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 February, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:15pm
Rating:
Fun
Leaders:
Catherine Schuyle

Carlsbad Tavern
3313 N. Hayden Rd.
Scottsdale
(located south of Osborn Rd. on the east side of Hayden Rd.).

No need to contact the host. Just show up.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 6:45pm

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

Italy; A country of beauty, history, art and artifacts.  Dianne Luce will present slides from a recent adventure, "Hiking the Volcanoes of Italy".

From Pompeii to Sicily, from Vesuvius to Etna, hiking the Volcanoes is yet another way to see Italy, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Thursday, February 2, 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.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 9:30am
Rating:
B Length: 15-20 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 Trailhead in Scottsdale: take Dynamite to Alma School, then 1.3 miles north to the Trailhead. 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 part of the route.

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

Please call the leader in advance to RSVP.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 14 mi ELEV GAIN: 2200 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
David Thompson - david@dlthompson.com, 201-315-3530

Email or call leader for meetup details.

The trailhead is at the Red Rock Visitor Center and Ranger Station just south of the Village of Oak Creek on Arizona 179.

We will hike along the tree lined Woods Canyon Trail to a connector which takes us to the Hot Loop Trail, which we will hike up to Jacks Canyon Rd. From there we will do a loop along the Pine Village Ridge/Pine Village Trail, which offers gorgeous views of Cathedral Rock. At the end of the loop we return the way we came.

Please note the hike length. Stops will be infrequent and short.

Bring plenty of water (2 liters minimum), snacks, and $ for ride sharing. No children or dogs please.

Cost to non-members is $5.00.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV GAIN: 2200 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
David Thompson - david@dlthompson.com, 201-315-3530

Email or call leader for meetup details.

We will start at the Peralta Trailhead. Our hike takes us up the Bluff Springs Trail to the Terrapin Trail. Just before we reach Weavers Needle we will take an interesting route back to the Peralta Trail. We will bushwhack/scramble across the valley on the south side of Weavers Needle. The fun continues with a very steep rock scrambling descent. The Peralta Trail lies just ahead. If you aren’t comfortable with being off trail and scrambling, this hike is probably not for you.

Pants are recommended. Bring plenty of water and snacks. No children or dogs please.

Cost to non-members is $5.00.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 8:00am
Rating:
B Length: 20+ miles Pace:12-14 MPH
Leaders:
Don - 480 209-7963
Bev - 480 415-7147

Meet at Chaparral Park, on the NE corner of Jackrabbit and Hayden Roads in Scottsdale at 8am, depart at 815am.

We'll start our ride on the greenbelt, heading south to Tempe Town Lake. That will be followed by riding north on Priest, west on Oak with slight elevation gain, east on Lafayette (a quiet street) to the canal, past Fashion Square, and back to the greenbelt and return to our starting point.

Bring 1-2 liters of water,

Cost to nonmembers is $5.

Helmets required. Ride will be cancelled in case of rain

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 7:30am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: ~9 mi ELEV GAIN: ~2400 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Catherine Schuyler - cschuyler@q.com, 480-984-4709
Don Mowry - dgmowry@gmail.com

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Burger King, just south of US 60 at the NE corner of Power Road and Superstition Springs Blvd. OR meet at Peralta Trailhead parking lot at 8:30 am (at the end of Peralta Rd. off Highway 60).

We will hike clockwise starting on the Bluff Springs Trail 235 and return on the Dutchman Trail 104 for a full loop hike. The plan is to be on trail at about 8:45 am and exit at about 4 pm. Barks Canyon is named after Jim Bark, who was involved in the Barkley Basin/Circle U ranching operations nearby in 1891, the year Jacob Waltz, the Lost Dutchman, died. Bluff Spring Mountain has been extensively searched for clues of the Lost Dutchman's gold in the last century. The area had some mining operations, and the Ely Anderson Trail still exists from long before the land was settled and Mexican mule trains were used to haul out the ore.

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

Cost to non-members is $5. Only guests and new members need to contact the hike leader prior to the hike.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 8:45am
Rating:
Fun!
Leaders:
Regina Marie Miskewitz - 602-448-0684, regina_miskewitz@yahoo.com

Meet at Tovrea Castle Visitor Center/Gift Shop at 8:45 AM. Address: 5025 East Van Buren, Phoenix, Arizona 85008. There is good parking.

Tour starts at 9 AM and will be ~ 2-hours. COST: $15.00 a person. Contact the leader to reserve a place on this tour (limited to 12 individuals, first-come basis.) Payment is due as you reserve your spot, make checks payable to AzOTC.

Have you ever wondered about the wedding-cake-like structure one sees when driving along the 202?? Then join us for a tour of Tovrea Castle and Cactus Gardens and get a first-hand look at the Castle and surrounding Cactus Gardens and Outbuildings as we learn about this unique and historic Phoenix landmark.

Tovrea Carraro Society Docents will guide us back in time as they introduce us to the three families that homesteaded the land, designed and constructed the Castle and Cactus Gardens, and made the Castle their home while sharing interesting, fact-filled stories about the property and its history.

We are able to bring water on the tour as long as it is in a closed container. Photography is allowed; flash photography is not permitted within the Castle.

Optional lunch afterward at Gertrude's Restaurant at the Botanical Gardens.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Rating:
B LENGTH: 8.5 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1800 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bev - 480-415-7147, blkoslow@yahoo.com
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 602-639-2702

Contact either leader for the meeting time and location.

We are going to do a 'key exchange' in the Supes. Half the group will begin at Canyon Lake and hike to First Water TH, and the other half will begin at First Water TH and hike to Canyon Lake. As the two groups meet, hopefully somewhere in the middle of the hike, we will exchange car keys so everyone has a way home after the hike! Our hike will encompass the First Water, Second Water (236), Boulder Canyon (103), and La Barge Canyon trails. Gorgeous views! There is an old mine that we will pass near La Barge Beach and some interesting stone benches in the La Barge area.

Bring 2-3 quarts of water, snacks and/or lunch, and wear good hiking boots.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 8:00am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 12.4mi ELEV GAIN: 300 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Barbara Weist - weistb@aol.com, 480-529-4142

Meet at 8:00 am (depart at 8:15) at the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead (north side), which is located south of Dynamite Road at 23015 N. 128th Street. (If you need help with directions, contact either leader or visit the McDowell Sonoran Preserve website (www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve) and click on “Trailhead Locations.”

This bending and twisting trail winds through a beautiful desert landscape with views of Four Peaks and the far-off Superstitions. The gently rolling hills with easy elevation make for a great hike to get out and move - and work off the holiday pounds! Enjoy fabulous, lush desert landscape and amazing granite outcroppings. We will start our hike from the Tom's Thumb Trailhead and follow the Marcus Landslide Trail to the Rock Knob Trail to Gooseneck Trail. This is an in and out hike.

Bring plenty of water, electrolytes and snacks. There is no potable water at the trailhead, though there are other facilities. No children or dogs please.

Cost to non-members is $5. Only guests and new members need to contact the hike leader prior to the hike.

Monday, February 13, 2017
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 9.8 mi ELEV GAIN: 2300 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - 303-868-0216

Call leader for meeting time and location.

This is a joint hike with the Sun Lakes hiking Club. This hike in the Catalina Mountains ascends from the Mt. Lemmon Highway near the site of a former Japanese internment camp. We'll cross open high desert terrain with expansive views, climb a ridge and descend into a shaded pinon/juniper woodland with a short side trip to a secret alcove and waterfall.

There is an optional linner stop at Bud's favorite Mexican restaurant, Nana's Kitchen, in Marana.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 6:30am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 7.3 mi ELEV GAIN: 2100 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - arizbunzer@msn.com

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45 am) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just West of I-17.

Retrace the steps of the brave 19 young men who faced-down a firestorm as they tried to save the town of Yarnell in Arizona’s newest State Park to commemorate that fateful day in June 2013. The hike has no shade or much vegetation as it traverses a burn area. Nineteen Granite placards line the route to memorialize each fallen firefighter. Say a prayer or otherwise pay your respects at their Alamo.

We’ll toast their memory at a local watering hole in Wickenburg afterwards.
Limited to leader + 11 due to limited parking at the trailhead. RSVP to Bud at arizbunzer@msn.com. Hike will be cancelled in case of rain.

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:00am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
C LENGTH: 5-6 mi ELEV GAIN: ~800 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 602-639-2702
Nancy Spence - nancyactpar@cox.net

Meet at 10:00 am (depart at 10:15) at the Burger King, just south of US 60 at the NE corner of Power Rd. and Superstition Springs Blvd. OR meet at Needle Vista Point parking lot at 10:45 (approx. 2 miles north of First Water Rd. and past MP 203).

This hike was rained out in January. The hike will be a little different than my 2015 hike in this area. This time going clockwise in a few different horse trails, washes, and old roads. It's an interesting area and trail conditions aren't bad, even in the washes.

Bring plenty of water, snack, hiking boots, and $ for carpool.

Cost to non-members is $5. Only guests and new members need to contact the hike leader prior to the hike.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV GAIN: 2700 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197

Contact one of the hike leaders for meetup details.

Driving north on I-17 past Anthem, Daisy Mountain appears as the tallest peak to the east. Despite its proximity and appeal, however, it is seldom hiked by people from the Valley. We’ll start at a trailhead in Anthem, proceed through several miles of gently rolling and attractive Sonoran Desert landscape, then begin our ascent of the mountain. The climb is fun but challenging, especially considering that the trail builders did not believe in switchbacks. The views from the top of Daisy Mountain are great, with a 360-degree panorama that includes the Superstition and Goldfield Mountains to the southeast, Skull Mesa and Elephant Mountain in the Cave Creek Wilderness Area, the Bradshaw Mountains, Lake Pleasant, and all of the many mountains and land features throughout the Phoenix Valley to the south. From the top we’ll continue along a ridgeline with even more great views of Anthem and New River, before descending and re-ascending on a double lollipop loop, which is easier to do than explain.

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

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 8:00am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 9 mi ELEV GAIN: 766 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Lil Cross - tomnlilcross@msn.com
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727, chenia@aol.com

Meet at 8 am (depart at 8:15) at Burger King on Power Road just south of Hwy 60 (NE corner of Power Road and Superstition Springs Blvd.) or meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Picketpost trailhead.

Join us for this beautiful hike around the circumference of Picketpost in a clockwise manner. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hikes recently completed by the leaders. At this time of the year, there should be water in the creeks, little water falls and pools for beautiful reflections. We will cross Arnett Creek, hike along Telegraph Canyon before joining the Arizona Trail. We will hike back heading north through the Alamo Canyon. Hiking poles are highly recommended for stream or creek crossings.

Bring snacks, lunch, water, and electrolytes. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Cost to non-members is $5. Only guests and new members need to contact the hike leader prior to the hike.

Sunday, February 26, 2017
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
B LENGTH: 7+ mi ELEV GAIN: ~1100 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
"Missed The Turn Mark" - mnashley@yahoo.com, 602-725-4993

Contact the hike leader by Thursday evening before 9 pm to arrange link up site and time.

Spur Cross, Spur Cross! Come join "Missed The Turn Mark" on a ramble, then ascent and tumble-scrumble along Trail 252 in the Spur Cross area. We will head north and warm up but will have to cross the creek once or twice before we head up towards the limestone. I am not sure if the followers will be cursing but I know the leader will be on this leg. Next, we cross the pass and zig-zag our way into what I like to call the"gardens of stone" before we hit the Elephant Mountain Trail and return.

We could be heroes and take the long way round and extend this far beyond 7 miles but that will depend on the group. Be prepared for high desert conditions in February. Tote 3 liters of water and a lunch, just in case we go long.

Possible lunch stop in Cave Creek afterwards.

One last note, there are lots of brush and close spots on this trail which makes the possibility of snake encounters likely if winter conditions do not keep the serpents asleep. Contact the leader if there are questions.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 7:30am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
B LENGTH: ~12 mi ELEV GAIN: 1000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Barbara Weist - weistb@aol.com, 480-529- 4142
Dennis Weist - dgweist@aol.com, 480-251- 5965

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Tom's Thumb Trailhead (north side) located on the south of Dynamite Road at 23015 N. 128 th Street. If you need help with directions, contact either leader or visit the McDowell Sonoran Preserve website (www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve) and click on “Trailhead Locations”.

This is a lovely hike that starts and ends at Tom's Thumb via Rock Knob Trail and enters the McDowell Regional Park on the Tonto Trail and continues on the Pemberton Trail, returning via Marcus Landslide. The easy downhill into the Regional Park gives excellent views of gorgeous desert landscape and wonderful rock formations. This hike feels like you've really gotten away from the city. The gradual uphill back to the trailhead is enough of a workout to be glad you got on the trail.

Bring plenty of water, electrolytes and snacks. There are facilities, but no potable water at the trailhead.

Parks require all dogs be leashed. Fee to enter McDowell Mt. Regional Park is $2 per person or carload unless you have a yearly regional park pass.

Cost to non-members is $5. Only guests and new members need to contact the hike leader prior to the hike.