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 July, 2013

Monday, July 1, 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.

Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 7:00am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
C LENGTH: ~3+ mi ELEV GAIN: ~900 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Larry - ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548

Hike has been postponed until fall and will be included as part of a 4X4 run.

We will carpool to the Kelsey Spring trailhead located 24.1 miles SW of central Flagstaff. A high clearance vehicle may be needed for the final 1.8 miles. From the Kelsey trailhead you immediately descend into a shady forested canyon of Ponderosa pine mixed with douglas fir, gambel oak and juniper trees. Most of the length of the trail is gradual up and down with only a few short steep areas. We may decide to additionally visit Kelsey Spring, Dorsey Spring or the cabin at Winter Cabin Spring. There are many spectacular panoramic views of Sycamore Canyon as you hike along the trail. Expect to stop for lunch & libations at Flagstaff’s La Fonda Mexican Restaurant afterward.

Monday, July 8, 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, July 13, 2013 - 9:00am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 4 mi ELEV GAIN: 1500 ft PACE: Leisurely - Option for C+ Hikers (uphill)
Leaders:
Jeanie & Van - 623-465-7440

Call leaders by Wednesday July 10

Meet at 9:00 am (depart at 9:15) at the McDonalds in Flagstaff. I-17 ends as it enters Flagstaff. The McDonalds is on the left as you start through town. The leaders will already be in Flagstaff.

We will hike downhill on the Arizona Trail from the Hart Prairie Lodge to Aspen Corner. Car shuttle involved. Any uphill hikers can start at Aspen Corner and go up. We will continue by vehicle to the upper Lodge and ride the Chairlift onto Agassiz Peak for fantastic views of dormant volcanoes and all the way to Grand Canyon. The chairlift is free if you are 70 or older. Then we will head down to La Fonda for great Mexican food. Bring snacks and plenty of water. Hike will be canceled in case of rain. No dogs. $5 fee for non-members.

Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 9:00am
Rating:
D LENGTH: 2 mi ELEV GAIN: 200 ft PACE: Leisurely
Leaders:
Jeanie & Van - 623-465-7440

Call leaders by Wednesday July 10

Meet at 9:00 am (depart at 9:15) at the McDonalds in Flagstaff. I-17 ends as it enters Flagstaff. The McDonalds is on the left as you start through town. The leaders will be staying overnight Saturday (see Saturday hike above).

We will drive east on Interstate 40 about 13 miles to the National Monument. $5 per person entry fee (free with Golden Age cards). Walnut Canyon is lined on both sides with 700 year old Cliff Dwellings. We will walk down 200 steps to hike around the Island Trail and among 25 dwellings. ½ of the trail is closed for repairs so we will backtrack up to the top. We will hike around on top for views of the other cliff dwellings. After the hike we continue east on 1-40 to check out the new Twin Arrows Navajo Casino and have lunch. Admission ticket to Walnut Canyon is also good at Sunset Crater National Monument and Wupatki National Monument for the rest of the day if anyone wants to visit them. Bring snacks and plenty of water. Hike will be canceled in case of rain. No dogs. $5 fee for non-members.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 6:45am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1500 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 I-17 and Carefree Hwy McDonalds parking lot.

This is a summer hike through the aspens, pines, and grassy meadows of a relatively new section of the AZ Trail. Bring water and sunscreen. No dogs or children. Hike will be canceled in case of rain. Cost to nonmembers is $5.

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 6:15am
Rating:
B LENGTH: ~12 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Slow Mark - mnashley@yahoo.com, 602-725-4993

Meet at 6:15 am (depart at 6:30) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just west of I-17.

Join Slow Mark on the Kachina Trail as we use the Flagstaff Celtic Festival as cover to "go Celtic" on this hike. Highland dress, face-paint, fake swords or other (fake) weapons are welcome, just no "Heavy Horse." Storm activity may curtail the length of the hike and the optional "Celtic Charge" across Hart Prairie but not our ability to make a scene alongside other Celtic Warriors at a local restaurant! Remember....."They may take our lives, but they cannot take our FACE-PAINT!!!” Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks, and $ for carpool. Contact Mark if more details are needed. Hike will be canceled in case of rain. Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 6:45am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 8 or 9.4 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1100 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com
Jim L - panamjim@gmail.com

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at Wendy's in Fountain Hills, Shea Blvd. just west of Highway 87 (Beeline). The U-Bar Trail is part of the Cabin Loop, a system of trails that connect 3 historic cabins in the Mogollon Rim Country. Enjoy this scenic hike above 7000 feet elevation which features a permanent stream, grassy meadows, a variety of trees, and the ruins of an old cabin. We’ll start hiking near the southern trailhead and hike north for 4 miles. Faster hikers can continue another 0.7 miles to Barbershop Canyon if they wish. This is an in-and-out hike with good trail conditions. Getting to the trailhead requires a long but very scenic drive along the Rim Road. Bring sunscreen, hat, at least 3 liters of water, lunch or snacks, rain gear, and $ for carpool. We’ll consider stopping to eat before the drive home. Hike will be canceled in case of a monsoon rain. Cost to non-members is $5.

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Rating:
Island Tropical!
Leaders:
Mary Parke - 480-296-5796

Wear your Hawaiian shirt or grass skirt and join us at Tommy Bahama’s in Kierland Commons (15205 N. Kierland Blvd.,Scottsdale, phone 480-505-3668).

This happy hour is for all of us hearty souls that summer in Arizona. Half price small plates including Ahi Tuna, Fish Tacos, Prime Beef Sliders, Macadamia goat cheese, Jerk Chicken Lollipops and more. $6 signature cocktails, $4 drafts and well drinks, $5 wine and $7 martinis. Stay after for dinner or shop for beach gear. Guests welcome!

Saturday, July 27, 2013
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV GAIN: 3000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - (480-773-5197 cell)

Call hike leader for meeting time and location no later than Thursday, July 25th. Some of us may wish to drive up and spend Friday night in Flagstaff before the hike.

The hike starts with a steep 3-mile ascent to Mt. Elden Lookout, with beautiful views of Mt. Humphreys and the entire Flagstaff area and beyond. We’ll then continue our counter-clockwise loop hike around the Mountain on a series of excellent, generally low-gradient downhill trails through lush forests of pine and aspen. The last section of the hike, on the south side of the Mountain, will take us back to our cars via the Pipeline and Forces of Nature Trails. There are some exposed sections, so be sure to bring your sunscreen, plenty of water, sturdy hiking boots and rain gear. Hike will be canceled in case of rain. Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, July 29, 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.