Activities

Note: Unless otherwise specified in an activity’s description, there is no need to contact the leader to sign up for the activity – just show up on time at the designated meeting spot.

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Activities for April, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 7:00am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 15.9 mi. ELEV. GAIN: 650 ft. PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

This month, weather permitting, we’ll complete our goal – to hike all 194.2 miles of trails in the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve in one hiking season!! We started on Monday, October 16th and will finish on Monday, April 30th.  The hikes this month are generally quite long and flat, though our final one on April 30th is short.  On different weeks, we’ll be hiking from trailheads in the Northern, Central and Southern Areas of the Preserve, so be careful to read the hike description each week for the meeting place.  Our meeting times will always be 7:00 am and we’ll start hiking promptly by 7:05. 

Meet at 7:00 am (start 7:05 am) at the new Pima Dynamite Trailhead, located on the north side of Dynamite Road about 100 yards east of Pima Road.

Today’s hike starts off on the Axle Grease Trail and will take us to the Broken Spoke and Old Camp Trails, located near the north end of the Preserve.  We’ll also be hiking on many other trails in the northwest, including Buckshot, Corral, High Desert, etc.  The trails are all generally soft and flat, so we’ll be maintaining a fast pace.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 6:45pm

Location: Granite Reef Senior Center, located in Scottsdale on Granite Reef Road just north of McDowell Road.

Danube River Bike & Barge Trip
What path does the Danube River follow through Europe? And what are the major cities and sights a person can see while following the River - by bike?!  Join long-time AHTC member Bev Koslow as she takes you on a virtual tour down the Danube from Passau to Budapest. See what 16 club members experienced in September 2017 as they pedaled through Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia along the Danube. Enjoy the ride through capital cities, quaint villages, wineries, castles, abbeys, Cold War memorials, etc. Finally, top the trip off with Oktoberfest in Munich -- what a party!!!

If you are looking for something special to do for your next adventure, or want to know what AHTC trips are like, join Bev as she recaps this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 10:00am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 6 mi ELEV GAIN: 640 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

Meet at 10 am at the signed Water Users parking lot on the Bush Highway (where Salt River tubers are bused, just below the Stewart Mountain Dam). Turn into this lot and make an immediate left in a second lot to reach the meeting place. Email me if you need a photo drawing of the Water Users area. Display a Tonto pass or a National Park senior pass on your vehicle.

The first part of the hike follows my February 27th hike, through a tunnel under the Bush Hwy and along a wash and unnamed trails, but we'll then cross back over the Bush Hwy to a petroglyph site where we'll have great views overlooking Saguaro Lake, the Salt River, and the dam.  Other sites to be enjoyed on this hike are Four Peaks, McDowells, Superstitions, and the surrounding Goldfields. We'll then come down out of the mountains and mostly follow the river back to our vehicles. Trail conditions range from sandy to sometimes rocky trails. Hiking time will be around 3.5 hours.

Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a snack. Hiking sticks would be helpful. Only guests and new members need to contact the hike leader prior to the hike.

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:00am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 14.7 mi ELEV. GAIN: 690 ft. PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

Meet at 6:00 am (start 6:05 am) at the new Pima Dynamite Trailhead, located on the north side of Dynamite Road about 100 yards east of Pima Road.

We’ll be starting off today, as last Monday, on the Axle Grease Trail, following it to its end where it becomes the West Express Trail, and then proceeding on West Express all the way to the north end of the Preserve.  Along the way, we’ll detour onto and explore the Malpais Trail.  On the return, we’ll follow Powerline Road #1 for a considerable distance before diverting to Rawhide Wash, which will take us all the way back to Pima Road.  The trails are flat and smooth, and the pace will be fast.

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 6:00am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 15.0 mi ELEV. GAIN: 510 ft. PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

Meet at 6:00 am (start 6:05) at the FRAESFIELD TRAILHEAD, 13400 E. Rio Verde Drive, located on the north side of Dynamite/Rio Verde Road, approximately 6 miles east of Pima Road, at 134th Street (go to www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve for further directions.) 

We’ll be hiking in the southeast quadrant of the Northern Region of the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve, on trails that will include Yucca, Turpentine, Dixileta, Whiskey Bottle, Black Hill, Monument and 136th Street Express.  Our pace will be fast on these flat and smooth trails.

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 6:00am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
A LENGTH: 17.3 mi ELEV. GAIN: 510 ft. PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

Meet at 6:00 am (start 6:05) at the TOM’S THUMB TRAILHEAD located at 23015 N. 128th Street (go to www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve for further directions.)  This one-way hike will involve a car shuttle.  Please contact one of the leaders if you’re willing to arrive at 6:40 am at the Fraesfield Trailhead on Rio Verde/Dynamite Road and shuttle from there to the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead. 

The Gooseneck Trail is a long, winding and very pleasant connector between the Southern and Northern regions of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  We’ll be hiking from south to north along the Gooseneck, and exploring a number of shorter trails (e.g., Rock Knob, Saguaro Nest and Redbird) along the way.  Although the hike is our longest one to date, the trails are smooth and flat, and the desert scenery is great.  We’ll be maintaining a fast pace.

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 6:00am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 7.5 mi ELEV. GAIN: 1500 ft. PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

Meet at 6:00 am (start 6:05) at the LOST DOG WASH TRAILHEAD located at 12601 N. 124th Street (go to www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve for further directions.)  We have now hiked all but 1.1 miles of the 194.2-mile McDowell-Sonoran Preserve trail system. 

The remainder consists of three very short, flat access trails located near the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead.  We’ll do these first, give ourselves a group hug, and then for exercise climb to Sunrise Peak and back, a round-trip of around 6 miles and 1500 feet elevation gain. 

Congratulations to all who’ve participated in some or all of our Mondays in the McDowells exercise hikes this year.