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 April, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Rating:
A LENGTH: 17 mi ELEV GAIN: ~3500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197

Contact one of the leaders for meetup time and location.

We’ll carpool to the Spur Cross Recreation Area in Cave Creek, and from there head out on this loop hike, ascending and crossing over Skull Mesa along the way. We’ve called it a reverse loop because, after hiking out along Cottonwood Creek, we’ll ascend to the top of Skull Mesa from the east, rather than the more common ascent on the south, then descend on the south and head back overland to Cave Creek itself. The hike has everything from beautiful, rolling Sonoran Desert landscape to shaded riparian areas along Cottonwood and Cave Creeks. The climb up Skull Mesa is strenuous, but the reward at the top, where we’ll have lunch, is a great and unobstructed view of the entire area, including Sugar Loaf Mountain, Black Mesa, Elephant Mountain, and the entire Cave Creek city and surroundings.

For anyone wishing to do so, we’ll end the day with dinner in Cave Creek.

Please wear sturdy hiking boots and bring sunscreen, rain gear if appropriate, and plenty of water and food for snacks and lunch.

Cost to non-members is $5.

In addition, Maricopa County Park fee is $3 per car.

No dogs or children please.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 8:15am
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 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 at Needle Vista View Point parking lot at 9:00 am (approx. 2 miles north of First Water Rd. and past MP 203).

This hike was rained out in February. 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 event.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 8:00am
Leaders:
Catherine Schuyler - cschuyler@q.com, 480-984-4709

Meet at Canyon Lake at 8 am at the pullout before the 2nd bridge (before the marina and the Boulder Creek Recreation Site).

Rating, length, and elevation gain unknown, but the pace will be slow (and careful) due to the exploratory nature of this hike (probably no more than two hours). We'll kayak to the end of Boulder Cove, tie up our kayaks, put on our hiking boots, and then start our exploratory hike. Depending on how long we hike and our fatigue levels after the hike, we might continue kayaking on beautiful Canyon Lake.

For the hike, bring water for your needs, electrolytes, snacks, hat, sunscreen, hiking boots, and poles.

For kayaking, obviously bring your kayak, paddle, and lifejacket.

Required pass options: America the Beautiful (includes the Senior Pass), Discovery Pass, or Tonto Forest Daily Pass.

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

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 6:45pm

Location: Granite Reef Senior Center, located in Scottsdale on Granite Reef Road just north of McDowell Road.
1700 North Granite Reef Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Traveling is something most of us really enjoy or we probably would not be members of this club. Glen Jenkins will present a great program at our April meeting describing some of his travels doing mission work, mainly in Africa. This is a continent few of us are fortunate enough to see.

Come enjoy the stories, the slides, and learn about the agonies and ecstasies of his past work. You'll be enthralled.

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 7:30am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
B LENGTH: about 17 mi ELEV. GAIN: 880 ft. PACE: 11-14 mph
Leaders:
Bev Koslow - blkoslow@yahoo.com, 480-415-7147
Don Mowry - dgmowry@gmail.com, 480-209-7963

Meet at 7:30 a.m. (depart 7:45) at CVS Pharmacy northeast corner of Power and McDowell Rd, east Mesa.

This loop will take us north, then east on the Bush Hwy to Usery Pass Rd where we’ll head south. The views in the Salt River Valley are beautiful! We’ll ride past Usery Park to McDowell Rd. We’ll head west back to our starting point. The ride will involve a long hill on Usery Park Rd, 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.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 6:45am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Don Mowry - 480-209-7963, dgmowry@gmail.com
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at the Burger King by Home Depot, just south of US 60 at the NE corner of Power Rd and Superstition Springs Blvd. in Mesa.

We’ll carpool to the First Water Trailhead and from there head out on this beautiful but challenging loop hike in the Superstitions. We’ll follow the Dutchman Trail to the seldom visited Palomino Mountain. The ascent involves some off-trail hiking, with a few steep ascents and some rock scrambling. The view from the top (and along the way) is well worth it, including Aylor’s Arch, which sits at the top of Palomino Mountain, as well as great views of Black Top Mesa, Weaver’s Needle, the Ridgeline, and many other Superstition landmarks. After the descent, we’ll loop our way back to our starting point via the Black Mesa and Second Water Trails.

Please wear sturdy hiking boots, rain gear if appropriate, and bring plenty of water and food for snacks and lunch.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

No dogs or children please.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 6:30am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 6.25 mi ELEV GAIN: >1600 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bev - 480 415-7147, blkoslow@yahoo.com

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

Our hike, between Prescott Valley and Jerome, will encompass three different trails in a clockwise direction - Yaeger Canyon Trail, the Yaeger Cabin Trail, and the Little Yaeger Canyon Trail. It's a beautiful area with great views of the surrounding mountains, lots of shade, but it starts out with a rather steep climb. Once we conquer the hill, the rest of the hike is very pleasant - almost relaxing!

Bring a minimum 2 quarts of water, salty snacks, and a light lunch. Hiking sticks and sturdy boots are very helpful on this hike - especially while making the initial climb.

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

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 7:00am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 3.6 mi ELEV GAIN: 1200 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197

Meet at 7:00 am (begin hiking at 7:15) at the Hopi Trailhead (first left past the ranger station) in Piestawa Peak Park, north of Lincoln between 22nd and 24th Streets.

Join us for this pretty, roller coaster hike through Sonoran desert, with nice views of urban landscapes and the always adjacent and dramatic Piestawa Peak. Those wishing to add an extra 1.2 miles and 700 feet elevation are welcome to join the leader and climb to the summit at the end of the hike.

Please wear sturdy hiking boots, rain gear if appropriate, and water.

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

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 6:45am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 7–9 mi ELEV GAIN: 2600 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Don - 480-209-7963, dgmowry@gmail.com

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at the Park-and-Ride, SW corner of I-17 and Bell Rd, next to Denny’s.

Bear Mountain Trail is a favorite of Sedona residents and visitors alike because the views from the top of Bear Mountain are as good as any in the Red Rock Country. There are several challenging uphill climbs with a short rock scramble for added enjoyment. We’ll do a partial loop, leaving the main trail part-way up and hiking a faint trail to a beautiful battleship mountain-type overlook of Fay Canyon, where we’ll stop for a snack. We’ll then scramble up a slope (easy bushwhacking) and reconnect with the Bear Mountain Trail. After summiting, we’ll return on the main Bear Mountain Trail. This is a lollipop loop hike.

Wear sturdy hiking boots, have rain gear (just in case), sunscreen, and bring 2-3 quarts of water, snacks, and lunch.

Non-members - $5 fee and non-members must call the hike leader before the hike.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 10:00am
Leaders:
Arleigh Meiners - arleigh.meiners@cox.net, 602-538-2947

Meet 10:00 am at the 92nd Street Cafe which is at 92nd St and Shea in Scottsdale.

Ride on the bicycle path from 92nd Street Cafe to the Village at Hayden which is located at the NW corner of Hayden and Via de Ventura and back to the 92nd Street Cafe. Riders will stop at Zipp's Bar and receive two cards, then stop at The Twisted Grove Parlor/Pub and receive one card and then two cards at the 92nd Street Cafe.

$$ Prize for BEST POKER HAND
$$ Prize for WORST POKER HAND

COST IS $5.00

Maps will be furnished for the ride.
Fun! Fun! Fun! If you are planning to ride, please contact Arleigh to let him know…at 602-538-2947