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 January, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 10:00am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 4-5 mi ELEV GAIN: 460 ft PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Howard Shapiro - 480-962-9321

Meet at 10:00 am (depart at 10:15) at the Holiday Inn parking lot (east side) of Country Club Drive and US 60.

The trail starts out flat and then at the junction with the Treasure Loop Trail, the elevation gain starts. There are benches along this part of the trail in case one feels the need to rest. Our destination is Green Boulder which is almost the end of the elevation gain. At that point, we return via the same trail.

For those that would like a little more, there is the option to take the Prospector Trail back to the parking area.

Children - okay. Cost to non-members is $5. Everyone please call leader to verify that the hike has not been cancelled.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 6:45pm

Granite Reef Senior Center - Room 1
1700 North Granite Reef Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Located in Scottsdale on Granite Reef Rd just north of McDowell Rd

Join professional project caver Ray Keeler as he shares remarkable photos from Lechugilla Cave, arguably one of the most spectacular caves in the world. Learn about the fantastic discoveries in this cave which make it one of the longest and deepest caves in America.

Ray has made 27 trips into Lechugilla Cave in New Mexico… The shortest trip 12 hours… the longest trip 7 days (168 hours), eating and sleeping in the cave.

Lechugilla is 50+ miles and still going! The photos he will share with us in this pristine cave are unlike any you have ever seen before. The cave is so delicate that cavers remove their boots when venturing into magnificent new discoveries.

THIS CAVE WILL NEVER BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SO IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT, YOU HAVE TO COME TO THE MEETING!

Ray is a member of the National Speleological Society (NSS) where he was the Executive VP (1997 – 2000) Administrative VP (2007 – 2010) and director (1994 – 1997). He is currently President, Arizona Regional Association of the National Speleological Society, and President of the Central Arizona Grotto, NSS. He has conducted international expeditions to map and study caves in Mexico (7), Jamaica (5), Korea, and Belize (7).

This is one meeting you definitely don't want to miss!

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:30am
Rating:
LENGTH: 7.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1350 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - 303-868-0216

Meet at 9:30 am (depart 9:45 am) behind Denny’s, just west of I-17 on the south side of Bell Road.

This loop hike includes the “Alice-in-Wonderland” riparian Morgan City Wash, surrounded by arid desert. We may see the wild burros that frequent the hillsides above the wash or on the connecting trails in Lake Peasant Regional Park.

We will share the $6 fee per carload to enter the county park.

Optional linner at Dillons at Lake Pleasant Marina.

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

Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 7:45am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: ~7–8 mi ELEV GAIN: >1100 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Don - dgmowry@gmail.com, 480-209-7963
Bev - blkoslow@yahoo.com

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8:00) at the NE corner of the Fry’s Electronics parking lot (2300 W. Baseline Road, Tempe) west of I-10 on Baseline Road.

We’ll carpool to the Pima Canyon TH and hike the Marcos de Niza Trail, then cutting over to the Ridgeline Trail for the return trip. The Marcos de Niza Trail has several rock formations that a hiker needs to be careful of while climbing down. Expect around 3 to 3.5 hours, which will include time for a snack or lunch.

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

Sunday, January 8, 2017
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 13 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

Email or call one of the co-leaders for meetup details to make sure this is the right hike for you and to be assigned to one of the two hiking groups.

One group will depart from the Spur Cross Trailhead in Cave Creek, heading northeastward along the Spur Cross and Cave Creek Trails toward the Seven Springs Recreation Area. The other group will start at Seven Springs and end up at Spur Cross with a key exchange occurring near the mid-point of the hike.

The route passes through beautiful riparian areas and canyons along Cave Creek with two rare crested saguaros along the way. The trail is often rocky and there are several stream crossings. Also, because of the key exchange logistics and the shortness of the day, the pace will be fast (2.8 to 3.0 mph moving average).

After the hike, we’ll reconvene at a restaurant in Cave Creek for dinner.

Cost to non-members is $5. No children or dogs please.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 9:30am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 5-6 mi ELEV GAIN: ~800 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 602-639-2702

Meet at 9:30 am (depart at 9:45) at the Burger King on Power Road just south of Hwy 60 (NE corner of Power Road and Superstition Springs Blvd.) or email Jim for directions to the trailhead.

This is a loop hike in interesting washes, dirt roads, and horse trails. Variety of trail conditions - sandy in the wash to sometimes rocky on the trail. Enjoy many scenic views of the beautiful Goldfield Mountains. The hike up to the arch is steep and rocky but the arch can be seen below if anyone doesn't want to make the climb. The hike starts near a neighborhood at the end of Idaho Road but you soon disappear into the Goldfields.

Bring water, sunscreen, hat, boots and a snack. Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior the hike.

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 12.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 2700 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Deirdre - 602-793- 5077, dspard@icloud.com

Contact the leader for meetup details and to make sure this hike is right for you.

We'll start from the trail parking lot at S. 19th Ave and W. Chandler Blvd. in Awatukee. From there, we'll do a counter clockwise loop, starting northeast up the Pyramid Trail to the National Trail, then west. There are expansive views in all directions from the National Trail, lush desert enroute and several mines. We will then connect with the Bursera Trail, and hike east to complete the loop.

This will be pretty much an all day hike. Bring lunch, lots of water, snacks. Wear sturdy boots and layers. Well behaved, leashed dogs known to be capable of this strenuous a hike are welcome.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

This event has been postponed.

Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 10:00am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
C LENGTH: ~6 mi ELEV GAIN: ~800 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 602-639-2702
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com

This hike has been canceled due to rain in the forecast

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Rating:
B Length: 20-24 miles Pace: 12-14 MPH
Leaders:
Bev - 480 415-7147 - blkoslow@yahoo.com
Patty – 602-620-7406, dtprb@cox.net

We will be meeting at Arizona Mills. However, please contact either leader for the exact location at the shopping center and the start time.

We can easily access the Western Canal from the parking lot of Arizona Mills and will ride in an easterly direction through Tempe, Mesa and Chandler. Along the way, we’ll ride through Kiwanis Park, a golf course and a few nice neighborhoods. The ride is a minimum of 20 miles but can extended with a group consensus. The ride will be completely on the canal with several controlled street crossings and is suitable for any type of bike.

Please bring water and a small snack. Helmets required. Ride will be cancelled if we have rain or high winds. Cost to nonmembers is $5.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 12.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 2700 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Deirdre - 602-793- 5077, dspard@icloud.com

Contact the leader for meetup details and to make sure this hike is right for you.

We'll start from the trail parking lot at S. 19th Ave and W. Chandler Blvd. in Awatukee. From there, we'll do a counter clockwise loop, starting northeast up the Pyramid Trail to the National Trail, then west. There are expansive views in all directions from the National Trail, lush desert enroute and several mines. We will then connect with the Bursera Trail, and hike east to complete the loop.

This will be pretty much an all day hike. Bring lunch, lots of water, snacks. Wear sturdy boots and layers. Well behaved, leashed dogs known to be capable of this strenuous a hike are welcome.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 8:30am
Rating:
C- LENGTH: 3.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 400 ft PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Larry A - ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548

Meet at 8:30 am (depart at 8:45) behind Denny’s, just west of the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Road and I-17.

This is a casual hike on one of Lake Pleasant’s newest trails (opened November 2014) and with some of the most stunning scenery and overlooks of any trail in the park. You will be able to take occasional stops for views or photo ops. The in-and-out trail is well groomed with most of the climbing on the final 1/4 mile as it narrows down and has several switchbacks.

We plan to stop on the return for libations and food at Wild Horse West Restaurant, 8400 W. Carefree Highway.

The adventure will be canceled if the weather is bad. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $$ for carpool. $6 per vehicle county park entrance fee. Children and well behaved outdoor dogs are welcome. Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike. Members not required to call.

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 7:15am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
B+ LENGTH 12.5 mi ELEV GAIN 2000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Victoria Johnson - victoriajohnson@cox.net

Moved to next week due to weather!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 9:30am
Rating:
B Length: 10-18 miles Pace: 5-7 mph
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - 303-868-0216

Meet at 9:30 am (depart at 9:45 am) at the Browns Ranch TH (Trail Head) in Scottsdale; take Dynamite to Alma School, then 1.3 miles north to TH at road end. We will meet at the south end of the parking lot.

We will take a variety of easy and moderate single track gravel and dirt trails with some short climbs and a lot of sharp turns which will slow our pace through a varied and gorgeous Sonoran landscape. Don’t let the stated pace fool you, intermediate skill level is required for at least a portion of the route.

Mountain bike ride will be canceled in case of rain or if rain has occurred prior to the ride.

Bring helmet, water, bike gloves, sunscreen. Please call the leader in advance to RSVP for this event.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 7:30am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 8.0 mi ELEV GAIN: 1200 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - 303-868-0216

Meet at 7:30 (depart 7:45) at the Burger King on Power Road just south of Hwy 60 (NE corner of Power Road and Superstition Springs Blvd.).

This trail follows ATV and rugged Jeep roads through a beautiful and narrow canyon with lichen-covered cliffs. In places the canyon narrows to 15’. Eventually, the route climbs to a higher ridge with views of Martinez and Box Canyon. ATV traffic should be minimal on a weekday.

High-clearance vehicles are needed to access the trailhead.

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

Friday, January 27, 2017
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 12.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 2700 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Deirdre - 602-793- 5077, dspard@icloud.com

Contact the leader for meetup details and to make sure this hike is right for you.

We'll start from the trail parking lot at S. 19th Ave and W. Chandler Blvd. in Awatukee. From there, we'll do a counter clockwise loop, starting northeast up the Pyramid Trail to the National Trail, then west. There are expansive views in all directions from the National Trail, lush desert enroute and several mines. We will then connect with the Bursera Trail, and hike east to complete the loop.

This will be pretty much an all day hike. Bring lunch, lots of water, snacks. Wear sturdy boots and layers. Well behaved, leashed dogs known to be capable of this strenuous a hike are welcome.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 7:15am
Rating:
LENGTH 12.5 mi ELEV GAIN 2000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Victoria Johnson - victoriajohnson@cox.net

This hike has been rescheduled due to being rained out.

Meet at 7:15 am (depart at 7:30) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just West of I-17.

Join us on a leisurely paced loop hike on the Skunk Tank, Cottonwood, and Cave Creek trailhead system located in the Arizona Upland phase of the Sonoran Desert. This is a riparian area with sycamore, cottonwood, willow, ash, and hackberry trees. Dramatic views of Skunk Tank Canyon, and Quien Sabe Peak.

Dinner afterwards.

Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and wear sturdy hiking boots.

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

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 7:30am
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 10.2 mi ELEV GAIN: 3728 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727 - chenia@aol.com

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the McDonald’s, just east of I-17 on the Carefree Highway.

Join us for this hike to the highest peak in southwestern Arizona. The peak elevation is 5,681 ft. The last portion of the trail is a leg burner, climbing more than 1,400 feet in 0.75 miles. After reaching the peak, enjoy the spectacular view. As an added bonus, learn how the microwave tower at the summit is used to control the gates of Central Arizona Project from Lake Havasu City to Tucson. This from our member, Rudy Gates, who erected the tower. Learn about how the water is distributed between CA, AZ and NV, the importance of water conservation and much more. This is guaranteed to be a very educational and informative hike.

Hiking poles are highly recommended to save the knees.

Bring snacks, lunch, water and layer your clothing as it could be very windy on the top. Cost to non-members is $5 and everyone please call the hike leader before the hike.

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 7:30am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV GAIN: 700 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Yvonne Joyner - yvonnejoyner@cox.net, 602-595-7868
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197

Meet at 7:30 am (depart 7:45) behind Denny’s, just west of I-17 on the south side of Bell Road.

We’ll follow the Bell Trail and explore Wet Beaver Creek, a real Arizona oasis, and the surrounding Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness Area. The Trail, lying above and to the west of the Creek, passes initially through beautiful desert landscape flanked by mountains on both sides, then slowly climbs through red cliffs along sometimes narrow ledges, and finally descends to the Creek at Bell Crossing. Here we’ll divert a short distance to the “Tongue of the Beaver,” a rock ledge that serves as a diving board (during the summer) for brave souls wishing to enjoy the beautiful pool below in a big way.

After we return to our cars, we’ll drive less than a mile to the V-Bar-V Heritage Site and explore one of the best rock art petroglyph sites in this part of Arizona.

No children or dogs please. Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike.