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Activities for September, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 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. 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, September 2, 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 mountain climber and world adventurer Kurt Gusinde as he shares video and slides from his recent expedition to the highest peak in North America - Denali (Mount McKinley) at a height of 20,320 feet. From bottom to top, Denali rises nearly 18,000 feet, an elevation gain unsurpassed anywhere in the world. Denali is a mountain of extreme conditions: 100 mph winds and minus-forty-degree temperatures, to quite hot with sunshine lasting up to 20 hours. Hear about some of the extreme challenges climbers faced on a daily basis and what they did to overcome them. This is one AzOTC program you don’t want to miss.

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 6:45am
B+ LENGTH: 11 miles ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft
Dan Rothman - 480-991-1647 (home), 480-773-519 (cell)

Meet at 6:45 am (depart 7:00) at Wendy’s on Shea just west of the Beeline Highway.

We’ll start at the Geronimo Trailhead at the base of the Rim near Pine and hike up to the top on the seldom-used Turkey Trail, which has beautiful views of the Rim. We’ll then hike along the top on the Milk Ranch Point Plateau, descending on the shady West Weber Trail.

Although we hope the monsoon storms will be behind us, check website or call leader if weather looks questionable.

Bring sturdy hiking boots, water and sunscreen.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 6:30am
C LENGTH: 3.2 mi ELEV GAIN: 800 ft PACE: Medium
Jim D -

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) 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.). I can also meet you at the trailhead if you pay $6 or have a county parks pass.

The trail is well maintained, but steep and rocky in places. The trail gets steeper as you ascend, but the views are worth it. Pop out of bed early and join me for some exercise. Hiking time will be 1.5 to 2 hours.

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

Saturday, September 13, 2014
B LENGTH: 7-8 mi ELEV GAIN: 950 ft PACE: Medium
Bev - 480-415-7147,

Call or email leader for meeting time and location.

This hike, in Pine Arizona, isn't named to my knowledge. But I'm naming it the Sidewinder trail since we have to head west at the Sidewinder Grill in Pine to access the TH, and the actual trail twists and turns like a snake slithering through the forest! This is a nice, easy-to-follow trail with rolling ups and downs. We'll hike 3.5 to 4 miles towards Strawberry, then after a quick break and snack we'll head back to our vehicles on the same trail.

About 30% of the trail is exposed, so wear a hat and sunscreen. You'll also need 2-3 quarts of water and snacks. Cost to non-members is $5.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 6:30am
This event has been canceled.
B LENGTH: 11mi ELEV GAIN: 900 ft PACE: Medium
Jim D -

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) in the Fry's parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny's, near the entrance to the Park-and-Ride. We'll enjoy shady forests, rugged canyons, and natural pools. This easy and scenic loop trail traverses ponderosa pine country on the edge of the western Mogollon Rim. There are great views of Sycamore and Big Spring Canyons. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, rain gear, plenty of water, snacks, lunch and $$ for carpool. Hike will be canceled if it rains. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 6:15am
A- LENGTH: 14 mi ELEV GAIN: 3000 ft PACE: Medium
Grace - 858-663-5173

Meet at 6:15 am (depart at 6:30) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just west of I-17.

We will hike this less traveled trail to Mt. Humphreys to the Doyle Saddle at 10,800 ft. We will hike through pine forest and beautiful aspen. At the saddle we will be greeted with a stunning view of the Inner Basin and the first sighting of Humphreys Peak yonder. This will be our turn around point.

Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, rain gear, plenty of water, snacks, lunch and $$ for carpool. Hike will be canceled if it rains. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, September 21, 2014
B LENGTH: 7 mi ELEV GAIN: 1400 ft PACE: Medium
"Missed The Turn" Mark -, 602-725-4993

Can you remember a hike in September when the needles were green and the leaves started to yellow? If you can remember and dare to endeavor then follow, follow! Join MTTM on his loop hike above and in Sycamore Canyon SW of Flagstaff. We will do the Kelsey-Dorsey loop and see what has started to turn, other than the jerky in my pack.

Contact the leader by the Friday evening before the hike (8 pm) to receive meeting instructions. Your kit should include 2-3 liters of water and be prepared for early fall conditions (possibly still warm) in the Sycamore Canyon area. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
This event has been canceled.
C LENGTH: 6.8 mi ELEV GAIN: 1060 ft PACE: Medium
Susan Sands -, 602-291-1298

Please contact leader for meeting time and place prior to Sept. 27th.

Our destination will be the spring as we travel through ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. In places we will follow the trail that hugs the creek rather than the old “rocky” road trail.

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

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 6:30am
C LENGTH: ~7 mi ELEV GAIN: ~ 500 ft PACE: Medium
Ralph Engler - 480-855-7062 (CELL)

This hike will occur if a co-leader volunteers to meet hikers and organize the drive to the trailhead. Call to see if the hike is on.

If a co-leader volunteers, we will meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at Wendy's in Fountain Hills, on Shea Blvd. just west of Highway 87 (Beeline).

This is an early Fall in-and-out hike, passing Scott Reservoir and the “Ice Cave” Lava Tube; with scenery and cool temps at 7000 ft.

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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 7:45am
B- LENGTH: 5-7 mi ELEV GAIN: < 1000 ft PACE: Medium
Grace - 858-663-5173

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 medium-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.