Horton Creek Trail

MODERATE 118 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, and fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.8 miles 1233 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash







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.

1 day ago

Very fun hike and beautiful scenery! Easy for kids

6 days ago

great trail easy

7 days ago

8 days ago

Gorgeous trail. Next to the water the entire time.

9 days ago

This is a great trail that keeps getting better as you get closer to the top or near Highline Trail. Don't overlook finding the origin of the spring. It's pretty neat.

16 days ago

26 days ago

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. Even so, I couldn't follow the trail because it had been washed out by the creek. I attempted a couple different crossings but the water was too deep and moving too quickly for me to cross safely, thus ending my hike about 2 minutes after it started (not including the time I spent wandering around trying to find it...). I gave up and went somewhere else as there's no shortage of other options in the area. There's many beautiful views of the water, and lots of little walking paths ~.10mi in length scattered about. It makes the trail confusing to find, but some nice spots anyway. I might try this hike another time later in the season when the water level is lower.

29 days ago

Nice trail, comfortable for waking or running. Great view of the creek most of the way. Horton Sorting at the end is a beautiful sight, but it's a great walk even if you don't reach the end. Had a little challenge crossing the creek by jumping rocks, but no big deal even for the pregnant lady.

30 days ago

1 month ago

Great run/walk trail, great for the soul

2 months ago

It's lovely!

2 months ago

awesome trail !

3 months ago

Awesome trail. Snow on the ground. Moderate rating is spot on. If anything I'd say it's on the easy side of moderate. Mostly steady incline the whole way up. Gets slightly steep towards the end. Make sure you find the spring where the creek starts.

3 months ago

Breathtaking and therapeutic!

4 months ago

mountain biking
4 months ago

A nice MTB trail with some challenging technical and a fun downhill back to the start. Not a trail for beginners for sure but the spring is rather rewarding once finished.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Listening to the creek as you hike was really nice.