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Activities for April, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 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, April 1, 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. Are you a current or former medical professional? Have you ever stayed at a Holiday Inn Express? If you have answered yes to either question or if you have ever wondered what life is really like in a third world country you will be very interested in Bud's presentation of his November 2013 Medical Mission with a team of Doctors to Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala. Go behind the scenes, on the other side of the track, so to speak, for another perspective on international travel. The faces of the people and imagery make a compelling argument for what we, who have so many privileges taken for granted, can do to help. Look for this to be a very exciting presentation. This is one you certainly don't want to miss!

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 6:30am
A LENGTH: 12-15 mi ELEV GAIN 3000-4000 ft PACE: Medium
Bud Tasch - 480-802-2836(H), 303-868-0216 (C)

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at the Home Depot parking lot, just south of US 60 at the NE corner of Power Rd. and Superstition Springs Blvd.

This is Bud's annual Lenten hike with opportunities to do your penance on the uphill climbs. We may do a short car shuttle and we may include an ascent near the summit of Pinal Peak (7848'). This area has nice tree cover and flowing water with the closest stand of aspens to Phoenix . Well behaved dogs are welcome, but no children please.

Optional "linner" stop for Mexican food at Guyos El Rey in Miami afterwards. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 7:15am
B LENGTH: 8.5 mi ELEV. GAIN: 1600 ft PACE: Medium
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197

Meet at 7:15 am (depart 7:30) at the Park-and-Ride at the southwest corner of the Bell Road exit to I-17. This new Sedona trail has it all! We’ll start at the base of Schnebly Road Hill, hike up Munds Wagon Trail to Cow Pies, then loop around Mitten Ridge on the Hangover Trail back to Munds Wagon. The trail offers sensational views of Sedona itself, and most of the famous red rock landmarks in the area. It’s called “Hangover Trail” not because it has a drinking problem, but due to some of the ledges on which it’s constructed, and which in other places hang over the trail itself. For those wishing to take a steep and challenging climb to the arches atop Mitten Ridge, that will be an optional side trip. If you’ve never hiked in Sedona before, or if you’re looking for a new Sedona experience, this is the one for you. Afterwards, we’ll stop for something to eat in Sedona or Oak Creek. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 10:00am

That's right, "Missed The Turn Mark" is going to run a 5k the day before he leads a hike. Join us ("M and M") and thousands of others for this special event in downtown Phoenix .

Registration is on your own. Call me at 602-725-4993 if you want to link up at the start line, I will be the one painted up! Here is the link...

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 7:20am
This activity has been changed.
B+ LENGTH: ~8 mi ELEV GAIN: ~2000 ft PACE: Medium
Missed the Turn Mark -, 602-725-4993

Meet at 7:20 am (depart at 7:30) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd. , just West of I-17.

Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice, shame on Mark! Yes too late for April Fool's day but I remain the club's fool. Join "MTTM" on a "probe" of the Juniper Mesa Wilderness. After enjoying the rock formations on 89 North and churning up around 20 miles of dust, we will start off on the Juniper Springs Trail and then as much of the Juniper Mesa as we can take. There is so much mica, quartz and "Fools Gold" on first part of this trail that it literally glitters! This will be an exposed hike, so be prepared for sunshine. We will turn around at around 2.5 or 3 hours, depending on the group. Bring a minimum of 3 liters of water, lunch, and tales of Tom (or Jane) Foolery.

Contact the leader by Friday night before the hike so that I won't be "The Fool on the Hill!" Cost to non-member is $5.

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 7:30am
This activity has been changed.
B LENGTH: 8.7 mi ELEV GAIN: 1800 ft PACE: Medium
Bud Tasch - 480-802-2836
Susan Sands - 602-291-1298

This is a joint hike with the Sun Lakes Hiking Club. AzOTC hikers will meet Susan at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Dennys parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 and Bell Rd (next to the Park-and-Ride).

They will link up with Bud and the Sun Lakes hikers at the trailhead for this picturesque hike through a pine forest to a fire-tower and return on a loop trail. Well behaved dogs are welcome, but no children please. There will be an optional "linner" stop in Prescott afterwards. There is a $5 fee for non-members.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 5:00pm
Fun and scenic!
Bonnie Tasch - 480-802-2836,

9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale (just east of the 101 Fwy) Come check out the sunset from the 15th floor of Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale as you join fellow AzOTC members for happy hour from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Orange Sky Lounge features $5 and $7 wine specials and entertainment. If you wish to imbibe in some pre-happy hour sushi at the Blue Coyote Restaurant at Talking Stick, please meet at the Blue Coyote at 4:00 pm. Select sushi rolls are 1/2 off regular price from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. They also serve specialty sandwiches as well as various salads and soups.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 6:45am
B LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV. GAIN: 1600 ft PACE: Medium
Bev -, 480-415-7147

Meet at 6:45 am (depart 7:00) at Wendy's on Shea Blvd, just west of the Beeline Hwy.

The Derrick trail, in the beautiful Ponderosa Pines of Payson, begins at the Tonto Campgrounds just off of Hwy 260. It climbs up, up, up for 3 miles and 1240 feet,, with a few short spur trail options along the way. Once we summit, we'll hike a short gradual downhill on the Horton Springs trail to Horton Springs for a well deserved break/lunch. Break will be followed by an easy 3.5 mile decent on the Horton Springs trail to our cars.

Bring a minimum 2-3 quarts of water, lunch, and snacks. Hiking boots are highly recommended for our climb. Cost to nonmembers is $5.

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 8:00am
C- LENGTH: ~ 45 mi ELEV GAIN ~ 1400 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 the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just west of I-17. Some of us will meet next door at Denny’s at approx. 7:15 am for breakfast. This is a casual 4X4 run with occasional stops, photo ops and a side trip to visit Pueblo la Plata ruins (with 100+ rooms), plus two abandoned cabins/ranches within a couple miles. Not too technical but requires 4X4 with adequate clearance. Fill up the tank and come out for a fun day, taking up most of the day. We plan to stop on the return for libations and food at the Road Runner Restaurant in New River. 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 and well behaved outdoor dogs are welcome. Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 7:15am
C/B- LENGTH: 6-7.3 mi ELEV GAIN: 600-1000 ft PACE: Medium
Ralph Engler - 602-996-7312(H), 480-855-7062(C)

Meet at 7:15 am (depart at 7:30) in the Costco parking lot (near Costco gas station), just south of Loop 101 on Cave Creek Rd..

Deem Hills is a new Phoenix park that opened in 2010. This is my last “Valley” hike of the spring. We will do a “C” hike on the 6 mile circumference trail, but if we have some hikers that want to add another 1.3 miles and about 400' of elevation at a faster pace, they can add in the Basalt and Ridgeline trails to make it a B- hike.

Bring plenty of water and sun-screen. No dogs or children. Cost to non-members is $5.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 8:00am
B LENGTH: about 20 mi PACE: 12 - 14 mph
Beverly Koslow - 480-415-7147
Don Mowry - 480-209-7963

Meet at 8:00 a.m. (depart 8:15) at Chaparral Park at the northeast corner of Jackrabbit and Hayden in central Scottsdale.

This loop will take us south on the Green Belt and around Tempe Town Lake. We’ll head north past Continental Park on 64th St and connect with the Papago Park trails heading north to Oak St in Scottsdale. We’ll head back to the Green Belt and return 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.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:15am
A LENGTH: 15 mi ELEV GAIN: 4000 ft PACE: Medium
Grace Chen -, 480-767-1727
Jim D -

Meet at 7:15 am (depart at 7:30) at Wendy’s on Shea Blvd, just west of Hwy 87 in Fountain Hills.

This is an in-and-out hike at the center of the Mazatzal Mountains. We’ll begin our ascent of Mt. Ord on an old jeep road that boasts legends of lost mines. We’ll encounter views of the Mazatzal Mountains, the Mogollon Rim, the Sierra Anchas, Tonto Basin, and Roosevelt Lake.

Wear sturdy hiking boots and sunscreen. Hiking sticks are recommended. Bring snacks, lunch, electrolytes and plenty of water. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 7:00am
This event has been canceled.
B LENGTH: 7–9 mi ELEV GAIN: 2600 ft PACE: Medium
Don - 480-209-7963
Dan - 480-773-5197

Rescheduled from Saturday, April 19th

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Park-and-Ride, SW corner of I-17 and Bell Rd, next to Denny’s.

Featured in the April edition of Arizona Highways Magazine as the hike of the month, the Bear Mountain Trail is a favorite of Sedona residents and visitors alike because the views from the top of Bear Mountain are as good as any in the Red Rock Country. There are several challenging uphill climbs with a short rock scramble for added enjoyment. We’ll do a partial loop, leaving the main trail part-way up and hiking a faint trail to a beautiful battleship mountain type overlook of Fay Canyon, where we’ll stop for a snack. We’ll then scramble up a slope (easy bushwhacking) and reconnect with the Bear Mountain Trail. After summiting, we’ll return to the trailhead, then take a short drive to the Fay Canyon Trailhead and hike the short Fay Canyon Trail, detouring on a rough scramble to Fay Arch.

Wear sturdy hiking boots, have rain gear (just in case), sunscreen, and bring 2-3 quarts of water, snacks, and lunch. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 7:45am
This activity has been changed.
B LENGTH: 13 mi ELEV GAIN: 2500 ft PACE: Medium
Don - 480-209-7963
Dan - 480-773-5197

Because of forecast rain in Sedona, this event has been REPLACED with the Tom's Thumb Loop hike described below

Meet at 7:45 am (begin hiking at 8:00) at the Gateway Access Area to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve on Thompson Peak Parkway in north Scottsdale. (Call either leader if you need driving directions to Gateway.)

The hike will involve a loop to Tom's Thumb, a landmark destination in the McDowell Mountains, via the Bell Pass and East End Trails, with a return via the Tom's Thumb and Windgate Pass Trails. Wear sturdy hiking boots, have rain gear (just in case), sunscreen, and bring 2-3 quarts of water and snacks.

Cost to non-members is $5.