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Activities for September, 2016

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.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 6:15am
B LENGTH: about 20 mi PACE: 12-14 mph
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197

Meet at 6:15 a.m. (depart 6:30) 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.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 6:45pm

Granite Reef Senior Center, Room 1 - 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale

What’s a desert? How are deserts formed?  And where did the Sonoran Desert come from?  It's not what you think!   Join Dan Gruber from the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Wednesday night at 6:45 PM to get all the answers.

All the unusual characteristics of our native plants and animals are adaptations that enable them to cope successfully with the challenges presented by the desert environment. Life everywhere has to deal with the local conditions, and our conditions are unique.  We’ll explore the challenges of the desert and the main strategies that have evolved in response.  Through Dan, we will also consider the  challenges of our environment, the implications for living things, and the main adaptations that have evolved to cope with them. Finally, we’ll talk about some specific examples that you’ll see routinely on the trail.  After spending an hour with Dan, you won’t look at the desert the same way again.

Saturday, September 10, 2016
B- LENGTH: 8 miles ELEV GAIN: 1450 ft PACE: Medium
Bev - 480-415-7147,
Jim D -, 602-639-2702

Contact either leader via email or phone to get the meeting time and location.

Pine/Strawberry Trail #15 begins off of Hardscrabble Road just south of Pine and heads north for 4 miles towards Strawberry, while meandering through a forest filled with manzanita, pinyon pines and scrub oak with large boulders scattered about. Although the total elevation gain is over 1400 feet, the hills and valleys are not super steep, but rolling.

Sturdy hiking boots, sunscreen, and hats are highly recommended. Also bring 2-3 quarts of water, rain gear, salty snacks and a packed lunch.  

Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
B- LENGTH: 7.6 miles ELEV GAIN: 1122 ft PACE: Medium
Bev - 480-415-7147,
Jim D -, 602-639-2702

Contact either leader by phone or email for the meeting time and location.

This is the most popular day hike in the Payson area. Horton Springs is an unusually large spring. Water literally gushes from the side of the rim supplying Horton Creek. Think of the Rim as a huge sponge and Horton Spring is the faucet. Our hike starts out almost immediately on a gentle uphill trek. After approximately 2.5 miles, we come to fairly new switchbacks that are completely shaded, but a little steeper than the first part of our hike. Our reward at the end of the trail is the spring and creek where we can soak our feet while eating a light lunch/snack before heading back to our cars on the same trail.

Bring a minimum of 2 quarts of water, salty snacks, hiking sticks, rain gear, and sturdy boots.  

Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 5:00pm
Julie Giglio –

Meet at 5 PM for dinner or snacks at the main entrance to Dave and Busters. The main entrance is off of the center plaza in Desert Ridge. When you email me I will give you more precise directions.

Tickets can be purchased along with our dinner. All day on Wednesday games are ½ price so we can have twice the fun.

If you prefer not to join us for dinner or snacks you can meet us either in the dining room or the skee ball area around 6-6:30. For an example of price ranges you can purchase a meal for $17.99 which includes a $10 power card or purchase a meal for $27.99 which includes a $20 power card. A $10 power card gives you 48 points. An additional $2 on the $10 card gives you 60 points. A $20 card gives you 100 points. An additional $3 on the $20 card gives you 125 points. Each game of skee ball is about 2 points.

Please email me if you are planning on attending. Because there are 6 skee ball lanes this is limited to 18 participants.

$5 fee for non-members.

Saturday, September 17, 2016
B- LENGTH: 8 miles ELEV GAIN: 1000 ft PACE: Medium
Patty - 602-620-7406
Bev - 480 415-7147,

Contact either leader for meeting time and place.

There's nothing better than a hike in Red Rock country! Our hike will involve a series of trails with great views of the Sedona area - beginning on the Jim Thompson Trail before intersecting with Wilson Mountain, then on to the Allen Bend Trail, Grasshopper Point, the intersection with Midgley Bridge and other trails to complete our loop. It is truly beautiful!

There will be an optional lunch at Indian Gardens Restaurant before heading back to the valley.

Bring salty snacks, 2-3 quarts of water, hat, and wear sunscreen.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:00am
A (due to the obstacles and elevation) LENGTH: 3.1 miles ELEV GAIN: < 100 ft PACE: Medium (we will shoot to complete in 45 minutes)
"Missed The Turn Mark" -, 602-725-4993

Join "MTTM" for this Boys & Girls Club of Central AZ charity mud run in Prescott Valley. I have signed up for the 12:10 pm heat, so I estimate leaving the valley around 9 am.  

Contact the leader for meeting time and location, clothing tips and other information.

They do not list obstacles but be prepared to climb, crawl, carry and jump. Register on the website on your own.

There should be water provided, but 2 liters in a Camelback that you do not mind getting trashed is probably a good idea.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 7:30am
C/D LENGTH: 4 miles ELEV GAIN: 290 ft PACE: Slow
Larry A -, 602-789-9548

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Road, just west of I-17. We will carpool to The Granite Dells Trailhead north of Prescott, AZ.

This is a beautiful area of smooth granite formations, lush green riparian ecosystems, and stunning vistas just outside the city of Prescott in the Central Highlands. An easy hike through these features makes it a perfect place to stretch your legs and includes photo ops. Half of the trail goes directly over the granite formation, until you reach Watson Lake Dam, and then it returns following the stream in a riparian forest canyon along the Flume Trail.

We will have lunch at the Palace Station Restaurant & Saloon on Whiskey Row afterwards.  

Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $ for carpool. Children, well behaved outdoor dogs are welcome.  Inclement weather may cause a cancellation.

AzOTC members need not call ahead. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike. Cost to non-members is $5. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016
B- LENGTH: 8 miles ELEV GAIN: 1300+ ft PACE: Medium
Susan Sands -, 602-291-1298
Bev Koslow -, 480-415-7147

Contact either leader for meeting time and location.

Our hike is a beautiful, but little traveled section of the Highline Trail along the Mogollon Rim, beginning at the See Canyon Trailhead and ending at the Derrick Trailhead. Much of the way we will have incredible views of the rim above and the mountains and valleys in the surrounding area. The hike begins at 6140 ft and has several steep climbs.

After the hike, there is an optional lunch along Christopher Creek's newest restaurant, the Landmark.

Wear sturdy hiking boots and sunscreen. Hiking sticks are recommended. Bring snacks, electrolytes, and plenty of water. Please no children or dogs.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 7:00am
B+ LENGTH: 11 miles ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Medium
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-519 (cell)

Meet at 7:00 am (depart 7:15) at Wendy’s on Shea Blvd., just west of the Beeline Highway.  

We’ll start at the Geronimo Trailhead at the base of the Rim near Pine and hike up to the top on the seldom-used Turkey Trail, which has beautiful views of the Rim and a great climbing rock along the way.  We’ll then hike along the top on the Milk Ranch Point Plateau, descending on the shady West Weber Trail.  

Bring sturdy hiking boots, water, electrolytes, snacks and sunscreen.

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

Sunday, September 25, 2016
B LENGTH: 9 mi ELEV GAIN: <1000 ft PACE: Medium
"Missed The Turn Mark" -, 602-725-4993

Contact the leader by 8 pm the Thursday before to arrange the meeting place and time.

"I bet they're sayin’, "why don't he write?" "Missed The Turn" is back and taking all comers for a lake and jeep trail hike starting at Willow Springs Lake. We will start at the lake, cross the spillway and dam before we head left for the first leg of a flat hike. This hike is mainly on Jeep and forest roads, with a bit of muss from logging and around 2 miles within earshot of Hwy 260. We will then turn back along the lake and perhaps take a break to enjoy the waters and Osprey. Or, we could explore a bit of Willow Springs Canyon (off trail) and its eastern rim, but the leader has not reconned this option.

Both hikes will be in early fall conditions at 7,000 feet, so check the weather for appropriate clothing. Bring a minimum of 3 liters of water and snacks.

Possible lunch afterwards in Payson.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Delicious and Fun!!
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727

Come socialize with us, share your recent adventures and celebrate the return of the fall season at R Bar, located in the main lobby of JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort and Spa at 5402 East Lincoln Drive · Scottsdale.  

R Bar offers a full menu of appetizers and small plates ranging from Kale and Southwest Caesar salad to R burger, filet sliders, hellfire wings, calamari and more!!  This lively gathering spot also features handcrafted cocktails, housemade infusions, and Camelback Inn’s signature margaritas.  

Those so inclined may wish to stay for live entertainment starting at 6 p.m.  

Guests are very welcome!!