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 November, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 6:00am
Rating:
A/B LENGTH: 19 mi/9.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 2400 ft/1100 ft PACE: Fast/Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - 480-991-1647
Bev Koslow - 480-415-7147

Meet at 6:00 am (depart at 6:15) at Wendy’s on Shea Blvd in Fountain Hills. This hike involves a car shuttle, participants must sign-up in advance by calling one of the leaders no later than Wednesday, October 30th.

We’ll drive to the Pine Trailhead and drop cars off, then continue to the north trailhead on FR 300 where both groups will start the hike.

Bev’s hike will descend from the top of the Mogollon Rim to the Railroad Tunnel Trail which is steep and rocky but filled with history. The tunnel was started in 1881 to carry mined silver ore to Flagstaff but abandoned after just 70 feet. Due to steepness, this 1.5-mile part of the hike will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Following this segment, Bev’s group will continue on the Rim with a beautiful, gentle, moderately paced hike through pines, maples and oak trees, hoping that the fall colors will still be around.

Dan’s full-passage hike will continue down from the top of the Rim to Washington Park. From there, the full-passage hikers will head westward on the Highline Trail, progressing at a slightly faster pace (2.7 mph moving average, 2.5 mph overall) to ensure that we finish with daylight. This section of the Arizona Trail is a beautiful, up-and-down stretch which passes Bray and Webber Creeks, the Geronimo Trailhead and Red Rock Spring as it skirts the southern edge of Milk Ranch Point on the way to the Pine Trailhead. Bring plenty of water, electrolytes, lunch and snacks, and sturdy hiking boots. Depending on the weather, you may also wish to have warm clothes and gloves. Dan's group will stop for dinner in Payson on our return trip. Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, November 4, 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.

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 8:15am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1300 ft PACE: Medium/Slow
Leaders:
Lynda Z - 480-596-9342
Marilyn S - 480-473-2565

Meet at 8:15 am (depart at 8:30) at the Denny's/Fry's parking lot on the south side of Bell Rd., just west of I-17.

We will check out Phoenix's newest desert preserve and get a view of another one that is set to open in November. Bring water and sunscreen. Cost to non-members $5.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 9:15am
Rating:
C- LENGTH: 5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1300 ft PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Jeanie & Van - 623-465-7440

Meet at 9:15 am (depart at 9:30) behind the McDonald’s at Carefree Highway and I-17.

We will join Ranger Mark for an adventure as we explore the Clay Mine! Once inside, he'll discuss the history of this mine. Learn how its contents were used to "cure what ailed ya!" The park will supply the hard hats. You bring water and a flashlight. We will park at the Nature Center parking lot and follow the signs to the mine. We will continue on around the Overton Trail back to the parking lot. There is a $6 per vehicle park entry fee (free with Maricopa County Parks Pass.) Bring plenty of water and snacks for the hike. Cost to non-members $5.

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 7:00am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 8.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Missed The Turn Mark - mnashley@yahoo.com, 602-725-4993

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Park N Ride at I-17 and Bell Rd.

"Another bride, another (Groom)...another reason" for makin' hikee! Yes, come and join "Missed The Turn Mark" on the Groom Creek loop hike near Prescott. The recce included a carpet of acorns and a nice walk in the neighborhood of 6000 ft. Be prepared for horses and welcome the restroom at roughly the halfway mark! Apres hike, we will wander "Wiki" row and find a place to eat and catch a bit of football. Be prepared for fall conditions in Prescott, my bad jokes and possibly singing on the trail. Please check in by Friday morning before the hike so that I can make other plans. Bring water and snacks appropriate for the hike and the season. Cost to non-members $5.

Monday, November 11, 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 Phoenix Mountain Preserve, which will encompass a variety of trails. Bring water and sunscreen. Cost to non-members is $5.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Rating:
FUN!
Leaders:
Bonnie Tasch - 303-868-7360, arizbunzer@msn.com

Join fellow AzOTC members for happy hour prior to the general membership meeting at the RnR Restaurant, located at 3737 N. Scottsdale Road (3 and a half blocks south of Indian School on the east side of Scottsdale Rd.), 480-945-3353, www.rnrscottsdale.com.

Enjoy $2 off craft beers, 1/2 off select draft beers, wine, and margaritas. $5.99 for small plates including dirty chips, animal fries, ahi tacos, veggie tacos and RnR sliders.

Tuesday, November 12, 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. "The Sherpa woke me at 4:15 a.m. announcing that we would depart for the base camp of Mount Everest in 30 minutes. Everything in my tent was frozen, my water bottles, contact lenses, and even my pee bottle was frozen!" Join Dave Richardson as he shares of the good bad and the ugly of his memorable trek to Everest Base Camp. Hear how this magnificent trek, as well as the price, has changed in just the last 10 years. See and hear wonderful stories about the people in the Kumbu region, and how they go "all out" to make a trekkers journey a memorable one.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 7:45am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: ~6 mi ELEV GAIN: < 1500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Ralph Engler - 602-996-7312(H) or 480-855-7062(C)

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8:00) at the 40th St (North) parking lot. Join me for a loop hike across the Phoenix Mountain Preserve on Trail 8A & 8B the Quartz Ridge Trail. Bring water and sunscreen. No dogs or children. Cost to nonmembers is $5.

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 6:30am
Rating:
A LENGTH: 15 mi ELEV GAIN: 3600 ft
Leaders:
Don Mowry - dgmowry@gmail.com

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at the Holiday Inn on the SW corner of Country Club and US 60. This hike (brisk – around 2.5 mph moving average) offers great views of Weaver's Needle from all four directions. We'll climb Bluff Springs Trail and connect with the Terrapin Trail. We'll extend this hike to include a side trip to the top of Black Top Mesa for lunch, then loop around Black Top Mesa and return on the Peralta Trail. There are three significant climbs: Bluff Springs, Black Top Mesa and up the Peralta at the Dutchman crossover. I recommend zip-off long pants due to some cat’s claw bushes. Bring 3-4 liters of water, and food. No dogs or children please. Bring rain gear. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 9:00am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 5+ mi ELEV GAIN: 1100 ft PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Jeanie & Van - 623-465-7440

Meet at 9:00 am (depart at 9:15) at the parking lot at the old entry station on Central Avenue. We will hike up the Kiwanis Trail, stopping to see Indian petroglyphs and rock dams built by the early pioneers. From Telegraph Pass, we will hike up the National Trail. We will come back down the Ranger Trail to return to our cars. Bring snacks and plenty of water. After the hike, anyone who wants to can join us for Mexican food at Pancho’s. Hike will be canceled in case of rain. Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, November 18, 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, November 20, 2013 - 8:45am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 21-23 mi PACE: 11-13 mph
Leaders:
Bev - 480-415-7147
Linda - lindaanne@cox.net

Meet at 8:45 am (depart at 9:00) on the west side of Arizona Avenue, just 0.3 mile south of Guadalupe Rd. in Chandler, at the strip shopping center just before the traffic light for the Western Canal.

We will begin our ride by heading west on the canal for a couple of miles before hitting city streets with bike lanes. Once on city streets, we will ride north for a mile, then east through the town of Gilbert. Once in Gilbert we'll head back to the canal to complete our loop. There's a small section of the bike path, along the canal, that is dirt/gravel, so a hybrid or mountain bike may work best if you have sensitive tires. Helmets required! Cost to non-members is $5.

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 8:30am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
B LENGTH: 6+ mi ELEV GAIN: ~2400 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

Meet at 8:30 am (depart at 8:45) at the trailhead (from I-10 going south, exit on 202/Pecos Road. Go west (right) on Pecos Road for 7 miles and turn right on 17th Ave. Turn left on to Chandler Blvd. and go to end of road and park where road is closed off at 19th Ave.) E-mail me if you would rather meet at Fry’s Electronics at I-10 and Baseline Rd. From the TH, we will hike a little over a mile to the ruins of an abandoned building at the base of South Mountain and then start up the Lost Ranch Ruins Trail (unofficial name). This trail is very steep and somewhat rocky. We will gain almost 1000 feet in less than a mile. Next we go west on the National Trail, passing several abandoned mines and then return on the Bursera Trail. This will be a strenuous hike, but it is interesting and scenic. Bring a minimum of 2 liters of water, electrolytes, and a snack. Wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen, and hat. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 8:30am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 9 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

Meet at 8:30 am (depart at 8:45) at the Burger King, just south of US 60 at the NE corner of Power Rd. and Superstition Springs Blvd. OR meet us at the First Water Trailhead no later than 9:15 am. This is one of the classic Superstitions hikes with great scenery. Good trail, with rolling ups and downs, but sometimes rocky. This loop hike involves the Second Water Trail, the Black Mesa Trail and the Dutchman Trail. Bring a minimum of 2 liters of water, electrolytes, lunch, and $ for carpool. Wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen, and hat. Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, November 25, 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.

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 8:30am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 6.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 400 ft. PACE: Easy
Leaders:
Peter Yanover - 480-614-9910, pyanover@q.com

Note: See the AZOTC Thanksgiving picnic write-up for directions on getting to the McDowell Mountain Park.

Depart at 8:30 from the Wagner Trailhead parking lot at the entrance to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park Campgrounds (Thoms Thumb Drive on left off the main park road). Alternatively, at 8:20 am I will meet hikers at the AzOTC Thanksgiving Picnic site (Group TH Ramada 1) parking area at the end of Shallmo Rd. a little beyond the campground entrance but on the right. We can carpool the few miles back to the actual trailhead.

Either way, plan on leaving at 8:30 from the Wagner Trailhead Parking. We will initially stroll through the campground and then take a spur trail that connects to the Granite Trail. We will continue on the Bluff Trail about a mile after the intersection along a ridge overlooking a pretty wash with 360 degree views of McDowell Mountains, the Superstitions, Four Peaks and beyond. We’ll take a break at an interesting assemblage of rocks, but be careful not to eat too many snacks and impair our appetite for the feast that awaits us upon our return. We will backtrack to the same Granite Trail, descend into the wide wash, explore a side canyon with interesting rocks and hop on to the opposite ridge. Then we will head back to the cars. Those who are tired or extra eager to start in on the food, can take a little short-cut through the campgrounds, while the rest of us take the gradually descending Wagner Trail that leads us back to our trailhead parking. The whole route is mostly hard-packed decomposed granite and very easy walking with (mostly) gentle grades. We should also be back in plenty of time for the 1:00 pm Thanksgiving feast with a bit of a calorie deficit to make up.

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 9:00am
Rating:
Good and good for you!
Leaders:
Bonnie Tasch - arizbunzer@msn.com, 480-802-2836

Join AzOTC friends on November 28th for Thanksgiving at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. We will have a pre-dinner hike led by Peter Yanover starting at 8:30 am. There will also "walk" led by Howard Shapiro starting after the Thanksgiving feast. Dinner is expected to take place around 1:00 pm.

AzOTC will provide turkey and ham, plates, plastic ware, cups and napkins - also coffee, tea, sodas and water. Participants should bring a dish to share. Please RSVP to Bonnie Tasch at arizbunzer@msn.com or 480-802-2836 no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, November 22nd indicating the dish you will bring to share.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bonnie.

--------------------------- Directions to McDowell Mountain Regional Park: -----------------------------------

Take Highway 87 to Shea Boulevard. Turn left at the Shea Boulevard stoplight and go approximately 2.5 miles to North Fountain Hills Boulevard - turn right and go approximately 8 miles (it will become N. McDowell Mountain Road) to McDowell Mountain Park Drive - turn left, enter the park, register at the entrance ($6 Maricopa County park fee) and continue approximately 4 miles to Shallmo - turn right on Shallmo and continue to the picnic ramadas at the end of the road. We will be in ramada # 1.

Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 6:30am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
D LENGTH: 2 mi ELEV GAIN: 200 ft PACE: Leisurely
Leaders:
Jeanie & Van - 623-465-7440

Limited Spaces Available - $35 fee - Reservations Required - call leaders ASAP!

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45 sharp) at the Frys Electronics Baseline and I-10.

We will join Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's director, Allen Dart, a registered professional archaeologist for a rare opportunity to tour Ventana Cave, a huge rockshelter on the Tohono O'odham Nation. Archaeological studies recovered thousands of ancient Native American artifacts and documented human-made features up to 10,000 years old. (pictographs and petroglyphs) Not long after sunrise the colors of the cave’s rock paintings start to fade away, and many of these pictographs become almost invisible. Therefore, we need to arrive at the cave early enough to experience the pictographs fullest colors in the early morning light.

Tour fees will benefit the Tohono O'odham Nation’s Hickiwan District in its efforts to develop a caretaker-interpretive center at Ventana Cave, and will help Old Pueblo Archaeology Center continue its archaeology and culture education programs. $35 per person; $28 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members.

Bring lunch and water. $5 club fee for non AzOTC members.