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Activities for October, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 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, October 7, 2015 - 6:45pm

(Come at 6:15 to socialize!) Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 North Granite Reef Road Scottsdale, AZ 85257 Located in Scottsdale on Granite Reef Road just north of McDowell Rd. Author Tom Martin has been getting blisters on his feet and hopelessly lost while hiking and taking river rafting trips in the Grand Canyon, actually since 1969! Tom and his wife, Hazel, will present a behind the scenes look at Otis "Dock" Marston's book (that Tom helped rewrite), From Powell to Power: A Recounting of the First One Hundred River Runners Through Grand Canyon, at our October 7 General Membership Meeting. The presentation will include historic film footage of Marston and other river runners. Tom and Hazel will touch on who Dock Marston was and look at some of the highlights of Marston's recountings of the First 100 River Runners. Copies of Marston's book will be available at the presentation. Proceeds from the book sales will benefit AzOTC. If you have just an inkling that you want to take a river rafting trip through the Grand Canyon National Park, you can't miss this presentation!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 7:00am
B LENGTH: 9 mi ELEV GAIN: 1500 ft PACE: Medium
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197

Meet at 7:00 am (depart 7:15) at the parking lot behind Denny’s, right next to the Park-and-Ride at the southwest corner of the Bell Road exit to I-17.

Starting at the Yavapai Vista in the Village of Oak Creek, we’ll hike out to and around Cathedral Rock on the new and beautiful HiLine Trail, then loop our way back to the start on the Baldwin, Templeton and Slim Shady Trails. The hike offers great views of Red Rock country in general, and Cathedral Rock from vantage points we don’t have on other trails. Once we arrive at Cathedral Rock, we’ll spend some time there for people who wish to climb up and around the Rock or simply have lunch and enjoy the spectacular scenery at one of Sedona’s most famous landmarks.

A Red Rock Pass ($5/car) or National Park Pass is required at the trailhead.

Afterwards, we’ll stop for something to eat in Oak Creek.

Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water.

Cost to non-members is $5. New members and guests should contact hike leader before the hike.

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Run or walk (rate yourself) LENGTH: 4.5 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1175 ft (1000 steps on nine staircases) PACE: Medium to gasping
"Missed The Turn" Mark -, 602-725-4993

Calling all "Stair Masters!" Join "Missed The Turn" Mark on his first try at the Bisbee 1000. This will be an in-town and possibly quite crowded event. I have registered a month ago but will adjust my start time a bit if you check in. Give me a heads-up before the race and then call me Saturday morning or Friday night so we can start looking for each other.

Dress for stair climbing, not hiking (think running shoes and light gear). Remember there is an entrance fee for this event that you will have to do on your own. That said, come watch me trip, fall, stumble, possibly get trampled in the historic town of Bisbee.

There is an interesting comment at the Bisbee event website, "The most unique physical fitness challenge (or friendly fitness walk) in the USA! Bisbee 1000 - The Great Stair Climb is the only outdoor stair climb in the U.S. and is arguably one of the most unusual and challenging events in the world."

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 8:00am

Natural Restorations is teaming with the Arizona State Land Department and Pinal County Trails and Open Spaces to remove the broken glass and debris along the AZT Florence-Kelvin Trailhead on Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a great volunteer activity, especially for those of us who frequently hike the AZ Trail.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 8:00am
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 lifejacket.

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, October 24, 2015 - 6:30am
A- LENGTH: 13 mi ELEV GAIN: 2500 ft PACE: Med/Fast (2.6 mph)
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45). Call hike leader for meetup location. We’ll carpool to the lower See Canyon trailhead east of Payson. The loop hike begins along Christopher Creek, ascends See Canyon on a steep and rugged trail to the top of the Rim (with a short diversion along the way to See Spring), follows the top of the Rim to the Drew Trail, then descends to the Highline Trail and back to the trailhead. This route has beautiful fall foliage, including many maple trees, so bring plenty of water, lunch or snacks, electrolytes, sturdy hiking boots and (optional) your camera. No children or dogs please. Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should call hike leader prior to the hike.

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 8:45am
B- LENGTH: ~10 miles ELEV GAIN: Minimum PACE: 10-12 mph
Bev - 480-415-7147
Deb - 602-769-0616

We will meet at Tempe Marketplace in the northwest corner of the parking lot behind the Red Robin Restaurant at 8:45 AM, depart at 9:00 AM.

Our ride will have some canal and off pavement areas. Bring a bike lock and money in case we stop for refreshments at the Mill Avenue Starbucks.

Helmets required. Bring water for the ride.

Cost to non-members is $5.

In case of rain the ride will be cancelled.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 8:00am
C LENGTH: ~6 mi ELEV GAIN: 500 ft PACE: Medium
Cathy Schuyler -

Meet at 8:00 am (depart 8:15) at the CVS Pharmacy on the NW corner of Brown & Ellsworth Rds. in Mesa (exit off the 202 Freeway and drive east on Brown Rd.). There is a 15-person limit, so email hike leader. This is an easy loop hike from First Water TH to Indian Gardens Tank to the Spring and then back to the First Water TH. The trail does have some narrow spots; some ledges after Indian Gardens and the cave. Lots of pretty views. Return thru some twisting canyons via the broken windmill and cattle pens. Bring plenty of water, good boots, snacks, hat, sunscreen etc. We can do post-hike lunch or libations at Dirtwater Springs or at Goldfields if hikers wish to socialize. Well behaved small dogs are welcome. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, October 31, 2015
B- LENGTH ~6 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1000 ft PACE: Medium
Joyce Morningstar -, 602-299-7244 (cell)

Call hiker leader for meeting time and location. This hike is moderately strenuous due to boulder-hopping, and is only open to experienced hikers. Hike may be changed due to high water in the canyon.

This beautiful off-trail hike begins with an easy walk down Badger Springs Wash to access the Agua Fria Canyon. After viewing petroglyphs on a canyon wall, we’ll begin hiking and boulder-hopping down the canyon. Our route is a sandy riverbed studded with large granite boulders and lined with 200 foot high rock walls. This time of year, the riverbed is usually dry, allowing hikers to travel several miles down the canyon. However, be prepared for water crossings.

Wear sturdy hiking boots, sunscreen, and a light jacket. Hiking sticks are strongly recommended. Bring snacks, lunch, and plenty of water.

Cost to non-members is $5.