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Activities for June, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 5:30am
B LENGTH: ~20 miles PACE: 12-14 mph
Bev - 480 415-7147
Don - 480 209-7963

Meet at 5:30 am (leave at 5:45) at the parking lot on the NE corner of Hayden and Jackrabbit Roads in Scottsdale.

Our early start should give us nice temperatures. Our ride will be on the Scottsdale Greenbelt and Mountain View Road, a pretty and quiet residential street. It’s paved all the way so it’s suitable for road or mountain/hybrid bikes. This is an out-and-back on the same route.

Make sure to bring at least two liters of drinking water. Helmets are required. Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, June 3, 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 N Hayden Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 6:45pm

You've got to come to our June General Membership Meeting on Wednesday June 3 to hear AzOTC members Moe and Carrie Bell present one of their latest adventures entitled: Mount Kilimanjaro - Medical and Mental Aspects of a High Altitude Trek. They will share pictures and tell stories of their climb and safari while describing how to mentally prepare for such a feat.
Carrie is a writer and breast cancer survivor who has climbed to the highest peaks in 49 states AND trekked rim to rim to rim in the Grande Canyon 15 times. Moe, a family physician, climbed the highest peaks in all 50 states AND summitted 45 14000 foot peaks.
Don't miss this very informative presentation - and bring your friends and family members!

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, June 4, 2015 - 6:20am
A- LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV GAIN: 2500 ft PACE: Fast
Dan -, 480-773-5197

Meet at the Gateway Center to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve on Thompson Peak Parkway at 6:20 am. Hike starts promptly at 6:30 am.

We’ll beat the summer heat on an early hike through Scottsdale’s beautiful McDowell Sonoran Preserve, following well-marked and well-maintained trails on a counter-clockwise loop that includes the Gateway, Bell Pass, and Windgate Trails. We’ll do the first 1.5 miles at a moderate pace, so those wishing a shorter or slower hike (5 miles, 600 ft EG) can join us and then branch off to return to the start via the very popular Gateway Loop.

Bring plenty of water, snacks (we’ll be done before 10:00 am), and sturdy hiking boots.

Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should call the hike leader prior to the hike.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
A+ and muddy! Distance, 3.1 miles. Elevation gain, less than 500 ft.
"Missed The Turn, Mud-Brain Mark" -, 602-725-4993

"Missed The Turn Mark" is throwing down the muddy gauntlet for AzOTC to step up and form a team to participate in the 2015 "Mogollon Monster Mudder 5k" in Payson this June.

Over 30 obstacles, mud, blood and possible infections apres-race no matter how well you shower off. I will register by April so contact the leader in early April if you're interested.

Here is the website for details. Mountain High Games

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 6:30am
This event has been canceled.
This activity has been changed.
B+ LENGTH: ~12 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1900 ft PACE: Medium
Don Mowry -, 480-209-7963

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

On this date, the American Hiking Society celebrates National Trails Day so let’s hike!

Our hike starts at the Sandy Seep Trailhead on the east side of Mt. Eldon. The first 1.3 miles is pretty level, then the Heart Trail (aptly named) takes us up 1,500 ft. in 2.3 miles. Although the Heart Trail takes us through a burned out area cause by the 1977 Radio Fire, it’s opened up some great views of Mt. Eldon and Flagstaff. Mt. Eldon is a massive Dacite Lava Dome, a volcanic rock (think of the Dacite Cliffs above the Peralta Trailhead in the Superstitions). Once we connect to the Sunset and Little Bear Trails, we’ll have a gradual descent to the Little Eldon. We’ll encounter Gambel Oak, Ponderosa Pine and Rocky Mountain Maple trees. Wildlife include Mule Deer, Black Bear, Porcupine, Elk, Hawks, Turkey Vultures and Ravens. We’ll connect to the Little Eldon Trail to complete our loop.

The trail is reasonably level back to our starting spot. Bring lunch, salty snacks, and 2-3 quarts of water.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 8:15am
C- LENGTH: ~ 1 mi ELEV GAIN ~ 150 steps PACE: Slow
Larry -, 602-789-9548

Meet at 8:15 am (depart at 8:30) at the Holiday Inn east side parking lot, just south of US 60 on Country Club Drive in Mesa. We will carpool south on Highway 79, the Pinal Pioneer Parkway. Hwy 79 was the main road to Tucson before the interstate was completed.

This is always a beautiful drive, relaxing and very scenic; should have many blooming desert flowers with mountains in the backdrop. We’ll stop at the Tom Mix Monument.

Biosphere 2 is located north of Tucson and east of Oracle at the base of the stunning Santa Catalina Mountains. This one-of-a-kind facility sits on a ridge at a cool elevation of nearly 4000 feet and is surrounded by a magnificent natural desert preserve. Come experience the remarkable Biosphere 2, which Time Life Books recently named one of the 50 must see "Wonders of the World".

The tour is a 1-mile walk and takes 1.5 hours. Expect to stop afterwards for lunch and libations at Oracle Patio Cafe.

Bring sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, some snacks and $$ for carpool. Children welcome. Dogs are not allowed. Entrance fee to Biosphere 2 is $20 for adults and $18 seniors.

Non-members always call the hike leader before the hike.

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 6:30am
B LENGTH: ~20 mi PACE: Medium
Dan -, 480-773-5197
Karl -, 602-667-3243

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at the NE corner of Jackrabbit and Hayden Roads.

The City of Tempe is replacing the inflatable rubber dam at the west end of Tempe Town Lake (the same one that gave out a few summers ago) with a new hydraulically-operated steel gate dam. Construction of the project is well under way and scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

We’ll follow the greenway from Scottsdale down to and around Tempe Town Lake, getting an up-close view of the project and giving civil engineers (like one of the co-leaders) a near-orgasmic experience. After looping the lake, we’ll return on the same Greenway route back to our starting point.

Bring plenty of water and snacks. Helmets are required. There is a $5 fee for non-members.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 6:30am
B+ LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV GAIN: 2400 ft PACE: Medium
Les Cherow - 602-826-1843,
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197

Meet Dan at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just West of I-17. The group will meet Les in Flagstaff.

This is a classic and sure-to-be-challenging outing that provides spectacular views and an opportunity to escape the heat in the Valley. Option to hike to the summit of Arizona's highest peak, if the weather is suitable for an additional 1.5 miles and ~850 feet in elevation gain.

Bring sunscreen, hat, at least 3 liters of water, lunch or snacks, rain gear, a jacket or sweatshirt in case the wind is blowing and it is chilly, and $ for carpool.

Please check the website or call the leaders in case the hike is canceled due to weather or forest fire.

Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should contact the Les or Dan prior to the hike.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
C+ LENGTH: 7.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 500 ft PACE: Medium
Ralph Engler - 480-855-7062

Call Ralph if you're interested in this hike and to discuss meeting place and transportation plans. A co-leader volunteer would be appreciated to meet hikers in the Valley. The group will meet Ralph in Lakeside.

One of the interesting things about this trail is that it passes through several distinct ecotypes. On top of the mesa it moves in and out of ponderosa pine and scrub. Below the mesa, one mainly finds pinion-juniper woodland.

Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and water, as there is little shade in the pinion-juniper.

After the hike, there will be an option to meet on the rear deck of Ralph’s cabin in Lakeside for a beverage and snacks before the travelers head back to the valley. Total travel time is about 2 hr-45 min from the Fountain Hills Wendy's to Lakeside (with a pit-stop in Payson).