Derrick/Horton Creek Loop Hike (Payson)

Date: 
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 06:45
Leaders: 
Bev - blkoslow@yahoo.com, 480-415-7147
Rating: 
B LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV. GAIN: 1600 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at 6:45 am (depart 7:00) at Wendy's on Shea Blvd, just west of the Beeline Hwy.

The Derrick trail, in the beautiful Ponderosa Pines of Payson, begins at the Tonto Campgrounds just off of Hwy 260. It climbs up, up, up for 3 miles and 1240 feet,, with a few short spur trail options along the way. Once we summit, we'll hike a short gradual downhill on the Horton Springs trail to Horton Springs for a well deserved break/lunch. Break will be followed by an easy 3.5 mile decent on the Horton Springs trail to our cars.

Bring a minimum 2-3 quarts of water, lunch, and snacks. Hiking boots are highly recommended for our climb. Cost to nonmembers is $5.