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Activities for March, 2014

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 7:30am
This event has been canceled.
A- LENGTH: 9 mi ELEV GAIN: 2500 ft PACE: Medium
Robert Plowman -, 480-857-2494

This event has been canceled due to rain forecast for the day. Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Home Depot parking lot at Superstition Springs & Power Rd. This hike has a strenuous, steep section in the second mile. The rest is moderate. We start at the Peralta trailhead, climb up to the Carney Springs saddle and proceed to the hard-to-find but very interesting Robber’s Roost for lunch. From there we bushwhack our way to the Fremont saddle and return on the Peralta trail. Long pants recommended. Bring water and sunscreen. Cost to non-members is $5.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 4:30pm
Bonnie Tasch - 480-802-2836,

Join fellow AzOTC members for happy hour prior to the monthly 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, March 4, 2014 - 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 Jan Stockman for the passion she has for the great outdoors. Jan will be presenting a slideshow of just a few of her 2013 outdoor hikes and adventures. Her presentation will include a hiking trip to Utah in search of petroglyphs and pictographs. Another trip to two of her favorite national parks, Arches National Park and Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. A newfound passion for kayaking. The fall colors in northern Arizona. Also, Jan will show you that there is plenty to do in Moab, Utah when sequestration closes the National Parks.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 7:00am
B LENGTH: 10.1 mi ELEV GAIN: 1500 ft PACE: Medium
Gary - 602-403-9870
Bev - 480-415-7147

Meet at 7 am (depart at 7:15) in the Denny's parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 and Bell Rd. (next to Park and Ride).

After carpooling to the White Tanks Regional Park, we'll do a clockwise loop that encompasses Mesquite Canyon with it's typical desert landscaping, a short jog through Ford Canyon with beautiful views and a good place to spot wildlife, and Willow Canyon where we'll take a quarter-mile side trip to Willow Springs for a snack break and photo op. Although there is 1500 feet of elevation gain, the uphill climb is fairly gentle! Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring 2-3 quarts of water, snacks, and a lunch. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle unless you have a Maricopa County Park Pass. Cost to non-members is an additional $5.

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 7:45am
B- DISTANCE: 6 mi ELEV GAIN: < 1500 FT PACE: Medium
Ralph Engler - 602-996-7312(H), 480-855-7062(C)

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8:00) in the 40th St. (North) parking lot - about one mile south of Shea Blvd., west of Tatum.

This is a loop hike through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, which will encompass a variety of trails. Bring water and sunscreen. No dogs or children. Cost to nonmembers is $5.

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 6:45am
B+ LENGTH: 9.7 mi ELEV GAIN: 2920 ft PACE: Medium
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.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 6:00pm
Food and Fun!
Grace Chen (organizer)
Bonnie Tasch -, 480-802-2836 (sign up co-ordinator)

The best attended AzOTC event is back by popular demand!! Join us in a belated celebration of the Year of the Horse, with an authentic and sumptuous banquet at the Mekong Palace Restaurant at the Mekong Plaza, located at 66 S Dobson Rd, Suite 120, in Mesa.

This is one feast you do not want to miss!

Cost is $25 per person, including tax and tips (this DOES NOT include alcoholic beverages). The 10-course dinner features Peking duck, walnut shrimp, fillet mignon, sauteed sole, and many more!

Sign up begins at the February general monthly meeting or by contacting Bonnie Tasch only. Please pay in full by February 28 with check made payable to AzOTC. Full refund if cancellation is made prior to 5 pm on February 28th. Please feel free to invite guests.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 8:00am
C- LENGTH: ~60 mi ELEV GAIN: ~2500 ft PACE: Medium
Lynn Larremore -, 480-277-1046
Don Mahr -, 602-339-8835
Larry A -, 602-789-9548

Meet at 8:00 am (depart at 8:15) at Wendy's in Fountain Hills on Shea Blvd., just west of the Beeline Highway.

This is a casual 4X4 run with occasional stops, photo ops, and a side trip to visit cliff dwellings. We will drive to the Four Peak’s turn-off on Hwy 87. There we can re-group and then proceed on the dirt road easterly summiting Four Peaks where it intersects with El Oso Road. El Oso Road travels down the east side of Four Peaks with great views of Roosevelt Lake and the surrounding area. From there it’s a short drive over to Roosevelt Dam where we will take a 4 mile side trip for a visit to Tonto National Monument ($3 per person) and a optional short walk on a paved trail to the cliff dwellings. On the return we drive westerly on the old Apache Trail, past Apache and Canyon lakes and ending at historic Tortilla Flat, mid-afternoon for food or snacks while listening to live music.

Not too technical but requires 4X4 with adequate clearance. Fill up the tank and come out for a fun day. The adventure will be canceled if the weather or roads are bad. Call Leaders to sign up and with any questions regarding vehicle suitability, room for riders, etc. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $ for carpool. Children, well behaved outdoor dogs are welcome. Cost to non-members is $5.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 7:00pm
Alan and Mary -

Please join Alan and Mary for a 1-hour tour of transportation of the Edwardian Age (1881-1915). The types of transportation include bicycles, motorcycles, and automobiles; racing, luxury and general transportation.

Please RSVP for address. The first 40 people who RSVP will get a reply with the address. North Phoenix area. Please RSVP to

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 7:00am
A LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV GAIN: 3100 ft PACE: Medium
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197,

Meet at 7:00 am (depart 7:15) in the Fry’s parking lot on the south side of Shea Blvd., just east of the Rte. 101 exit, or alternately at 8:00 am at the Spur Cross Recreational Area Parking Lot. We’ll carpool to Spur Cross and from there head out on this out-and-back hike on this little-hiked trail in Cave Creek.

The trail is generally rocky (it’s in Arizona), and in some cases when approaching the summit fairly steep. From the summit, the views are magnificent across the Cave Creek valley toward (and down onto) Skull Mesa. Great views also of Elephant Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain, as well as the entire Cave Creek Recreation Area. We’ll end the day with an option for dinner in Cave Creek.

Please wear sturdy hiking boots, rain gear if appropriate, and bring plenty of water and food for snacks and lunch. Cost to non-members is $5. Maricopa County Park fee is $3 per hiker. No dogs or children please.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 9:00am
A LENGTH: 33 mi ELEV GAIN: same
Bill Moss - 602-400-4046
Peggy Moss - 602-400-4045

Meet at 9:00 am (depart 9:15) at the Bashas in Carefree (36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive).

Join Bill and Peggy for a beautiful ride in the Continental Foothills from Carefree to the turnaround spot of Tonto Hills Subdivision (Old Mine Road) and back down to the cars. This will be a loop ride with an option to meet us at our favorite coffee/breakfast/lunch spot in Cave Creek, The Grotto. We will ride mostly on back roads we have used for the last 15 years, past the Bartlett Lake turn off to Tonto Hills. For those that want a shorter ride, around 25 miles, Peggy will lead you back to the car park, and then you can drive to The Grotto for coffee and such. For those that want some extra miles, Bill will take you down and around “the mountain” (Black Mountain), and up Cave Creek Rd, into the town of Cave Creek, to The Grotto (6501 E. Cave Creek Rd.). After coffee, you will ride just a mile or two back to your cars, or hitch a ride with a buddy.

Bring plenty of water, helmet, snacks and appropriate clothing for the weather. Please remember that we are generally 10 degrees cooler than the valley. Please call if you have questions. $5 fee for non-members, can be applied to membership dues.

Sunday, March 16, 2014
This event has been canceled.
Bud Tasch - 480-802-2836, 303-868-0216 (cell).

Feel the "need for speed"? The free airshow is back at Luke AFB for the 1st time since 2011.

Join warbird enthusiast and former Lockheed Martin (LM) scientist Bud and 400,000 others for this exciting all day event. Show will include demonstrations of the (LM) F-22 Raptor and new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, warbirds, static displays and simulators. Find out how Bud met Pappy Boyington (Ba Ba Black Sheep) and the Japanese Zero ace who shot him down! Ear plugs or cotton recommended if you are sensitive to jet engine Varroom or Van Halen. Bring a folding chair, sunscreen, wide brim hat and prepare for long walks along the flight-line and to/from shuttle buses. I plan to arrive early for front row viewing.

Please call the leader by March 15 to RSVP and for carpool meeting time and place.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 3:00pm
C+ LENGTH: 4 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1200 ft PACE: Leisurely
Lynda Zaffino - 480-596-9342 (H), 480-399-6746 (C)

Meet at 3 pm (depart at 3:15) at the ramada at Pinnacle Peak Park.

It is a well maintained trail, in and out and not a loop, with an overall elevation gain of about 1200 feet in the 2-mile trail (each way). Pace will be leisurely, but those who want to go faster or slower - okay. You can't get lost. We will all meet back at the ramada after the hike and caravan over to Greasewood Flats, which is only about 2 miles away. Outdoor dining, so dress for the weather. They usually have fires going and a band playing. This is a historic spot and maybe closing due to possible sale of the property.

Bring water and sunscreen. Cost to non-members is $5.

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 5:00pm
This activity has been changed.
D LENGTH: 3 miles ELEV GAIN: Minimal PACE: Leisurely
Jeanie & Van - 928-252-3322

Meet at 5:00 pm (depart at 5:15) at the Waterfall Trailhead in the park.

We will take an evening stroll to see the hundreds of petroglyphs and the waterfall.

Bring your picnic supper to enjoy after the hike. Then we will take a FREE hayride through part of the park and enjoy some time by the campfire. The park furnishes free hot cocoa, marshmallows, and cowboy music. Bring your own marshmallow roasting sticks and your best singing voice.

There is a $6 per vehicle entrance fee (free with Maricopa County Parks Pass).

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 6:15am
B LENGTH: 9 to 10 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Medium
Bev - 480-415-7147
Don - 480-209-7963

Meet at 6:15 am (depart at 6:30) at Wendy's on Shea Blvd, just west of the Beeline Hwy.

The Four Peaks Wilderness area is beautiful this time of year. We'll begin our hike at the Lone Pine TH, but actually do an in and out hike on the Browns Trail. The hike starts out in the Juniper and Ponderosa Pines and we climb gradually to Browns Saddle. On this trail, we’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views of Lake Roosevelt, Tonto Creek, and the Sierra Anchas to the east, and Apache Lake and the Superstitions to the west. Remnants of the 1991 Lone Pine fire are still visible, but trail conditions are good. We’ll climb to Browns Saddle where we intersect with the Amethyst Trail. After about 1.5 miles, we’ll turn around at the mine property boundary since there’s entry only by invitation. Once returning to the Browns Saddle, we’ll head up the Browns Trail for several more miles past Browns Peak. Be prepared for a few steep areas.

Wear sturdy hiking boots, have rain gear and/or sunscreen for current weather conditions, and bring 2-3 quarts of water, snacks and lunch. Cost to nonmembers is $5.

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 10:00am
B- LENGTH: 5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1365 ft PACE: Medium
Jim D -

Meet at 10:00 am (depart at 10:15) at the Burger King, just south of US 60 at the NE corner of Power Rd. and Superstition Springs Blvd.

The Peralta Trail hike is one of the most popular trails in the Superstitions. There are panoramic views at Freemont Saddle, including Weaver's Needle. From Freemont Saddle, we will return on the Cave Trail, which is a more difficult, poorly defined trail on mostly rock surface, but it has great views of Peralta Canyon to the west and Barks Canyon to the east.

The hike will take approx. 4 hours. Bring a minimum of 2 liters of water, electrolytes, lunch or snack, and $ for carpool. Wear hiking boots, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat. Hike will be cancelled in case of rain. Cost to non-members is $5.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 8:45am
B- LENGTH: about 20 mi PACE: 11-13 mph
Beverly Koslow - 480-899-1410
Linda Holman - 480-947-3441

Meet at 8:45 a.m. (depart 9:00) at Chaparral Park at the northeast corner of Jackrabbit and Hayden in central Scottsdale. This loop will take us north and west through areas offering great views of Camelback and Mummy Mountains and Paradise Valley. There might be a short hill involved, but nothing major. Then we’ll head back to Chaparral Park. HELMETS required. Bring plenty of water. Ride will be canceled in case of rain. No signup, just show up. $5 fee for non-members.

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 6:30am
B+ LENGTH: 12.4 mi ELEV GAIN: 1912 ft PACE: Medium
Don Mowry - 480-209-7963,

Meet at Wendy’s in Fountain Hills on Shea just north of the Hwy 87 turnoff at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45). We’ll carpool to the Barnhardt Trailhead and head up Barnhardt Canyon.

This is a “climber” but the beauty is worth it! We’ll start in desert scrub but as we gain elevation, we’ll encounter Ponderosas and small Oaks. At mile 2.5, we’ll encounter a highlight of this hike - a small seasonal waterfall nestled in a grotto just off the trail. We’ll view some promontories and ledges on our way to over 6200 ft. Last year at this time, the flowers were beautiful and prolific! We’ll reach the Mazatzal Divide Trail at mile 5.5 miles and will descend to Chilson Springs where we’ll have lunch, then return to the trailhead via the same route.

Bring 2 – 3 liters of water, electrolytes, rain gear, high energy snacks, and lunch. No dogs or children, please. Cost to non-members is $5.