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 November, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 7:30am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 20-22 miles PACE: 12-14 mph
Leaders:
Bev - 480 415-7147
Don - 480 209-7963

Meet at Chaparral Park at Jackrabbit and Hayden Roads at 730am, start riding at 745am.

We will be riding in the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley area on a combination of the Scottsdale Greenbelt and bike lanes on public roads with little traffic.  Expect hills!!!   

Bring a minimum 1-2 liters of water.  Helmets required.  Cost to non members is $5.  The ride will be cancelled in case of rain or high winds.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 4:45pm to 6:15pm
Rating:
Fun!
Leaders:
Mark Miller

Join fellow AHTC members for happy hour prior to our monthly meeting at the Granite Reef Senior Center.

We will return to Carlsbad Tavern, which offers a great selection of food and drinks in their "bat cave". The Tavern features New Mexican cuisine and has won Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence for many years.

It's located on the East side of Hayden Road, just south of Osborn (across the street from Office Max), and about two miles from the Senior Center.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6:45pm

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

England’s Coast-to-Coast Walk

Did you think that England was flat? That it rains all the time? Learn otherwise as AHTC members Cat Colby and Dan Rothman take you on a 195-mile hike (or “walk” as the English call it) across the country from the Irish Sea to the North Sea.

The famous Wainright Coast to Coast Walk passes through beautiful mountain peaks and waters in the Lake District; rolling river valleys and farmlands in the Yorkshire Dales; and expansive heather plateaus and scenic woodlands in the North York Moors. Along the route, you’ll see postcard villages, famous historic landmarks, farms with seemingly never-ending stone walls, and stunning landscapes throughout. Not to mention the dramatic coastal cliffs on the west (St. Bees) and east (Robin Hood’s Bay) ends of the journey.

Cat and Dan will describe the hike itself, including preparation and provisions, as well as the logistics regarding travel, lodging and dining.  

Come and join us for a great combination of travel and trekking.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 7:00am
Rating:
Varies, but rewarding!
Leaders:
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375
Nancy Spence - nancyactpar@cox.net, 480-357-0996

Our segment: Black Mesa Trail in the Superstition Mountains.

The trail originates two miles from the First Water Trailhead and extends for three miles. We'll be trimming brush and cacti back from the trail using tools provided by the forest service. 

The event will start at 8AM at First Water Trailhead, where there will be an orientation and sign in. From there we will divide into several groups based on desired hiking length (5 to 9 miles) and hike to Black Mesa Trail, where we will begin the trail maintenance. We will return to First Water by 2PM for sign out, and to enjoy a lunch of sandwiches and drinks provided be the club.

Bring and/or wear: long sleeve shirt, sturdy gloves and hat. Also bring 3 liters of water and snacks to enjoy while working.

There will be a car pool lead by Don Mowry. Meeting place will be at the Holiday Inn at Country Club and US 60. Meet at 7AM leave at 7:15.

Please RSVP to one of the leaders by Thursday, Nov. 2

Last year we had a great success with two teams of hard-working people! Join us for this opportunity of exercise, camaraderie, and FUN, contributing and getting dirty while improving our own special hiking trail.

 
 
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 7:00am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 6.6 mi. ELEV. GAIN: 1,000 ft. PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

This month we’ll resume our goal of hiking all 200+ miles in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, focusing on the central part of the Preserve from the Gateway and Tom’s Thumb Trailheads.  Because a few of the hikes this month involve significant elevation gain, and most include great photo ops, we’ll be hiking at a Medium pace of around 2.5 mph.  
                    
Meet at 7:00 am (start 7:05) at the GATEWAY TRAILHEAD (18333 North Thompson Peak Road – go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org for further directions). 

We’ll hike counterclockwise on the Gateway Trail across the saddle before descending to the Windgate Trail, from where we’ll head north to the Desert Park Trail, a flat but very pretty hike through the Desert Park community back to the trailhead. 

Cost to non-members is $5.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 8:45am
Rating:
Fun
Leaders:
Regina Marie Miskewitz - 602-448-0684, regina_miskewitz@yahoo.com

Meet at Tovrea Castle Visitor Center/Gift Shop at 8:45 AM. Address: 5025 East Van Buren, Phoenix, Arizona 85008. There is good parking. Tour starts at 9 AM and will be ~ 2 hours.

COST: $15.00 a person. Contact the leader to reserve a place on this tour (limited to 12 individuals, first-come basis.) Payment is due as you reserve your spot, make checks payable to AHTC. Due to popular demand (the February 9, 2017 filled-up almost immediately after it was announced) we have added another tour date for this historic site visit here in the valley.

Have you ever wondered about the wedding-cake-like structure one sees when driving along the 202?? Then join us for a tour of Tovrea Castle and Cactus Gardens and get a first-hand look at the Castle and surrounding Cactus Gardens and Outbuildings as we learn about this unique and historic Phoenix landmark. Tovrea Carraro Society Docents will guide us back in time as they introduce us to the three families that homesteaded the land, designed and constructed the Castle and Cactus Gardens, and made the Castle their home while sharing interesting, fact-filled stories about the property and its history.

We are able to bring water on the tour as long as it is in a closed container. Photography is allowed; Flash photography is not permitted within the Castle.

For those interested, after the Tour, we will enjoy and early-lunch at Gertrude’s at the Desert Botanical Garden.

This activity is currently full. Please contact leader if you'd like to be put on a waiting list in the event there is a cancellation.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:15am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 9 mi ELEV GAIN: 1000 ft. PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Don Mowry - 480-209-7963

Meet at 7:15 am (depart at 7:30) at the east side parking lot of the Holiday Inn at Country Club Drive and US 60.

This is a beautiful loop hike where we’ll begin up the Bluff Springs Trail, taking us through the scenic Barks Canyon and up Miner’s Canyon to a saddle with great views of Miner’s Needle and Coffee Flat Mountain. We will return via the Dutchman Trail #104 to the trailhead.

Wear sturdy hiking boots, sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses. Bring snacks, lunch, electrolytes and plenty of water.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 8.0 mi. ELEV. GAIN: 2500 ft. PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - arizbunzer@msn.com, 303-868-0216

Contact the hike leader for meeting time and location. 

This on-trail hike travels through a mixed conifer woodland to summit a prominent peak on the southern edge of the Catalina Mountains.  There are great 360-degree views of the surrounding sky islands.  There is an optional linner stop after the hike at Bud’s favorite Mexican restaurant, Nana’s Kitchen, in Marana.  

Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 7:00am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 9.9 mi. ELEV. GAIN: 2,200 ft. PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

Meet at 7:00 am (start 7:05) at the GATEWAY TRAILHEAD (18333 North Thompson Peak Road – go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org for further directions). 

This very popular hike includes a counterclockwise loop along the Gateway, Bell and Windgate Pass Trails.  The climb to Bell Pass (Elev. 3,204 ft) is invigorating and the scenery throughout the hike is great.  On the way back, we’ll take a short diversion along the Horseshoe Trail back to the trailhead. 

Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 7:45am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 22 miles PACE: 11-13MPH
Leaders:
Bev - 480 415-7147
Deb - 602 709-0516

Meet at the NE corner of Arizona Mills adjacent to LegoLand at 7:45am and begin our ride at 8:00am.   

Our ride will be along the Western Canal that begins at Arizona Mills and meanders through Tempe, Mesa, and Chandler, past a golf course, and a couple of parks.  We will be riding in an easterly direction for 11 miles, stopping in a nice park with picnic tables and bathrooms.  After a quick rest and snack, we'll head back the same canal path to our vehicles. 

Bring 1-2 liters of water and a small snack.  Helmets required.  Cost to nonmembers is $5.  Ride will be cancelled in case of rain or high winds.  

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:00am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 11 mi ELEV GAIN: 2100 ft. PACE: Medium
Leaders:
David Thompson - 201-315-3530, david@dlthompson.com

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15am sharp) at the parking lot behind Denny’s, right next to the Park-and-Ride at the southwest corner of the Bell Road exit to I-17.   

We will hike the Dogie Trail (Trail #116) to Sycamore Creek.  The hike is through Juniper and Pinon Pines and as we gain elevation Ponderosa Pines.  We will cross the Sycamore Creek at 10 miles until we reach the Sycamore Basin Trail surrounded by Sycamore and Cottonwood trees for lunch.   After lunch, we will return on the same route. 

Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, snack/lunch, and $ for carpool.  The last mile of the road (FR 525C) to the trail head requires high clearance vehicles.  No children or dogs please. 

Cost to non-members is $5.

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:00am
Rating:
A (due to trail conditions) LENGTH: 16 mi ELEV GAIN: 800 ft. PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Cathy Schuyler - 480-984-4709, cschuyler@q.com

Meet at the Burger King, 10025 E. Southern Avenue at Crimson Road at 7:00 am (start 7:15). 

We will take the Dutchman First Water Trail #104, then Boulder Canyon Trail #103 and do the 22 creek crossings.  Lunch at Calvary turn off, then continue to Second Water trail #236 and up the hill to Indian Garden back to the parking lot at First Water. 

Optional dinner afterwards. 

Hat, sunscreen, snacks, poles and water for your needs.   This is a “take our time” hike so if you have other things to do that day, don't join up for this. 

Non-members call hike leader.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 7:30am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1500 ft. PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at Wendy’s on Shea Blvd. (east of Saguaro Blvd.) in Fountain Hills. 

Join us for this in-and-out hike on this AZ Trail section starting at Bushnell Tanks Trailhead. There are two stream crossings (hopefully it will be relatively dry) so be prepared for some rock hopping and possible wet feet. Otherwise, this improved portion of the trail is nearly wide enough for an ATV. This section of the AZ Trail undulates a bit. Come for an enjoyable hike and let’s see what hidden treasure we can discover.

Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, water, lunch, and snacks.

Hike will be canceled in case of rain.

Cost to non-members is $5.

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:00am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 5.0 mi. ELEV. GAIN: < 500 ft. PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

 Meet at 7:00 am (start 7:05) at the TOM’s THUMB TRAILHEAD (23015 North 128th Street – go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org for further directions). 

Approximately 500,000 years ago, a landslide involving over 200 million cubic feet of granitic rock broke off the McDowell Mountains and flowed eastward for over 1 mile.  The resulting debris field now stands about 100 feet above the valley floor.  The Marcus Landslide Trail circumvents this debris field and includes numerous interpretative geologic signs.  The trail also offers great views of the McDowell Mountains, Four Peaks and Weaver’s Needle.  On the way back, we’ll also hike the Feldspar Trail and see many more boulders and interesting rock formations, including several very distinct “mushroom” rocks. 

Cost to non-members is $5.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 7:00am
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 6 mi ELEV GAIN: 800 Ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bev - 480 415-7147, blkoslow@yahoo.com

We will meet at Burger King on Superstition Springs Blvd and Power Rd (this is south of the US60 off the Power Rd Exit) at 7am, depart at 715. 

We'll begin our hike at the overflow parking lot just before the First Water TH in the Superstition Mountains.  We'll walk along a relatively new trail to First Water Trailhead, continue past some ruins, go through Garden Valley (also known as the Valley of Cholla), through a small saddle, and along a rolling trail. Just after getting to the junction that goes downhill to the springs, we'll take a one-mile side trip to a little-known cave that we can actually enter. After an in-and-out to the cave, we'll continue our loop downhill to Hackberry Springs and along several dry washes before returning to our cars.

Bring salty snacks and a minimum 2 quarts of water. If you plan to go into the cave, please bring a flashlight. Sturdy hiking boots and sticks are recommended. 

Cost to nonmembers is $5

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 7:00am
Rating:
A LENGTH: 10.7 mi. ELEV. GAIN: 3,300 ft. PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375

Meet at 7:00 am (start 7:05) at the TOM’s THUMB TRAILHEAD (23015 North 128th Street – go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org for further directions). 

If you haven’t already burned off the Thanksgiving turkey, this hike will do it.  Tom’s Thumb is one of the most distinctive and well-known hiking and rock climbing destinations in the Phoenix area.  We’ll ascend to the formation from the trail on its north side, enjoy the great views from there for a while, then resume by descending the steep but well maintained East End Trail.  From there we’ll proceed up and down from Windgate Pass before intersecting and returning to Tom’s Thumb from the south, and finally descending to the trailhead below. 

Cost to non-members is $5.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV GAIN: 2200 ft. PACE: Medium
Leaders:
David Thompson - 201-315-3530, david@dlthompson.com
Email or call leader for meetup details. 
 
We will start at the Peralta Trailhead.  Our hike takes us up the Bluff Springs Trail to the Terrapin Trail.  Just before we reach Weavers Needle we will take an interesting route back to the Peralta Trail.   We will bushwhack/scramble across the valley on the south side of Weavers Needle.  The fun continues with a very steep rock scrambling descent.  The Peralta Trail lies just ahead. If you aren’t comfortable with being off trail and scrambling, this hike is probably not for you. 
 
Pants are recommended.  Bring plenty of water and snacks.  No children or dogs please. 
 
Cost to non-members is $5.00.