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Activities for May, 2015

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 7:00am
B+ LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV GAIN: 1500 ft PACE: Fast
Dan -, 480-773-5197

Meet at 7:00 am (depart 7:15) at the Park-and-Ride, southwest corner of Bell Road exit to I-17.

We’ll hike the Old Post and Carroll Canyon Trails to Red Rock Crossing on Oak Creek. The scenery along these well-maintained trails is nice on the way to the Crossing, and spectacular once we get there. Red Rock Crossing is one of the best-known photographic spots in Arizona, with beautiful views of Cathedral Rock across Oak Creek, and a remarkable cairn collection; so bring your cameras.

At Red Rock Crossing we’ll wade across Oak Creek (meaning either bring water shoes or hike with wet feet) and push on to Cathedral Rock via the Templeton Trail out and back. Cathedral Rock presents some interesting climbing and scrambling opportunities for those interested, while the rest can relax at one of Sedona’s most famous landmarks. The trails are generally sunny, so bring plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen.

In addition to gas, be prepared to split the Red-Rock pass parking fee for each car; and there’s a $2 hike-in fee per person at the Crossing.

Cost to non-members is $5. New members and guests must call the hike leader in advance to make sure this is the right hike for them.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 8:45am
C- LENGTH: ~1.5 mi ELEV GAIN: ~250 ft PACE: Slow
Larry -, 602-789-9548

Meet at 8:45 am (depart 9:00) at Wendy's in Fountain Hills on Shea Blvd., just west of the Beeline Highway. We will carpool north on the Beeline Highway and West on AZ-87 to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

Once there, we will regroup and decide which or all of the four trails we will explore. Expect to stop afterwards for lunch & libations at an eatery in Payson.

Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $$ for carpool. Children welcome. Entrance fee to the park is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

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

Wednesday, May 6, 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. 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. 3313 North Hayden Road Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 6:45pm

Health and wellness educator Syd Hoffman will be our guest speaker. Her presentation will be "Small changes, huge results : tweaking your daily eating habits to create more vitality." You've probably seen this energetic AzOTC member hiking in South Mountain, sharing her enthusiasm on Sonoran Living Live (ABC-15) or practicing yoga with a huge grin. Syd specializes in helping individuals , families and businesses add zip to their step. Have you been feeling sluggish lately? Are you struggling to hike to the top of your favorite mountain? Is your bicycle getting harder to pedal? If so this Is one presentation you've got to see! 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.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 6:30am
B LENGTH: ~10 mi ELEV GAIN: 1900 ft PACE:Medium
Don Mowry -, 480-209-7963

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at the Park-and-Ride just east of Denny’s, SW corner of I-17 and Bell Rd.

This scenic trail is an 1890's livestock trail that goes to the top of Secret Mountain and the Mogollon Rim. Views of redrock country get better the higher up you go, but hikers will have the option of turning around anytime they want. The last mile switchbacks up steeply for 1000 feet.

We might stop to eat in Cottonwood after the hike, depending on the wishes of the group.

Bring sunscreen, plenty of water, snacks, lunch, and $ for carpool. Wear hiking boots and bring rain gear.

Cost to non-members is $5. Non-members and members who’ve not hiked with Don in the past must call first.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 7:00am
B- LENGTH: ~20 mi PACE: 11-13 mph
Beverly Koslow - 480-899-1410
Don Mowry

Meet at 7 am (depart 7:15) at Chaparral Park at the northeast corner of Jackrabbit and Hayden Roads in central Scottsdale.

This loop will take us north and west through areas offering great views of Camelback and Mummy Mountains and Paradise Valley. There will be some hills but nothing major. Then we’ll head back to Chaparral Park.

HELMETS required. Bring plenty of water. Ride will be canceled in case of rain.

No signup, just show up. $5 fee for non-members.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 7:15am
B LENGTH: 5.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1900 ft PACE: Medium
Les Cherow -, 602-826-1843
Grace Chen -, 480-767-1727

Meet at 7:15 am (depart 7:30) at the Park-and-Ride just east of Denny's at the southwest corner of the Bell Road exit to I-17.

This is a strenuous hike that takes you up a steep serene canyon over a high saddle and down to Vultee Arch. The climb is steep right from the start and gains over 1,100 feet in just over a mile. Mossy grey rocks, thick stands of trees and trails carpeted with leaves and pine needles offer a pleasant change. The top offers a wide-angle view of the canyon you've just climbed and limited vistas further west down Vultee Canyon.

We will then continue down to the Vultee Arch Trail where we hang a right to the Arch.

Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water, electrolytes, snacks, sack lunch, and cash for carpool. Bring rain gear, just in case. Bring sunscreen and a hat.

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

Saturday, May 23, 2015
B LENGTH: 7 mi ELEV GAIN: 1900 ft PACE: Medium
Bev -, 480-415-7147

Call or email leader for meeting time and location.

Our hike starts on the Pine Trailhead, just south of the town of Pine. The first mile to mile and a half is relatively flat and forested - actually it's quite beautiful. BUT - and you knew there had to be a but - we quickly start our ascent through Manzanita and Pinyon Pines towards the top of the rim.

Along the way we'll pass a few scenic lookout points where we can take a quick breather before continuing our trek. Our destination is a small spring where we can relax in the grass while eating lunch and taking a quick break before heading back the same trail to our vehicles.

Hiking boots and sticks suggested due to the steep, rocky terrain. Bring lunch, salty snacks, and 2-3 quarts of water.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, May 24, 2015
B LENGTH: ~8 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1300 ft PACE: Medium
"Missed The Turn Mark" -, 602-725-4993

Contact the leader to get the hike and meeting details by 8 pm on the Friday before the hike, or I will wander elsewhere. Join Missed The Turn Mark for a round trip hike near Strawberry. This trail follows an old jeep trail but the description I have indicates there will be a few opportunities for you to find out why I have my nick-name! Expect late May conditions below the Rim. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, rain jacket, plenty of water, snacks, and $ for carpool. Apres hike, perhaps we'll stop at Huevos Benedictos at the Pinon! Non-members - $5 fee and call the hike leader before the hike.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 7:00am
C+ LENGTH: ~6 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1000 ft PACE: Medium
Cathy Schuyler -

Meet at 7:00 am (depart 7:15) at Wendy's in Fountain Hills, Shea Blvd. just west of Highway 87 (Beeline Hwy).

This hike is in the Mazatzal Wilderness area and parallels Gowan's Deer Creek.

After 2.5 miles there is a clearing at the gravestone of Davy Gowan. This is an in-and-out hike.

Wear old, but good boots. Bring plenty of water and electrolytes, snacks, and lunch.

Non-members - $5 fee and non-members must email Cathy before the hike.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 6:45am
C+ LENGTH: ~8 mi ELEV GAIN: ~ 1000 ft PACE: Medium
Ralph Engler - 602-996-7312 (H) or 480-855-7062 (C)

Meet at 6:45 am (depart 7:00) at the McDonalds on the Carefree Hwy., just east of I-17. This is an early summer hike thru the aspens, pines, and grassy meadows of a newly completed section of the AZ Trail. We will hike from Schultz Tank to Snowbowl Road, thru the pines and aspen meadows. Bring water and sunscreen. No dogs or children. Cost to non-members is $5.