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 May, 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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

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. Hikes will be offered all Wednesdays that the leader is in town. 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, May 7, 2016 - 7:00am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
B LENGTH: ~8-9 mi ELEV GAIN: ~2500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Park and Ride at the SW corner of I-17 and Bell Rd.

This is a spring hike, up/down hike, with beautiful views of the San Francisco Peaks, parts of Oak Creek Canyon, and Sedona. We start in high desert terrain and end hiking through ponderosa forest to our turnaround point.

Bring layers, plenty of water, sunscreen, snack/lunch and $ for carpool. No dogs or children.

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

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 7:00am
Leaders:
Larry Ashcroft - ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548
Joyce Morningstar - 480-788-9370

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Paradise Bakery near the SW corner of the 101 Freeway and Scottsdale Road (7000 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix 85254).

Join us for a 4X4 journey through magnificent desert scenery out to Sheep Bridge on the Verde River. In addition to being a beautiful area, Sheep Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Both 4X4 vehicles and SUVs with high ground clearance are suitable for this adventure. Please call Larry if you have questions about your vehicle, or if you want to a ride in someone’s 4X4.

Our route is driving north on Scottsdale Road to the town of Cave Creek, and then driving north on Seven Springs Road (FR24) to FR 269 where we turn right to go southeast to Sheep Bridge.

For those interested in a quick dip, there’s a soaking tub and hot spring just to the north of the bridge on the west shore of the Verde River. It's a nice shady place to relax under an archway of willows.

On the return trip, we’ll stop for a late lunch and libations in Cave Creek.

Wear comfortable boots and clothing. Bring sunscreen, plenty of water, and snacks. If you plan to ride with one of the 4X4 drivers, bring $ for the carpool. Children and dogs are welcome, if you are a driver.

Cost to non-members is $5.

This event will be canceled if there is inclement weather in the forecast.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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

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. Hikes will be offered all Wednesdays that the leader is in town. 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, May 14, 2016 - 7:30am
Rating:
B LENGTH 10 mi ELEV GAIN 1600 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Victoria Johnson - victoriajohnson@cox.net
Joyce Morningstar - 480-788-9370

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Wendy's in Fountain Hills, just west of the intersection of Shea Blvd and Hwy 87.

Join us on this cool, shady loop hike that travels up the Mogollon Rim to the gushing Horton Springs. Our route uses Highline Trail #31 to connect to Derrick Trail #33 and Horton Creek Trail #285. We'll explore both the ponderosa pine forest and Horton Creek’s riparian area, which supports a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Optional early dinner afterwards at a Thai restaurant in Payson.

Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and wear sturdy hiking boots.

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

Monday, May 16, 2016 to Saturday, May 21, 2016
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - arizbunzer@msn.com, 480-802-2836

We will be camping at the Needles Outpost, which is located just outside the park boundary off state road 211, about 78 miles south of Moab. The Group campsite accommodates pop-up or small trailers, tents, or car camping. I have also reserved four pull-through sites for full size trailers. There are no other lodging options that do not involve insurmountable logistical problems.

Trip price is estimated at $45-65/person. Hot showers are extra and are available for $3/shower.

The trip includes 5 nights camping and everyone will be asked to contribute to a pot-luck. The club may provide burgers/brats for a cook-out.

Hikes will vary from C to A. Hikes B and above will involve slick rock scrambling, ladder climbing, and minimal exposure (falling risk).

This is peak flower season and we will visit all the major attractions in the Needles.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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

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. Hikes will be offered all Wednesdays that the leader is in town. 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, May 18, 2016
Rating:
See Below
Leaders:
Catherine Schuyler - 480-984-4709, cschuyler@q.com

Call, text, or email the leader for meeting place and times.

We'll hike at Watson Lake first and start at the Watson Lake State Park (there is no fee on Wed). This is a 126-acre preserve.
(RATING: C; LENGTH: 4.8 mi; ELEV GAIN: ~500 ft; PACE: Medium)

We will then have lunch at Bill's Grill.

Afterwards we'll hike the Salida Gulch Trail to work off lunch and go see the petroglyphs.
(RATING: C; LENGTH: 4.2 mi; ELEV GAIN: ~500 ft; PACE: Medium)

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

Cost to non-members is $5. Contact the hike leader prior to the hike.

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 6:30am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 13 mi ELEV GAIN: 1200 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr1@yahoo.com, 480-773-5197

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at the Park-and-Ride at the southwest corner of the Bell Road exit to I-17.

Starting at the Bell Rock Trailhead in Oak Creek Village, we’ll hike around Courthouse Butte and then follow the very pretty but little used Llama Trail to two of Sedona’s most well-known landmarks, Chicken Point and the Chapel in the Rocks. Both destinations offer great views of Sedona and Red Rock country. We’ll then loop back on a series of trails, skirting Bell Rock on the west.

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

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

Check the club website - hike will be postponed if weather forecast is for high temperature exceeding 85 degrees.

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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

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

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.