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 August, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 6:30am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 3.2 mi ELEV GAIN: 800 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at the CVS Pharmacy on the NW corner of Brown & Ellsworth Roads in Mesa (exit off the 202 Freeway and drive east on Brown Road). I can also meet you at the trailhead if you pay $6 or have a County parks pass.  I have a pass.

The trail is well maintained, but steep and rocky in places. We'll be in the shade for approximately two thirds of the hike. The trail gets steeper as you ascend, but the views are worth it. Pop out of bed early and join me for some exercise.

Hiking time will be around 2 hours, allowing for a few breaks. Bring hat, water, and sunscreen.

Please check the website or email the leader in case the hike is canceled due to rain.

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

Saturday, August 12, 2017
This activity has been changed.

For details, contact Dan at: dwrr12@gmail.com

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 6:30am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 2.4 mi ELEV GAIN: 900 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at the CVS Pharmacy on the NW corner of Brown & Ellsworth Roads in Mesa (exit off the 202 Freeway and drive east on Brown Road). Email me for trailhead directions if you'd rather meet at the trailhead parking area (no fee).  

Get your buns out of bed early and join me on a short mountain trail that you've probably never heard of before. This mountain trail is just north of Usery Mountain Regional Park and is named EJ Peak or Lone Mountain, depending on what map you're looking at. The trail is surprising very well maintained and takes approximately 1.5 hours round trip. From the top, you can see Fountain Hills, Pass Mountain, Four Peaks, the Supers, Red Mountain, Camelback Mountain, the nearby Lower Salt River, and other familiar landmarks.

Bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Please check the website or email the leader in case the hike is canceled due to rain.

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
B Length: 9.2 Miles Elev Gain: 780 Ft Pace: Medium
Leaders:
Bev - 480 415-7147, blkoslow@yahoo.com

This activity has been re-scheduled from it's original date of August 12.

Please contact Bev for meeting time/location - but know that we may have to meet early, depending on the status of the monsoons.  

Our hike, along the base of the Mogollon Rim, is 75% in the shade. If you haven't done this hike in awhile, you will be pleasantly surprised by the upgrades to the trail as it meanders through the Tonto National Forest.  Most of the rocks have been removed from the trail, and it now consists of gentle ups and downs with no severe climbing.  This will be an in and out hike, so going part way is also an option if you aren't up to 9.2 miles.

Bring 2-3 quarts of water, salty snacks, and wear a hat or sunscreen.  

Cost to nonmembers is $5.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 5:30pm
This event has been canceled.

Mammal Mania!

The Summer Lecture Series continues with Mammal Mania with Melanie Tluczek, Field Institute Manager with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.  More details to come! 

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 www.mcdowellsonoran.org

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 6:15am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 9 mi ELEV GAIN: 2,700 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

Meet at 6:15 AM at the McDonalds on Care Free HWY just east of I-17. Carpools will depart at 6:30.

This hike is one of the highest peaks in AZ. From the summit, you see the Grand Canyon to the north and Oak Creek to the south. There is a fire tower on the summit with great 360 views.  The trail to the summit is a steady up with long switch backs. Near the top there is an old lookout cabin built in the early 1900's. 

Cost to non-members is $5

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Arizona Air Disasters - WWII Military Aircraft crashes on the San Francisco Peaks (Flagstaff) & the McDowell Mountains (Scottsdale)

Blue skies, Air Force cadet training and inexperience are sometimes a formula for disaster. During WWII the Southwestern US, from California to New Mexico, was chosen as a major flight training site by the Air Force of the US and other Allies. Flagstaff, with its 12,633’ San Francisco Peak, was the site of five bomber crashes (B-18A, R4D-1, B-17F, B-24J, B-17G) from October 1941 to September 1944. The McDowell Mountains have also witnessed a tragedy that left a scar still visible today. The human interest aspect of each story is revealed through maps, photos and media clippings showing the type of aircraft, date of disaster, flight path, the recovery efforts and media coverage.

Speakers: Dave Lorenz, Legacy Steward, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and Len Marcisz, Legacy Steward, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 6:00am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
A LENGTH: 18 mi ELEV. GAIN: 2800 ft PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197

This activity has been re-schedulred from it's original date of August 12.

Meet at 6:00 am at the trailhead in Greer.  The early start is necessary to minimize the possibility of monsoon storms in the afternoon.  Most of us will be driving up to Pinetop/Lakeside or Greer on Friday afternoon, August 25.  Contact hike leader for details, including driving directions, carpool arrangements, and possible lodging choices in Greer or Pinetop/Lakeside.  

This is one of Arizona’s premier hikes.  We’ll start off on the West Baldy Trail (#94) to the top of Mount Baldy, descend on the East Baldy Trail (#95), and cut back over on the Crossover Trail (#96).  It’s a long loop, but the weather is usually cool in the summer, and the trails are great – soft, generally gradual ascent and descent along serene streams and deep pine forests.  There are beautiful views of the White Mountains, great rock formations, mountain meadows, and an interesting 1940’s plane crash site along the way.  Those wishing a shorter hike can experience most of this on an in-and-out hike along Trail #94.  

Cost to non-members is $5.