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 October, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 5:00pm
Rating:
New & Fun!
Leaders:
Self-Hosted

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, October 1, 2013 - 6:45pm

The 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. Join Elias Butler, one of our favorite speakers, as he presents a magnificent slide show and shares some very serious concerns about Oak Flat. The Mesa we know as Oak Flat, beautiful landscape that was set aside for permanent preservation in the 1950s by President Eisenhower, is facing a daunting challenge. A bill currently in Congress would privatize this federally protected recreation area, so that a foreign copper mining company can operate a massive mine here. Such action would destroy a magnificent area for rock climbers, hikers, birdwatchers, hunters, and canyoneers. Should this action come to pass, you might want to place Oak Flat on your immediate bucket list. You don't want to miss this meeting.

Monday, October 7, 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, October 8, 2013 - 5:55am
Rating:
C to B DISTANCE: 15-23 mi
Leaders:
Karl - kfw300@gmail.com

Meet at 5:55 pm (depart at 6:10) at the parking lot on the west side of Zipps Sports Grill on the south west corner of Camelback and Miller. This ride will take us east to the Greenbelt and then south. If there are enough riders will pair up and ride at their own speed for 35 minutes south and turn around, regrouping where we entered the greenbelt, then returning to Zipps. If the group is small we will proceed south at a C pace. HELMETS and lights required. Suggest bringing a spare tube in case of a flat tire. Bring water and (optional) money for Zipps after the ride. Ride will be canceled in case of rain. There is a $5 fee for non-members.

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 5:00am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: ~12.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 3000+ ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Don - dgmowry@gmail.com
Dan - dwrr1@yahoo.com

We start on the Marshall Gulch Trail, shortly connecting with the beautiful Wilderness of Rocks Trail, where amazing large granite boulders, water carved canyons and Hoodoos abound. We'll have panoramic views of Tucson, Mt. Lemmon and Sabino Canyon. Once we connect with the high country Mt. Lemmon Trail, it's a 5 mile uphill climb to the summit. Bring your lungs! We'll hike to 9,100 ft., then connect with the Aspen Trail that returns us to the Marshall Gulch Trail and we're on our way home.

Email either hike leader if you’re interested at least two days before the hike. If there’s sufficient interest in this great hike, it’s on unless there are possible closures due to fire or storms. There is a $5 per vehicle park entry fee, but a National Park Pass will suffice. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 6:45am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV GAIN: Unknown but not flat! PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Missed the Turn Mark - 602-725-4993, mnashley@yahoo.com

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at the northeast corner of the Radisson Fort McDowell parking lot, off the Beeline Hwy just north of Shea (call me if questions).

PINK OUT...PINK OUT! Join "Missed the Turn" Mark and the intrepid Mindy on yet ANOTHER attempt at a theme hike. Dress and paint in pink and join us for a bit of a drive to Pinetop for this loop hike in the fall. As I do not work the next day, a late return is fine with me! Bonus hiker chips for any one who agrees to pink hair spray! That said, dress for fall conditions in the Pinetop area and be prepared for plenty of pink sillyness! Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $$ for carpool. Check in with the leader if weather appears to threaten. Note the leader might not be able to recce this beforehand! Apres hike meal to be PINKED OUT! Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, October 14, 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, October 16, 2013 - 8:15am
Rating:
B- DISTANCE: ~20 - 30 mi
Leaders:
Ray - HikeAZ@aol.com

Meet at 8:15 am (depart at 8:30) at the parking lot on the north end of Tempe Kiwanis Park between Mill Ave. and Kyrene on the south side of Baseline Road.

This ride will take us east along the Western Canal through Chandler and into Gilbert and then back. HELMETS required. Bring plenty of water. Ride will be canceled in case of rain. There is a $5 fee for non-members.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 6:45am
Rating:
C (one short, semi-steep descent- walking stick recommended) LENGTH: 2 mi ELEV GAIN: 400ft PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Les C - 602 826-1843
Jan Stockman - 602 376-0196

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at the Park and Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just west of I-17.

Enjoy, and photograph, a very special hidden-away area sure to be filled with hundreds, (thousands?) of scarlet-leafed 'Big-tooth' Maples. The bright foliage is guarantee to hurt your eyes. Bring your camera, sunscreen, hat, boots, water, snacks and $$ for carpool. Happy hour/late lunch in Flagstaff following this excursion. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 7:00am
Rating:
C LENGTH: ~55+ mi ELEV GAIN: ~+400 ft PACE: Enjoyable
Leaders:
Don Mahr - mahr.don@gmail.com, 602 339-8835
Larry A - ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548
, Chuck Williams, Honorary Leader

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the bank parking lot on the NW corner of Thunderbird and Scottsdale Rd.

We will group up in vehicles suited for this adventure. Most vehicles from SUVs with ground clearance up to 4X4s will work. Any questions, please call Don or Larry.

The route will be to drive north on Scottsdale Road to Cave Creek, north on Seven Springs Road (FR24) to FR 269, turn right and drive southeast to Sheep Bridge & return on same route. Sheep Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and is surrounded by magnificent desert scenery. If we have the will & the time there is a soaking tub and hot spring just to the north of the bridge on the west shore of the Verde River. It's a nice shaded place to relax under an archway of willows. On the return we can stop for lunch & libations at The Horny Toad in Cave Creek. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $ for carpool. Children and dogs welcome. This event will be canceled if there is inclement weather in the forecast. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 7:00am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: ~ 6.8 mi ELEV GAIN: ~700 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Larry - ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just west of I-17.

Yes, I've scheduled this hike twice & it’s been rained out both times! We will carpool to the Woodchute Trailhead located just past the Potato Patch Campground on the top of Mingus Mountain. The August & September dates were to escape Valley heat – October will be to experience AZ's fall colors. This trail offers a moderately short, not too strenuous hike beginning at 7,000 ft through cool mountain meadows and open forests of pine and juniper. And the view from our turnaround point at the north end of Woodchute Mountain is magnificent!

Expect to stop for lunch & libations afterwards at Prescott Valley’s Taqueria Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $$ for carpool. Children, well behaved outdoor dogs are welcome. Hike canceled if it rains. Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 7:45am
This event has been canceled.
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, October 22, 2013 - 7:45am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 5-6 mi ELEV GAIN: <1500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Ralph Engler - 480 8557062 (Cell)

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8:00) at the Dreamy Draw parking lot (North end); east of Rte 51.

This is a hike through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve along Trail 1A. The pace will be adjusted for the group and the temp. Bring plenty of water and sun-screen. No dogs or children. Cost to nonmembers is $5.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 8:15am
Rating:
B- DISTANCE: ~20 - 30 mi
Leaders:
Ray - HikeAZ@aol.com

Meet at 8:15 am (depart at 8:30) at the first parking lot just South of the 202 on Miller Road/76th Street on the North Bank of Tempe Town Lake.

This loop ride will take us around Tempe Lake and on the Scottsdale Greenbelt and will be on some city streets. HELMETS required. Bring plenty of water. Ride will be canceled in case of rain. There is a $5 fee for non-members.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 6:45am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 6 mi ELEV GAIN: minimal PACE: Medium/Slow
Leaders:
Les C - 602 826-1843
Grace C - 858 663-5173 (cell)

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at the Park and Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just west of I-17.

We will journey through Sedona to the always beautiful West Fork of Oak Creek and hike up-stream, enjoying nature's Fall colors. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, water, snacks and $$ for carpool. Don't forget your camera!! Happy Hour/early dinner in Sedona following the hike. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 6:45am
Rating:
A! LENGTH: Around 9 mi ELEV GAIN: 3000 ft plus PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Missed the Turn Mark - 602-725-4993, mnashley@yahoo.com

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

Join "Missed The Turn" Mark (a semi-summit veteran of AZ's highest peak) and the intrepid Mindy for a late fall summit attempt! Mystery theme possible..and don't be surprised if a costume is involved! That said, weather permitting, we will attempt a fall ascent of our state's highest point! First time 12ers are put on notice to join this hike! Dress for fall conditions in Flagstaff and a big elevation gain.

Check with the leader given the late date and possible weather. We may turn back at the saddle and apres-hike meal will depend on when we finish. Breath the thin air with this former 14er and I promise to do as many pushups as I can at 12,600 feet! Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $$ for carpool. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 9:15am
Leaders:
Mary Parke – 480-296-5796

Meet at 9:15 am (depart at 9:30) at the Holiday Inn east side parking area, just south of US 60 on Country Club Dr. in Mesa.

Bring your camera and come view fall colors as we walk through the grounds at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. The Arboretum is located at Highway 60 Milepost #223 near Superior, about one hour's drive due east of Phoenix on the Superstition Freeway. In addition to the grounds, this is the last day of the Fall Plant Sale featuring plants available for purchase that are grown by Arboretum horticultural staff. Representatives are usually on hand to answer plant questions during the sale. At 10:30 AM attend a workshop on Mesquite flour processing. Mesquite trees produce pods that can taste sugary-sweet when ground into flour, learn harvest and grinding techniques and have a chance to sample products made from mesquite. No pre-registration is needed, each workshop is included with daily admission of $10. Mesquite-based snacks are shared at the end of each class, too! East Valley author Jean Groen will be sharing fresh-griddled mesquite flour waffles with pomegranate syrup. Guests welcome!

Monday, October 28, 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.

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 8:30am
Rating:
B- DISTANCE: ~23-25 mi PACE: 11-13 mph
Leaders:
Linda Holman - (480) 947 3441, lindaanne@cox.net
Beverly Koslow - (480) 899-1410

Meet at 8:30 am (depart at 8:45) at Chaparral Park at the northeast corner of Jackrabbit and Hayden in central Scottsdale.

We'll go north on the Greenbelt and then ride out to Mountain View and the streets north of Shea for a while. We'll turn around and take a different route back. HELMETS required. Bring plenty of water. Ride will be canceled in case of rain. No signup,just show up. $5 fee for non-members.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 5:00am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 7 mi ELEV GAIN: 1900 ft PACE: Moderate
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

E-mail hike leader for meeting time and location if you’re interested in this hike at least two days before the hike.

Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop is located north of Flagstaff and on the north side of the San Francisco Peaks. Getting to the trailhead involves taking forest roads and a high-clearance vehicle is strongly recommended. We will head out on the Abineau trail (steepest part) and meet the longer, fairly easy Bear Jaw trail to finish. If there’s sufficient interest, the hike is on unless there are possible closures due to fire or storms. Bring sturdy hiking boots, sunscreen, hat, snacks, plenty of water, and $ for carpool. We’ll probably eat in Flagstaff before coming home. Cost to non-members is $5.