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 July, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 6:30am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV GAIN: 2400 ft PACE: Slow to Medium
Leaders:
Les Cherow - 602-826-1843
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727, chenia@aol.com

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at the SE side of Denny’s parking lot, just west of the Bell Rd. and I-17 Park-and-Ride.

This is a classic, and sure to be challenging, outing that provides spectacular views and an opportunity to escape the heat in the Valley. Option to hike to the summit of Arizona's highest peak, if the weather is suitable for an additional 1.5 miles and ~850 ft in elev gain. Bring sunscreen, hat, at least 3 liters of water, lunch or snacks, rain gear, a jacket or sweatshirt in case the wind is blowing and it is chilly, and $ for carpool.

Please check the website or call the leaders in case the hike is canceled due to weather or forest fire. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 6:00am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 7.4 mi ELEV GAIN: 300-600 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Susan Sands - sands.moon@aol.com, 602-291-1298
Don - 480-209-7963

Meet Don at 6:00 am (depart 6:15) at Wendy’s on Shea Blvd, just west of Hwy 87 in Fountain Hills. Cool off in the pines as we traverse the Houston Brothers Trail, an "in-and-out" hike following a stream, beautiful meadows, a spring and an opportunity to view the historical Pinchot Cabin on the Mogollon Rim. Wear sturdy hiking boots and sunscreen. Hiking sticks are recommended as well as rain gear. Bring snacks, lunch, electrolytes and plenty of water. Please check the website or call the leaders in case the hike is canceled due to weather or forest fire. Cost to non-members is $5.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 6:30am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV GAIN: 1300 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727, chenia@aol.com
Karen Sennette - lksentee@aol.com

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at the SE side of Denny’s parking lot, just west of the Bell Rd. and I-17 Park-and-Ride. We will hike from the trailhead off Shultz Tank Road to Mt. Eldon lookout Tower. Views of the San Francisco Peaks, the volcanic fields east of Flagstaff , Sunset Crater, and even the Painted Desert are yours to enjoy along this high country trail. Bring sunscreen, hat, at least 3 liters of water, lunch or snacks, rain gear, and $ for carpool. Please check the website or call the leaders in case the hike is canceled due to weather or forest fire. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 7:00am
Rating:
B- and wet LENGTH: 6 mi ELEV GAIN: Minimal (canyon hike) PACE: Slow and soggy
Leaders:
"Missed the Turn" Mark - mnashley@yahoo.com, 602-725-4993

Meet at 7:00 am (depart 7:15) at a Cedar City, Utah location TBD.

This is a "meet me" hike. If you happen to be in Cedar City, Utah for the Shakespeare Festival or just because, join "Missed the Turn" Mark on an attempt at Knaraville Canyon to see the falls. A local clued me in to this slot canyon, a three hour adventure, and I plan to hike it Saturday morning before returning to catch "Henry IV" that night.

I will depart AZ on 10 July, so contact me by 8 July if you think you will be up there. Bring canyoneering gear and adequate water.

WARNING -Leader has not set foot in Utah, so this will be an adventure. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 7:30am
Rating:
RATING: C- (Off road) LENGTH: ~26 mi ELEV GAIN: 3100 ft, PACE: Easy, Fun
Leaders:
Larry A - ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548

Meet at 7:30 am (depart 7:45) at the Park-and-Ride on the southwest corner of Bell Rd. and I-17.

This is an easy 4X4 run with occasional stops, photo ops, and short side trips where we visit the tiny village of Cherry, an abandoned mine, a hang glider launch pad with spectacular views overlooking the Verde Valley, and Mingus Mountain Lake.

4X4 is not required but a high clearance vehicle should be utilized for these maintained forest roads.

This is a dedicated memorial run for my friend & fellow AzOTC member Lynn Larremore, who departed this earth on May 25 for that Great 4X4 world in the beyond. Fill up the tank and come out for a fun time taking up most of the day. We plan to stop on the return for libations and food at Taqueria Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant in Prescott Valley.

The adventure will be canceled if the weather or roads are bad. Call leader 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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 6:00am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 2.4 mi ELEV GAIN: 900 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

Meet at 6 am (depart 6:15) at the CVS Pharmacy on the NW corner of Brown & Ellsworth Roads in Mesa (exit off the 202 Freeway and drive east on Brown Rd.). Email me for trailhead directions if you'd rather meet at the trailhead parking area.

Get your buns out of bed early and join me on a short mountain trail that you've probably never heard of before. This mountain trail is just north of Usery Mountain Regional Park and is named EJ Peak or Lone Mountain, depending on what map you're looking at. The trail is surprisingly very well maintained. From the top, you can see Fountain Hills, Pass Mt., Four Peaks, the Supes, Red Mt., Camelback Mt., the nearby Lower Salt River, and other familiar landmarks. If temps cooperate, we can explore more trails. Choose your own pace and we can wander as far as you want.

Bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Please check the website or email the leader in case the hike is canceled due to rain. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 6:15am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: ~11.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 2500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Don - 480-209-7963, dgmowry@gmail.com
Dan Rothman - dwrr1@yahoo.com, 480-773-5197

Meet at 6:15 am (depart 6:30) at the Park & Ride, SW corner of I-17 and Bell Rd. (Early start to avoid afternoon rains during monsoon season). This hike will start at 7,000 ft and we’ll climb to the lookout tower of Mt. Eldon at over 9,000 ft. We’ll then hike the Sunset Trail, and looping around the mountain using the Upper Oldham, Oldham and Pipeline Trails back to the Fat Man’s Loop and return to the cars. The scenic trail passes through forests of ponderosa pine, douglas fir, and aspen. We’ll have great views of the San Francisco Peaks and Flagstaff below. Bring rain gear, sunscreen, snacks, lunch, plenty of water, and sturdy hiking boots. The hike will be cancelled if there’s a likely chance of rain. Call or email Don by Friday, July 11th to verify that the hike is on. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 6:15am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV GAIN: ~2500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
"Missed The Turn" Mark - mnashley@yahoo.com, 602-725-4993

Meet at 6:15 am (depart 6:30) at the Park & Ride, SW corner of I-17 and Bell Rd.

Join "Missed The Turn" Mark on his first attempt at Bill Williams Mountain. Bill Williams is a wonderful hike - great 360-degree views from the summit as well as the lush forests along the hike. I have neglected this hike for too long, but events will not permit me to recon this beforehand. Trail conditions are reportedly good and there shouldn't be any problems. Once we complete the trek, we will descend on Williams or Flagstaff and see what fare intrigues us most!

Bring plenty water, rain jacket, sunscreen, and a snack.

Contact the leader by 7 pm on July 22nd, as the hike will be canceled in case of rain or fire restrictions. Cost to non-members is $5.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 6:00am
Rating:
A- LENGTH: ~21 miles PACE: 13–15 mph
Leaders:
Dan Rothman
Don Mowry, dgmowry@gmail.com

Meet at 6:00 a.m. (depart at 6:15) at the Roaring Fork Restaurant, southwest corner of Chaparral and Scottsdale RD.

This ride is definitely one of most picturesque in the greater Phoenix area and provides one of the best views of the praying monk rock structure on Camelback Mountain. We’ll pass by many beautiful homes in Paradise Valley. We’ll stop on the north side of Mummy Mountain that will give us a unique view of the McDowell Mountains and Pinnacle Peak.

This is rated A- because of a few of the hills. There will be several water and rest stops particularly after some of the hills. Please join us.

HELMETS are required. Bring plenty of water. There is no signup, just show up. Cost to non-members is $5.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 6:30am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 7.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Ralph Engler - 480-855-7062
Grace - chenia@aol.com

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at Wendy's in Fountain Hills, on Shea Blvd. just west of Highway 87 (Beeline Hwy).

Co-leader will meet Ralph in Lakeside and Ralph will lead the hike.

One of the interesting things about this trail is that it passes through several distinct ecotypes. On top of the mesa it moves in and out of ponderosa pine and manzanita scrub. Below the mesa one mainly finds pinion-juniper woodland.

Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and water as there is little shade in the pinion-juniper.

After the hike, there will be an option to meet on the rear deck of Ralph’s cabin in Lakeside for a beverage and snacks before the travelers head back to the valley. Total travel time is about 2:45 from Wendy's (with a pit-stop in Payson). No dogs or children.

Please check the website or call the leaders in case the hike is canceled due to weather or forest fire. Cost to non-members is $5.