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Activities for August, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015
A/B LENGTH: 9 mi ELEV GAIN: 2867 ft/<1000 Ft PACE: Fast/Medium
Dan - 480-773-5197
Bev - 480-415-7147

Call either leader by Thursday evening, July 30th, 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 plush 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.

Wednesday, August 5, 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 Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 6:45pm

Join us for an exciting and very relevant presentation by Cyndi Ruehl from the Superstition Area Land Trust (S.A.L.T.). Cyndi will talk to us about her playground (and ours) -- the Superstition Mountains and other gorgeous areas in Pinal County. She will tell us which trail is the most traveled in all of the United States, explain why conservation is so important to our public lands, teach us how we can keep our open spaces open, tell us how S.A.L.T is helping to provide more accessibility to our public lands. etc. S.A.L.T. is an organization of advocates, educators, and protectors to keep our public lands open for recreation and to maintain the health of their ecosystems. They have many programs including a Trail Builders Crew and Trail Stewards. Please join us for this informative presentation and see what you can do to help preserve the public lands in your own back yard!

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 6:00am
B+ LENGTH: 5 mi ELEV GAIN: 2500 ft PACE: Medium
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197

Meet and depart (promptly) at 6:00 am at the Echo Canyon Trailhead in Paradise Valley (south side of McDonald Road, a few hundred yards east of Tatum). The parking lot gate opens at sunrise = 5:46 am.

We’ll hike up the improved Echo Canyon Trail to the top of Camelback, then down the Cholla Trail on the east side of the mountain, before retracing our route back to the start. This is a tough and sometimes very steep 5-mile hike across Camelback Mountain, rewarded by sensational views of the entire Phoenix metropolitan area. Those wishing to may cut the hike in half by simply ascending and descending the mountain on the Echo Canyon Trail.

Although our sunrise start will beat most of the day’s heat, it is Phoenix and this is August. So wear sunscreen, sturdy hiking boots, and bring plenty of water. Although hiking poles aren’t much good on Camelback, hiking gloves are a help.

After we’re done, those who wish can join us for breakfast at the Original Pancake House.

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

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 7:30am
C- (off road) LENGTH: 36 mi (backroad drive) ELEV GAIN: 2800 ft PACE: Easy
Larry A -, 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.

This is an easy 4X4 run with occasional stops, photo ops, and short side trips including one down an historic road to visit Palace Station stage stop.

4X4 is not required, but a high clearance vehicle will be necessary for the rocky central 10-mile section that has possible water crossings. I did the pre-run July 7th and it was dry and passable.

Fill up the tank and come out for a fun time taking up most of the day. We plan to visit downtown Prescott’s courthouse square for libations, food and the Mountain Artists Guild’s 64th Annual Fine Art & Crafts Festival on August 8th and 9th. This juried festival is free and open to the public, and it’s not just cowboy art. The Festival showcases a wide range of fine art and the work of a select group of artisans and crafters on the grass under the many tall trees that shade the historic Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott.


The adventure will be canceled if the weather or roads are bad. AzOTC members need not call ahead; however, non-members should always call the leader in advance. You can call or email leader 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.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 6:30am
C LENGTH: 3.2 mi ELEV GAIN: 800 ft PACE: Medium
Jim D-, 602-639-2702

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at the CVS Pharmacy on the NW corner of Brown & Ellsworth Roads in Mesa (exit off the 202 Freeway and drive east on Brown Rd.). I can also meet you at the trailhead if you pay $6 or have a county parks pass.

Pop out of bed early and join me for some exercise. The trail is well maintained, but steep and rocky in places. The trail gets steeper as you ascend, but the views are worth it. Hiking time will be 1.5 to 2 hours.

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

Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 6:30am
B- LENGTH: 4 to 6 mi ELEV GAIN: 1100+ ft PACE: Medium
Les Cherow -, 602-826-1843
Jim D -, 602-639-2702

Meet at 6:30 am (depart promptly at 6:45) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just West of I-17.

Round-trip distance and elevation gain will depend on how far we choose to hike, based upon the weather. This is a special hike on the east side of the San Francisco Peaks that begins at Lockett Meadow and takes us into the Inner Basin. The first 2 miles takes us through an absolutely magnificent aspen forest. Beyond that, we ascend into the actual crater that formed on the east side of the highest peaks. Views are breathtaking. This is the only place in Arizona where mountains higher than 11,000 feet completely surround you.

Please bring your raingear, as we are in the middle of the monsoon. Also bring plenty of water, snacks or lunch, and comfortable walking shoes (boots). Plan on an early dinner in Flagstaff before returning to the Valley. All vehicles can make the drive, although the last 4 1/2 miles up to Lockett Meadow is graveled with a few bumpy sections.

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

Saturday, August 29, 2015
B LENGTH: 7 mi ELEV GAIN: <1000ft PACE: Medium
Patty - 602-620-7406,
Bev - 480-415-7147,

Please contact either leader for meeting time and location.

Get out of the heat and join us for a hike at the base of Mingus Mountain, just south of Jerome, as we hike a loop of various trails and add a little bushwacking along the way. The trail is partially shaded with alligator junipers and maples.

After our hike, you have the option of walking around Jerome, eating at one of Jerome's great restaurants, or heading back to the valley.

Bring 2 quarts of water and snacks for the trail. Cost to non-members is $5.