Horton Creek Trail

MODERATE 175 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.

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16 days ago

Beautiful hike! Didn't realize the trail actually goes along the creek so went about 2 miles back on the "upper trail" before finding some smaller falls. Then walked back along the creek. Absolutely stunning views. Fairly easy, listen for the creek and then make your way down, there are unmarked trails. (We weren't the only ones on the wrong trail)

hiking
17 days ago

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17 days ago

Awesome hike! Even did some trail running! Had the pups, such a good break from the city!

hiking
18 days ago

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18 days ago

Decided to get out of the valley for the day and I took my pup hiking here. We both absolutely loved it. It's very quiet and you can hear/see the water for majority of the hike. It definitely gets more challenging the higher you go. Be careful though. I came across a rattle snake and a coral snake sitting directly on the path. Luckily I was paying attention because my dog was not. Bring plenty of water!!

Once you get to the parking lot (which is very small), walk back across the bridge and up the dirt path to get to the trail.

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Beautiful hike!

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24 days ago

Beautiful peaceful hike. Flowing water and sound of wind through the pines. Partially shaded. We hiked three hours and did not make it to the end. It was so beautiful and we will go back.

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