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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Embroidered club logo polo shirts are available in both men's and women's sizes. They may be purchased at club meetings and are offered at cost to members and non-members in a dazzling array of 14 color choices in both non-pilling 100% cotton ($29) and cotton/poly blend ($25). Club caps can also be ordered. The beautiful logo has been brilliantly reproduced in all its 12 colors in a classy style that will show your pride in our club.

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Activities for June, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013 to Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 12:00pm
Rating:
There will be A, B anc C rated hikes available
Leaders:
Bev Koslow: 480-415-7147
Dan Rothman: 480-991-1647

We’ll carpool from Phoenix to the South Rim on Friday morning, May 31, 2013, and split into two groups.

The South Rim group, led by Bev Koslow, will do a variety of “B” and “C” hikes along and below the South Rim on Friday and Saturday, and will stay both of those nights at Yavapai Lodge East on the South Rim.

The Rim-to-Rim Group, led by Dan Rothman, will take the noon shuttle on Friday from the South to North Rim, stay Friday night in a Pioneer Cabin on the North Rim, hike across the Canyon on Saturday (22 miles, 5,000 feet elevation gain, “A+” hike), then stay in the Yavapai Lodge East on the South Rim on Saturday night.

Members of both groups will have the option to join a group dinner at the Bright Angel Lodge on Saturday evening, then have breakfast and a casual hike on Sunday morning before driving back to Phoenix.

Participation in this event is limited to 10 persons for the South Rim group and 8 persons for the Rim-to-Rim group. Reservation begins on July 1, 2012 at 8 am. Call or e-mail Bev (480-415-7147, blkoslow@yahoo.com) to be included in the South Rim group, or Dan (480-991-1647, dwrr1@yahoo.com) to be included in the Rim-to-Rim group.

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 7:45am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 5-7 mi ELEV GAIN: < 1000 ft PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Gary - 623-878-6106
Tom - 602-264-9813

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8:00) at the parking lot, SW corner of 32nd ST and Lincoln, west of the Chase Bank building. This is a quick-paced exercise hike through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, which will encompass a variety of trails. Bring water and sunscreen. Cost to non-members is $5.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 5:00pm
Rating:
New & Fun!
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197

Let's socialize before the General Meeting at the Marriott Suites-3rd Avenue Grill, 7325 E. Third Avenue, immediately east of Scottsdale Road and just one block north of Indian School Road (480-945-1550). Please join us for a great selection of $5 appetizers, ranging from bleu cheese buffalo wings to a crudite platter & ranch dressing, to a flavoring of Arizona including chipotle fish tacos and south-west quesadillas. You'll enjoy a choice of a $5 margarita, a $5 specialty cocktail, $5 featured wines, $5 two for one mimosas, and $3 domestic bottle beer. Hikers, bikers, skiers...come one, come all! Guests are very welcome! How awesome we can enjoy happy hour steps away from our General Meeting!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 6:45pm

Meeting starts at 6:45 pm. The new location of our monthly General Membership meeting is the Marriott Suites in Old Town Scottsdale. The Marriott is located immediately east of Scottsdale Road at 7325 East Third Avenue, just one block north of Indian School Road.

AzOTC is 30!

Please join us for cake and beverages at the start of our general membership meeting to help celebrate AzOTC’s THIRTY YEARS!! of biking, hiking, adventure trips, camping, backpacking, trail work events and kayaking. The best part, celebrating our talented Board members past and present, our adventurous hiking/biking leaders, and speakers at the monthly membership meetings for their awesome presentations. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered in any way to make AzOTC the great club that it is.

Join professional archaeologist and photographer Ron Ryden as he shares some of his magnificent worldwide travel experiences. Travel to historic sites in Mexico, Superstition Mountains, the Ozarks, Civil War battlefields as well as the rural areas of Japan. See some magnificent photos of Grand Gulch in Utah, a primitive area accessible only on foot or with pack animals. Experience remarkable pictographs as we tour the prehistoric ruins of the Anasazi.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 7:00am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 8.2 mi ELEV GAIN: 1500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Grace - 480-767-1727, chenia@aol.com

Meet at 7 am (depart at 7:15) at the SE side of Denny's parking lot, SW corner of I-17 and Bell Road.

We’ll carpool to the trailhead in the Granite Mountain Wilderness near Prescott. Beginning in a forest, vegetation along the trail soon transitions to bushes, cacti, agave, and yucca plants. Large granite boulders appear as the land opens to nice views of Little Granite Mountain. The trail switchbacks up the southern slopes of Granite Mountain to the summit, partially covered by ponderosa pines. We’ll eat lunch at the viewpoint atop a group of large granite boulders. Wear sturdy boots, sunscreen, and a wide-brimmed hat. Bring lunch, snacks, and plenty of water. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 6:30am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 12-13 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Don Mowry - dgmowry@gmail.com

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at the Park & Ride, SW corner of Bell Rd & I-17.

We'll carpool to the trailhead at Mingus Mountain and start at Mescal Springs near Jerome. There will be great views of the Verde Valley at trail's end. We may see hang gliders up close and personal at their launch site on top. We'll plan to make a partial loop of Trails 105, 105A and 106. Bring lunch, at least three liters of water, electrolytes, sturdy hiking boots, and rain gear. This is a pretty fast-paced group, at least 2 mph average including uphill. No dogs or children, please. Bring $ for carpool. Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 7:45am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 5-7 mi ELEV GAIN: < 1000 ft PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Gary - 623-878-6106
Tom - 602-264-9813

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8:00) at the parking lot, SW corner of 32nd ST and Lincoln, west of the Chase Bank building. This is a quick-paced exercise hike through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, which will encompass a variety of trails. Bring water and sunscreen. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 6:45am
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV GAIN: 2600 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197
Les Cherow - 602-826-1843 (Cell)

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at the Park & Ride, southwest corner of I-17 and Bell Road.

We will start up the Humphries summit trail and bushwack off the trail to the site of a 1944 B-24J Bomber plane wreck. After visiting the site we’ll return to the summit trail and proceed to the Agassiz Saddle. Those wishing to add an extra 2 miles and 700 feet elevation gain can proceed on to Humphries Peak. We’ll be stopping in Flagstaff for something to eat after the hike. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and wear sturdy hiking boots. Also, bring rain gear in the unlikely event of an early monsoon storm. Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 7:45am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 5-7 mi ELEV GAIN: < 1000 ft PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Gary - 623-878-6106
Tom - 602-264-9813

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8:00) at the parking lot, SW corner of 32nd ST and Lincoln, west of the Chase Bank building. This is a quick-paced exercise hike through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, which will encompass a variety of trails. Bring water and sunscreen. Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 6:30am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 9-10 mi ELEV GAIN: 1900 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at the SE side of Denny’s parking lot, just west of the Bell Rd. and I-17.

Views of the San Francisco Peaks, the volcanic fields east of Flagstaff, Sunset Crater, and even the Painted Desert are yours to enjoy along this high country trail. Bring sunscreen, hat, at least 3 liters of water, lunch or snacks, rain gear, and $ for carpool. We’ll consider eating in Flagstaff before the drive home. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 6:45am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: ~6 mi ELEV GAIN: <500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Les Cherow - 602-826-1843
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

Meet Jim at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at the Park-and-Ride on the southwest corner of Bell Rd. and I-17.

This trail generally follows rolling terrain skirting the Kachina Peaks Wilderness at ~ 9,000 ft. elevation. This will be a one-way,~6-mile hike, with a ride back to Aspen Corner arranged in advance by Les. Spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks while hiking through pine and Aspen forest and across mountain meadows. Bring water, sunscreen, and $ for carpool. Weather expected to be dry this time of year but bring rain-gear just in case. Expect cool temperatures. Dinner in Flagstaff afterward before heading back to the Valley. Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, June 24, 2013 - 7:45am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 5-7 mi ELEV GAIN: < 1000 ft PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Gary - 623-878-6106
Tom - 602-264-9813

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8:00) at the parking lot, SW corner of 32nd ST and Lincoln, west of the Chase Bank building. This is a quick-paced exercise hike through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, which will encompass a variety of trails. Bring water and sunscreen. Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 6:45am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: ~12 mi ELEV GAIN: ~ <500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Ralph Engler - 602-996-7312(H) or 480-855-7062(C)

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at the McDonalds on the Carefree Hwy., just east of I-17.

This is an early summer hike thru the aspens, pines, and grassy meadows of a scenic section of the AZ Trail. We will hike from Aspen Corner down across Snowbowl Road and out to Schultz Tank. Depending on our hikers that day, some may want to hike in the reverse direction for a more strenuous hike with about 1500' elevation gain. Bring water, lunch or snack and sunscreen. No dogs or children. Cost to nonmembers is $5.

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 6:15am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
A Length: 14 mi Elev Gain: 2200 ft, plus a road march
Leaders:
Mark Ashley “Slow Mark” - 602-725-4993

Meet at 6:15 am (depart at 6:30) at Sheep Crossing.

Leader has not recon’d all legs; I will hike regardless. Be prepared for the altitude. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, lunch or snacks. Cost for non-members is $5.

Contact me for more details via e-mail by June 26 or please leave me a message on the 27 and 28 of June at Greer Glen LLL, phone number 520-977-0452.

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 6:45am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
B Length: ~10 mi Elev Gain: <1000 ft
Leaders:
Mark Ashley “Slow Mark” - 602-725-4993

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7 am) at trail head on 373. We will do at least the big loop.

Note leader has not recon’d; I will hike regardless. Be prepared for the altitude. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, lunch or snacks. Cost for non-members is $5.

Contact me for more details via e-mail by June 26 or please leave me a message on the 27 and 28 of June at Greer Glen LLL, phone number 520-977-0452.

Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 7:00am
Rating:
C LENGTH: ~ 4.0 mi ELEV GAIN: ~ 300 ft PACE: Casual
Leaders:
Larry - ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Park-&-Ride, on the SW side of Bell Road and of I-17.

We will be doing an easy hike, in & out, at 6,990 feet elevation just six miles east of Flagstaff. Here's a trail just a few minutes outside Flagstaff that offers good photo opportunities, interesting geology, great views, and direct access to a longer trail (the Arizona Trail) that stretches all the way across Arizona. Sandys Canyon Trail starts out by skirting the rim of Walnut Canyon, a scenic rift in the same layers of rock that form the upper cliffs of the Grand Canyon. From the trailhead, you get a great view of the San Francisco Peaks with the cliffs of Walnut Canyon in the foreground - time to reach for the camera. Afterwords we’ll gather for some good Mexican food & libations in Flagstaff. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, lunch or snacks, and $ for carpool. Children and dogs are welcome (NO lap dogs). Cost to non-members is $5.