After taking nearly ten days off my feet (running/hiking), I had to get out and do something before I went completely stir-crazy. This nagging calf injury has really put a damper on my summer training and recreation for the past 5 weeks, so I was very excited to be outdoors and stretch my legs. Ben and I made a last minute trip up to Payson on Sunday now that the fire ban has been lifted along the base of the Mogollon Rim.
Horton Creek is a very popular summer hiking destination because of the cool weather, great scenery, and a constant flowing stream that creates a microclimate below the rim. Today we had it all to ourselves. The only sounds came from nature; running water, birds, and the wind blowing through the trees. Ahh, how nice! What a way to de-stress.
A section of our loop crossed paths with the Highline trail #31, the same trail that the Zane Grey 50 mile endurance run is held on in April. I had a few painful flashbacks from the 2011 race. Click here for a recap.