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 October, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 6:30am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 11mi ELEV GAIN: 900 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 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.

This is a reschedule of the September rain-out hike. 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, October 4, 2014 - 6:15am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: < 6 miles ELEV GAIN: 863 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bev - 480-415-7147
Patty - 602-620-7406

Meet at 6:15 am (depart 6:30) at the Park-and-Ride at the southwest corner of I-17 and Bell Road. We'll carpool to Mingus Mountain, which is just south of Jerome.

Our lollipop-shaped hike will encompass trail numbers 547, 550, 548, and then back to 547. We'll be hiking through alligator junipers and maple trees that should be changing color, if our timing is right. About half way through the hike, we'll stop for a quick snack before heading back to our cars. After our hike, you have the option of walking around Jerome, eating at one of Jerome's great restaurants, or heading back to the valley.

Bring water and snacks for the trail. Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 7:45am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 5-7 mi ELEV GAIN: < 1000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Grace - 858-663-5173

Meet at 7:45 am (depart 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.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Rating:
Fun!

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, October 7, 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 Jeff Babcock who will share trail experiences none of us ever hope to encounter. When he and his brother climbed Mount McKinley 47 years ago they discovered three frozen corpses. It never occurred that one day his brother might not return from a future comparable adventure -- this time in Canyonlands National Park. Learn how they joined with a former Alaskan buddy on a 10 day trek in Canyonlands National Park, neither one of whom ever thought they would come close to reaching the end of the trail. And he's not talking about the Salt Creek Canyon Trail upon which they were traveling… he's talking about the trail that each of us must travel down --- the one that will eventually stop ticking--- when our time runs out! What would you do in a similar situation? How would you react? Coupled with some phenomenal slides, this is one presentation you definitely don't want to miss.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 6:45am
Rating:
B LENGTH: ~20 mi PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Don Mowry - 480-209-7963, dgmowry@gmail.com
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197, dwrrl@yahoo.com

Meet at 6:45 am (depart 7:00) at the NE corner of Jackrabbit and Hayden Roads. The weather will be a bit cooler and this is a very scenic ride along the Indian Bend Wash, Tempe Town Lake, north on Priest to Indian School where we'll ride the canal bank past the Scottsdale Fashion Square and back to the Indian Bend Wash to Jackrabbit Road, our starting point. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Helmets are required. There is a $5 fee for non-members.

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 7:45am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 5-7 mi ELEV GAIN: < 1000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Grace - 858-663-5173

Meet at 7:45 am (depart 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.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 6:30am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: Yeager 6.5 mi and Woodchute 7.5 mi (total of 14 mi) ELEV GAIN: ~2,000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Don - 480-209-7963, dgmowry@gmail.com

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at the Park and Ride, SW corner of I-17 and Bell Rd. We’ll carpool to the trailhead.

The Yeager Canyon Loop is comprised of three short trails, Yeager Canyon, Little Yeager and Yeager Cabin that returns us to the trailhead. The Yeager Canyon trail has a nice climb to elevation 7,000 ft, connecting to the Little Yeager, then returning on the Yeager Cabin Trail to the trailhead.

We’ll next drive 4 miles to the Woodchute Trail. This has a steady, easy climb to the Woodchute summit. There are great views of the entire Verde Valley from the top. The wilderness got its name because miners cut the pines to use as shoring timbers for Jerome’s copper mining operation. They sent the pines down the north side of the mountain via a woodchute. The second-growth forest makes this still a beautiful hike.

Bring lunch, snacks, sunscreen and at least 3 liters of water and electrolytes. Wear a hat and hiking boots. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, October 12, 2014
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
B LENGTH: ~8.5 mi ELEV GAIN: ~2000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
"Missed The Turn" Mark - 602-725-4993

Contact the leader by phone or email by 8 pm the Friday before the hike for our meeting place and time. If there are no takers, I will just grab another trail.

Not ready to hike in the hot desert yet? Then join the infamous "Missed The Turn" Mark for a loop hike just inside Prescott. There will be chaparral a plenty, one small stream, one big hump and some ups and downs. Apres-hike, tis off to Old Town Prescott to hang out at the Raven or the Office.

Be prepared for fall conditions in Prescott. Bring snacks, sunscreen, electrolytes, and at least 3 liters of water. There is a $5 fee for each vehicle, so drivers be prepared for that as well. Wear a hat and hiking boots. Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 7:45am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 5-6 mi ELEV GAIN: <1500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Ralph Engler - 602-996-7312 (H), 480-855-7062 (C)

Meet at 7:45 am (depart 8:00) at the 7th Street Visitor Center parking lot; about one mile south of Thunderbird Rd.

We will hike to Trail 306 from the Visitor Center, then follow it to our summit on Shaw Butte; returning by following a connector to Trail 100. This hike has great views of the western end of the Preserve, and passes the ruins of an old restaurant on Shaw Butte. The pace will be adjusted for the group and the temperature.

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

Thursday, October 16, 2014 to Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:00pm
Leaders:
Jon - 602-237-3138
Ray - AOTCHawaii2014@aol.com

Join us for a 14-day, three island hiking adventure in paradise.

Arriving in Kona where we will hike some trails and visit / hike / stay near Volcano's National Park, then on to the Valley Isle of Maui where we hike and bike.

Departing from Maui we'll fly to the Garden Isle of Kauai. We’ll hike a variety of trails that will include the world’s highest swamp, the Na Pali coastline, and do a kayak trip.

Accommodations will consist of hostels, rustic cabins / basic bunks, and traditional hotel rooms. Our trip is limited to 14 adventuresome participants.

This is a hiking trip and will have limited sightseeing and touring. Cost is $2,500 and includes airfare, accommodations, and ground transportation.

The trip is currently full, but we are accepting and encouraging applicants for the waiting list.

Contact either leader to be included in our Hawaii adventure.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 6:30am
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 13 mi ELEV GAIN: 2500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Susan Sands - sands.moon@aol.com, 602-291-1298
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at Wendy’s on Shea, just west of the Beeline Highway. We’ll carpool to the lower See Canyon trailhead east of Payson.

The loop hike begins along Christopher Creek, ascends See Canyon on a steep and rugged trail to the top of the Rim (with a short diversion along the way to See Spring), follows the top of the Rim to the Drew Trail, then descends to the Highline Trail and back to the trailhead. This route has beautiful fall foliage, including many maple trees, so bring plenty of water, lunch or snacks, electrolytes, sturdy hiking boots and (optional) your camera.

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

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 8:00am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 4–6 mi ELEV GAIN: 600+ ft PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Jeanie & Van - 928-252-3322

Meet at 8:00 am (depart at 8:15) behind the McDonald's at Carefree Highway & I-17.

This hike takes you to a natural arch. The trail goes through a burned area and is rocky and unmaintained in some areas. It is a relatively easy to moderate hike to view the arch. It is a scramble to get to the arch so be careful if you attempt this.

Vultee Arch is named after Gerald and Sylvia Vultee who crashed their plane and died nearby in 1938. There is a plaque dedicated to them near the arch.

HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLES REQUIRED (4x4 preferred). Call leaders to inquire about your vehicle or to arrange rides. If time permits we will hike up to Devil’s Bridge and stop for Mexican food in Camp Verde.

Bring lunch/snacks and plenty of water. Hike will be canceled in case of rain. Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:30am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 5.4 mi ELEV GAIN: 1100 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com
Cathy Schuyler - cschuyler@q.com

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at the Burger King, just south of US 60 at the NE corner of Power Rd and Superstition Springs Blvd. OR meet us at the Crosscut Trailhead no later than 7:15 am. The signed Crosscut TH is a half mile down First Water Road off of Hwy 88. The hike ends atop a cliff overlooking Massacre Grounds, the site where, according to legend, Apache warriors slaughtered a party of Mexican miners. From there, we will have great views of the Superstitions, Goldfield Mountains , Four Peaks , Weaver’s Needle, bizarre rock formations, and towering hoodoos. Expect the hike to last around 3.5 hours, which will include time for a snack. Bring water and sunscreen. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 6:30am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 8.75 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bev - 480-415-7147

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at the Fountain Hill's Wendys on Shea Blvd., just west of the Beeline Hwy.

If you've never hiked to Fossil Springs, this hike is a must. Our hike, just west of Strawberry, descends 2000 ft in the first 4 miles. Once we get into the canyon, we'll traverse Fossil Springs, then walk along a rolling up and down trail beside Fossil Creek to a large swimming hole with a beautiful waterfall. If it's warm, we can swim behind the waterfall or just splash around in the water. Bring/wear your bathing suits or wear hiking clothes that can get wet. We'll have a light lunch at the swimming hole, so pack the proper food. The hike out, all uphill and exposed, will get your attention!

Besides lunch, bring a minimum 2 liters of water. You can refill your bladders in the spring for the hike out if you're running low. Cost to non-member is $5.

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 7:00am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 13 mi ELEV. GAIN: 2400 ft PACE: Med-Fast (2.7mph)
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197, dwrr1@yahoo.com

Meet at 7:00 am (depart 7:15) at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead (1 mile north of Shea at the end of 124th Street).

Join us hiking the beautiful, new Andrews-Kinsey Trail, which connects the McDowell Sonoran and Fountain Hills Preserves. We’ll leave from Lost Dog Wash Trailhead and hike to the Sunrise Peak saddle, from where we’ll connect to the A-K Trail and head off toward the West View Overlook in Fountain Hills. There are beautiful views along the way and at the Overlook of the McDowells, Four Peaks, Superstitions, Adero Canyon, and Fountain Hills. The hike involves a lollipop loop, circling over and around the West View Overlook on the Western Loop and Promenade Trails. Those wishing to skip the loop can make this into a 10-mile (1800 ft EG) out-and-back hike.

Bring plenty of water, snacks, electrolytes, and wear sturdy hiking boots. Cost to non-members is $5.