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 July, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Rating:
C+ to A-; LENGTH: 5 - 10 mi; ELEV GAIN: 800 - 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, July 9, 2016
Rating:
B LENGTH: 9.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bev - 480-415-7147, blkoslow@yahoo.com
Vicki - victoriajohnson@cox.net

Please contact either leader for meeting time and location.

Join us on the newest trail in Pine. It was just completed in March 2016 and so far it isn't too crowded with other hikers or bikers.

We will begin our hike at the top of Pine Mountain, just north of Strawberry. The beginning of the hike is down, down, down on steep, rocky switchbacks, but after a mile it levels off and we will hike among the trees and ferns. One mile past Parsnip Springs, a lush area of the hike, we will cross the brand new Bear Foot Bridge, which is the gateway to the Barefoot Trail. The Barefoot Trail meanders through desert landscaping with rolling ups and downs. We'll hike this trail to the very end, which winds up on the Beeline Hwy, just north of Pine.

Our hike will involve a car shuttle.

After the hike we can stop at a local restaurant/pub (optional) before we head back to the valley.

Hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended for the switchbacks on Pine Mountain.

Bring a minimum of 3 liters of water and salty snacks/light lunch.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 6:15am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 8.7 mi ELEV GAIN: 850 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bev - blkoslow@yahoo.com
Deirdre - dspard@icloud.com

Meet at 6:15 am (depart at 6:30) at Wendy's in Fountain Hills, Shea Blvd. just west of Highway 87 (Beeline).

We're switching gears and moving this week's Wednesday South Mountain hike to higher and cooler ground. The Highline Trail, beginning at the 260 Trailhead east of Payson, has been revamped and is 'almost' rock free - which means we can look at the beautiful views of Rim Country along the way instead of watching our feet. We'll hike 4.35 miles, one way, to the junction of the Highline and Drew trails. If you are feeling energetic, we can add an optional 2.5 miles and 900 feet elevation gain (RT) by hiking the Drew Trail up to the top of the Rim before heading back to our cars.

Bring 2-3 liters of water and salty snacks.

PLEASE EMAIL EITHER LEADER WITH YOUR PHONE NUMBER IF YOU PLAN TO PARTICIPATE, IN CASE WE NEED TO CANCEL AT THE LAST MINUTE DUE TO MONSOONS OR EXTREME HEAT ON THE DAY OF THE HIKE.

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

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 7:00am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1200 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 602-639-2702

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Road., just west of I-17.

The Red Mountain Trail is an easy walk into the heart of a colorful, highly eroded cutaway volcano, with many interesting hoodoo formations. The nearby Slate Mountain Trail #128 will take us up another extinct volcano, a rhyolite lava dome. Expect great views from the top.

Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, at least 3 liters of water, lunch or snacks, and $ for carpool.

We can stop in Flagstaff for dinner or refreshments after the hike.

The hike will be cancelled if rain is forecast.

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

Wednesday, July 20, 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, July 23, 2016 - 6:15am
Rating:
B Length: 18 + miles Pace: 12-14 MPH Change in elevation: 280 feet
Leaders:
Karl - 480 686-5826
Dan - 480 773-5197

We'll meet in the Park parking lot immediately north of the Circle K on the Northeast corner of Indian School and Hayden in Scottsdale at 6:15 AM and depart at 6:30 AM.

After crossing Hayden at the light (due to construction), we will follow the green belt to Tempe Town Lake and view the new ~47 million-dollar dam.

Make sure you bring drinking water.

After the ride some people may want to relax and have a milk shake or beverage at one of the adjacent fast food restaurants.

Helmets are required.

Cost to nonmembers is $5.

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 5:25am
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV. GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr1@yahoo.com, 480-773-5197

Meet at the Gateway Center to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve on Thompson Peak Parkway at 5:25 am. Hike starts promptly at 5:30 am.

We’ll beat (most of) the summer heat on an early hike through Scottsdale’s beautiful McDowell Sonoran Preserve, following well-marked and well-maintained trails on a counter-clockwise loop that includes the Gateway, Bell Pass and Windgate Trails. We’ll do the first 1.5 miles at a moderate pace, so those wishing a shorter or slower hike (5 miles, 600 ft EG) can branch off after that and return to the start via the very popular Gateway Loop.

Bring plenty of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots.

We’ll be done by around 9:00 am and have breakfast at the nearby General Store.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Guests and new members should call the hike leader prior to the hike.

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 7:00am
This activity has been changed.
Leaders:
Joyce Morningstar - 480-788-9370

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Road, just west of I-17.

Join us for a 4X4 loop around Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and O’Leary Peak, plus a 1-mile hike to the top of Strawberry Crater.

The forest service roads we’ll be driving are rutted and rocky, with one tippy point and one steep descent. Since most of 20 mile 4x4 route is moderately easy, both 4X4 vehicles and SUVs with high ground clearance are suitable for the adventure.

Wear comfortable clothing a good pair of hiking boots as the short steep hike to top of Strawberry Crater is on loose cinders.

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

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.

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

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

Wednesday, July 27, 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.

Friday, July 29, 2016
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
B LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV GAIN: 650 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Catherine Schuyler - cschuyler@q.com, 480-984-4709

This activity has been canceled due to uncontrolled fires in the area.

This trail is easy to follow. It travels along the rim above a dramatic tributary canyon that drains into Bright Angel Creek. Then it heads into a lovely forest of conifers and aspens. Superb views of the Grand Canyon appear when reaching Widforss Point.

Distance: 10 miles round trip. This trail can be hiked either as a 5 mile out and back (2.5 miles each direction), or can be hiked all the way to Widforss Point trail end as a 10 mile out and back (5 miles to Widforss Point trail end and 5 miles back to the trailhead). Either way chosen provides a moderate hike.

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

Cost to non-members is $5.

All should contact the hike leader prior to the hike.