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Activities for June, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 6:30am
B LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1,400 ft PACE: Medium
Don Mowry -, (480) 209-7963

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at the Park and Ride, SW corner of Bell Road and I-17.

This very scenic trail offers panoramic views from Spruce Ridge of Mingus Mountain, the Prescott area, Crown King and the San Francisco Peaks. We’ll pass through numerous stands of Ponderosa Pine on the way to the Spruce Mountain Lookout area. There we'll take a break before continuing down the other side of the loop back to the trailhead. Our moving average pace will be 2 to 2.5 mph. Spruce Mountain is misnamed because the trees at the top are Douglas Fir.

Bring at least 3 liters of water, electrolytes, high energy food and raingear. No dogs or children please.

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


Saturday, June 10, 2017
B LENGTH: 7.4-11.4 mi (with add on) ELEV GAIN: 200 ft PACE: Medium
Dennis Weist -, 480-251-5965
Barbara Weist -, 480-529-4142

Since it's getting hot, please contact one of the hike leaders for meet-up time, but it will be very early!

We will meet at the Granite Mt Trailhead in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve at 31042 No. 136th St., Scottsdale, just north of Dynamite Road. City of Scottsdale - Trailheads.

This gorgeous hike has very little elevation gain and perfect for a warm morning; no long, uphill grind. With stunning mountain views to the east and great rock formations along the hike and the best cactus display around, this trail just slides by. This is an in and out hike, but if it's not too hot that morning, and we all agree to go on, we can make this a lollipop hike. The add-on miles (close to an additional 4) lead us through the new Black Diamond bike trails on the South and North Diablo Trails. These are easy for hikers, but you can see why they warn those on bikes.

So if you're in town this summer and want to get in an early morning hike with fabulous scenery, come on and join us! Good bragging rights....

We will make this a safe and fun hike: Please bring plenty of water, electrolytes, salty snacks and don't forget to wear a hat. No water or toilets at the trailhead. Please, no children or dogs on this hike.

Cost to non-members is $5.00


Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 7:00am
C LENGTH: 3.3 mi ELEV GAIN: 1140 ft PACE: Medium
Jim D -, 602-639-2702

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Beverly Canyon Trailhead.  From I-10, turn west on Baseline Rd. and drive 0.9 miles to 46th St. Turn south on 46th St. and the trailhead parking lot is 0.2 miles at the end of the road.  

We’ll hike west along the ridgeline above Javelina Canyon and return below on the Javelina Canyon Trail.  We’ll enjoy a good morning workout with lots of elevation gain, keeping an easy or medium pace, and we'll finish around 9 am.

Bring water and sunscreen.

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 5:30pm
This activity has been changed.

Architecture of the Desert  with Jacques Giard
The fauna of the Sonoran Desert – its mammals, birds, reptiles and insects – has developed an architecture appropriate for its survival.  This presentation will look at several examples of this particular type of architecture and provide lessons for all of us as we humans continue to building in the desert.  Who knows, perhaps the animals can teach us a few lessons. 
Presented by Jacques Giard. PhD, Professor of Design at Arizona State University and Master Steward of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

Scottsdale Mustang Library Auditorium - located at 10101 N. 90th St. in Scottsdale
Classes start at 5:30 pm and run between 60 and 90 minutes

More information can be found under "Upcoming Events" at

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 7:00am
This event has been canceled.
B- LENGTH: 7 mi ELEV. GAIN: ~1600 ft PACE: Moderate
Susan Sands - 602–291-1298,
Grace Chen - 858-663-5173 (cell),

Meet at 7 am (depart at 7:15) at Wendy's in Fountain Hills, on Shea Blvd. just west of Highway 87 (Beeline Hwy).  

Join us for an in-and-out hike to the rim.  Starting at the See Canyon trailhead, we will hike east on the Highline trail then take the Drew trail up to the rim.  We might spend some time at the top for additional exploring, enjoying the coolness and taking in the vista.  Please note that the Drew trail is a steep one-mile with 800 ft in elevation gain.  This is a beautiful hike with intermittent creek, triple trunk juniper, patches of yellow columbine and many horny toads spotted in the past.  So let’s see what nature has installed for us.

Bring sunscreen, plenty of water, lunch, snacks, camera and $ for carpool.  No dog or children please.  

Cost to non-members is $5.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017 to Friday, June 23, 2017
Catherine Schuyler - 480-984-4709,

Co-leader(s) needed for help with various activities.

We will drive up to Prescott on the morning of the 20th and set up camp at Lynx Lake (36 sites).  Hotels, motels and B&B’s available in Prescott for those not wishing to camp.  Make your own reservations for camping and other accommodations.  

A “C” rated hike and/or bike ride will be offered on the afternoon of the 20th.  

On the 21st, you have your choice of hiking, biking, kayaking and/or birding.  

The 22nd we will hike the circumference of Watson Lake (5.8 mi round-trip, 767’ accumulated elevation gain, rated B- due to some scrambling).  

On the 23rd we will relax with a paddle or short hike and then pack up and leave for home.  

Optional dinner each evening in Prescott. Please contact Leader listed above for additional information on this activity. 


Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 7:00am
This activity has been changed.
B+ LENGTH: 6-1/2 mi ELEV GAIN: 2400 ft PACE: Slow
Les Cherow - 602 826-1843,
John Nichols -, 480 773-2073

Contact Les in advance to arrange car-pooling arrangements.

Meet 7:00 A.M. Park N Ride on Bell Rd. just West of I-17.  John will meet hikers here.

We will ascend the Humphries Summit trail from the Arizona Snow Bowl (9400') and take a break at Agassiz Saddle (11,800') with spectacular views. This will be our turn around point. Those that wish to continue on to Humphries summit (12,633') can do so.

Please bring 3 liters of fluid, wind-breaker and warm clothing. No dogs please.  This is a classic high altitude outing and we, hopefully, will not encounter rain in June but one can never be sure...


Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 6:45am
A LENGTH: 11 mi ELEV GAIN: 2700 PACE: Medium
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197

Meet at 6:45 am in Fountain Hills – call leader for details of meeting place.  

We’ll start at the Fish Hatchery Trailhead near Kohl’s Ranch and hike east on the Highline Trail to the beautiful Horton Springs, where we’ll take a short break for snacks and photos.  From there we’ll proceed up the very steep, seldom used but scenic Horton Springs Trail to the top of the Mogollon Rim, then hike westward along the top of the Rim and descend to the starting point via the Babe Haught Trail.  

Cost to non-members is $5.  


Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 5:30pm
This activity has been changed.

Missteps, Mayhem, Disaster and Death – Custer’s Last Stand

How could a famous warrior like George Armstrong Custer screw up and lead his two brothers, nephew, and 265 US soldiers to their deaths in June, 1876?  Was it his fault or did someone else contribute to the disaster?  “Alternative facts” are nothing new.  This presentation is an explication of the iconic Battle of the Little Bighorn for those who are curious and want to know more about it. It explores the political, military, cultural and technological issues attendant to the battle and the campaign that preceded it, as well as the scramble by politicians and military leaders to cover their culpability in the wake of the disaster.  This 90 minute overview was originally presented at a PastFinder gathering during the summer of 2013.  The owners of the Guidon Bookstore in Scottsdale, who were in the audience, subsequently requested a special presentation for their customers.  George Armstrong Custer IV was in the audience.

Our Presenter is Leonard John Marcisz.  Len has served as president of the Arizona Historical Society, vice-chairman of the City of Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission, and chairman of the board of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.   He has served as a consultant to the City of Scottsdale with regard to the procurement of archaeological services.  He is also a contributing author for the Field Guide to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  His articles regarding the history of the McDowell Mountains have appeared in several local periodicals.  His research and monographs have been quoted or footnoted in various archaeological and historical publications.  He is an occasional scriptwriter and narrator for the Scottsdale City Cable TV Channel 11 historical series “Scottsdale Yesterdays.”

Scottsdale Mustang Library Auditorium - located at 10101 N. 90th St. in Scottsdale
Classes start at 5:30 pm and run between 60 and 90 minutes

More information can be found under "Upcoming Events" at