Activities

Note: Unless otherwise specified in an activity’s description, there is no need to contact the leader to sign up for the activity – just show up on time at the designated meeting spot.

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Activities for April, 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - 480-802-2836, 303-868-0216 (cell)

Feel the "need for speed"? The free airshow is back at Luke AFB in the west valley.

Join war-bird enthusiast and former Lockheed Martin scientist Bud and 150,000 others for this exciting all day event. The show will include demo flights of the F-22 Raptor, F-35 Joint Strike fighter, war-birds, static displays and simulators.

Find out how Bud met Pappy Boyington (Ba Ba Black Sheep) and the Japanese Zero ace who shot him down!

Ear plugs or cotton recommended if you are sensitive to jet engine Varrooom or Van Halen. Bring a folding chair, sunscreen, wide-brim hat and prepare for long walks along the flight-line and to/from shuttle buses. I plan to arrive early for front row viewing.

Call or email the leader for information on carpool meeting time and place.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 6:45am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 11.1 mi ELEV GAIN: 1825 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Don - 480-209-7963
Bev - 480-415-7147

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just West of I-17. We’ll stash a shuttle vehicle at Picnic Area 7 near the Mesquite Canyon TH.

We’ll begin on the Goat Camp trail and connect with the Mesquite Canyon trail at mile 6.9. Goat Camp Trail has some steep sections and almost all of our elevation gain is on this trail. The views are spectacular, and if we're lucky we'll see some wildlife.

Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring at least 3 quarts of water, electrolytes and a light lunch/snacks.

There is a $6 per vehicle park entry fee unless you have a Maricopa County Parks Pass.

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

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 8:00am
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 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 Boulder Creek and Tortilla Creek. Expect great scenery and with a little luck see an eagle and other wildlife. 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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 8:30am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 7 mi ELEV GAIN: 1200 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Deirdre Sparling - dsparling@cox.net, 602-793-5077

Meet at 8:30 am (depart at 8:45) at the Mormon Trail parking lot on S. 24th Street where it dead ends at South Mountain (south of Baseline Rd.).

We will either walk four blocks through a residential area or, depending on the size of the group, take my car to the Geronimo Trail, where we will hike 1,200 feet in 2.5 miles to the Buena Vista lookout.

Enroute, if there’s sufficient interest, we can take a short spur detour through a dry wash to see some rarely visited petroglyphs. From the Buena Vista lookout, we will head east on the National Trail, eventually squeezing through Fat Man’s pass and into the lovely Hidden Valley. The return to the parking lot will be via the Mormon Trail.

Bring boots, hat, plenty of water and snacks. Poles are useful. Leashed and well behaved dogs are welcome. Check this listing the day before the hike for any changes.

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

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Rating:
Fun!
Leaders:
Bonnie Tasch

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

We will enjoy the patio at Carlsbad Tavern where they have a nice selection of Mexican appetizers and libations on their
happy hour menu.

Carlsbad Tavern
3313 N. Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 6:45pm

Come at 6:15 to socialize!

It seems like every hike I have been on, people start talking about food! That's why you absolutely have to attend Roger Naylor's presentation on April 6 entitled Boots to Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers!

Here's the idea: Spend a morning hiking into the breath-snatching Arizona outback under a high arched sky. Wander lonesome lands as a twisted trail leads deeper into wilderness. Walk for miles amid an aching stillness. On the drive home stop at a diner or cafe, a casual joint where the waitress calls everybody 'Hon' and hustles out the drinks. Order the burger. Bite into a grill-kissed slab of tender beef.

It's all captured in the new book Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers. So much more than a standard guidebook, Boots & Burgers is informative, hilarious, heartwarming, inspiring and mouth-watering. Beyond trail descriptions and restaurant info, the book is packed with local attractions and activities, historic tidbits, fast facts, rambling thoughts, big dollops of quirkiness and over 170 vivid color photos. It’s actually a love letter to Arizona, disguised as a hiking and dining guide.

Roger Naylor is a travel writer who hates to travel. At least anywhere beyond the Southwest. He specializes in lonely hiking trails, twisting back roads, diners with fresh burgers sizzling on the grill, small towns, ghost towns and pie. His work appears weekly in the Arizona Republic. He has contributed to USA Today, Arizona Highways, Western Art & Architecture, Go Escape, Route 66 Magazine and dozens more. He is a senior writer for the Bob & Tom Show, a nationally syndicated radio program heard in over 150 markets. Naylor is also the author of Arizona Kicks on Route 66 and Death Valley: Hottest Place on Earth. For more information, visit www.rogernaylor.com.

Roger will be selling his book at our April monthly meeting!

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

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 7:30am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1200 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) behind McDonalds, NE corner of I-17 and Carefree Highway. We will travel through Wickenburg and out the paved Vulture Peak Road to the trailhead. The first part of the hike is on a trail. The climb from the saddle to the top is optional and a hands and feet scramble. You may want to wear gloves. Great view of the Bradshaws, White tanks, Estrellas, Vulture Mountains, and Hieroglyphic Mountains at the summit. Bring snacks and plenty of water. The hike will be canceled in case of rain. Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 8:00am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV GAIN: 1250 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Joyce Morningstar - 480-788-9370

Meet at 8 am (depart at 8:15) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just west of I-17. We'll carpool to the trailhead near Sedona.

Our route will take us through some of the most scenic areas in Sedona’s Red Rock country. The hike begins with a loop around Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock. Then we’ll hike northwest on the Templeton Trail towards Cathedral Rock. After completing the loop hike on the Baldwin Trail, we retrace our steps to the trailhead.

Wear sturdy boots, sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat, and a rain jacket. Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, and money for carpool gas and the Red Rock pass.

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV GAIN: 2300 ft PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr1@yahoo.com, 480-773-5197

Call hike leader for the early meeting time at the Gateway Center to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve on the Thompson Peak Parkway.

On this fast-paced exercise hike, we’ll follow the Gateway Loop, Windgate, and Tom's Thumb Trails on our way to Tom’s Thumb, one of the most scenic and well-known landmarks in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The trail is in-and-out and in excellent condition, so anyone wishing to shorten the hike can do so easily.

Bring plenty of water, electrolytes and snacks, and wear sturdy hiking boots. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 7:30am
Leaders:
Larry A - ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548
Joyce Morningstar - 480-788-9370
Sally Flanders - sallyflanders@gmail.com, 602-799-2417

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

This is an easy 4X4 run with occasional stops, photo ops, and short side trips where we visit the tiny village of Cherry, which has a frontier cemetery and historic buildings. We will park and observe a world famous hang glider launch pad with spectacular views overlooking the Verde Valley and Mingus Mountain Lake.

4X4 is not required but a high clearance vehicle should be utilized for these maintained forest roads. We'll travel approx. 26 miles and gain approx. 3100 feet. The 2014 run had quite a surprise with a black bear running across the road in front of Sally & Larry!

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. Call Leaders to sign up and with any questions regarding vehicle suitability, room for riders, etc.

Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $$ for carpool. 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 outing.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
C+ to A- LENGTH: 5 to 10 mi ELEV GAIN: 800 to 2500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Deirdre - dspard@icloud.com, 602-793-5077

Hikes will be offered all Wednesdays that the leader is in town.

Text, email, or telephone the leader by the day before the hike to let her know that you’re interested in hiking and your preference for length, start time, and difficulty of hike. The leader will then put together a route that takes those interests into account and let you know where and when to meet.

South Mountain Park, the largest city park in the world, has nearly 17,000 acres and about 58 miles of trails ranging in length from 1 mile to 15.5 miles. There are more than 10 different trails, many of which intersect and can be connected to make a great variety of hikes.

Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Bring plenty of water, electrolytes and snacks, and wear sturdy hiking boots.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 7:00am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 7.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 950 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 602-639-2702

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) 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.) or meet me at the Meridian Trailhead at 7:30 am.

This is a good loop hike with views of the Goldfield Mountains, Four Peaks, and the Superstition Mountains. Mostly good trail conditions.

It might be a warm day, so bring plenty of water, boots, hat, snack, and sunscreen.

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

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 6:45am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 11 mi ELEV GAIN: 2600 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr1@yahoo.com, 480-773-5197

Meet at 6:45 am (depart 7:00) at Denny's next to the Park-and-Ride at the southwest corner of the Bell Road exit to I-17.

We’ll start off with an approximate 4-mile (1500 feet) ascent to Granite Mountain Vista (elevation 7185 ft), from which there are great views of Granite Basin Lake, the Dells, Prescott and the Bradshaw Mountains. On the way back, we’ll loop around Little Granite Mountain, adding about 3 miles and 1100 feet elevation to the hike.

Bring plenty of water, electrolytes, snacks and sunscreen.

Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should call hike leader in advance.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
C+ to A- LENGTH: 5 to 10 mi ELEV GAIN: 800 to 2500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Deirdre - dspard@icloud.com, 602-793-5077

Hikes will be offered all Wednesdays that the leader is in town. Text, email, or telephone the leader by the day before the hike to let her know that you’re interested in hiking and your preference for length, start time, and difficulty of hike. The leader will then put together a route that takes those interests into account and let you know where and when to meet. South Mountain Park, the largest city park in the world, has nearly 17,000 acres and about 58 miles of trails ranging in length from 1 mile to 15.5 miles. There are more than 10 different trails, many of which intersect and can be connected to make a great variety of hikes. Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Bring plenty of water, electrolytes and snacks, and wear sturdy hiking boots. Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 6:45am
Rating:
B+ and C+ LENGTH 14 mi (B+) and 9 mi (C+) ELEV GAIN: 1930 ft (B+) & 1500 ft (C+) PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Don - 480-209-7963
Bev - 480-415-7147

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at the Wendy’s in Fountain Hills, just west of US 87 on Shea Blvd.

The Barnhardt Trail is considered the most popular trail in the Matzatzal Wilderness for good reason. Barnhardt Canyon has beautiful rock formations, coloration and solitude. We begin in desert-like conditions, but soon we’ll enter Barnhardt Canyon with a steady climb. About 2.5 miles in there’s a great waterfall which may be flowing at this time of the year. Garden Spring at the bottom of the canyon gurgles among enticing pools and inaccessible narrow passages.

Bev will turn the C+ hikers around at about the 4.5 mile point where the canyon tops out.

Don will continue the B+ hike to the intersection of the Matzatzal Divide Trail on the Arizona Trail. We’ll return the same direction.

Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring at least 3 (C+) or 4 (B+) quarts of water, electrolytes, and a light lunch/snacks.

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