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Activities for March, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 6:45pm

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

Dolomites Hut Hike – Alta Via 1

The Italian Dolomites offer some of the most dramatic, exciting and challenging hiking in the Alps. Strikingly different from the French or Swiss Alps, the limestone Dolomites rise dramatically from narrow valleys to form impressive spires, canyons, sheer rock walls rising 3,000', and huge limestone plateaus. In 2009 several mountain groups in the Dolomites were classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Join us while club member David Thompson takes you on an 7-day, hut-to-hut hike through the Dolomites, described with photographs the beauty of the place and also explaining the logistics involved in preparing for it.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 6:30am
B+ LENGTH: 7.3 mi ELEV GAIN: 2,100 ft PACE: Slow to Medium
Bud Tasch -, 303-868-0216

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

Retrace the steps of the brave 19 young men who faced-down a firestorm as they tried to save the town of Yarnell in Arizona’s newest State Park to commemorate that fateful day in June 2013.  The hike has no shade or much vegetation as it traverses a burn area.  Nineteen Granite placards line the route to memorialize each fallen firefighter.  Say a prayer or otherwise pay your respects at their Alamo. 

We’ll toast their memory at a local watering hole in Wickenburg afterwards. 

Limited to leader plus 11 due to limited parking at the trailhead.  RSVP to Bud (info above).  Hike will be cancelled in case of rain.

Thursday, March 22, 2018
B- LENGTH: 8.0 mi ELEV GAIN: 800 ft PACE: Medium
Bud Tasch -, 303-868-0216

Call for leader for meeting time and place.

This hike enters the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness, following Sycamore Creek through a lush riparian habitat. 

Bring water shoes for 5 creek crossings which may be needed if higher than anticipated creek levels rule out rock-hopping.  The trail ends at the springs, bubbling up from the stream bed. 

This hike will be cancelled in case of rain.  A high clearance vehicle may be needed to access the trailhead.