Derrick Trail

HARD 27 reviews
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Derrick Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

5.7 miles
1125 feet
Out & Back



nature trips



wild flowers

no dogs

Directions from Payson: Travel north on Hwy. 260, then turn north on Forest Road 289. The trail starts just past the cattleguard on the east side of the road. The trail may be used with Trail 33 and a trail along Forest Road 289 to form a loop.

5 months ago

Did the loop including Highline and Horton which makes this a 4 star. If you just do Derrick then it's a moderate hike up and back. 2 or 3 star. You are walking on a lot of creek bed rocks.

7 months ago

Did the Derrick/Highline/Horton loop in August....nice doing a loop and not just out and back. Also did some geocaching. No other hikers on Derrick or Highline portion of loop, and only a few on Horton since a weekday. Nice views and will do it again.

9 months ago

Gave this 5 stars since I did the full loop in May: Derrick to Highline then down Horton. If you only do Derrick it would be a 3 -ish star. Derrick alone is a decent hike, not much shade for the first uphill stretch, and scenery doesn't vary much until you actually hit the intersection with Highline- but definitely lovely views here and there and is a welcome quiet alternative to Horton (In the two times I have done this I've seen a total of 3 other humans). If you have the time to spare and can do a 9.5 miler then I highly recommend the full loop. Keep in mind it gets to almost 7000 feet along the Highline but having Horton as your home stretch is lovely. If you aren't able for a 9-10 mile and still want some change of scenery, you can do Derrick to Highline and continue on the Highline for a bit and just make it an out and back.

9 months ago

Hiked Derrick to Highline trail, then west on Highline to Horton Creek trail, then down Horton to complete a nice loop. Warm time of year with some shade on Derrick, more shade on Highline and Horton. Didn't see anyone until we got to the Horton springs, then many folks on the way down Horton. Posted signs say 3 mi to Highline, 2.5 mi to Horton, and 4 mi to Horton trail-head. The Highline portion felt more like 3, so roughly a 10 mi loop. Only wildlife seen were some very energetic squirrels, along with some nice views and of course Horton springs. I would give Derrick by itself 3 stars, but the loop makes it 4. I would also rate it moderate, not hard.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Pretty views about an hour into the hike. Very secluded. We went on a Saturday afternoon and only saw one other group. Great rim views.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

trail was easy to follow. distance as described was close to accurate. I had it at 6.5 miles there and back. the profile is accurate with a constant slope all the way up. about 3/4 the way up there were some great views! the trail head allot of cobble or loose rock. going down was comfortable, but not on the ankles from the rocks. high top boots are a must.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Took Derrick trail to Highline trail, then down to Horton trail. Nice 10 mile loop, great scenery and not heavily traveled.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Cool hike.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A nice trail with some lovely views! I would definitely not rate this difficult as it is pretty mild throughout the entire trail. I went on an overcast Saturday and only saw one group of people exiting on my way in. Would recommend if you are looking for something quiet and more secluded.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Started on Horton creek to Derrick and looped back. About 11 miles total.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Great trail with amazing views and scenery! However, not following a creek!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Neat trail but definitely more easy than moderate

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Amazing views of the rim!

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Great trail with beautiful views of the rim.

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