Horton Creek Trail

MODERATE 240 reviews
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Horton Creek Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1233 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

over grown

Directions from Payson: Travel east on Hwy. 260 to Forest Road 289. The trail starts in the Upper Tonto Creek Campground. The trailhead is not easy to find from the parking lot if you don't know where to look-- it's actually on the opposite side of the dirt road and up the hill a ways past the campground.

Amazing trail! We ended up doing a 9.6 mile hike. Beautiful views. So peaceful. We went on a Thursday and saw maybe 10 people over the span of several hours. Great place, planning to go back and camp sometime.

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4 days ago

Beautiful trail with gradual incline. We arrived on a Saturday at 1 pm and found parking. Stuck to the trail and meandered near the creek for excellent photos. In and out in 4 hours. Loved hearing the wind in the trees and the flow of the creek.

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4 days ago

Very pretty trail. Got there a little later in the morning, around 9am on a Sunday and it was a little busy of a trail. The hike was nice, however and we enjoyed ourselves.

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11 days ago

Beautiful hike! My kids loved it too!

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14 days ago

This trail rules. There were a lot of butterflies, which was so neat! Also saw 2 snakes, including a king snake. There are actually 2 trails- you can veer off and walk along the creek for a good chunk of the way, which I highly recommend. To do that, just veer toward the creek at your first opportunity and you should be able to follow the creek-side trail for a while. Beautiful scenery, a few small waterfalls, plenty of shade ( but still bring a lot of water b/c it can get hot!), and several good camping spots. A definite must-see!

15 days ago

"All roads lead to Horton Springs". That's what we were told by some regulars that passed us. True. Hard to get completely lost on his one. The AllTrails app showed us being off trail several times, but this was due to trail maintenance and restoration. We even veered off trail and followed the Creek for awhile (eventually rejoining it again). Well worth the detour to enjoy the numerous falls and pools. A solid Intermediate hike for sure.

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19 days ago

Absolutely beautiful place, lots of places to get to the water. We went on a holiday weekend, it was busy but not so busy we couldn't find a place by ourselves. Easy trail to see and follow.

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20 days ago

Great trail! Easy enough hike, only loses a star because it can be tough to find the actual hike! Across a bridge and into the campsites. But, a fun relatively flat hike close enough to Phoenix for a day trip.