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 March, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 8:30am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 602-639-2702

Meet at 8:30 am (depart at 8:45) at the Burger King, just south of US 60 at the NE corner of Power Rd. and Superstition Springs Blvd.

The Peralta Trail hike is one of the most popular trails in the Superstitions. There are panoramic views at Freemont Saddle, including Weaver's Needle. From Freemont Saddle, we will return on the Cave Trail, which is a more difficult, poorly defined trail on mostly rock surface, but it has great views of Peralta Canyon to the west and Barks Canyon to the east. The hike will take approximately 4 hours.

Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking boots, and $ for carpool.

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

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Leaders:
Dan - 480-773-5197

Although we won’t be having a happy hour this month prior to the General Membership Meeting (see below), we do have an excellent substitute. Join fellow AzOTC members for a great selection of happy hour food choices and beverages, including Ling & Louie’s famous Tai Mai.

The restaurant is located at 9397 E. Shea Boulevard. That’s on the south side of Shea, about 0.7 miles east of the Route 101 exit.

See you there.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

This month (only), we won’t be having a happy hour before our General Membership Meeting. The reason is that the San Francisco Giants have an exhibition baseball game in Old Town Scottsdale on March 4th, and most of the nearby bars and restaurants will be packed after the game. Our “pre-meeting” happy hour this month will be on Tuesday, March 3rd (see above).

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 8:00am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
C LENGTH: ~8 mi ELEV GAIN: <1000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 602-639-2702
Cathy Schuyler - cschuyler@q.com

Meet at 8:00 am (depart 8:15) at the Burger King/Home Depot parking lot on Power Road, just south of US 60.

This loop hike will involve some rough terrain, hills, and bouldering, with possible water in the creek. Hiking poles are recommended. There will be a short side trip to a mine on the side of the hill.

Bring plenty of water and food for snacks and lunch.

Note: we are late subs for the original leader, so hopefully we'll complete the hike as advertised. Maybe not, but it's a beautiful area and we'll have fun.

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 6:45pm

Join 'our own' Don Mahr for a great presentation on Search and Rescue teams - something we all hope we will never need! Don has been a volunteer with the Gila County Sheriff's office for the past 8 years - 5 of those years were with the Tonto Rim's Search and Rescue team, most of the time working with the Rope Rescue team. He will tell us what Search and Rescue groups do, how they are organized and set up, and how volunteers are trained. He has a number of photos taken during training exercises and actual search and rescue missions that he plans to use to demonstrate how it all works. Do you want to know why people get into trouble while out in the wilderness? Don will tell us that, too! Please join Don, an 18 year AzOTC member, for this informative presentation. 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.

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 7:45am
Rating:
B- DISTANCE: ~8 mi ELEV GAIN: < 1500 FT
Leaders:
Ralph Engler - 480-855-7062 (Cell)

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8:00) at my house 3343 E. Hatcher Rd, Phoenix; about 0.5 Mi south of Shea, East on Hatcher.

We will hike across the Preserve to Trail #302, do the loop and return to my back patio.

Bring water, snacks and sunscreen. No dogs or children.

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

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 7:00am to Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 7:00am
Rating:
Passage 5 (Saturday): A- LENGTH: 14 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Fast; Passage 6 (Sunday): A- LENGTH: 15 mi ELEV GAIN: 1500 ft PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Dan Rothman – dwrr1@yahoo.com, 480-773-5197

Join us as we resume the Arizona Trail Project with two beautiful passages just southeast of Tucson. We’ll meet on Saturday morning on the south side of Phoenix at 7:00 am. Contact leader for meeting location and to make carpool and lodging arrangements.

Both hikes will proceed from south to north, with a car shuttle at the end.

Passage 5 involves up-and-down terrain, with beautiful views of the Santa Rita Mountains to the west, particularly Mount Wrightson, as it passes through an area rich in Arizona mining history, including the restored Kentucky Camp.

Passage 6 rolls generally downhill along the foothills of the Santa Ritas, with great views of the Empire Mountains to the east and Rincons to the north.

Our average moving pace will be 2.5 to 3.0 mph on both days.

On Saturday night, between hikes, we’ll be staying in a motel on the southeast side of Tucson. Those wishing to make this a day hike and head home on Saturday evening after Passage 5 may do so, provided that we have enough cars for the shuttle between trailheads.

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 7:30am
Rating:
C LENGTH: ~4 mi ELEV GAIN: <1000 ft PACE: Slow to Medium
Leaders:
Grace Chen - chenia@aol.com, 480-767-1727
Don Mowry - dgmowry@gmail.com, 480-209-7963

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at Wendy’s on Shea Blvd just west of Hwy 87.

Join us for a tour of the Tonto National Monument, home to two spectacular Salado cave dwellings. We have reservations for a 3-hour ranger led tour of the 800-year old upper cave dwelling with 40-rooms. We will tour the lower cave dwelling on our own. This will be a best time to visit with beautiful spring flowers and awesome view of Lake Roosevelt. The ranger led tour is limited to 15 people.

This is an opportunity not to be missed. So contact Grace Chen to reserve and secure your spot. Bring camera, snack, water and sunscreen. Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Sunday, March 8, 2015
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 6-10 mi ELEV GAIN: 1200 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
"Missed The Turn Mark" - mnashley@yahoo.com, 602-725-4993

This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 2:30pm
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 3.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1100 ft PACE: Slow - Bonnie's group, Medium - Bud's group
Leaders:
Bud and Bonnie Tasch - 480-802-2836

Meet at 2:30 pm (depart at 2:45) at Pinnacle Peak Park, east of Pima Road off Alma School, between Happy Valley Road and Dynamite Boulevard. To view a map, go to: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/pinnacle/ and click on “Vicinity Map”. You can sleep in till noon and still make the hike - Great!

We'll skirt around the 3171' valley landmark on this in-and-out hike, with a lot of ups and downs on a well maintained trail. Afterwards, we'll go to Greasewood Flats Restaurant one last time before Taylor Morrison blows it up. Anyway, it's worth going just to see Bud do the funky chicken!

Bring water, sunscreen, and hiking boots.

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

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 6:30am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1,400 ft PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Don Mowry - dgmowry@gmail.com, (480) 209-7963

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

This very scenic trail offers panoramic views from Spruce Ridge of Mingus Mountain, the Prescott area, Crown King and the San Francisco Peaks. We’ll pass through numerous stands of Ponderosa Pine on the way to the Spruce Mountain Lookout area. There we'll take a break before continuing down the other side of the loop back to the trailhead. Our moving average pace will be a brisk 2.5 mph. Spruce Mountain is misnamed because the trees at the top are Douglas Fir.

Bring at least 3 liters of water, electrolytes, high energy food and raingear. No dogs or children please.

Cost to non-members is $5. Non-members and those who’ve not hiked with Don before, be sure to call the hike leader before the hike.

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 8:00am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 3.8 mi ELEV. GAIN: 600 ft. PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Larry A. - ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548

Meet at 8:00 am (depart at 8:15) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just west of I-17.

We will be doing an easy in-and-out hike in the park that opened in 2010 in the Stetson Hills community. Nearest cross streets are 51st Ave and Happy Valley Rd. The trail itself is actually pretty nice and well-cut through the desert, with beautiful scenery!

We plan to stop on the return for libations and food at Dillon’s BBQ Restaurant at 20585 N. 59th Ave.

The adventure will be canceled if the weather is bad.

No need to call Leader to sign up, just show at the appointed time. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $$ for carpool. Children and well-behaved outdoor dogs are welcome.

Cost to non-members is $5 and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 7:00am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV GAIN: ~2000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Cathy Schuyler - cschuyler@q.com
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 602-639-2702

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Walmart, just south of US 60 on Signal Butte Rd. Park along the row facing Signal Butte Rd.

We will hike from the trailhead off the Florence Kelvin Highway. We will cross several washes, hike up the "Big Hill," head south and west to the ridge line. Then we will turn around. This segment of the AZ Trail runs about 28 miles from the Florence Kelvin Highway south to Freeman Rd. The plan is to just do a B or A minus level hike, depending on the groups desire to forge ahead or go back. Views are very pretty.

Bring hat, good boots, plenty of water, sunscreen, snacks, and lunch. Bring extra water to store in car as there are no facilities whatsoever out there. Change of shoes to have comfy feet apres hike is always nice too.

Please email hike leader to confirm.

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

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Rating:
A+ LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV GAIN: 4300 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr1@yahoo.com, 480-773-5197

Contact leader for meeting time and location, and to determine whether this difficult hike is right for you. Although our average hiking speed will be medium (2.0 to 2.5 mph), the long and steep ascent will make it seem faster.

We’ll carpool to, then shuttle 9 miles between, the Finger Rock and Pima Canyon trailheads north of Tucson. Our ascent will follow a beautiful but rugged riparian corridor up Pima Canyon, through an area occupied by the Hohokam since approximately 750 AD. As we ascend, we’ll hike through a dense pine forest with increasingly beautiful vistas of the mountains and valleys around Tucson, including a great overlook of the Catalina Mountains from the summit of Mt. Kimball. We’ll then descend the equally scenic Finger Rock Trail. Be prepared for a real workout with great rewards along the way.
After the hike, we’ll be stopping for dinner as we leave Tucson.

Bring sunscreen, plenty of water, sturdy hiking boots and rain gear.

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 8:00am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 3.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 250 ft PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Marilyn Schrab - 480-773-9686
Lynda Zaffino - 480-596-9342

Meet at 8:00 am (depart at 8:15) at the Spur Cross Conservation Area parking lot. To get there from Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek, take Spur Cross Road approximately 4 miles north to the end of the road. The last mile is unpaved but in good condition.

The trail passes through a beautiful riparian area within the Jewel of the Creek Preserve at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. In addition to the many lush trees, we hope to see wildflowers during the hike.

There is a $3.00 per person admission fee to the Spur Cross Conservation Area.

Call hike leader if you have any questions.

Bring sunscreen, plenty of water, and sturdy hiking boots.

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

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 6:30am
Rating:
B+/A- LENGTH: 10.2 mi ELEV GAIN: 3728 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at the Walmart’s parking lot on the east side of I-17 and Happy Valley Rd. Join us for this hike to the highest peak in southwestern Arizona. The peak elevation is 5681 ft. The last portion of the trail is a leg burner, climbing more than 1,400 feet in 0.75 miles. The wildflowers should be spectacular at this time of the year. After reaching the peak, enjoy the spectacular view. As an added bonus, learn how the microwave tower at the summit is used to control the gates of Central Arizona Project from Lake Havasu City to Tucson. This from our member, Rudy Gates, who erected the tower. Learn about how the water is distributed between CA, AZ and NV, the importance of water conservation and many more. This is guaranteed to be a very educational and informative hike. Hiking poles are highly recommended to save the knees. Bring snacks, lunch, water, and layer your clothing, as it could be very windy on the top. Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Sunday, March 29, 2015
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 6-10 mi ELEV GAIN: 1200 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
"Missed The Turn Mark" - mnashley@yahoo.com, 602-725-4993

Contact the leader by 8 pm the Friday before the hike or I will wander elsewhere.

Hike length will depend on preference of participants. We will drop into the Juniper and Oak on our way to Oak Spring and beyond. The descent on Trail 16 makes returning a nightmare, but the views are worth coming this way. Once down we will take a jog to the left on Trail 251 for a piece and then head out of this canyon network to Hardscrabble Road. At this point, we will cut crosscountry, heading east and southeast to link back up with our route near a tank.

Warning: the cross-country part has plenty of trip opportunities. If you have weak ankles or knees, this is not your hike. Once done, I am thinking that a late lunch in Payson will be in order.

Be prepared for spring conditions in Payson...Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $$ for carpool. Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 8:30am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 4-5 mi ELEV GAIN: ~500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Lil Cross - 480-861-0204
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 602-639-2702

Meet at 8:30 am (depart at 8:45) at at the Burger King, just south of US 60 at the NE corner of Power Rd. and Superstition Springs Blvd. OR email Jim for directions to the Dome Mountain Trailhead.

This section of the Goldfield Mountains contains colorful rock formations, rugged peaks, and interesting boulders and cliffs. We'll hike past a huge boulder that we'll give an unofficial name of Pumpkin Rock. The Great Pumpkin or The Face are names that I've read that other hikers have used. From the Blue Ridge area, we'll have a scenic 360 degree view of the area, including the Superstitions. Most of the hike will be on a trail or an old road.

Hiking poles might help out on one section of the trail. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a snack.

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