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Horton Creek - Fellowship Adventures Hike


Aug 10

9:00 am


Aug 10

12:00 pm

Event Description:


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    • Where - Horton Creek
    • When - 9:00 AM Saturday, August 10th
    • Location - Horton Creek (map)
    • Travel time - 2 hours from Calvary's central campus
    • Carpool - Departs Calvary central campus at 6:30 AM 
    • Cost - $0



Join us on the Horton Creek Trail, originally an old wagon road, as it climbs and meanders through shady stands of oak, cottonwood, sycamore and sumac.  Side trails lead down to the creek, where crystal-clear water splashes over a series of small waterfalls.  This is an especially fine hike for a day away from the heat of the Valley of the Sun.


Groups will start hiking at 9:00 AM and everyone should be done by noon.    Please plan on being at the registration tables by 8:30 AM so you can be assigned to your group and we can start hiking as soon as possible. 

New to Fellowship Adventures?

Please review the Things to Know information.  

For your first hike with us, we highly recommend registering for one level below the level you think fits your ability.  Also, please remember to eat before you come so you will have the energy to hike. 


Take I-17 north to Loop 101 east.  Exit at Shea going eastbound to Arizona 87 (Beeline Highway) north to Payson. Go east on Arizona 260 about 16.5 miles, then north on Tonto Creek Road (Forest Road 289) about 0.8 mile to the Tonto Creek Recreation Area.  Look for Fellowship Adventures signs.

Click here to get detailed directions from Calvary Community Church.  


Parking is limited in the immediate event staging area.  We encourage carpooling.  You can sign up for carpooling during the registration process.  For details on how carpooling works, see the Carpooling section of the "Things to Know" page.

Carpools will meet at Calvary central campus (west side by the mail boxes) – last carpool leaves at 6:30 AM.

Park entrance fee


Elevation change

About 1,060 feet for the out-and-back; 1,380 feet if you do the long loop

Difficulty level

Moderate to the spring and back; strenuous for the loop


This hike will include 4 levels of hiking.  You will sign up for a level when registering.  The levels are listed below, or see levels of difficulty for more details.

Roadrunners – For the serious, go-fast hiker who desires the challenge of speed and distance (7 to 10 miles) and prefers to race past the sagebrush rather than smell it!

Coyotes – For the recreational hiker who desires energetic physical activity (4 to 7 miles) and the opportunity to stop and smell the sagebrush.

Prairie Dogs – For the casual hiker and families who want to get some exercise (about 3 miles) but will stop to enjoy the view and rest as they hike.

Geckos – For the person or family new to hiking or just coming back from a long time away.  They will do about 2 miles of relatively flat trail.


Children are more then welcome to join this event, but please read the Children section of the "Things to Know" page before you come. 

        Roadrunners - minimum age of 15*, if experienced

        Coyotes - minimum age of 10*, if experienced

        Prairie Dogs & Geckos - minimum age of 6*, unless you are going to carry them

* If you are bringing a child under the age of 18 for whom you are not the parent or legal guardian, a Medical Waiver/Consent Form must be completed, signed by a parent or legal guardian and presented at the check-in prior to the event.


Dogs are welcome on all except the Roadrunner hike.  Remember to consider the heat before bringing Fido and please read the Pets section of the "Things to Know" page.

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