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 March, 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Rating:
A LENGTH: 16 mi ELEV GAIN: 3000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197

Contact leader for meetup details. 

This out-and-back hike will start in the Village of Oak Creek and take us up through Jack’s Canyon via a pretty forested trail with numerous stream crossings.  At the head of the Canyon, we’ll ascend a steep trail to the top of Munds Mountain, then follow along the wide, fairly flat top of the mountain to a scenic overlook with fantastic views down upon Red Rock country, including many of the famous landmarks in Sedona and Oak Creek. 

Bring plenty of water, electrolytes and food for the trail.   Also, wear sturdy hiking boots and check the Sedona weather to dress appropriately.

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 7:00am
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 15.2 mi ELEV GAIN: 850 ft PACE: Fast
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 Northern Region of the Preserve from trailheads north of Dynamite Road.  The hikes will generally be relatively long and flat.  Check the schedule each week because we’ll be starting from different trailheads and note that as the days are getting longer and warmer, we’re back to meeting at 7:00 am.

 
Meet at 7:00 am (start 7:05) at the GRANITE MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD, located in Scottsdale on 136th Street, 2 miles north of Dynamite/Rio Verde Road. 

This hike will take us on a variety of trails around Cholla and Granite Mountains, including the Corral, Chuckwagon and Balanced Rock Trails.  The distance is long, but the trails are generally flat and soft, so we’ll maintain a fast pace.

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.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 7:00am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV GAIN: 1800 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
David Thompson - 201-315-3530, david@dlthompson.com

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel on the Southwest Corner of US 60 and Country Club Drive, Mesa.  The address is 16000 S. Country Club Drive. 

We’ll carpool to the First Water Trailhead and from there head out on the Dutchman Trail to Palomino Mountain.  The ascent involves off-trail hiking with a few steep ascents and some rock scrambling. The view from the top is spectacular. You are rewarded with a 360-degree view of the Superstition as well as Aylor’s Arch which is at the top of Palomino Mountain. After we descend, we will return on the Dutchman Trail to First Water Trailhead. 

Please wear sturdy hiking boots, rain gear if appropriate and bring plenty of water and food for snacks and lunch. Non-members please call the hike leader before the hike.  No dogs or children please.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 6:30am
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 7.3 mi ELEV GAIN: 2,100 ft PACE: Slow to Medium
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - arizbunzer@msn.com, 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.

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 7:00am
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 15.7 mi ELEV. GAIN: 700 ft PACE: Fast
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 GRANITE MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD, located in Scottsdale on 136th Street, 2 miles north of Dynamite/Rio Verde Road. 

We’ll be hiking to the extreme northeast region of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, following the 136th Street Express, Dove Valley, Hawknest, and a variety of smaller connected trails.  As typical for this month, we’ll be maintaining a fast pace on these long but generally flat and soft trails.

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 9:30am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 5-6 mi ELEV GAIN: ~800 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

Meet at 9:30 am (depart at 9:45) at the Burger King on Power Road just south of Hwy 60 (NE corner of Power Road and Superstition Springs Blvd.) or meet us at the trailhead no later than 10:15 am.  If you chose to meet at the trailhead, take Brown Road east / turn north on Idaho Road and park on the right side of the road where Idaho Road dead ends at the mountain.

This is a loop hike in interesting washes, dirt roads and horse trails. Variety of trail conditions - sandy in the wash to sometimes rocky on the trail. Enjoy many scenic views of the beautiful Goldfield Mountains. The hike up to the arch is steep and rocky, but the arch can be seen below if anyone doesn't want to make the climb. The hike starts near a neighborhood at the end of Idaho Road, but you soon disappear into the Goldfields.

Bring water, sunscreen, hat, boots and a snack.  Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike.

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 7:00am
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 16.3 mi ELEV. GAIN: 500 ft PACE: Fast
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 GRANITE MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD, located in Scottsdale on 136th Street, 2 miles north of Dynamite/Rio Verde Road. 

The North and South Diablo Trails are located directly north of Cholla Mountain.  They form a technical bike circuit, around 3 miles long, with steep rock slabs, vertical drops, uneven terrain and protruding rocks.  However, for hikers the circuit is easy to moderate.  On the way there, we’ll be exploring the Renegade Trail, and on the way back we’ll hike the Soapberry Wash and Coyote Canyon Trails.  The hike is long but, except for the Diablo loop itself, generally flat and soft. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018
This event has been canceled.
Rating:
B- LENGTH: 8.0 mi ELEV GAIN: 800 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - arizbunzer@msn.com, 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.  

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 7:00am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 12.1 mi ELEV. GAIN: 650 ft PACE: Fast
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 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 will be a true exercise hike, moderately long and fast-paced along the smooth and flat Powerline Road #2 and Powerline Road #1 Trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  We’ll start off from Brown’s Ranch heading eastward along the Latigo Trail, then proceed north to Powerline Road #2 on the 118th Street Trail.  At the convergence of the two powerline trails, we’ll make a brief stop to check out the new MSP trailhead located at the corner of Pima and Dynamite Roads.

Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 9:15am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 5-6 mi ELEV GAIN: ~600 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

Meet at 9:15 am (depart at 9:30) at the Burger King, just south of US 60 at the NE corner of Power Rd. and Superstition Springs Blvd. OR meet at Needle Vista View Point parking lot at 10:00 am (approx. 2 miles north of First Water Rd. and past MP 203). 

We'll hike clockwise on a few different horse trails, washes, and old roads. It's an interesting area and trail conditions aren't bad, even in the washes.  The high point of the hike will be an overlook of First Water Creek, near Hackberry Springs.

Bring plenty of water, snack, hiking boots, and $ for carpool. Only guests and new members need to contact the hike leader prior to the hike.