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Activities for February, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 9:30am
C LENGTH: 4-5 mi ELEV GAIN: ~800 ft PACE: Medium
Jim D -
Bev - 480-415-7147,

Meet at 9:30 am (depart at 9:45) at the Holiday Inn east side parking area, just south of US 60 on Country Club Dr. in Mesa or email Jim for directions to the trailhead.

This is a Loop hike in an interesting wash, dirt road, and horse trail. Variety of trail conditions - sandy in the wash to sometimes rocky on the trail. Enjoy many scenic views of the beautiful Goldfield Mountains. The hike starts near a neighborhood at the end of Idaho Rd., but you soon disappear into the Goldfields.

Bring water, sunscreen, hat, boots, and a snack.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 4:45pm

Join fellow AzOTC members for happy hour prior to our monthly meeting at the Granite Reef Senior Center. Carlsbad Tavern offers New Mexican cuisine, including a great selection of food and drinks, in their “bat cave.” The Tavern has won Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the last three years. 3313 North Hayden Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251 It’s located on the east side of Hayden Road, just south of Osborn (across the street from Office Max), and about two miles north of the Senior Center.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 6:45pm

We have a great program scheduled for our FEBRUARY GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING. Greg Hawk, captain of the Phoenix Fire Department, will discuss trails around the valley, basic first aid steps we need to take before, during and after our activities, and items we need to carry with us while on an outing - things we 'should' know, but as active people we can always use a refresher course. Greg will discuss falls, strains, breaks, heat related illnesses, stings and bites, the importance of hydration, and other medical emergencies we could encounter while being out and about with our fellow club members. Please join us on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH at the GRANITE REEF SENIOR CENTER for this informative presentation. Another great program you don't want to miss! NOTE NEW LOCATION! Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 North Granite Reef Road Scottsdale, AZ 85257 Located in Scottsdale on Granite Reef Road just north of McDowell Rd.

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 12:30pm
Bonnie Tasch - 480-802-2836

Meet fellow AzOTC members at 12:30 PM at the Butterfly Wonderland café for lunch. The café has entrees, snacks and sweet treats ranging in price from $1.50 to $6.95.

Following our lunch, our Butterfly Wonderland experience will begin in a state-of-the-art theater describing the fascinating life of butterflies as told by a 3D version of “Flight of the Butterflies".

After leaving the theater, we will witness one of nature's most amazing transformations – metamorphosis -- and stroll inside a 10,000-square-foot atrium as thousands of butterflies enchant with their grace and beauty. This dramatic, glass-enclosed atrium shelters a breathtaking rainforest environment with lush tropical plants, trees, waterfalls and a large Koi pond.

We will also visit a live ant colony, a large beehive, large freshwater aquariums that house intriguing fish from the Amazon and a 1,800-gallon Touch Tank where you can touch a couple different varieties of stingrays.

Admission is $17.95 (seniors 62+); $19.95 (adults) and $11.95 (children 3 to 11)

Butterfly Wonderland
9500 E. Via de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Friday, February 6, 2015 to Sunday, February 8, 2015
This event has been canceled.
Bev - 480-415-7147 -
Steve -


Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 10:00am
C LENGTH: 5+ mi ELEV GAIN: 800 ft
Howard Shapiro - 480-962-9321

Meet at 10:00 am (depart 10:15) at Fry's Electronics parking lot (east side), just west of I-10 on Baseline Rd.

This leisurely paced hike will involve parts of the Beverly canyon, Pima, and Javelina Trails. The hike will involve elevation gain at the start.

Bring plenty of water and something to eat. We will try to find some shade when we break for a snack.

Call the leader to verify that the hike has not been canceled.

Members - there is no sign up, just show up. Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 8:30am
This activity has been changed.
C- Length - 8 miles Elev gain - 459 ft PACE - Medium
Lil Cross - 480-861-0204

Meet at 8:30 am (depart at 8:45) at the Burger King/Home Depot parking lot on Power Road, just south of US 60.

This is a walk on equestrian trails, jeep roads, and a short portion on paved road.

At Goldfield, we will stop at the bakery for a treat/latte if desired before returning on a slightly different route.

Bring plenty of water and food for snacks and lunch.

Please call hike leader to confirm.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 7:45am
This activity has been changed.
C+ LENGTH: 6 mi ELEV GAIN: <1500 ft PACE: Medium
Ralph Engler - 602-996-7312(H) or 480-855-7062(C)

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8:00) at the Dreamy Draw parking lot (north end); east of Rte 51. This is a hike through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve along Trail 1A. The pace will be adjusted for the group and the temp. Bring plenty of water and sun-screen. No dogs or children. Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Friday, February 13, 2015 to Sunday, February 15, 2015
FUN - hiking, group happy hours, fireworks shows
Jeanie & Van - 928 252-3322

Join us for the best fireworks show you will ever see at the Pyrotechnics Convention in Lake Havasu. We will be trailer camping at Cattail Cove State Park. Motels are available in Lake Havasu. Make your reservations early as this weekend fills up fast. We will hike on Saturday morning. We will go out to the very unique Desert Bar.

Call leaders to sign up and for more information. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, February 14, 2015
B- LENGTH: 9.3 mi ELEV GAIN: 700 ft PACE: Medium
Bev - 480-415-7147,

Please email or call leader for meeting time/location as weather will determine our start time.

I found a hike in Queen Creek with no rocks!!!!! Join me for this 9.3 mile loop hike in San Tan Regional Park that encompasses 5 different trails. Most of the terrain is hard packed gravel/sand, except for a 3-mile stretch in a sandy wash. If you've never been to the San Tans, it's a beautiful park.

Get some exercise before going out to dinner with your Valentine! If you don't have a Valentine, consider a late lunch at San Tan Flats after our hike - a fun, outdoor restaurant with great food.

Bring 3 quarts of water and snacks.

There is a $6 per vehicle entry fee into the park.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 10:00am to Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 3:00pm
Bud Tasch - 480-802-2836 (H), 303-868-0216 (C)
Marilyn Harkins

Come see Bud Tasch and Marilyn Harkins present "Ten Essentials of Hiking Plus Top Secret Hiking Tips" in the Dragonfly Ramada at 11:30 am each day. Marilyn and Bud have a combined 95 years of hiking experience, and along the way, they have picked up some "Top Secret Tips" that they are finally going to share along with the 10 Essentials to make your hiking experience safer and more enjoyable.

There will be about 20 booths including Liberty Wildlife Raptor Rehabilitation and AZ Elk Hunting Society in addition to the AzOTC Booth. Water Ranch is a great place for bird watching and has miles of walking paths around several ponds.

Stop by our booth to visit and show support for your club! Please call Bud at 480-802-2836 if you would like to volunteer to staff the AzOTC booth or have any questions.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 7:30am
A- LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Fast
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Holiday Inn by the Country Club Drive exit of Rte 60 in Mesa.

We’ll carpool to the First Water Trailhead and from there head out on this beautiful but challenging loop hike in the Superstitions. We’ll follow the Dutchman's Trail to the seldom visited Palomino Mountain. The ascent involves some off-trail hiking, with a few steep ascents and some rock scrambling, but the view from the top (and along the way) is worth it, including Aylor’s Arch which sits at the top of Palomino Mountain, as well as great views of Black Top Mesa, Weaver’s Needle, the Ridgeline, and many other Superstition landmarks.

All those making it to the top will be “required” to prove it by signing in at the mailbox on the top of Palomino Mountain. After the descent, we’ll loop our way back to our starting point via the Black Mesa and Second Water Trails.

Please wear sturdy hiking boots, rain gear if appropriate, and bring plenty of water and food for snacks and lunch.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

No dogs or children please.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 7:45am
B+ LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV GAIN: 2250 ft PACE: Medium
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8:00) at the Fry's at 90th St. and Shea Blvd, just east of the 101. Park on the east end of the parking lot closer to Chase Bank. Join us for this "bun burner" hike. The first part of the trail (going to Dixie Mine) is relatively flat. After reaching the mine, we'll begin our ascent straight up the mountain. The last two miles are extremely steep, as the road builders decided to charge directly up the mountain - and you will feel it! Views from the top of Thompson Peak are of the entire Phoenix metro area, south to the Catalinas, east to the Superstitions, and north to the Mazatzals. Hiking poles are highly recommended to save the knees. Bring snacks, water, and layer your clothing, as it could be very windy and cold on the top. Bring money for entrance fee at trail head. Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 8:30am
C- LENGTH: 4 mi ELEV GAIN: 350 ft PACE: Slow
Larry A. -, 602-789-9548

Meet at 8:30 am (depart at 8:45) 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, approx. 7:30 am, for breakfast. This is a casual hike on one of Lake Pleasant’s newest trails (opened November, 2014). This in-and-out trail is well groomed beginning with a moderate descent and then it partly follows a wash, the lake’s edge, and ending at Two Cow Cove with unique views of Lake Pleasant. You will be able to take occasional stops for views or photo ops. On the prehike I heard distant mule braying and fresh signs, but no live burros were spotted. We plan to stop on the return for libations and food at Wild Horse West Restaurant, 8400 W. Carefree Highway. The adventure will be canceled if the weather is bad. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $$ for carpool. $6 per vehicle park entrance fee. Children and well-behaved outdoor dogs are welcome. No need for members to call Leader to sign up, just show at the appointed time. Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 10:00am
C+ LENGTH: 4-5 mi ELEV GAIN: 460 ft
Howard Shapiro 480-962-9321

Meet at 10:00 am (depart at 10:25) at the Holiday Inn parking lot (east side) of Country Club and US 60.

This leisurely paced hike starts out flat and then at the end there is a loop section with the majority of the elevation gain.

Bring the usual stuff: water, hiking shoes, and something to eat at the half-way point.

Call leader to verify that the hike has not been canceled. Members - there is no sign up, just show up. Children - okay.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
B LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV GAIN: ~2000 ft PACE: Medium
Cathy Schuyler -
Jim D -

Email Cathy for meeting time and location and to discuss shuttle arrangements. Wilderness hike limit is 15 hikers. This one-way hike starts at First Water Trailhead and we will follow the Second Water Trail (236) to the Boulder Canyon Trail (103) and then head to LaBarge Canyon. Gorgeous views! There is a old mine that we will pass before getting to Labarge beach and some interesting stone benches in the LaBarge area. Bring hat, good boots, plenty of water, sunscreen, snacks and/or lunch. Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 7:30am
B LENGTH: 9.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1800 ft PACE: Medium
Marilyn Harkins - 480-883-7173
Brian Hill - 480-802-1050

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Pima Canyon Trailhead – at the covered picnic area.

Directions from I-10: take EXIT 157, Elliot Rd. Go west to 48th St. Turn RIGHT, north on 48th St. Watch for the POINTE PKWY/BASELINE sign at about 1 mile! After the 2nd sign, BASELINE use the left turn lane onto Pointe Pkwy and make the immediate left turn at the guard house onto Pima Canyon Rd. This goes directly to the trailhead where there are pit toilets and water.

Trails out: Ridgeline Trail, Mormon Trail, and National Trail to the Buena Vista Overlook.
Trails back: Midlife Crisis Trail and Marcos de Niza Trail.

We'll hike up and down on the ridgelines enclosing the Pima Canyon for interesting views of the east and west side of Phoenix. Midway we’ll hike on the National Trail amidst the “young” igneous rock masses (only 15—40 million years old), wildflowers, and cactus gardens with hundreds of little saguaros.

The Midlife Crisis Trail has some rock scrambling so check your boot bottoms and bring gloves. Bring plenty of water and lunch or snacks.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 7:00am
This event has been canceled.
B LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Fast
Don Mowry -, 480-209-7963

Meet at 7 am (depart at 7:15) at the Holiday Inn on the SW corner of US 60 and Country Club Drive.

In addition to expansive views of the Superstition Wilderness, this classic desert hike features nice views of Miner’s Needle and Weaver’s Needle. We begin by hiking up the Bluff Springs Trail and enjoying the beauty of Bark’s Canyon; connecting with the Dutchman Trail to Miner’s Needle. For those adventurous ones, join me on an easy “bushwhack” up the slope to the right of the rock outcropping that is the Needle. The views are great especially looking down over the 1,000 ft. cliff! Last year all fourteen of the hikers took the side trip and really enjoyed it.

We’ll hike down the Miner’s Canyon and return to the trailhead on the Dutchman Trail.

Bring sunscreen, sturdy hiking boots and rain gear. You’ll need snacks,lunch, and three liters of water.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.