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 December, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 7:30am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 8 miles ELEV GAIN: 1,400 Ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Barbara Weist - weistb@aol.com, 480-529-4142
Dennis Weist - dgweist@aol.com, 480-251-5965

Meet at 7:30 am (start 7:45) at the Dixie Mine Trailhead in Fountain Hills at the far west end of Golden Eagle Blvd. (14631 Golden Eagle Blvd.)

The weather is perfect for a hike and you know you're soon going to eat too many Christmas cookies.  This is an in-and-out hike to the Bell Pass Trail via Dixie Mine and Prospector trails. This is a lovely hike with no hard uphill grind - just short climbs with breathers in between. There are expansive views, always chances to see wildlife and if we have time, a short diversion to something special. 

Bring plenty of water and electrolytes or snacks. Washroom facilities and water are at the trailhead. Dogs must be leashed. A $2 fee unless holding a Maricopa County Parks card.

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Rating:
A LENGTH: 12 miles ELVE GAIN: 2,800 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Mark Miller - 623-640-5375, markm50@yahoo.com
Won Fogel - 414-659-5196

Meet at Spur Cross Trailhead in Cave Creek.  Please contact hike leader for start time. 

We will be hiking to Skull Mesa on a seldom used trail to get to the base of the Mesa and then we will take Skull Mesa Trail #248 to the top of the Mesa. There we will take a snack break and enjoy the views of Cave Creek, Black Mesa and Cone Mountain.  We will return on Trail #248 to the Cottonwood Trail #247, to Cave Creek Trail #48 and to the original trailhead. 

We will stop at Harold's in Cave Creek for lunch and beverages after the hike. 

Directions to the trailhead:  from Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek turn north on Spur Cross Road and go about 5 miles to the trailhead.

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:30am
Rating:
LENGTH: 10.0 mi. ELEV. GAIN: 1,300 ft. PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

This month we’ll be hiking in the Southern Region of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, from the Lost Dog Wash and Sunrise Trailheads, located north of Shea at 124th Street and 145th Way, respectively (go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org for further directions).   Note that our meeting times will be a little later (7:30 am) due to the shorter days.
                    
Meet at 7:30 am (start 7:35) at the LOST DOG WASH TRAILHEAD, located at 12601 N. 124th Street, about a mile North of Shea (go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org for further directions). 

This is a fairly flat and easy hike, so we’ll maintain a pace or around 2.5 to 3.0 mph, slightly faster than normal Medium.   The route will be an inverted lollipop that includes the Ringtail, Old Jeep, Lost Dog Wash and Quartz Trails.  The Quartz Trail, which is less used than many in the McDowells, is named for the extensive quartz deposits that we’ll see along the way.  It dead-ends in a box canyon, which will be our turnaround point.  On the way back, we’ll make a brief stop at the Taliesin West Overlook, with views down to Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and still-active school of architecture. 

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

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 8:00am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 8.6 mi ELEV GAIN: <500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Grace Chen - 858-663-5173, chenia@aol.com

Meet at 8:00 am (start at 8:15) at the GRANITE MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD, located in Scottsdale on N 136th Street, 2 miles north of Dynamite/Rio Verde Road.  Please contact the leader for alternate meeting location. 

Back by special request we will go back to the Coyote Canyon and Soapberry Wash area to see the crested and Michelin man saguaros.  We might extend the hike to see other interesting rock formations if the group wishes. 

So - grab your camera, bring a snack and plenty of water. 

We will be back with plenty of time for you to attend the Membership Appreciation Dinner!! 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:00pm
Rating:
Fun!
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

Hello AHTC Members!
We are having our Membership Appreciation Dinner again this year on December 6th at the Granite Reef Senior Center.

Last year it was a great success with good food, great company and lots of hiking stories. The fun will begin at 6 pm on till 8 pm. 

This event is currently full and reservations are no long being taken.

Thank you, looking forward to seeing you there.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 7:15am
Rating:
B Length: 7.5 miles Elev Gain: 600 Ft Pace: Medium
Leaders:
Bev - 480 415-7147, blkoslow@yahoo.com

Meet on the SW corner of Baseline and Ellsworth Roads between Chase Bank and Wendy's at 7:15 am, depart at 7:30 am.  We will carpool to the San Tan Mountains where we will do the longest hike in the park - The San Tan Trail! 

The terrain is mostly hard packed sand, with a few rocks scattered about.  Along the way we will see what I think is the best crested Saguaro in the Phoenix area. The trail is wide and rolls up and down, although none of the 'ups' and 'downs' are that steep. 

Bring 2-3 quarts of water and salty snacks. Don't forget the sunscreen/hats as there isn't a lot of shade on the trail. 

There is a $6 per car fee to enter the park.

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 7:30am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 14.0 mi. ELEV. GAIN: 2400 ft. PACE: MEDIUM
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 LOST DOG WASH TRAILHEAD, located at 12601 N. 124th Street, about a mile North of Shea (go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org for further directions).   

Join us hiking the relatively new Andrews-Kinsey Trail, which connects the McDowell Sonoran and Fountain Hills Preserves.  We’ll leave from Lost Dog Wash Trailhead and hike to the Sunrise Peak saddle, from where we’ll connect to the A-K Trail and head off toward the West View Overlook in Fountain Hills.  There are beautiful views along the way and at the Overlook of the McDowells, Four Peaks, Superstitions, Adero Canyon and Fountain Hills.  The hike involves a lollipop loop, circling over and around the West View Overlook on the Western Loop and Promenade Trails.  On the return, we’ll take a short diversion on the north section of the Ringtail Trail.  Those wishing to skip the loop and/or the diversion can make this into an easier 10-mile (1,800 foot EG) out-and-back hike. 

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

Thursday, December 14, 2017
This event has been canceled.
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - arizbunzer@msn.com
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Rating:
Fun and Delicious!!
Leaders:
Grace Chen - 858-663-5173

Let’s welcome back the snowbirds and kick off another hiking season!!   Come socialize with us at R Bar of Camelback Inn at 5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale.  R Bar features handcrafted cocktails, house-made infusions and Camelback Inn’s signature margaritas. We will delight in the spirit of the Southwest, enjoy a beautiful sunset and nightly live entertainment afterwards on the patio.  The happy hour bites feature Salsa Tree & Guacamole, Chicken Quesadilla, Grilled Cheese, Hellfire Wings and Filet Sliders.   

Bring your friends!  Come one, come all.  Non- hikers are very welcome!!

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 8:00am
Rating:
B- Length: 11.7 miles Elev Gain: 230 Ft Pace: Slow to Medium
Leaders:
Catherine Schuyler - 480-984-4709, cschuyler@q.com

Meet at the Burger King, 10025 E. Southern Avenue at Crimson Road at 8:00 am (start 8:15). 

The Lost Goldmine Trail runs 5.85 miles east from the Hieroglyphics - Lost Goldmine Trailhead in Gold Canyon to Peralta Road. It passes through a rolling bajada in Barkley Basin on the southwest edge of the Superstition Wilderness. 

Hat, sunscreen, snacks, poles and water for your needs.   This is a very scenic hike.  There is a lot of cactus. 

Non-members, please call the hike leader. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 6:45am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 12.5 mi ELEV GAIN: ~2,500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Don Mowry - dgmowry@gmail.com, 480-209-7963

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00 am) at the Holiday Inn on the SW corner of Country Club and US 60. 

This hike offers great views of Weaver's Needle from all directions.  We'll hike counterclockwise up the Bluff Springs Trail and connect with the Terrapin Trail.  There are two good climbs: Bluff Springs and up the Peralta at the Dutchman crossover. 

Wear zip-off long pants due to some cat’s claw bushes on the Terrapin Trail.  Bring 3-4 liters of water, electrolytes and food. No dogs or children please.  Bring raingear. 

Non-members - please call the leader before the hike.

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 7:30am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 6.6 mi. ELEV. GAIN: 1300 ft. PACE: MEDIUM
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 SUNRISE TRAILHEAD, 12101 n. 145TH WAY, located at the east end of Via Linda Road (go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org for further directions).   

We’ll climb the east end of the Sunrise Trail to Sunrise Peak, from where there are beautiful views of the McDowell Mountains, Four Peaks, and most of the Valley.  We’ll then begin our descent on the west end of the Sunrise Trail, but cut off on the seldom used 136th Street Spur Trail.  The 1.6-mile descent on this trail is steep and rocky with a few sections of scrambling, which is why the hike is rated more difficult than its mileage or elevation gain would suggest.  At the bottom, we’ll have a walk on sidewalks of about 1.5 miles along Via Linda Road back to the trailhead. 

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