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 February, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 6:15am
Rating:
A LENGTH: 14.6 mi ELEV GAIN: 3200 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - 480-802-2836 (home), 303-868-0216 (cell)

Meet at 6:15 am (depart at 6:30) at the south end of the Kohl's parking lot on the NW corner of Willis and Arizona Ave., 1 block south of the 202 San tan Freeway. An entrance fee of $8 per vehicle or National Parks Pass or equivalent plus $3 for the Bear Creek Tram is required.

Ever wonder what is past Seven Falls? This trip had nice flowers the last time I was here in 2012. We'll zip past the scenic falls and work our way on a good trail and then around some hoodos, to the base of Thimble Peak with spectacular views. Thimble Peak is 5171 ft. We won't monkey around however, after a quick snack we'll head back to catch the last tram and avoid walking 2 more miles.

Dinner stop afterwards for great Mexican food at Nana's Kitchen in Marana. Trip will be canceled in case of rain. No children or dogs please. Bring water and sunscreen. Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 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, February 4, 2014 - 4:30pm
Rating:
Fun!
Leaders:
Bonnie Tasch - 480-802-2836, arizbunzer@msn.com

Join fellow AzOTC members for happy hour prior to the montly meeting at the Marriott Suites-3rd Avenue Grill, 7325 E. Third Avenue. Discounted prices off the entire 3rd Avenue Grill menu including appetizers and drinks. Appetizer choices include salad, hummus, chilled shrimp, onion dip, quesadillas and wings. Guests are very welcome! How awesome we can enjoy happy hour steps away from our General Meeting!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 6:45pm

Marriott Suites in Old Town Scottsdale 7325 East 3rd Avenue (Immediately east of Scottsdale Rd just one block north of Indian School Rd.) Join Flagstaff author and Grand Canyon hiker Tom Martin for a fun presentation on his newest book Big Water, Little Boats, in which he follows the Whitewater exploits of Steve "Moulty" Fulmer. More than a river runner, Fulmer hiked the Grand Canyon beginning with an attempt to hike to Hermit Rapid in 1943. Fulmer did the same hike again in 1977. The builder of Grand Canyon's first dory during the high water heyday of the river before the Glen Canyon dam, Fulmer manages almost 40 years of boating between 1942 in 1978. It is here where he boated with Norm Nevills, Frank Wright, Doc Marston, Pat Reilly, and Martin Litton besides rubbing shoulders with many of the river runners and hikers like Harvey Butchart, who was Fulmer's Scrabble and tennis buddy in Sun City. If you have ever done any hiking or boating in the Grand Canyon, or if you ever plan to, this is one program you don't want to miss! Come early to make sure you have a seat.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 9:30am
Rating:
B, LENGTH: 10-15 miles, PACE: 5-7 mph
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - 480-802-2836, 303-868-0216 (cell)

Meet at 9:30 am (depart at 9:45) at the Browns Ranch TH in Scottsdale; take Dynamite to Alma School, then 1.3 miles north to TH at road end. We will meet at the south end of the parking lot.

We will take a variety of easy and moderate single track gravel and dirt trails with some short climbs and a lot of sharp turns which will slow our pace through a varied and gorgeous Sonoran landscape. Don't let the stated pace fool you, intermediate skill level is required for at least a portion of the route. Ride will be cancelled in case of rain or if rain has occurred prior to the ride. Bring helmet, water, bike gloves, sunscreen.

Call the leader by February 5 to RSVP for this event. $5 fee for non-members, can be applied to membership dues.

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 7:45am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
C+ to B- DISTANCE: 5-6 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) in the 7th St. Visitor Center parking lot, about 1 mile south of Thunderbird Rd.

We will hike to Trail 306 from the Visitor Center, then follow it to our summit on Shaw Butte; returning by following a connector to Trail 100. This hike has great views of the western end of the Preserve, and passes the ruins of an old restaurant on Shaw Butte. 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.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 6:30am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 12-14 mi ELEV GAIN: 1500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - 480-802-2836 (H) 303-868-0216 (C)

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at the south end of the Kohls parking lot just south of the 202 San Tan Freeway at Arizona Ave. (Arizona Ave. and Willis).

We will depart from the new Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead, named in honor of a victim of the Tucson shooting in 2011 that injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. We will cross Cienega Creek Natural Preserve enroute to an in and out hike towards Colossal Cave Park. The total distance and turn-around point will be a group decision.

Those who wish can join me for "Linner" at Nana's Kitchen for great Mexican Food in Marana on the way back. No dogs or children please. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 10:00am
Rating:
Musical
Leaders:
Mary Parke - maryparke@cox.net, 480-296-5796

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Caribbean Carnival at the Musical Instrument Museum, located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd in Phoenix, 480-478-6000.

Experience the costumes, the characters, and the vibrant musical traditions from Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, and more. Activities include mask making, musical performances, and dancing. Experience traditional island culture through the bomba and plena dance styles of Puerto Rico; popular Caribbean styles such as calypso, Junkanoo, soca, Latin, and reggae, a steel pan making demonstration and workshop, steel drum performance and more.

Meet at the ticket office at 10AM. Final performance at 3PM, but stay as long as you like. Optional lunch at Café Allegro. Guests welcome!

Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 8:00am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 8.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1400 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
"Missed The Turn" Mark - mnashley@yahoo.com

Meet at 8:00 am (depart at 8:15) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just West of I-17.

Join MTTM for a loop hike and a pot luck picnic in the White Tanks Regional County Park. We will head out on the Ford Canyon Trail and return on a different route, given the difficulty of one section of Ford Canyon. Apres-hike, we will see what meal we can make from what everyone brings!

Contact the leader by the Friday before so we can organize the meal and trip. Also, if there is interest in a "base camp" group to light up some briquets, then great! $6 entry fee per vehicle, unless driver has a County Parks pass. Dress and equip for February in the desert with a minimum of 3 liters of water. Cost to non-members is $5. Leader will wear whatever color of face paint you bring!

Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 11:00am
Rating:
FUN!
Leaders:
Bonnie Tasch - 480-802-2836 or 303-868-7360 (cell)

Join in the fun as we pretend we are in Pamplona, Spain but we are actually in our own backyard at the Hogs and Horses Arena at 6705 E. Cave Creek Blvd. in Cave Creek, Arizona!

You can run WITH the bulls OR you can watch. If you choose to run, it is $30 per run, $50 for 3 runs or $100 for 6 runs. Registration is available for runners at www.runningwiththebullsusa.com.

If you choose to watch, rsvp to Bonnie by Friday, February 1. Should we get ten interested spectators, we will receive the group ticket rate of $5 per person versus the regular $20 ticket price.

On February 9 the gates will open at 11:00 am, there are runs at 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm with the Awards Ceremony at 5 pm. We will either eat the vendor fare at Hogs and Horses or opt for dinner elsewhere depending on our group’s desires.

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 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, February 13, 2014 - 9:00am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
C LENGTH: 4.2 mi ELEV GAIN: 1000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Peggy Moss - 602-400-4045

Meet at 9 am at the trailhead (Call me if you’re interested in carpooling and I'll try to find others who are coming from your direction!) for some pre-Valentines Day calorie burning, so we can eat more chocolate on Valentines!!

Groomed trail, with decomposed granite, steep in places. Beautiful views of the Verde River Basin, Four Peaks, the Mazatzals, and Horseshoe Dam.

Directions from the Phoenix area - take State HWY-101 north to the Pima Road exit. Drive north on Pima road and turn right onto Happy Valley road. Go east on Happy Valley Road, which will turn north on it's own and becomes 118th Street. Turn right onto signed Ranch Gate Road. Go 1.3 miles to 128th Street and turn right. After 1 mile more of driving, you'll reach the signed trailhead. There are restrooms at the trailhead, but no water.

Bringing my dogs, well behaved trail dogs are welcome.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 9:30am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 18-19 miles PACE: 11- 13 mph
Leaders:
Bev - 480 415-7147
Linda - 480 947-3441

Meet at 9:30 am (depart at 9:45) Chaparral Park. at the northeast corner of Jackrabbit and Hayden in central Scottsdale.

We will ride north on the greenbelt for a while and then turn around and ride to the Scottsdale Center for the Arts to see the Native Trails performance of traditional native music, dance and art. It includes a native craft show. Light snacks and beverages are available for purchase, and there are many restaurants in the area if you wish to purchase food.

If you don't want to bike, you are welcome to join us at the grassy mall behind the Center for the Arts to see the performance. (7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251) (480) 421-1004. We will be arriving at the mall area around 11:45. Performance time: 12:00-1:00 PM. Riders may wish to bring a small towel or pad to sit on (in your back pack) and a bike lock. If you came by car, you may wish to bring a folding chair. HELMETS required for riders. Bring plenty of water. Ride will be canceled in case of rain. No signup, just show up. $5 fee for non-members, can be applied to membership dues.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 to Monday, February 17, 2014
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197, dwrr1@yahoo.com
Scott Green - 480-444-6244, psp92@cox.net

On President’s Day weekend (February 15-17), we’ll be hiking two sections of the Arizona Trail. Passage 3 (Canelo Hills West, 16.6 miles) and Passage 4 (Temporal Gulch, 22.3 miles) share a common trailhead in Patagonia, AZ (approximately 60 miles south of Tucson.) Depending on how many people we have, we plan to offer custom shorter versions of both hikes as well as full-passage hikes.

The trails pass through red rock cliffs, rolling hills, grassy valleys and riparian areas within the Coronado National Forest and Mount Wrightson Wilderness. Since we’ll be hiking toward Patagonia on both days, the hikes will be primarily downhill, with less than 1,000 feet elevation gain each day on very well-maintained trails.

The cost per person for two nights, double lodging at the Stage Stop Inn in Patagonia is approximately $100. If you’re interested in joining us, call or email either leader: Dan Rothman (480-773-5197, dwrr1@yahoo.com) or Scott Green (480-444-6244, psp92@cox.net).

Because the hikes involve car shuttles, and because we need to reserve a block of rooms, please respond as soon as possible if you’re interested.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 7:45am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 10.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Don - 480-209-7963
Bev - 480-415-7147

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8:00) at the Fry's Grocery Store parking lot at 14845 E Shea Blvd in Fountain Hills, immediately west of the intersections of Shea and Palisades Dr.

Our hike will begin on the Dixie Mine Trail in Fountain Hills. We'll hike on the Dixie Mine, Prospector, Bell Pass, and Windmill trails, then back to Dixie Mine Trail to complete our loop. Although the trail appears to have gentle ups and downs, the total accumulated elevation gain is 1500 ft. Bring 2-3 quarts of water, salty snacks and lunch. There is a $1 per person trail usage fee. Cost to non members is an additional $5.

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 8:30am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
LENGTH: ~14+ mi ELEV GAIN: ~1000 ft PACE: Enjoyable
Leaders:
Lynn Larremore - lynnwlarremore@gmail.com, 480-277-1046
Don Mahr - mahr.don@gmail.com, 602-339-8835
Larry A - ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548

Meet at 8:30 am (depart at 8:45) at the Desert Ridge Shopping Center, in front of the Target Store (21001 N. Tatum Blvd, Phoenix). To get there, from east or west on the 101 Fwy, turn north onto Tatum, take the first turn on the right (east), and enter into the center. Target is 200 yards down.

This is a casual 4X4 run with occasional stops, photo ops and possible short side trips to explore. We will explore Camp Creek Canyon (north of Fountain Hills) from the Verde River ending at Bartlett Dam Rd. Crossing. Plan on a late lunch/libations at Bryan’s Black Mountain BBQ, 6130 East Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. Children and well behaved dogs welcome. Bring water, snacks and money for carpool.

We will need SUVs or pickups with off road ground clearance. If you are not sure your vehicle qualifies, please call one of us beforehand. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, snacks and $ for carpool.

This event will be canceled if there is inclement weather in the forecast.

Cost to nonmembers is $5.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 5:00am
Rating:
A+ LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV GAIN: 5000 ft PACE: (Cat-fast, Don-fairly fast)
Leaders:
Don Mowry - dgmowry@gmail.com
Cat Colby

As always, there is a signup because of the difficulty of this hike. The leaders are climbing up either Siphon Draw or Carney Springs. This year, we’re doing a key exchange with Cat’s and Don’s group starting at opposite trailheads. Depending on your speed and fitness level, we’ll determine which leader you’ll accompany and we’ll need to make the count fairly even because of vehicle capacity. The Superstition Ridgeline is wilderness because there’s a lot of (non technical) climbing involved and there’s a faint trail or just cairns. We’ll be climbing and descending the entire day. The Ridgeline offers majestic views of canyons and valleys that you won’t see anywhere else. Bring sunscreen, good hiking boots, rain gear, plenty of energy food, lunch and layers of warm clothing, and it’s wise to plan on four liters of water and electrolytes. Of course, no dogs or children are allowed. Email Don dgmowry@gmail.com if you’re interested. Paid up AzOTC members have first choice on the slots. There is a fifteen hiker (including leaders) limit and it fills up quickly. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 8:30am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
C- LENGTH: ~4.1 mi ELEV GAIN ~500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Larry - ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548

Meet at 8:30 am (depart at 8:45) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just west of I-17. We will carpool to the Spur Cross Ranch parking area. There is a $3 per person entrance fee.

We begin by taking the Spur Cross Trail north toward Elephant Mountain which dominates the skyline to the west-northwest. The desert should be green and lush this time of year, with wildflowers painting swaths of color along the trail. In addition to panoramic vistas of the surrounding hills, mountains and mesas north of the Valley, the trail leads past ancient petroglyphs to idyllic, well-shaded and watered spots along Cave Creek. Expect to stop afterwards for lunch and libations at an eatery in Cave Creek. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks, and $ for carpool. Children and well behaved outdoor dogs are welcome. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 4:59pm
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 9.7 mi ELEV GAIN: 2920 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Marilyn Harkins - 253-389-2101
Brian Hill - 480-802-1050

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at Fry's Electronics on Baseline just west of I-10. Park in the northeast corner of Fry's parking lot.

We will carpool to Geronimo Trailhead at South Mountain (S. 20th St. and Dobbins Rd). This is a double lariat route taking us over the South Mountain Ridgeline at Buena Vista two times!. We'll have great views of valley landmarks from all directions and we’ll take a side trip into a petroglyph canyon.

We will start at the Heard Boy Scout Camp on the Geronimo Trail loop. Midway through the hike be prepared to hike up and down on the Corona de Loma trail then up again on the Old Man trail. The Old Man trail is 1100 feet of steep "up" in 1.2 miles. There is no shade on this trail so be prepared for the heat and elevation gain with adequate water and sunscreen. No children or pets please. Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 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, February 26, 2014 - 9:00am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 5.4 mi ELEV GAIN: 1100 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

Meet at 9:00 am (depart at 9:15) 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 Crosscut Trailhead no later than 9:45 am. The signed Crosscut TH is a half mile down First Water Road off of Hwy 88. The hike ends atop a cliff overlooking Massacre Grounds, the site where, according to legend, Apache warriors slaughtered a party of Mexican miners. From there, we will have great views of the Superstitions, Goldfield Mountains, Four Peaks, Weaver’s Needle, bizarre rock formations, and towering hoodoos. Expect around 3.5 hours, which will include time for a snack or lunch. Bring water and sunscreen. Cost to non-members is $5.