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Activities for September, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 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

Saturday, September 5, 2015
B+ LENGTH: 13 mi ELEV GAIN: 2500 ft PACE: Medium
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197

Call or email hike leader by September 3rd for meetup details.

This is a pleasant and pretty hike near Lake Mary in Flagstaff. We’ll start near the lake and ascend to the Arizona Trail via Sandy’s Canyon, then head out and back to Marshall Lake and Fisher Point along the Arizona Trail. Along the way, we’ll have great views of the San Francisco Peaks and, if we’re lucky, wide expanses of wildflowers on Anderson Mesa.

Although there’s plenty of shade in places, there are also exposed areas, so wear sunscreen, bring sturdy hiking boots and plenty of water. Also have rain gear just in case.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, September 6, 2015
B- LENGTH: 9.7+ mi ELEV GAIN: <1000 Ft PACE: Fast
"Missed The Turn Mark" Ashley -, 602-725-4993

Come wander above the Rim with "MTTM" on a trail that is bound to give me the chance to live up to my name!

This is a basically flat and nearly 10 mile loop starting near Woods Canyon Lake, and we might see the beginnings of fall in that area. Be prepared for fall conditions at 7,000 feet, my bad jokes, weird choices for music, and a possible lunch afterwards.

Contact me by 8 pm the Friday before the hike for meet-up details. Note also that I have not done a recon of this trail as of the posting of this event.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
C+ LENGTH: 5 mi ELEV GAIN: 800 ft PACE: Medium
Bev - 480-415-7147 -

Call/email leader for meeting time and location.

The Boulder Trail is the most popular local trail that was developed by the Payson Area Trail System. The trail surface is mostly crushed granite with a few rocks scattered about, and consists of challenging hills, rocks, and washes with huge picturesque boulders scattered on the surrounding hills.

Hiking boots and sticks will make hiking on the granite a lot easier. Also bring a minimum of 2 quarts of water and salty snacks.

Cost to non-member is $5.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 to Sunday, September 20, 2015
Fun B & C hikes to be determined
Joyce Morningstar -, 602-299-7244
Larry Ashcroft -, 602-789-9548

Want to escape the heat in the Valley? Join us at the 10th annual Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival to relax, listen to music, plus some TBD hikes in the Flagstaff area.

Stay at the festival’s south group campground near us, another campground in Flagstaff, or motel of your choice. You are responsible for buying your festival ticket and for making your own lodging reservations.

NOTE! - The group and other campgrounds at the Pickin' In The Pines festival have been sold out. If you would like detailed instructions on nearby campgrounds, contact Joyce or Larry.

There will be many other activities to participate in the Flagstaff vicinity. Pickin’ in the Pines is a world-class bluegrass & acoustic music festival, first held in 2006. The festival features the best traditional and contemporary bluegrass music, complemented by other styles of acoustic music including old-time, celtic, gypsy jazz, and more. For more information on the festival, visit the website:

Please let the leaders know by 9/1/2015 if you will be joining us, and let us know which lodging option you have chosen.

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 9:00am
C- LENGTH: 5.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 200 ft PACE: Slow
Larry A. -, 602-789-9548, 480-321-7249 (cell)

Meet at the entrance to the Canyon Vista Campground at 9 am.

Join this easy day hike (5.5 miles in-and-out) in the cool pines. There's some stunning pink cliffs, huge talus field, open meadows, and spooky caves.

From the Phoenix area, take I-17 North to the point where I-40, I-17, and Highway 89A meet. Then take the Lake Mary Road exit and head south. Go 5.6 miles on this road to the Canyon Vista Campground turn on your left. You'll need to park at the entrance of the campground, as there is no parking at the trailhead. Once you've parked, take the short walk through the campground to the signed trailhead.

Join this easy day hike in the cool pines.

Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, and snacks. Children, well behaved outdoor dogs are welcome.

Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike. AzOTC members need not call ahead. I’ll have my cell phone on if there are any issues: 480-321-7249.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 6:00am
C or B . LENGTH: 7 miles with 600 ft descent (one way) at a moderate pace, or 14 miles RT at a medium pace.
Les Cherow –, 602-826-1843 (cell)
Joyce Morningstar –, 602-299-7244 (cell)

Meet at 9 am at the Aspen Corner trailhead on Snowbowl Road (FR 516) in Flagstaff. Join us for an easy stretch of the Arizona Trail that rolls across high meadows with knock-out views, through towering groves of aspen, and is loomed over by the bulk of Humphreys Peak. Les will lead the one-way hike to a vehicle parked on FR 418. At a faster pace, Joyce will lead the RT hike. From start to finish this stretch of the AZ Trail is incredibly beautiful. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, & snacks. Bring a lunch for the RT hike. Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike. AzOTC members need not call ahead.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 6:30am
This event has been canceled.
B+ LENGTH: 12-13 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Medium
Don Mowry -, 480-209-7963

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at the Park-and-Ride, SW corner of Bell Rd. and I-17. We'll carpool to the trailhead at Mingus Mountain and start at Mescal Springs near Jerome.

There will be great views of the Verde Valley at trail's end. We may see hang gliders up close and personal at their launch site on top. We'll plan to make a partial loop of Trails 105, 105A and 106.

Bring lunch, at least three liters of water, electrolytes, sturdy hiking boots, and rain gear. No dogs or children, please. Bring $ for carpool.

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

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 9:00am
B+ . LENGTH: 9 miles (RT) ELEV: 3,300 ft. PACE: medium
Joyce Morningstar –, 602-299-7244 (cell)

Meet at 9 am at the Humphreys trailhead on Snowbowl Road (FR 516) in Flagstaff. Join us for Flagstaff’s premier hike which climbs steeply through an alpine forest streaked with huge rock slides and avalanche tracks. Scenic Hart Prairie stretches out at the base of the incline. Hikers may either turnaround at the saddle connecting the Humphreys and Agassiz peaks, or scramble up the steep rocky trail to the peak’s summit. From start to finish, the views are spectacular. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks, and lunch. Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike. AzOTC members need not call ahead.

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 8:30am
Jim D -, 602-639-2702

Meet at Canyon Lake's Acacia Rec. Area at 8 am and be ready to launch at 8:30. Important: Email me if you're interested so I'll know how to contact you. Then check your email the night before in case we need to postpone the paddle trip because of wind or rain. I'll forward a map of the lake showing the meeting place and our destinations. Bring a kayak, paddle, drinking water, snack, hat, sun lotion, and you must wear a life jacket. A Tonto National Forest permit is required. We'll paddle up First Water Creek, Boulder Creek, and Tortilla Creek. Expect great scenery and maybe see some wildlife. Eagles were spotted on my last two visits. Assuming the wind won't be a factor, this should be a fairly easy paddle and will take approx. 3 hours. We'll need to stay together as a group, but we will stop to enjoy nature's beauty at the best locations. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
B- LENGTH: 7-9 mi ELEV GAIN: 850 ft PACE: Medium
Bev - 480-415-7147,

Call/email leader for meeting time and location.

The Bearfoot Trail is only 2 years old and is the newest addition to the Pine Trail System. Although the trail connects to the Pine Trail, we will be hiking between 3.5 - 4.5 miles before turning around and returning to our vehicles on the same trail. The trail takes many dips, and climbs among cypress pockets, juniper studded gullies, and pine shaded woodlands.

Bring 3 quarts of water and snacks/lunch.

Cost to non-members is $5.