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Activities for March, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 7:00am
This activity has been changed.
B Length: 20 miles Pace: 12-14 MPH
Bev - 480 415-7147
Don - 480-219-7963

Meet at Chapparal Park on the NE corner of Jackrabbit and Hayden Rds at 700 am - depart at 715 am.

Let's ride on the Scottsdale Greenbelt - well actually this will be a combination of the greenbelt and some roads with wide bike lanes. The exact route is a surprise, although know that it will be relatively flat, but beautiful.

Bring water, Helmets required,

Cost to nonmembers is $5.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 7:30am
B+/B- LENGTH: 10 mi/6 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft/1200 ft PACE: Medium
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197
Yvonne Joyner -, 602-595-7868

Meet at 7:30 am (depart 7:45) at the Fry’s parking lot located on the south side of Shea Boulevard, just east of the Route 101 exit. (We’ll meet on the east side of the parking lot, away from the store entrance).

Bartlett Lake is considered to be one of the best spots in Arizona to view desert wildflowers, particularly Mexican poppies. We’ll hope that this is a good season for them, and that our timing is right.

The hike will be an out-and-back along the west shoreline of the Lake, following the Jojoba and Palo Verde Trails. In addition to the hoped-for wildflowers, there are beautiful views all along these trails of the mountains and Sonoran desert surrounding the Lake. Although there is little overall elevation gain on this hike, there are many ups and downs along the shoreline. The trails are generally soft, but there are many spots along them with slippery sections of fine gravel, so hiking poles are recommended.

Also, bring plenty of water, snacks, electrolytes, and wear sturdy hiking boots.

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

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Join fellow AzOTC members for happy hour prior to our monthly meeting at the Granite Reef Center.

The Pig and Pickle has a great selection of happy hour drinks and appetizers, and it’s only a mile and a half from the Center.

It’s located in a strip mall at the northwest corner of Hayden and Thomas Roads in Scottsdale.

2922 N Hayden Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 6:45pm

Come at 6:15 to socialize!

One of the greatest challenges a hiker can face is hiking Mt Kilimanjaro. And being able to combine hiking with fundraising for your favorite charity is even better. Our General Membership speaker was able to do just that. He has been involved with the local Child Crises Center, helping abused and underprivileged Maricopa County children for years. He wanted to do more than give weekly of his time - so he turned hiking Kilimanjaro into a fundraiser.

Join AzOTC member Dave Pendergrass as he tells us how he was able to combine both of his passions into one fabulous adventure, how he trained, what the weather conditions were like, how long it took him to do the actual ascent/decent, etc. After successfully summiting Kilimanjaro, Dave treated himself to an African Safari, that he will also share with us,

Dave is a native Arizonan, ASU graduate, and retired from the military after spending 30 years in the U S Army. Join Dave as he talks about his Trip of a Lifetime!

Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 North Granite Reef Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Located in Scottsdale on Granite Reef Road just north of McDowell Rd.

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 10:00am
B- LENGTH: 7.2 mi ELEV GAIN: 1180 ft PACE: Medium
Jim D -, 602-639-2702

Meet at 10:00 am (depart at 10:15) at the Burger King, just south of US 60 at the NE corner of Power Rd and Superstition Springs Blvd. OR email me for directions to the trailhead.

We'll start our hike at the Goldmine Trail, which is the northernmost park entrance, off of Wagon Wheel Rd. We'll hike clockwise going up a relatively steep and loose hard-scrabble section of the Goldmine Trail and then connecting with the Moonlight Trail, San Tan Trail, and then finishing on the scenic Dynamite Trail. At the start of the hike, we'll pass by the graves of Mansel Carter and Marion Kennedy, two gold miners who made Goldfield Mountain their home for many years.

If anyone wants to join me after the hike, I'll be stopping at nearby San Tan Flat Grill & Saloon, 6185 W. Hunt Hwy in Queen Creek for refreshments.

Bring your boots, hat, plenty of water, snacks or lunch, and sunscreen.

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

Saturday, March 5, 2016
RATING: A+ LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV GAIN: 4500 ft PACE: Fast/Medium
Don Mowry -, 480-209-7963
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197

Email or call one of the co-leaders for meetup details, and to make sure this is the right hike for you.

The Superstition Ridgeline is one of Arizona’s classic hikes. As indicated by its A+ rating, the hike is very difficult - but well worth the effort. The views of the Superstition Wilderness from the Ridgeline are beautiful and unmatched.

We’ll do this hike as a key exchange, with one group starting out by going up Siphon Draw, across the Ridgeline, and down Carney Springs; and the other group going in the opposite direction.

One of our groups will go at a pace of around 2 to 2.5 mph (moving average), and will finish the hike in around 7 hours. Considering the difficulty of the hike, this will seem like a fast pace.

The other group will go at a pace of

We’ll limit each group to a maximum of 8 hikers, and sign-up will be on a first-come basis.

This hike is for members only.

When you call or email one of the co-leaders to sign up, please indicate your preference for fast or medium pace.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:30am
B+ LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV GAIN: 650 ft PACE: Slow
Catherine Schuyler - 480-984-4709,

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at the Burger King on Crismon Rd, just north of US 60 and on your left just before Southern Ave.

Our route will be First Water Trailhead to Second Water to First Water Trailhead. This is a nice hike that crosses the creek 22 times. The lunch stop will be at about the Calvary Trail intersection.

My plans are to do this - A hike at a C pace to give folks the ability to try this one. It is a long all day loop hike.

Limit 15 Hikers. Co-leader wanted.

Bring plenty of water, snacks, lunch, and sunscreen.

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

Saturday, March 12, 2016
B LENGTH: 10.2 mi ELEV GAIN: 2250 ft Pace: Medium
Bev - 480-415-7147
Don - 480-209-7963

Please contact either leader for meeting time/location no later than Thursday, March 10th.

Don's group will begin at the Dixie Mine TH in Fountain Hills and Bev's group will begin at the Lost Dog TH in Scottsdale.

This is a gorgeous hike that encompasses the Lost Dog, Sunrise, Andrews-Kinsey, Western Loop, Sonoran, and Dixie Mine trails. The vegetation is beautiful, the flowers are starting to bloom and you will get glimpses of the 4 Peaks, Weaver's Needle, the fountain in Fountain Hills, etc., along the way.

As Bev's group passes Don's group on the trail, we will exchange car keys with each other, making this a through hike.

The hike will be cancelled if there is rain or extreme heat as most of the trail is exposed. Bring plenty of water, snacks, lunch, and sunscreen.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 7:00am
A LENGTH: 13.1 mi ELEV GAIN: ~ 1500 ft PACE: 3+ mph
“Missed the Turn” Mark –, 602-725-4993

Join the "X-Runners" Team at the Run for Ryan House Half Marathon. That's right, this is no hike! I am an ex-runner so I will not be running all of this...most likely switching up between fast walking and a slow jog.

This course involves long street ascents in the DC Ranch area of Scottsdale and requires a separate registration fee of $85.

Here is the website...

Contact the leader once you have registered and we will figure out where to meet that Sunday. Attire will be for walking/jogging on streets. I would recommend bringing your own Camelback - the race offers water.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 8:00am
C LENGTH: 3 mi ELEV. GAIN: 400 ft PACE: Slow
Larry A. -; 602-789-9548, cell on day of hike 480 321-7249

Meet at 8:00 AM (depart at 8:15 AM) outside the Costco gasoline fuel islands located just north of I-10 & off the 101. It’s at Gateway Pavilions, 10000 W. McDowell Rd. We will carpool from this parking area. This is a casual event that is geared for beginning hikers. We begin with a stroll over a graceful, oxidized bridge spanning Mountain Wash. The ascent on the Turnbuckle Trail loops around a prominent mountain peak and connects with the Valley Vista Trail where we begin the descent. Many beautifully framed scenic vistas. We will experience the pristine washes and foothills of the southern White Tank mountains. There is a cluster of eateries at the I-10 Buckeye exit (2 miles south of the park) so we may elect to have lunch afterwards. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks & cash for carpool. Children and well behaved outdoor dogs are welcome. AzOTC members need not call ahead. Non-members always call the hike leader before the hike. Cost to non-members is $5.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 2:00pm
Bonnie Tasch -, 480-802-2836
Mei-Mei Ahlskog -, 480-883-2013

Time: Meet at Rock Lobster at 2475 W. Queen Creek Road, Chandler at 2:00 pm to carpool to museum as parking is limited at the museum; happy hour from 4:15 pm to 6:30 pm.

Location: Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery - 22402 S. Basha Road, Chandler

The focus of the Basha collection lies in two specific areas: Contemporary Western American Art and Contemporary American Indian Art. It is a vast composite of oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, pastel and charcoal drawings, pen & inks, bronze, wood and natural stone sculptures, wood-turned bowls, basketry, pottery, kachinas and jewelry. There are well over 3,000 pieces of art depicting numerous mediums displayed throughout the gallery.

Admission to the gallery is FREE!

Happy hour is at Rock Lobster and features Maki/hand rolls for $5, Nigiri for $2, salads for $2 and rolls and wings from $4 to $7. For those who do not prefer Asian food, there are other restaurants in the same immediate area.

Feel free to join us just for the gallery visit or just for the happy hour.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
A LENGTH: 11.7 mi ELEV GAIN: 3300 ft PACE: Medium
Bud Tasch - 480-802-2836, 303-868-0216,

Contact the hike leader to RSVP for this hike and for meeting time and location.

Although this is planned as a day trip, overnight lodging is also possible.

This hike starts at the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area in Tucson. Bring plenty of fluids and electrolytes for this hike which will follow Esperero Canyon, cross a ridge to a grove of Arizona Cypress trees and follow a canyon to 15' Bridal Veil Falls at an elevation of 5400'. Speaking from experience, the falls make a great shower!

Afterwards we may enjoy happy hour at nearby spectacular Loews Ventana Canyon Resort which has their own short trail to yet another waterfall.

No dogs are allowed in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Bring your boots, hat, plenty of water, snacks or lunch, and sunscreen.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Thursday, March 17, 2016
This activity has been changed.
B+ LENGTH: ~4 mi ELEV GAIN: 1950 ft PACE: Medium
Bruce Wilczynski - 815-540-5522,
Don Mowry - 480-209-7963,

Contact the hike leaders for meeting time and location.

Picketpost Mountain was used by the US Cavalry in 1870 to guard against enemy attacks. We will hike and climb to the top of Picketpost Mountain for fantastic views in all directions. There is steep climbing on the way up, so if you’re not comfortable with that, this hike isn’t for you. However, if you like Siphon Draw to Flatiron, you’ll love this hike!

Good agility in climbing the steep sections is important without too much fear of heights. At the summit, there’s a cool mailbox to write your comments. Bring a self addressed postcard to leave if you wish.

Wear a hat and use sunscreen. You'll also need 2-3 quarts of water and snacks.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
A LENGTH: 12.7 mi ELEV GAIN: 3200 ft PACE: Medium
Bud Tasch - 480-802-2836, 303-868-0216,

Contact the hike leader to RSVP for this hike and for meeting time and location.

Although this is planned as a day trip, overnight lodging is possible.

This beautiful, cool loop hike through the Wilderness of Rocks is reminiscent of the Heart of Rocks Trail in the Chiricahuas. Fantastic rock formations abound with a flowing stream.

An optional happy hour and dinner stop follow the hike in this all day event. Bring your boots, hat, plenty of water, snacks or lunch, and sunscreen.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
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Bud and Bonnie Tasch

Happy Hour: 5-7 pm.

Join Bud and Bonnie Tasch on the patio by the pool at the spectacular new Sheraton located at 860 North Riverview in Mesa, just East of the 101 off Rio Salado. This is the centerpiece of the new Wrigleyville West development just East of the Cubs spring training complex at Sloan Park.

Happy Hour specials include Old Style and PBR for $2 and $3 respectively, $5 well drinks, wine, Chicago Dogs and other appetizers.

The Cubs have an away game so those who wish can join us for infield practice on the lawn at 4:30 (of course this is optional).

To work up an appetite and thirst, bring your mitt (Bud will bring extras).

Everyone is encouraged to wear their teams colors.

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 7:15am
This activity has been changed.
B+ LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Medium
Joyce Morningstar - 480-788-9370
Catherine Schuyler - 480-984-4709,

Meet at 7:15 am (depart at 7:30) at Wendy's in Fountain Hills - on Shea Blvd. just west of Highway 87 (Beeline Hwy).

Starting with a spectacular view at the trailhead above Apache Lake, the views get even better as we ascend Reavis Ranch Trail to Windy Pass at elevation of 5,100 feet. Along the way, we’ll admire expansive views of the Four Peaks, peaks in both eastern and western areas of the Superstition Range, the Matazal wilderness, and Fish Creek Canyon.

After stopping for lunch at the pass, we’ll return on the same route. Wildflowers should be abundant, so bring your camera.

Wear sunscreen, sturdy hiking boots, and a hat. Bring cash for the carpool, a rain jacket, lunch, snacks, and at least 2 liters of water. No dogs or children.

Driving the last half-mile to the trailhead requires 4WD. So there are enough suitable vehicles for the carpool, please bring your 4WD vehicle to the meeting location.

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