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Activities for August, 2016

Saturday, August 6, 2016
C+ LENGTH: ~7 mi ELEV GAIN: ~600 ft PACE: Medium
Yvonne -, 602-327-0999
Jim D -, 602-639-2702

Email one of the leaders for meeting time and place. The hike will be canceled if the weather forecast is bad.

The hike is on the southwest slopes of San Francisco Peaks. Factoring in the highest point elevation of 9,300 feet, there are good trail conditions and the gradient is moderate. Our goal is to hike approximately 7 miles of the 10-mile round-trip hike.

The trail crosses several canyons and a massive lava flow at the upper end. We'll pass though meadows, beautiful fir, spruce and aspen forests. At a number of points, the trail breaks free of the trees to offer good views both of the rocky upper slopes of the mountain and of the forests surrounding its base. Portions of the city of Flagstaff and its suburbs are visible as well.

Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, lunch, snacks, and $ for carpool. Bring rain gear just in case.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 6:15am
B LENGTH: about 20 mi PACE: 12-14 mph
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197

Meet at 6:15 a.m. (depart 6:30am) at Chaparral Park at the northeast corner of Jackrabbit and Hayden Roads in central Scottsdale.
This loop will take us north and west through areas offering great views of Camelback and Mummy Mountains and Paradise Valley. The ride will involve a number of short hills, but nothing extreme.

HELMETS required.

Bring plenty of water. Ride will be canceled in case of rain.

No signup, just show up. $5 fee for non-members.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
C LENGTH: 5 mi ELEV GAIN: 450 ft PACE: Medium
Bev - 480-415-7147,

Call or email leader for meeting time and place.

Join me for a leisurely loop hike around Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Rim. We'll hike around the lake on a well maintained trail with just a few hills. Along the way, we'll come to an area that's closed, as it is an eagle nesting sight, although I've yet to be able to find the nests. Maybe you can help me with that!

We'll be in the ponderosa pines on the east side of the lake, hiking along the columbines and wild roses on the north, and we can watch the fisherman line up on the west side of the lake trying to catch trout.

This is a relatively easy hike with great views. Pack a lunch and we can sit at a picnic table by the lake after the hike while watching the kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes paddle around in the water.

Bring a minimum 2 quarts of water, salty snacks, and wear sturdy hiking shoes/boots. Hiking poles may be helpful on the few hills.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 7:00am
C- LENGTH: 4 mi ELEV GAIN: 590 ft PACE: Slow
Larry A -, 602-789-9548

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

This is an easy hike with occasional stops and photo ops. Afterwards we will visit a world famous hang glider launch pad with spectacular views overlooking the Verde Valley and Mingus Mountain Lake. Fill up the tank and come out for a fun time taking up most of the day.

All vehicles including passenger cars can be utilized on the unpaved sections under dry weather. Gaddes Canyon Trail #110 is popular as it provides an easy day hike from the Mingus Mountain Campground to Gaddes Canyon. Turnaround will be at a breathtaking vista overlooking pine covered slopes approximately 2 miles from the trailhead.

Gaddes Trail #110 is idyllic. Gigantic ponderosas grow alongside equally impressive oaks and walnuts. The ground is a tangled mat of wildflowers where hummingbirds and bumblebees forage. The forest is park-like, with native grasses padding the ground between widely spaced trees. It is not uncommon to see deer in this area, and there is often evidence of elk.

The last mile of this trail winds downhill to its end at Allen Springs Road (also FR 413).

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.

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

Children, well behaved outdoor dogs are welcome.

Cost to non-members is $5. AzOTC members - just show up. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike to sign up and to discuss any questions regarding vehicle suitability, room for riders, etc.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
C+ LENGTH: 8.2 mi ELEV GAIN: <500 ft PACE: Medium
Grace Chen -
Jim D -, 602-639-2702

Email one of the leaders for meeting time and place.

The hike will be canceled if the weather forecast is bad.

We will do a loop hike on this easy stretch of the Arizona Trail from Aspen Corner to Bismarck Lake. This trail generally follows rolling terrain, skirting the Kachina Peaks Wilderness at ~ 9,000 ft. elevation. Spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks while hiking through pine and aspen forest and across mountain meadows.

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

Weather expected to be dry this time of year but bring rain gear just in case. Expect cool temperatures.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Friday, August 26, 2016 to Friday, September 2, 2016
A/B LENGTH: Varied ELEV GAIN: Varied PACE: Fast/Moderate
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197,
Bev Koslow - 480-415-7147,

Join us for a fabulous week of hiking in the Columbia River Gorge/Mt. Hood area of northern Oregon. We'll be hiking at the base of Mt. Hood, along the Pacific Crest Trail, to the top of the famous Multnomah Falls, around Timothy Lake, along the wild and scenic Salmon River, and much more.

We've reserved multiple 2 BR, 2 Bath, fully-furnished resort condos in the town of Welches, Oregon. The trip cost, excluding transportation, food and incidentals, is $680 for the week. This cost is per bedroom/bath, and may be split in half for club members wishing to share a bedroom and queen-size bed. The condos are located approximately 1 hour southeast of the Portland International Airport.

You will be responsible for your own transportation to/from Oregon. From Phoenix to Portland, the driving time is around 20 hours and the flight time is around 2.5 hours. Those flying will have the option to meet at the airport and share the cost of rental cars (approximately $500/week plus gas divided by the number of riders). All others will share the cost of gas to and from the various trailheads.

SIGN-UP FOR THIS TRIP BEGINS ON NOVEMBER 1, 2015 AND IS ON A FIRST-COME BASIS. To sign up, contact Dan Rothman (phone or email). Because we expect the trip to become full, please sign up for yourself or yourself-and-roommate only. When you do, you will be sent a formal Trip Plan and Budget Plan for your review. A non-refundable deposit of $200 will be due within one week from receiving these plans.

This trip is limited to AzOTC members only.

NOTE: This trip is currently full. Contact Dan to be placed on waiting list.