears on the trail i made noise and it didn’t phase them so then i go off trail to get around them and they start pacing me. The only way i could go was down. This mountain is turning into a pain, lol.

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12 days ago

Great weather today! I have experienced all sorts of weather at the top. Always be prepared for a storm.
Not sure about AllTrails mileage for this hike, by distance calculated in at 10.5 miles.
Sturdy ankles are a must for this hike. Lots of trippers and rollers (roots, rocks, unstable terrain).

13 days ago

Think of a nice steady uphill climb through the beautiful pine trees, and then at mile 4 you begin hiking Piestewa peak (but it's at 11,000+) feet. So the hard thing is that the hard part really does come at the end. And it's for about a mile. With no trees. But the views from the top are wonderful. And you're at the highest part of AZ. So it's 5 stars.
There really are three false summits. We used 2-3 liters of water each. 10.5 miles round trip took us 7 hours. Nice people on the trail.

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13 days ago

Beautiful! I was freezing at the top, bring warm clothes. Can’t wait to do it again

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13 days ago

A beautiful and amazing hike! We started at 5:40am and got to the top in 3 hours, took 2 few minute breaks and took our time for the last mile up. Coming down took almost as long as going up because of so many people coming up at that time, the path is a little narrow and we pulled over to give people going up the right of way.

Loved it, next time I’m starting earlier than 9 am though!

A lot of false Summits but beautiful scenery amazing view from the peak

on Horton Creek Trail

15 days ago

great place to be naked!!

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17 days ago

awesome hike, temp in flagstaff was 82, you do NOT need a jacket for this hike during good weather, 4 liters of water is more than enough for round trip.lots of bugs at the summit. don't know why

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18 days ago

Was an amazingly beautiful hike! Lots of small waterfalls along the creek! Also lots of bugs and mosquitos! Take some repellent with you. Weather was amazing!

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19 days ago

A beautiful hike similar to many high altitude hikes in Colorado. You can always count on an early afternoon summer storm so hit the trail by 7 am if you are in good shape, 5:30 if you are a first timer in pretty good shape. Being above that tree line when a storm rolls in will be scary, cold and potentially deadly. Bring a poncho, you will need it more than likely. And if you finish this hike and feel pretty good, it's time to plan your Rim to Rim hike at the Grand Canyon, the best hike in Arizona hands down.

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19 days ago

Hiked 7/29/18 with a friend and two dogs. Forgot how beautiful and lovely this trail is. Not too difficult, lots of water spots to stop at. Water is low right now but still worth it. Started early am Sunday, saw a couple people hiking out, and tons of people coming back, was getting pretty busy. Drive all the way until you cross the small bridge, park immediately in the lot to your left, cross back over the bridge on foot and up the little dirt road hill to start the trail.

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20 days ago

Great hike through the desert. Relatively close to the East valley. Well maintained and we'll traveled. Great views at the top.

I had every intention of doing an out-and-back to Bell’s Pass but decided to make it a loop because the scenery was so lovely. I found it pretty moderate and completed it in just under 4 hours which mileage showing around 9.4 miles. Loved it!

Such a great trail! Easy little hike/trail, constant river close to trail at all times. Great for dogs and kids too!! There is a bathroom next to the parking spots as well. Lots of little spots to just hang out by the river the whole way up. Make sure to bring water and keep in mind the temperature of the ground if you have a dog (even at 85 degrees the dirt and sand gets up to 100-105 degrees, which is waaay too hot for any pup)

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20 days ago

Important ....Drink lots of beer.....after completing this tough hike as a reward. This was the highest peak for me to date. I'm 52 years old and it took me over 7hrs. There was snow/hail on the mountain...I got pelted with hail ...rain...and lightning storms began just before noon. Trailhead temp in the morning was 55. Lots of shade at the start...false summits will drive you crazy. Get good socks and hiking boots and hiking stick...saw people with tennis shoes on trail. I carried 5 liters of gatorade..but only drank 2...it wasn't hot due the rain. I had a cheap poncho.

20 days ago

Beautiful trail. Tough the entire way up. I'd say it took our group about 5-6h to complete, including about an hour break at the peak. Definitely make sure you take breaks as the air gets very thin above the tree line.

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20 days ago

The hike is spectacular the elevation did get to me 5 times even though I have lived in Flagstaff for 3 years. This hike should be on your bucket list if in Arizona. Follow the poles and don’t go off trail looking for the airplane

I questioned my sanity on this one as it was my first ever altitude hike, but I completed it and oh so proudly. The views and vistas were breathtaking during the entire duration of the hike. The combination of elevation gain and high altitude make this strenuous and difficult. This coming from someone with some fitness. 9.2 miles is not accurate for the RT. My iwatch tracked the RT to be 12 miles plus some.

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23 days ago

Great hike to escape the heat, beautiful day yesterday to make it to the summit. The elevation is humbling otherwise a great trail with great views. Looking forward to hiking again. Special thank you to the crew out maintaining the well defined trail!!

Elevation training for Imogene, it’s the next best thing. Highly recommend the hike

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