hiking
2 days ago

Very easy to get to. No mystery there. The trail is on the opposite side of the small parking area. You can take the trail up away from the creek or get down closer for more of a trudge but with a view of the creek. Many beautiful spots to stop and picnic along the way which is nice for keeping away from others. Good hike for dogs.

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bugs
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rocky
3 days ago

Easy trail with beautiful plants. Not populated

Did this loop clockwise starting at 8:00am in late May. Was fairly crowded but still plenty of space. Such a beautiful clump to the spring just past the confluence with the Highline trail. I then took the left side trail up past the waterfall as this trail the connects way up with the rim road. I only hiked up 15 minutes and then back down. Very steep but some great views. Then once back at the creek I ran east on the Highline trail and down the Derrick trail. The confluence is well marked but the sign only faces towards the Derrick trail, as if you were coming up that. The only bummer is the Derrick trail itself, at least for running on tired legs. Most of the trail is rocky and hard to get good stable purchases. Perhaps next time I run this counter clockwise so that my legs are fresh when tackling these rocks.

There’s a small parking (15 cars maybe) lot otherwise find parking along the roadside. Trail head is up towards the campground (across the street over the bridge from the parking). A little bit of a dry start but the more you get it the more beauty you see. Tons of opportunities to take pictures Creekside. Moderate elevation gain on a wide trail. We didn’t do the full 8. Advice: take your time and enjoy the creek

we arrived at 8AM and the parking lot was full. we found a roadside spot easily (on our way out it was packed). The trail was beautiful, there is a main trail, but there are also trails right on the creek for a a large part of the trip. you will easily miss out on some beautiful photo opportunities if you stay on the main trail.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful trail along the creek the whole way. Mostly shaded. Very well kept. I didn’t hike the last bit after the small waterfall as that takes you to the Rim Road #300 without a Rim view.

hiking
5 days ago

This is a beautiful trail. There are many spots to sit by the creek or swim in some of the pools. Beautiful flowers and wildlife as well. The trail is well marked - as others have mentioned, it’s 8 miles round trip to the springs (more like 12 to the rim). One thing not many mentioned before which is fairly important to know - poison ivy (and possibly oak) everywhere! Wear long pants if you plan to trek towards the water.

Great day out on the trail. Saw no one on Y bar trail. The barnhardt section of the trail was a tad more busy.

backpacking
5 days ago

We just did this as an overnight backpacking trip and took it all the way to the rim this past weekend. Agreed with others - parking can get busy if you are there on the weekend. Beautiful hike up to the springs, and once you get mile-ish in there is plenty of water from the spring. Lots of beautiful camping spots along spring but it looks like camping is restricted in the area of the springs until August. Still, lovely day hiking spot and you'll find many others on the trail during the weekend. IF you want to hike up to the rim, you definitely get a good workout in. We found this 8.5 round trip to be a bit off. I'd say its roughly 3.5 miles to the Springs (the trail sign said 4 miles), and then another ~1.5 miiles to the top of the rim (trail sign said another 2 miles). Roughly 900ft elevation gain to get to the springs, and then another ~1500 feet over the last mile and a half. Beautiful views up top, and plenty of dispersed camping if you take a right at the top. Water is limited up top, so if you're filtering, fill up at the Springs at the bottom before you head up. In my opinion, prepare to hike the rim and you'll be rewarded with beautiful views!

hiking
5 days ago

Pretty trail and was enjoyable and nice to be along the creek for most of the way. Can be a little confusing a couple times as to which way to go, but still worth it. Parking gets packed.

ohv/off road driving
6 days ago

Fun trail. Started easy from the south start of trail. Got interesting with streams and nice views. Definite off road camp sites. Very good close to payson trail.

Well marked trail, but rocky! Not really a scenic trail. Only hiked up to 4.50 mi mark on the Y Bar #44 trail before going off trail to find some hidden pools in which we did! Tough scramble down getting to them but worth it, then the hike out and back on the trail wasn’t better due to the whole trail being rocky, but overall Solid hike. I give it 5 stars because we found the pools which was rewarding after a tough hike

Steep, rocky incline for the first two miles. There were bees swarming around for the first two miles, too. Once you get to the pines it is a pretty hike to the lake. However, the climb in and out were not fun. It was very steep climbing back out. It was dusty, slippery, and narrow in some parts.

hiking
9 days ago

We couldn’t find the trail. I would love if someone who has done the actual trail to share it with me. The creek was nice though. My instagram username is ruth.jay8

hiking
off trail
10 days ago

I’d recommend this to anyone looking to get some self-care. Light walking, a lot of walking in rocks and being in or around the creek!

Pretty trail, definitely a difficult first mile or two and then after you mount the rim it flattens out and it’s a nice walk to the lake. The lake was pretty busy and it’s accessible by car so if you’re looking for isolation, don’t camp there. Absolutely gorgeous views the entire trip though. Also, we passed by a view bee hives so beware. Don’t underestimate the downhill, it can be rough on the knees!

backpacking
11 days ago

Got there Friday night and slept in the van. Hiked in Saturday morning with my 10 year old and dog and set up camp along the creek. Explored all day and played in the creek. Amazing how the water just comes right out of the rock. lots of people, but long wide well maintained trail with plenty of room. Beautiful country with lots of trees and wildlife. Saw a black rattlesnake about 20 feet off trail. Hiked out Sunday morning about 9. Parking lot was full and several cars parked along the road. Definitely one of my favorites so far.

Good trail till you get to the lake. After that is a bit of randomness past a campground (accessible by car).

hiking
12 days ago

Make sure you get there early. Gets way over crowded. Beautiful hike pretty gradual all the way up with plenty of shade. Many different little falls all the way up to the spring.

hiking
12 days ago

Very popular trail! Get there early to find parking. Got there at 9 am and parking was full! Definitely hard to find if you don’t know where you are going! If you park along road the trail is to the right of bridge. If you cross over bridge and park in picnic area you have to walk across bridge and go to the left. Wish it was better marked! Spent 1.5 miles walking around trying to find it! Otherwise definitely a nice hike! Moderate to hard the last stretch if you want to get to Springs!

hiking
12 days ago

Got there around 10 AM, parking lot was full so we parked on the side of the road along with many others. The Alltrails map is misleading, as the 8 mile trip is from the trailhead to the springs. To get to the the top (rim) to 300, would be another 4 miles to and from, so total of 12 miles -- This portion, I believe, is the Horton Springs Trail 292 - a lot more challenging. Loved being able to take several detours along the route to soak in the beauty of the creek. I was hoping to see more water at the spring, though...

Nice hike and the trail was certainly easy. Lots of families....good hike for kids.

hiking
18 days ago

From the trail head to Horton Springs, it is probably one of the best trails in Arizona. The climb from the springs up to the Rim Road is very difficult. That part of the trail is seldom used and poorly marked. The trip back down is tricky with loose rocks and steep areas. But overall, a wonderful trail!

hiking
18 days ago

This was a great hike, we hit the trail just before 8 and there was plenty of parking still available. The 8 mile trip is from the start to the spring and back. If you complete the whole trail past that I think it’s more like a 12 miles and it gets to be pretty steep from there. Also all the restrooms in the campground area are closed.

hiking
rocky
18 days ago

Awesome place to hike and explore. Beautiful scenery and a nice little place to dip your feet in the water for a chill feel. A little crowded when I was there but it still worked quite well.

hiking
19 days ago

this was so beautiful left side and right side under the bridge. took my pup and she loved it!! I would add pictures but I'm not sure how to. but you can follow me on Instagram @princess_aliz and we can always meet up and go together!! enjoy hiking guys!!

hiking
scramble
19 days ago

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