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Activities for July, 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015
B LENGTH: 7 mi ELEV GAIN: 1900 ft PACE: Medium
Les - 602-826-1843,

Call or email Les if you're interested in this hike and to discuss meeting place and transportation plans. A volunteer would be appreciated to meet hikers in the Valley. The group will meet Les in Flagstaff.

Bear Jaw-Abineau Jaw Loop is located north of Flagstaff on the north side of the San Francisco Peaks and is a high-country classic that takes us to slightly over 10,400'. There are breath-taking views as well as dense, old-growth forests that make this a very special 'Peaks" hike.

Getting to the trailhead involves taking forest roads and a high-clearance vehicle is strongly recommended.

If there is sufficient interest, the hike is on unless there are closures due to fire or storms.

Bring sturdy hiking boots, sunscreen, hat, snacks, plenty of water, and $ for carpool. We'll probably eat in Flagstaff before coming home. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 7:30am
Fun LENGTH: ~1.5 mi ELEV GAIN: ~100 steps PACE: Slow
Larry -, 602-789-9548

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Park-and-Ride on the southwest side of Bell Rd., just west of I-17. We will carpool north on Interstate 17 to Interstate 40 where we will turn west to the eastern outskirts of Williams.

Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. You will enjoy the wide variety of wildlife, from majestic bison and nimble big horn sheep to stealthy wolves and cute bear cubs. Go to Bearizona website for more information:

Expect to stop afterwards for lunch and libations at Pine Country Restaurant. Bring sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, some snacks and $$ for carpool. Children are welcome. Entrance fee to Bearizona is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors. Guests and new members should contact the leader prior to the event.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
This event has been canceled.
A/B LENGTH: 9 mi ELEV GAIN: 2900 ft/<1000 Ft PACE: Fast/Medium
Dan - 480-773-5197,
Bev - 480-415-7147

Call or email either leader by Thursday evening, July 16, for meeting time and location. Our hike will be a key exchange. Dan's A group will start at the Pine TH, just south of Pine, and hike uphill through Pine Canyon to Dripping Springs. Then on past a boy scout camp, a quick jog across Pine Creek, and a hike past Parsnip Springs, before eventually hiking up steep switchbacks to the top of Pine Canyon. The views are gorgeous and the vegetation is lush in the vicinity of Pine Creek and Parsnip Springs. Bev's B group will start at the top of Pine Canyon and hike downhill, doing and seeing everything Dan's group will see, but in the opposite direction. When our groups pass each other, we'll swap car keys so everyone has a ride back to the town of Pine without having to car shuttle. The Rim Country Fire Department's trail maintenance crew rebuilt two huge sections of this trail and it is gorgeous with new gentle switchbacks, less rocks on the trail, and the trail meanders through more vegetation which provides better cover from the sun. Wait until you experience it, as you are in for a treat! Wear sturdy hiking boots, sunscreen, hat, a minimum of 3 quarts of water, salty snacks, and lunch. Hiking sticks are helpful, especially for the B group going downhill on the switchbacks. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 7:30am
This event has been canceled.
C- OFF ROAD LENGTH: 36 mi (backroad drive)
Larry A -, 602-789-9548
Joyce Morningstar -, 602-299-7244

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

This is an easy dirt road drive with occasional stops, photo ops, and short side trips where we will visit Palace Station stage stop, it's graveyard and an abandoned mine. 4X4 is not required but a high clearance vehicle should be utilized for these maintained forest roads. Fill up the tank and come out for a fun time taking up most of the day.

We plan to stop on the return for libations and food at Taqueria Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant in Prescott Valley. The adventure will be canceled if the weather or roads are bad.

AzOTC members need not call ahead. You can call or email leaders with any questions regarding vehicle suitability, room for riders, etc. 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. Guests and new members should contact the leader prior to the event.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Missed The Turn Mark - 602-725-4993

Missed The Turn Mark, aka "Mud Brain Mark" will attempt the Terrain Mud event near Flagstaff. This is another 5K mud event with a difficulty rating of A+ and no recon possible.

I have signed up and created the team "Already Kilt" (#396598: Already Kilt). The website is Toyota Extreme Terrain Mud Run - Terrain Racing. Contact the insane hike leader by phone (602-725-4993) two weeks prior as my plans are not set. I may go up the night before or convalesce the night after.

Gear is per this kind of adventure but I recommend knee pads, hand protection, clothing you might want to throw away, and finding an "urgent care" in advance. That said, this is going to be an obstacle course at 7000 feet in the monsoon season in Flagstaff, so be advised.

$5 guest fee for non-members.

Monday, July 27, 2015 to Thursday, July 30, 2015
A and B LENGTH: 13.5 mi (Baldy) and ? ELEV GAIN: 2880 ft and TBD PACE: Medium
Grace Chen -, 480-767-1727
Bev Koslow -, 480 415-7147

Want to escape the heat in the Valley? Join us for some COOL days of hiking in the White Mountains. We'll do the signature Mt. Baldy hike on Tuesday, July 28, and will offer other hiking options for the remaining day(s). Too much hiking? Fishing, kayaking or chilling out along the nearby Little Colorado River, creeks or reservoirs are enticing alternatives.

Stay at the local campgrounds or any nearby cabin or motel of your choice. You'll be responsible for making your own lodging reservations.
Suggested lodging options are:

If you arrive early on the first day, join us for a light stroll.

Please let the leaders know by 7/20/15 if you will be joining us, and let us know which lodging option you have chosen.