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Activities for November, 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 7:00am
B LENGTH: 9 mi. ELEV. GAIN: 1500 ft. PACE: Medium
Dan Rothman -, 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. 

Starting at the Yavapai Vista in the Village of Oak Creek, we’ll hike out to and around Cathedral Rock on the relatively new and beautiful HiLine Trail, then loop our way back to the start on the Baldwin, Templeton and Slim Shady Trails. The hike offers great views of Red Rock country in general, and Cathedral Rock from vantage points not seen elsewhere in Sedona. 

Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 N. Granite Reef Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ  85257

After the Fall: My Helicopter Rescue Off the Mountain

What do you do after you suffer a serious fall on the trail?  Learn how AHTC member Rick Kamel, lying helpless on a harsh desert mountain trail, facilitated his own safe, speedy and smooth helicopter rescue off the mountain. 

The presentation uses real rescue photos that Rick took during the rescue, and describes in detail how he pre-planned the call to 911, what information he gave to the operator, and even his tone of voice while calling.  He will share insights in dealing with the first responders at the rescue site and describe his emotions during the rescue, his subsequent rehab depression, and how the post-trauma effects of the accident still impact each of his hikes to this day. 

Besides offering a detailed account of his own experience, Rick will offer meaningful insights should a disabling trail mishap befall others.

Thursday, November 8, 2018
A- LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV GAIN: 2800 ft PACE: Medium
Bud Tasch -, 303-868-0216

This hike begins at Ft. Huachuca, former home of the Buffalo Soldiers.  Scheelite Canyon is identified by author Christine Maxa as one of her favorite fall hikes and is home to the rare endangered Mexican Spotted Owl.  The big tooth maples should still be in color. 

I will lead hikers to the secret location where I have photographed the owl on two previous visits.  A photo ID is required for entry to Ft. Huachuca.  The trail climbs through a mixed deciduous/coniferous forest to the ridgeline and gets steep near the top.  Overnight lodging is recommended in Sierra Vista. 

Please contact leader for meeting time and location.

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:00am
Varies, but rewarding!
Mark Miller -, 623-640-5375
Nancy Spence -, 480-357-0996

Our Segment: Black Mesa Trail in the Superstation Mountains.

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

The event will start at 8:00 AM 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 (3 to 5 miles) and hike to Black Mesa Trail, where we will begin the trail maintenance. We will return to First Water Trailhead by 2PM for sign out and to enjoy a lunch of  sandwiches and drinks provided by the club.

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 7:AM leave at 7:15.

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

Please RSVP to one of the leaders by Thursday, Nov 8. 

Last year we had 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.



Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 6:45am
B+ LENGTH: 13 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Medium
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller -, 623-640-5375

Meet at 6:45 am (depart 7:00) at the Park-n-Ride at the southwest corner of I-17 and Bell Road.  We’ll drop cars at the Black Canyon City Trailhead, then proceed back to the Table Mesa Trailhead from where we’ll start. 

The hike is on a well-maintained trail through beautiful Sonoran Desert with great cactus stands.  There’ll be some ups and downs along the way, including two crossings of the Agua Fria River, so call the leader in advance to make sure the River’s not too high.

We’ll wind up at the Rock Springs Café (as in pie for a reward) before proceeding back to Phoenix by way of the starting point. 

Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and wear sturdy hiking boots.

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 7:45am
This activity has been changed.
B- LENGTH: 9 miles ELEV GAIN: 900ft PACE: Medium
Mark Miller -, 623-640-5375
Won Fogel

Meet at 7:45 am at the McDonalds on Carefree Highway and I-17 (leave at 8:00 am).

This is a loop hike just to the west of Lake Pleasant. It starts by going up Cottonwood Creek and loops through scenic Sonoran Desert. The hike offers views of large Saguaros and abundant wildlife, herds of wild burros are common to the area.

This trail does not get a lot of traffic but has great views and is close to Phoenix.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 7:45am
B LENGTH: 4.2 mi ELEV GAIN: 1700 ft PACE: Medium
Bud Tasch -, 303-868-0216

We will meet at the Denny’s at I-17 and Bell Road at 7:45 AM (leave 8:00 AM). 

A gradual hike to a steep climb to the saddle and a scramble to the summit at 3,660 feet for those who wish to climb the last 50-60 vertical feet.  Great views of the surrounding desert abound.  There will be a cash reward for anyone who finds Bonnie’s lost wedding ring, lost on the saddle in 2005. 

There will be a possible optional lunch stop in Wickenburg afterward.