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 January, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 6:45pm
This event has been canceled.

There will be no General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, January 3rd

Happy Holidays!

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 7:00am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 13.2 mi ELEV. GAIN: 800 ft PACE: Fast (2.5-3.0 mph)
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

This month we’ll be back to hiking in the Northern Region of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, this time though from the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead located at 31301 N. Alma School Parkway, approximately 1.5 miles north of Dynamite Road (go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org for further directions).   The trails here are generally flat and easy on the feet, so our pace will be officially fast (2.5 mph to 3.0 mph), though actually fairly relaxed.  Note that our meeting time this month will again be 7:30 am.

Meet at 7:30 am (start 7:35) at the BROWN’S RANCH TRAILHEAD, located at 31301 N. Alma School Parkway, about a mile and a half north of Dynamite Road  (go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org for further directions). 

This hike will take us to the very north end of the Preserve on trails that include Upper Ranch, Corral, High Desert, Divide, Hawk’s Nest and Buckshot.  The pace will be brisk, but the trails are flat and generally not rocky. 

Bring plenty of water, snacks, electrolytes and wear sturdy hiking boots. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
This event has been canceled.

This hike has been canceled due to construction on the Bush Highway.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 10:00am
This event has been canceled.
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 7:00am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV. GAIN: 1200 ft PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197

Meet at 7:00 am (depart 7:15) at the Park-and-Ride at the southwest corner of the Bell Road exit to I-17. 

We’ll hike to and visit some of the most well-known and beautiful landmarks in Red Rock Country, including the Courthouse Butte Loop, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock.  Those wishing to will have the opportunity to scramble up Bell and Cathedral Rocks.  The pace will be from 2.5 mph to 3.0 mph.  Check the weather and dress appropriately.   

A Red Rock Pass ($5/car) or National Parks Pass is required at the trailhead.  Afterwards, we’ll have the option to stop for something to eat in Sedona or Oak Creek.

Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water.

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 7:30am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 8.7 mi ELEV GAIN: 900 ft PACE: Fast (2.5-3.0 mph)
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

Meet at 7:30 am (start 7:35) at the BROWN’S RANCH TRAILHEAD, located at 31301 N. Alma School Parkway, about a mile and a half north of Dynamite Road  (go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org for further directions). 

We’ll be climbing to the peak of Brown’s Mountain, from where there are excellent views of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and points north, and circumventing the appropriately named Cone Mountain.   Although the trails emanating from Brown’s Ranch Trailhead are generally flat, the 500-foot ascent up Brown’s Mountain will catch your attention. 

Bring plenty of water, snacks, electrolytes and wear sturdy hiking boots.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 7:45am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 9 mi ELEV GAIN: 766 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bruce Wilczynski - 815-540-5522, bruceandroni@gmail.com
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727, chenia@aol.com

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8:00) at the Burger King on Power Road just south of Hwy 60 (NE corner of Power Road and Superstition Springs Blvd.) or meet at 8:30 am 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!

Only guests and new members need to contact the hike leader prior to the hike.

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 7:30am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 13.4 mi ELEV. GAIN: 500 ft PACE: Fast (2.5-3.0 mph)
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

Meet at 7:30 am (start 7:35) at the BROWN’S RANCH TRAILHEAD, located at 31301 N. Alma School Parkway, about a mile and a half north of Dynamite Road  (go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org for further directions). 

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve has just added a number of new trails to an already impressive collection.  We’ll be exploring several of them, primarily the Stagecoach Trail which extends to the extreme northwest corner of the Preserve. 

Bring plenty of water, snacks, electrolytes and wear sturdy hiking boots.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 10:00am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
C LENGTH: 5.7 mi ELEV GAIN: 500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

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 us at the First Water Trailhead no later than 10:45 am. 

This hike was cancelled on the 10th because of rain, muddy road conditions, and my flu.

This scenic loop hike is my favorite short Superstitions hike.  I have recovered enough from a knee injury to do this one, but I might take an extra break or two.  Expect some rocky trail conditions, but not too difficult overall. We'll go from the First Water Trailhead to Garden Valley, follow a horse trail to Hackberry Springs, and then return to the First Water Trailhead. 

Bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, hiking boots, and $ for carpool.  As always, check the club website before leaving home in case rain is forecasted.

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Rating:
A- LENGTH:14 mi ELEV GAIN: 4500 ft+ PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dennis Weist - dgweist@aol.com, 480-251-5965
Barbara Weist - weistb@aol.com, 480-529-4142

Meet at the Wendy's in Fountain Hills at Shea and Highway 87 (Bee Line). Please contact a hike leader for meet-up time as this hike may be weather dependent. Drive/carpool to trailhead about 45 minutes north of Fountain Hills. 

Mt Ord is the 2nd highest mountain in the Mazatzals with stunning views all the way up! The trail is an old jeep road cut into the mountain in the 1930s and is wide and winding, making for an easier climb up such an imposing peak. We'll wend our way through paloverde, manzanita, grasslands and eventually make our way to a forest of oak trees at the top. This area claims a high population of deer, bear, mountain lion and countless birds. From the top there are views of Roosevelt Lake, Four Peaks and the Mogollon Rim. Our pace will be medium, but with enough breaks to catch our breath, have a snack or catch a view.

Bring plenty of water, electrolytes, snacks and a warm jacket for the top. No water or facilities at the trailhead.

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 7:30am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 9.9 mi ELEV. GAIN: 500 ft PACE: Fast (2.5-3.0 mph)
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

Meet at 7:30 am (start 7:35) at the BROWN’S RANCH TRAILHEAD, located at 31301 N. Alma School Parkway, about a mile and a half north of Dynamite Road  (go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org for further directions). 

Come prepared for a flat-out exercise hike, as we proceed in a figure-8 loop along the Chuckwagon, Whiskey Bottle, Latigo, Hackamore, Cone Mountain and Rustler Trails. 

Bring plenty of water, snacks, electrolytes and wear sturdy hiking boots.