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 November, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 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, November 2, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Happy hour at Carlsbad Tavern

5:00 PM until 6:30 PM

3313 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 6:45pm

Can you name the three types of rocks? Why do most of the mountains in Arizona run north south from end to end while South Mountain runs east/west? How was Camelback Mountain formed? The peaks in the McDowells? The Chiricahuas? How far, in our state, did the lava rock from the Superstitions travel?

You do not want to miss the great presentation entitled Geologic Processes by Jack McEnroe from the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Wow your out of town family and friends with all of the new knowledge you will pick up in just a short hour!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 6:30am
Rating:
B LENGTH: ~8-9 mi ELEV GAIN: ~2500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr1@yahoo.com, 480-773-5197 and
Grace Chen - chenia@aol.com, 480-767-1727

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at Denny’s parking area next to the Park and Ride at the SW corner of I-17 and Bell Rd.

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

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

If you are voting that day, we will be back with plenty of time for you to cast your ballot.

Cost to non-members is $5.

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

Wednesday, November 9, 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, November 12, 2016 - 6:30am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
A LENGTH: 14 mi ELEV GAIN: 3000+ ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Don - 480-209-7963, dgmowry@gmail.com
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 8:00am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
C- ~ LENGTH: 3.8 mi ~ ELEV. GAIN: 600 ft. ~ PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Larry A.- ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548

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

We will be doing an easy in-and-out hike in the park that opened in 2010 in the Stetson Hills community. Nearest cross streets are 51st Ave and Happy Valley Rd.

The trail itself is actually pretty nice and well cut through the desert. Easy & Great Scenery! The adventure will be canceled if the weather is bad.

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

AzOTC members need not call ahead. Non-members always call the hike leader before the hike. Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 8:00am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 2 mi ELEV GAIN: ~970 ft PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Larry A - ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548
Wednesday, November 16, 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.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Rating:
Delicious, Fun and Jovial!! TIME: 4 – 7 pm
Leaders:
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727

Welcome back snowbirds!! Let’s socialize, catch up on our adventures, relax and enjoy the delectable happy hour menu at the Roaring Fork Restaurant in Scottsdale. It is voted one of the best Happy Hour venues.

It is located at 4800 N Scottsdale Road (at the corner of N Scottsdale Rd and E Chaparral).

Come enjoy the signature Big Ass Burger for $10, Rotisserie Chicken Flat Bread for $8, Grilled Fish Tacos for $10, etc. For the health conscious, there is a selection of soups and salads. Enjoy cocktails, mojitos and wine by the glass for $5, featuring huckleberry frozen margarita, RF margarita, Manhattan and many more.

This is guaranteed to be a satisfying experience!

Guests are very welcome!!

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 7:00am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 7 mi ELEV GAIN: 1087 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bev - 480-415-7147

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) on the SW corner of Ellsworth and Baseline Roads in Mesa, between Chase Bank and Wendy's.

This hike is rated by the park services as the most strenuous hike in the park, but in my opinion it is the best trail in the park! We'll start on the Goldmine Trail which is relatively flat. After following that for approximately a mile, we'll hop on the Dynamite trail which is a short steep trail. After a quick stop to catch our breath once we hit the high point of the trail, we'll descend on another short steep trail with scree on it - so sturdy hiking boots and sticks are suggested.

After another mile or so we'll come to the gravesites of prospectors Mansel Carter and Marion Kennedy who died in 1960 and 1987 respectively. They never found silver or copper in the San Tans, but they enjoyed their lives of seclusion. We'll make another quick stop at the gravesites for snacks before completing our loop.

After the hike, we can stop for an optional lunch at San Tan Flats.

Over half of the trail is exposed, so hats and/or sunscreen are highly recommended.

Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle.

Cost to non-members is $5.

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

Monday, November 21, 2016 - 8:15am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 9 mi ELEV GAIN: 1050 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 602-639-2702

Meet at 8:15 am (depart at 8:30) 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 9:00 am.

This is one of the classic Superstition hikes with great scenery. Good trail, with rolling ups and downs, but sometimes rocky. This loop hike involves the Second Water Trail, the Black Mesa Trail, and the Dutchman Trail.

Bring a minimum of 2 liters of water, electrolytes, lunch and $ for carpool. Wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen and hat.

Cost to non-members is $5.

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

Wednesday, November 23, 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, November 25, 2016 - 8:00am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 11 mi ELEV GAIN: 1500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan - dwrr1@yahoo.com, 480-773-5197

Meet at 8:00 am (depart 8:15) at the Park-and-Ride at the southwest corner of the Bell Road exit to I-17.

This hike, which also provides an opportunity to work off some of that Thanksgiving feast the day before, will take us past many of the beautiful and less traveled landmarks in north Sedona’s red rock country. We’ll start at the Cibola Pass Trailhead and follow a lollipop loop course, passing Devil's Kitchen, Coffeepot Rock and Chimney Rock along the way. Near Chimney Rock, we’ll take a short diversion off the trail to the very interesting Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park. We’ll also take a couple of short, optional diversions along the way to the summits of Sugarloaf and Little Sugarloaf Mountains.

Afterwards, we’ll have an early dinner in Sedona, probably at the Oak Creek Brewery, then possibly do a little early Christmas shopping in Tlaquepaque before heading home.

Each vehicle will require a Red Rock Pass ($5/car is required at the trailhead).

Bring plenty of water for the hike and warm clothes for afterward.
Cost to non-members is $5.

Guests and new members should call hike leader in advance.

Saturday, November 26, 2016
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 8+ mi ELEV GAIN: 800+ ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
"Missed The Turn Mark" - mnashley@yahoo.com, 602-725-4993

Contact the hike leader by email or phone by 9:00 pm the Wednesday before the hike for meeting time and location.

Black Friday and the next day, Saturday, won't get you down if you head up to Flagstaff with "Missed The Turn Mark." That's right, late November we are heading down into Sandy's Canyon and into Walnut Canyon. We will stop at the "Crack of Doom" (bring a light) and then as far into Walnut Canyon as the trail or our spirit of adventure permits.

Long term forecasts indicate that there could already be snow with temps into the low 40s for a high. Be prepared for this situation with proper boots and layers. If it looks too snowy, we may cancel and select another hike.

Bring a minimum of 2 liters of water, snacks, and I would suggest a change of socks and gloves. Snow shoes could be in order.

Apres the frozen tundra, we can nosh in Flagstaff and thaw out.

Cost for non-members is $5.

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 7:30am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
Rating B- Length 8.5 miles, Elevation Gain 1130’, Pace Medium
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - 303-868-0216

Meet at 7:30 am (depart 7:45 am) at the Bell Road and I-17 park-n-ride.

Constellation Park was created as an Eagle Scout project to commemorate the crash site of a USAF Constellation in the 1960’s. There are a series of connecting trails, which is where we will start and then connect to the Willow Lake Trail system via a good trail that is not on the map. Willow Lake has interesting rock formations, including a bridge across an abyss following a loop around the lake and back to Constellation Park across from the PHIPTIN museum.

Optional Linner stop afterwards.

Wednesday, November 30, 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.