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Embroidered club logo polo shirts are available in both men's and women's sizes. They may be purchased at club meetings and are offered at cost to members and non-members in a dazzling array of 14 color choices in both non-pilling 100% cotton ($29) and cotton/poly blend ($25). Club caps can also be ordered. The beautiful logo has been brilliantly reproduced in all its 12 colors in a classy style that will show your pride in our club.

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Activities for July, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017
B LENGTH: 7-9 miles ELEV GAIN: 600 Ft PACE: Medium
Bev - 480 415-7147,
Susan - 602 291-1298,

Call/Email either leader for meeting time and location.  

Our hike, atop the Mogollon Rim and at about 7000 feet, will skirt along the east side of Willow Springs Lake.  Depending on the temperature, once we get to the north end of the lake we will add a little 2 mile in and out spur hike across the dam, down the spillway and along a peaceful creek in a beautiful meadow type setting. After finishing our little side trip, we will hike back up the spillway and across the dam to complete our loop hike along a series or trails and dirt roads back to our cars.

Bring salty snacks and a minimum 2 quarts of water.  Don't forget your sunscreen/hats.

Cost to nonmember is $5.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 5:00am
B LENGTH: 6 mi ELEV. GAIN: 1500 ft PACE: Fast
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197

Meet at 5:00 am at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead (1 mile north of Shea Boulevard at the end of 124th Street).  The gates open at 4:59 am.  

Yes, you can hike in Phoenix during the summer – you just have to start early.  The panoramic views from Sunrise Peak are great at any time, but especially early in the morning.  The trail is out-and-back, so anyone wishing to shorten it or go slower can do so easily.  

Although we’ll be finished before the day gets too hot, bring plenty of water and wear sturdy hiking boots.  

Cost to non-members is $5.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 to Sunday, July 16, 2017
This activity has been changed.
A to F (for "fun") - whatever you want to make of it as long as you have fun.
Mark Miller - 623-640-5375,
Nancy Dawn Spence - Cell: 480-213-2003,

Call or email one of the leaders for RSVP for camping and more details.

For hiking - no RSVP necessary - arrive at the trailhead before specified time.

Dispersed camping on FR 222 (Coconino National Forest). From Flagstaff, take US 180 approximately 8 miles, then turn left onto FR 222.  Go about 1 or 2 miles until you reach a fork in the road at Wing Mountain.  Take the right-hand fork and we’ll be camping in the forest somewhere in the next mile or two.  Look for a yellow sign that says “Infinite Possibilities”.  

There are no facilities or bathrooms here.  Bring your own table, chairs, etc. and take care of your own trash. Temperatures will probably range from 50 to 80 degrees so bring layers of clothing.  Most of us usually go to bed shortly after dark, so please arrive by then.  Happy hour usually starts around 5 p.m. so bring whatever drinks you would like.  It is great if you can bring a snack or something to share in our potlucks for both nights. 

Hiking on Friday, July 14 – Slate Mountain Trail # 128 and/or Red Mountain  (Kaibab National Forest)
Arrive at the Slate Mountain trailhead before 10:00 a.m.
Directions:  Drive 35 miles north of Flagstaff on US 180 to FR 191. Turn west 2 miles to the trailhead on the right side of the road. US 180 is paved. FR 191 is graveled and suitable for passenger cars in most weather.  

This is an up and back hike on the same trail with an elevation gain of 850 feet.  Mixed reports say it is either 5 or 8 miles round trip.  The gradual assent and panoramic views make this an exceptional hike.  Red Mountain Trail is only about 3 miles round trip so we may do that afterwards if people want to or some might want to do this instead of Kendrick on Saturday.


Hiking - Saturday, July 15- Weatherford Trail #102

Arrive at the trail head before 9:00 AM

Due to the Boundary Fire, the area around Kendrick Peak is closed.  We will be hiking the Weatherford trail to Doyle Saddle instead. This is an out and back with 2700 ft. of elevation gain and about 12 miles.  The trail head is on Schultz Pass Road just out of Flagstaff on route 180 toward the Snow Bowl.  This will be a moderate pace. Bring at least three liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. This time of the year rain is a possibility so bring a rain jacket.  Don Mowry will be carpooling from the Park and Ride on Bell Road and I-17.  Meet at 6:30 AM - leave at 6:45 AM.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 5:30pm

Magma's Last Gasp!

More than a billion years ago, a huge bubble of 2,000 degree Fahrenheit magma got trapped 10 km beneath our feet and began to cool.  Learn what happened as the last bit of magma finally turned into solid rock.

Presented by Dan Gruber, Legacy 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

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Storytelling through Museum and Archival Artifacts

Join the Arizona Historical Society (AHS) in an interactive discussion to learn how to define history and what makes an object “historical”, and explore the difference between displaying an historic artifact and using it to tell a good story. AHS, like many museums, has collection vaults and archives full of interesting and priceless artifacts. Each object represents a place and time in history. But what is their value if they aren’t shared and how does one adequately tell their history? What challenges are faced by museums to present these rich and wonderful stories of the past? Participants can try their hand at becoming a museum storyteller with sample artifacts.

Presented by: Tawn Downs, Director, Central Division, Arizona Historical Society and Susan Irwin, Director, Library and Archives Division , Arizona Historical Society