Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona
by Renee Guillory (The Mountaineers Books)
© Renee Guillory/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
This is a very nice trail that is poorly marked. There are no blazes and it is easy to take one of the many parallel trails that all lead to the same place. The parking area is across the street from the Tonto Creek Campground. The day we were there it was obvious the pit toilet had not been serviced in quite some time. The trailhead is inside the gate to the campground and drops immediately into the streambed for a short distance before starting up the grade. The trail actually ends at the Highline Trail intersection but Horton Springs are only a couple hundred yards away at that point and you need to make at right at the intersection and follow the water upstream. The cool water coming straight out of the mountain in the shade of the huge Ponderosa Pines is a great spot for lunch. We took just under 2 hours to get to the spring and about the same back down. The temperature was hovering in the high 60’s and the local residents were active, we ran into a 3’ rattlesnake on the trail. It was sunning and warned us on approach then gave up the trail to us.
Great hike, Beware of Yellow jackets that reside in a downed tree near creek. It was not on the main trail but a side trail that followed the creek more closely.
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