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Activities for June, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 7:00am
This event has been canceled.
C LENGTH: ~7-8 miles ELEV GAIN: ~500 ft
Ralph Engler - 602-996-7312 (H) or 480-855-7062 (C)

Meet at 7:00 am (depart 7:15) in Carefree Hwy McDonald's parking lot (just east of I-17 on north side of Carefree Hwy.

This is an early summer in/out hike, with beautiful scenery and multiple creek crossings. Bring old boots (or water shoes), plenty of water and sunscreen. No dogs or children. Cost to non-members is $5.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 5:00pm

Join fellow AzOTC members for happy hour prior to the monthly meeting at the Marriott Suites-3rd Avenue Grill, 7325 E. Third Avenue in Scottsdale. 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! General Membership Meeting to follow immediately afterward across the hall.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 6:45pm

Meeting starts at 6:45 pm. 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 award-winning Peter Ensenberger who has crossed numerous photographic boundaries to explore different styles and diverse subjects. Most recently he served as Director of Photography for Arizona Highways, the award-winning nature and travel magazine. Peter will show us how to improve our travel photography by artfully capturing the essence of the places we visit and the cultures we experience. He will help you get the most out of your travels. This presentation covers all the tips and techniques you need to capture any subject at its best, no matter what type of camera you use. It's intended to help hobbyists as well as serious photographers hone their composition skills and take their travel photography to the next level. Whether your photographic interests are people, landscapes, or exploring exotic cultures, employing a few easy- to- learn techniques will have a positive impact on your photos. This is one program you don't want to miss.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 6:00am
B LENGTH: ~20 mi PACE: 13 - 15 mph
Don Mowry - 480-209-7963,
Gui Young

Meet at 6:00 a.m. (depart 6:15) at Chaparral Park at the northeast corner of Jackrabbit and Hayden in central Scottsdale.

We know 6:00 am sounds early, but we’ll beat the heat this way. The ride will take us north on the Green Belt to Mountain View Rd. We’ll then head east on this quiet and pretty residential street to 124th St and return the same route 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.

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 6:45am
A LENGTH: ~11 miles ELEV GAIN: 2,500 ft PACE: Medium
Les Cherow - 602-826-1843 (C)
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197 (C)

Meet at the Denny's on W. Bell just West of I-17 at 6:45 am (depart 7:00).

This mostly off-trail hike takes us from Aspen Corner on the Ariz. Snow Bowl Road (9,000') to the seldom-visited Philamena Springs on the northwest corner of the San Francisco Peaks (11,400'). The first 2.8 miles is on the Arizona Trail and then the fun begins!!! Expect steep slogging with much climbing around, and through, fallen timber. Some of the walk is EXTRA steep! Also expect to hike around lingering patches of snow. The view from the Springs is outstanding and well worth the effort. The leader has seen Deer, Elk, wild Turkey and the occasional Black Bear on this hike in the past.

No dogs or children. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 6:00am
B LENGTH: 7 miles ELEV GAIN: 1,750 ft PACE: Medium
Bev Koslow - 480-415-7147,
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727

Please call or email leader for meeting time and location.

Our hike, on the Mogollon Rim east of Payson, starts out steep, then has rolling ups and downs, followed by another steep section. The plan is to hike the Military Sinkhole Trail to the top of the Rim. Once we reach the Rim we'll hike an additional mile in a westerly direction to a park bench overlooking the beautiful valley below. That’s a perfect spot for our break/lunch before heading back the same trail to our vehicles. Vegetation on this hike consists alligator junipers and manzanita with a few Indian paintbrush scattered around for added color. Although it may be warm, there is usually a nice breeze at the top of the Rim.

Bring/wear sunscreen, hat, 2-3 quarts of water, and lunch/snacks. Hiking boots and sticks would be helpful due to rocky sections on the trail. Cost to non-members is $5.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 to Thursday, June 12, 2014
See description below
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197,

Enjoy an exhilarating hike into the Grand Canyon and out by full moon. We'll be driving up on Tuesday, June 10th, hiking on Wednesday and returning on Thursday.

On Wednesday afternoon, we'll hike down the South Kaibab Trail, with two options:

  • (1) A C+ hike to Cedar Ridge (4 mi round trip, 1,200 ft EG); or
  • (2) An A- hike to the Tonto Plateau (11 mi round trip, 3,250 ft EG)
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For either option, we'll be having our dinner by sunset within the Canyon, then heading back up by full moon. Participants must have headlamps (with working batteries), just in case.

Cost per person for two nights in the Maswick Cabins (double occupancy) will be $111. In addition, we'll pitch in for park entrance fee, if applicable, and for gas. Each person will be responsible for his/her own food.

Trip size is limited to 12 persons. THERE IS ONE REMAINING OPENING, so call or email the leader to reserve your spot and make payment arrangements.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 7:00am
C LENGTH: 7.6 mi ELEV GAIN: <500 ft PACE: Medium
Susan Sands - 602-291-1298,
Deirdre Sparling -

Meet at 7:00 am (depart 7:15) at Wendy’s on Shea Blvd., just west of Hwy 87 in Fountain Hills. This hike near the Mogollon Rim begins at Elev. 7,500 ft and loops through a pine and aspen forest while skirting Willow Springs Lake. Much of the hike traverses old roads now closed to motor vehicles. Wear sturdy hiking boots and sunscreen. Hiking poles are recommended. Bring snacks, lunch, electrolytes and plenty of water. Please no children or dogs. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 6:30am
B+ LENGTH: 9 mi ELEV GAIN: 2500 ft PACE: Medium
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727,
Jim Dickover -

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at the Park & Ride, SW corner of I-17 and Bell Rd.

This hike will start at 8000 ft and climb to the 10,418 ft summit of Kendrick Peak , the fourth-highest mountain in Arizona . The scenic trail passes through forests of ponderosa pine, douglas fir, and aspen. Your reward for reaching the summit is a possible visit inside the lookout tower and stunning views of the San Francisco Peaks to the east and, on a clear day, the Grand Canyon and Vermilion Cliffs to the north.

Bring rain gear, sunscreen, snacks, lunch, plenty of water, and sturdy hiking boots. Hike will be canceled in case of rain or fire restrictions - call or e-mail to confirm hike. Cost to non-members is $5.

Friday, June 27, 2014 to Saturday, June 28, 2014
C (both days) LENGTH: 5-6 mi and 5.3 mi ELEV GAIN: ~500 ft and 740 ft PACE: Medium
Les Cherow - 602-826-1843 (C)

Please RSVP in advance.

This will be a 2 day event - Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28, with 'C' hikes both days.

Friday we will rendezvous (9:00 am) at the Target as you get into Flagstaff . We will hike the 'Peaks" segment of the AZ Trail from Aspen Corner on the Snow Bowl Rd. (9,000') and hike approx. 5-6 miles north to FS Rd. 418 (8,500'). There will be a shuttle back to the POB, arranged in advance by Les. Beautiful high altitude terrain with a mix of mountain meadows, conifer forests, and aspen groves.

Saturday we will meet up once again at the Target (8:30 am). We will carpool up the Snow Bowl Rd. to the Kachina Trailhead and hike 5.3 miles to the east end of the trail, where Les will have a vehicle waiting for the ride back to the POB. This hike begins at 9360' and ends at 8620' and traverses spectacular mountain terrain. All driving with the exception of the shuttles is on pavement.

No dogs, please. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 to Monday, June 30, 2014
This activity has been changed.
B+ LENGTH: Varies ELEV GAIN: Varies PACE: Medium
"Missed the Turn" Mark - 602-725-4993,

To Be Determined locations in the vicinity of Alpine, AZ

Meet "Missed The Turn" Mark for one of three possible hikes during his Alpine adventure at the end of June.

I will attempt Bear Mountain (appox. 12 miles), Escudillo Mountain (6 miles) and possibly Hinkle Trail (appox. 8 miles) from 28 June through the end of the month.

This is a "meet me" invitation so you will need to be in the vicinity of Alpine to make the link up. Contact me by cell or email before the 27th if you are interested at all as I am not sure if my cell or email will be working up there.

Bring rain gear, sunscreen, snacks, lunch, plenty of water, and sturdy hiking boots. Hike will be canceled in case of rain or fire restrictions - call or e-mail to confirm hike. Cost to non-members is $5.