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Activities for April, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Because the San Francisco Giants once again have an exhibition baseball game in Old Town Scottsdale on April 1st, and most of the nearby bars and restaurants will be packed after the game, we won’t have our usual happy hour before the General Membership Meeting.

Happy hours prior to the meeting will, however, resume in May; and check out the rest of the calendar for other great happy hours in April.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 6:45pm

The new location of our monthly membership meeting is the Granite Reef Senior Center, located in Scottsdale on Granite Reef Road just north of McDowell Road. Join Amy Geils as she shares the details of her Tour du Mont Blanc. Amy and 5 of her friends completed this fete in September of 2014. Let's 'virtually hike' her trek through her stories, slide show, photo books and maps. Amy is the founder and owner of Organization by Amy (soon to be The Streamlined Office-hopefully); a company which provides clients with custom business and home office solutions. Amy enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and mountain biking. She is also passionately involved in volunteer activities, photography, travel, and cooking. Amy is originally from New Jersey but relocated to Arizona in 1996 for sunshine and to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle that we are so fortunate to have here. Amy has traveled to many of the U.S. National Parks, Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and Africa to pursue her passion for hiking and is happy to be able to share the Tour du Mont Blanc with AzOTC. Don't miss it!

Thursday, April 2, 2015
B LENGTH: 11 mi ELEV GAIN: 800 ft PACE: Slow
Bud Tasch - 480-802-2836 (h), 303-868-7360 (c)

Please call the leader for meeting time and location and to see if there is availability.

There is a $5 permit fee per hiker.

This is perhaps the quintessential water hike in Arizona's last free-flowing river ecosystem and birdwatcher's paradise. Although rated slow for PACE, this is a moderately strenuous 8-9 hour hike to Horse Camp Canyon from the west entrance and water depth may be up to 24" in places.

Bud has purchased a limited number of permits for AzOTC members only.

No dogs are allowed in Aravaipa Canyon.

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 6:45am
B LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV. GAIN: 1700 ft. PACE: Medium
Bev Koslow -, 480-415-7147
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197

Meet at 6:45 am (depart 7:00 am) at the Park-and-Ride at the southwest corner of the Bell Road exit to I-17.

We’ll explore Wet Beaver Creek, a real Arizona oasis, and the surrounding Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness Area.

The Bell Trail, sitting high above and to the north of Wet Beaver Creek, can be divided into three sections.

The first section runs through open mountains and tons of prickly pear cacti. The highlight of this portion of the trail is a large igneous boulder covered in ancient petroglyphs.

The middle section of the trail slowly climbs through red cliffs on a narrow ledge.

The short third section drops to Wet Beaver Creek at the Bell Crossing.

Those wishing to stop here, after 3.5 miles, may do so and explore the Beaver’s Tongue, a famous landmark and summer water hangout. The rest of us will cross Wet Beaver Creek and ascend an additional 1.5 miles (and 1200 feet) up the very scenic Long Canyon, before turning back.

Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water; also a swimsuit if you’re interested in taking a dip and the weather’s warm enough for it; and water sandals if you wish to keep your feet dry at the Bell Crossing.

Cost to non-members is $5, and non-members must always call one of the hike leaders in advance.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 7:15am
B LENGTH: 20-25 miles PACE: 11-13 mph
Bev - 480 415-7157
Don - 480 209-7963

We'll meet on the northeast corner of the Arizona Mills parking lot (near Priest and Baseline roads in Tempe adjacent to the Sports Authority Store Front) at 7:15am, and start riding at 7:30am.

Our ride will be mostly on bike paths along the Western Canal, eventually heading east. We'll loop through Kiwanis Park on our way to Chandler.

Helmets required. Also carry 1-2 quarts of water.

Cost to non-members is $5

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 7:30am
This activity has been changed.
C+ LENGTH: 7.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 950 ft PACE: Medium
Jim D -, 602-639-2702
Cathy Schuyler -

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the CVS Pharmacy on the NW corner of Brown & Ellsworth Roads in Mesa. Exit off the 202 Freeway (NOT THE 101 as listed in newsletter!) and drive east on Brown Rd. or meet me at the Meridian Trailhead at 8:00 am.

Wildflowers? Some years this is a good location for them. Hopefully we will see a few. This is a good loop hike with views of the Goldfield Mountains, Four Peaks, and the Superstition Mountains. Mostly good trail conditions.

It might be a warm day, so bring plenty of water, boots, hat, snack, and sunscreen.

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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 4:00pm
Hysterical or Historical Happy Hour
Bonnie Tasch - 480-802-2836

Happy Hour at San Marcos Resort in the 1912 Lounge – located at One San Marcos Place (Chandler) at the SW corner of Buffalo Street and Arizona Avenue In 1912, Arizona traded in its territorial status to become the 48th state. It was the same year Dr. Alexander J. Chandler founded the small town southeast of Phoenix that bears his name. It was also the year that Dr. Chandler began building his dream... an oasis in the desert, a resort that would tempt the rich and famous from all over the world to return to Chandler, Arizona, year after year. He named the resort San Marcos after Friar Marcos DeNiza, who is said to have visited the Chandler area in 1539 while searching for the mythical "Seven Cities of Cibola." The 1912 Lounge has several appetizers for $6 - sweet & spicy chicken wings, chips and salsa, philly cheesesteak sliders, house salad, duo of downtown burger sliders, parmesan-truffle fries and a grilled and chilled shrimp cocktail duo. The resort also has a nice dining room (AJ's) and there are 15 other restaurants in the downtown Chandler area if you would like to stay for dinner after the happy hour.

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 8:00am
C+ LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV GAIN: 1500 ft PACE: Medium
Ralph Engler - 480-855-7062 (cell)

Meet at 8:00 am (depart at 8:15) at Wendy's in Fountain Hills, on Shea Blvd. just west of Highway 87 (Beeline Hwy).

Join us for this “below the rim” hike to a flowing natural spring.

Please wear appropriate footwear. Hiking poles recommended. Bring plenty of fluids, electrolytes, and a sack lunch, which we will eat at the spring.

No sign-up for non-members, just show up. Call leader the day before in case hike is cancelled due to weather or forest closures.

Non-members - $5 fee.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 6:45am
B LENGTH: 7–9 mi ELEV GAIN: 2600 ft PACE: Medium
Don 480-209-7963 -

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at the Park-and-Ride, SW corner of I-17 and Bell Rd, next to Denny’s.

Featured in the 2014 April edition of Arizona Highways Magazine as the hike of the month, the Bear Mountain Trail is a favorite of Sedona residents and visitors alike because the views from the top of Bear Mountain are as good as any in the Red Rock Country.

There are several challenging uphill climbs with a short rock scramble for added enjoyment. We’ll do a partial loop, leaving the main trail part-way up and hiking a faint trail to a beautiful battleship-mountain-type overlook of Fay Canyon, where we’ll stop for a snack. We’ll then scramble up a slope (easy bushwhacking) and reconnect with the Bear Mountain Trail. After summiting, we’ll return to the trailhead, then take a short drive to the Fay Canyon Trailhead and hike the short Fay Canyon Trail, detouring on a rough scramble to Fay Arch.

Wear sturdy hiking boots, have rain gear (just in case), sunscreen, and bring 2-3 quarts of water, snacks, and lunch.

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

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 7:30am
C- LENGTH: 4.0 mi ELEV GAIN: 250 ft PACE: Slow
Larry A. -, 602-789-9548

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just west of I-17.

Few hikes provide so many rewards as the visit to the abandoned mining camp of Richinbar and the nearby 65-room prehistoric Indian pueblo, including rock art. This hike is located off I-17, just north of Sunset Point Rest Area. We will probably need to climb, hop, or squeeze through a gate located at Forest Road 9006 trailhead.

The Bradshaw Mountains provide the perfect backdrop as you begin your hike down the old dirt road past a windmill and old corral. Miles of waving tall grass and blooming wildflowers welcome you. The meadows are vast and urge you to move forward. If you would like a preview, go to the AzOTC website, click Photo Gallery, and scroll back to April 11, 2010. Yes, AzOTC visited this site almost exactly 5 years ago!

Afterwards a stop is planned for victuals and pie at Rock Springs Cafe.

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.

Non-members - $5 fee.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 7:30am
This activity has been changed.
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 an exercise hike through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, which will encompass a variety of trails.

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

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727

LOCATION: 5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale

Back by popular demand, join us for a time of socializing at this iconic, lively gathering spot. Enjoy the beautiful setting and delight in the spirit of the Southwest. R Bar features handcrafted cocktails, housemade infusions, and Camelback Inn’s signature margaritas and a great happy hour selection of small plates and appetizers.

We might sit outside in the patio and stay for live entertainment that starts at six. So bring your dancing shoes if you are so inclined!

Friday, April 17, 2015
B- LENGTH: ~10 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1000 ft PACE: Medium
Cathy Schuyler -
Jim D -, 602-639-2702

Email Cathy or Jim for meeting time and location and to assure space is available with 4WD volunteer drivers. Depending on our hiker total, we might need more 4WD vehicles to drive to the trailhead. Once we exit US 60, the scenic but long and rough drive to Rogers Trough TH (13 miles - mostly dirt road) requires a high clearance vehicle (4WD recommended for the last 3 miles - sometimes washes out after heavy rains).

This scenic hike takes you to prehistoric cliff dwellings in Rogers Canyon. We'll continue a bit further into Angel Basin before returning. Along the way we'll see a wide variety of trees, mountain streams, and interesting rock formations. Good hiking trail conditions.

This is a great trip for bird watchers. In addition, be aware that big cats are alive and well in the Superstitions. This is also bear country and we have the usual snakes.

Bring a minimum of 2 liters of water, electrolytes, snacks, sack lunch, and cash for carpool. Bring rain gear, just in case. Wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen, and hat. If rain is forecast, please email or call a leader to make sure the hike is still on.

Non-members - $5 fee.

Sunday, April 19, 2015
B- LENGTH: 6-7 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1300 ft PACE: Medium
"Missed The Turn Mark" -, 602-725-4993

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

"Folgen mir! Kommt mit!" Reads like "Jager" but spelled differently. Join "Missed The Turn Mark,"anex-"Panzergrenadier" on this uneven loop hike near Prescott Valley... "Vosicht!" Be warned, the leader has yet to recon this hike. Probable route will be the Yeager Canyon, Yaeger Cabin, and Little Yeager Canyon Trails.

Expect great views and forest scenery. That said, be prepared for late spring heat at 6700 feet and the possibility of a bit of back tracking.

Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks, and $$ for carpool. Apres hike, well, there are more than a few places to eat in Prescott!

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

Friday, April 24, 2015 to Sunday, April 26, 2015
A+ LENGTH: 21 mi ELEV GAIN < 200 ft PACE: Fast or C+ LENGTH: 6 mi ELEV GAIN < 200 ft PACE: Slow
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197,
Howard Shapiro – 480-962-9321,

Join us in hiking some of the most famous and beautiful slot canyons in the world, and also visiting a few famous landmarks around Page, Arizona, like Horseshoe Bend.

We’ll drive to Page on Friday, April 24th, hike on Saturday and return on Sunday.

Howard will lead a 6-mile hike through Wire Pass and a section of Buckskin Gulch. Dan’s group will also hike Wire Pass, then proceed all the way through Buckskin Gulch to Paria Canyon and up the Paria River to the White House Trailhead. The scenery on both hikes is truly spectacular.

Although there’s a very low probability of flash flooding at this time of year, we’ll be monitoring the weather carefully and postponing the trip for two weeks (till May 8-10) if the forecast is threatening.