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 October, 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Rating:
A LENGTH: 8 /10.2 mi ELEV GAIN: 2500 ft /3300 ft
Leaders:
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727, chenia@aol.com

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

This is the perfect opportunity to make it to Arizona's highest point (12,643 ft) or saddle (11,800 ft) with minimal monsoon threats. We will ascend and descend on the Humphries Summit Trail, beginning at the Arizona Snow Bowl ski area at 9300 ft. This is a long, steep hike that will take us 4 miles to reach the saddle.  Those wishing to add an extra 2 miles and 800 feet elevation gain, weather permitting, can proceed on to Humphries Peak. Once above timberline, there is no shelter and no protection from the elements.  

Be prepared for extreme mountain weather on this hike. Bring warm clothing and rain gear. Also bring plenty of water, sunscreen, electrolytes, high energy snacks, lunch, and wear sturdy hiking boots.

We’ll be stopping in Flagstaff for something to eat after the hike.  

Bring $ for carpool.  

Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 4:45pm to 6:15pm
Rating:
Fun!

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

We’ll return to Carlsbad Tavern, which offers a great selection of food and drinks in their “bat cave.”  The Tavern features New Mexican cuisine and has won Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for many years.  

It’s located on the east side of Hayden Road, just south of Osborn (across the street from Office Max), and about two miles north of the Senior Center.

3313 N Hayden Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 6:45pm

Can you name any of the 14ers in Colorado?  How about the 7 Summits?

October's speaker is not only a software engineer at ASU and the author of several hiking books, but he has his own hiking group of 123 family members and friends and is an amateur photographer.  Charles Liu, aka Mad Hiker, will walk us through the steps you need to take to prepare yourself for altitude hiking.

Join us for this great program during our October general membership meeting.

Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 North Granite Reef Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 7:15am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 8.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1800 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Don Mowry - 480-209-7963
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197

Meet at 7:15 am (depart 7:30) at the Park-and-Ride at the southwest corner of the Bell Road exit to I-17.  

This relatively new trail is one of the best in Sedona.  It offers sensational views of Sedona itself, and most of the famous red rock landmarks in the area.  It’s called “Hangover Trail” because, at places, it does literally hang over Bear Wallow Canyon, though none of the exposures is too frightening.  (For those wishing a little more exposure, there’s a short, steep and optional ascent to the arches atop Mitten Ridge.)  

We’ll start at the base of Schnebly Hill Road, hike up Munds Wagon Trail to Cow Pies, then loop around Mitten Ridge on the Hangover Trail back to Munds Wagon Trail.  

Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water.  

Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 8:00am
Rating:
C- LENGTH: 3 to 5.6 mi ELEV GAIN: 350 to 600 ft PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Larry A. - ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548

Meet at 8:00 am (depart at 8:15) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just west of I-17.

One of the newest preserves, this Sonoran Preserve trail system offers fresh trails and new trailheads. From the trailhead, we will begin at the Sidewinder Trail, hike up to the Apache Vista Trail, and return on the Sidewinder Trail. This is a casual event with many photo opportunities.  There will be 360-degree views and heavy desert vegetation on these well groomed trails in Phoenix’s newest preserve.

Varied length in miles depends on Larry’s recovering knees – some may want to go all the way.

Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks, and $ for carpool. Children and well behaved outdoor dogs are welcome.

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

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 7:15am
Rating:
B LENGTH: about 20 mi PACE: 12-14 mph
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr1@yahoo.com, 480-773-5197

Meet at 7:15 a.m. (depart 7:30) at Chaparral Park at the northeast corner of Jackrabbit and Hayden Roads in central Scottsdale.

This ride was rained out in August and September, so we'll give it another shot. The loop will take us north and west through areas in Paradise Valley with little traffic and great views of Camelback and Mummy Mountains. The ride will involve a number of short hills, but nothing extreme.

Helmets are required. Bring plenty of water. No signup, just show up.

$5 fee for non-members.

Wednesday, October 12, 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, October 15, 2016 - 7:00am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 6.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bev - 480-415-7147, blkoslow@yahoo.com
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 602-639-2702

Meet at the Fountain Hills Wendy's on Shea Blvd., just west of the Beeline Hwy at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15).  

Our hike begins at Deer Creek Canyon, south of Payson.  The desert-like trail has lots of cactus and red volcanic rock with white streaks through it called rhyolite - and open views of the Mazatzal Mountains. We'll come to the remains of an old windmill just before we climb our only steep hill as we leave Deer Creek, where the cottonwoods should be a bright cherry yellow if our timing is right.  For the next 3 miles we'll traverse up and down the canyon and in and out of gullies to David Gowan's Grave.  Jim and Bev will brush up on the history of this rancher and remarkable pioneer who was buried in the same spot where his frozen body was found many years ago.  This will also be our lunch spot and turnaround point.  

Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring water, salty snacks, and a light lunch.  

Cost to non-members is $5.

Guests and new members should contact one of the hike leaders prior to the hike.

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Rating:
B LENGTH: 11 mi ELEV GAIN: 1300+ ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
"Missed The Turn Mark" - mnashley@yahoo.com, 602-725-4993

Contact leader for meeting time and location.

Tin Trough, Tin Trough!  I am sorry Mrs. Torrannce, that doesn't spell anything in the mirror, but now that I have your attention...come join MTTM in mid-October for a jaunt between the Granite Mountains in Prescott.  We will start from the Williamson Valley Trailhead and then head right into uncharted territory.  That is correct.  Heat prevented me from hiking this part, but my trek up Tin Trough suggested that it might be better to come back that way.  This fire damaged canyon was full of grass and flowers when I hiked it in September, but was completely exposed.  In mid-October, the sun should be gentler, but be prepared for very little shade.  Be prepared too for weather conditions in Prescott in October.  

Bring a minimum of 3 liters of water and a max of 5.  Have snacks and appropriate gear.  

Optional lunch on the way back at quite a nice place in Prescott.  

Contact the leader by 9 pm the Thursday before the hike for the meetup place and time.

Cost for non-members is $5.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 7:30am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 5.7 mi ELEV GAIN: 500 ft PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 602-639-2702

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Burger King, just south of US 60 at the NE corner of Power Rd. and Superstition Springs Blvd. OR meet us at the First Water Trailhead no later than 8:15 am.

This scenic loop hike is my favorite short Superstitions hike. I'll lead it slower than normal in hopes of giving slower hikers an opportunity to enjoy one of the scenic areas of the Superstitions. Expect some rocky trail conditions, but it's not too difficult overall. We'll go from the First Water Trailhead to Garden Valley, follow a horse trail to Hackberry Springs, and then return to the First Water Trailhead.

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

Cost to non-members is $5.

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

Wednesday, October 19, 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, October 26, 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, October 29, 2016 - 6:45am
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 13 mi ELEV GAIN: 2500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr1@yahoo.com, 480-773-5197

Meet at 6:45 am (depart 7:00).  Contact leader for meeting location.  

We’ll carpool to the lower See Canyon trailhead east of Payson.  The loop hike begins along Christopher Creek, ascends See Canyon on a steep and rugged trail to the top of the Rim (with a short diversion along the way to See Spring), follows the top of the Rim to the Drew Trail, then descends to the Highline Trail and back to the trailhead.  This route has great views of the Mogollon Rim and beautiful fall foliage, including many maple trees, which will be on display if we’re lucky.  

Bring plenty of water, lunch or snacks, electrolytes, sturdy hiking boots, and your camera (optional).  

No children or dogs please.  

Cost to non-members is $5.