Spring 2023 Hiking Schedule

February through April 2023

 

Hike descriptions are listed by level on the menu to the left.  SignUps are required. The link for members to sign up is on the menu to the left and is password protected. 

 

2023 Key Dates  

February 8, 2023:               Hike Leader On-Trail Training (OTT)

February 23, 2023              Spur Cross Spring Trail Maintenance  Project

March 1, 2023:                      First Aid Training

March 10, 2023:                   Hike Leader On-Trail Training (OTT)

March 30, 2023:                  Spring meeting, hike & picnic - Cave Crk Park

April 4-6, 2023:                   Spring Overnight Trip to Las Vegas, NV

 

 

Further information on the above activities may be found in the Current Hiking Bulletin. Click on the menu to the left.

 

Hiking Schedule Recaps

It is critical that you read and understand the hike description, distance, and elevation before deciding on any hike.  This information is found in the A, B, and C hike description sections below and on our website at suncityhikers.org.  This information is provided to ensure that the hike is appropriate for you and will be safe and enjoyable.  Call the hike leader if you have any questions.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the meeting time to sign in for the hike.  Contact the hike leader if you plan to meet the group at the trailhead rather than at the meeting place indicated in the bulletin or are bringing a guest.

 

Schedule Recap by Hike Type and Date

 

Day

Meet Time

Assemble at

Hike Type

Trail Name

Location

Tuesday, January 31

7:30 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

A

Quartz Peak

Sierra Estrella Mountains

Thursday, February 2

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Black Canyon -  Black Canyon City Trailhead

Black Canyon

Wednesday, February 8

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A+

Skull Mesa

Spur Cross Ranch

Friday, February 10

7:30 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

A

Ranger-National-Bajada

South Mountain Park

Monday, February 13

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Governors Peak (via south route)

Castle Hot Springs area

Thursday, February 16

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A-

Camp Creek/Blue Wash

Carefree area

Tuesday, February 21

7:30 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

A

Goat Camp/Mesquite Canyon Loop

White Tank Regional Park

Thursday, February 23

7:30 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

A

Loop around the Park

Skyline Regional Park

Monday, February 27

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Garfias Mountain Exploration

Castle Hot Springs area

Friday, March 3

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Elephant Mountain Loop

Spur Cross Ranch

Monday, March 6

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Black Canyon - Bumble Bee Segment

Bumble Bee

Wednesday, March 8

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Seven Springs Loop

Carefree area

Monday, March 13

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Ballantine - A

Payson area

Thursday, March 16

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A-

Poland Creek Canyon

Bumble Bee area

Friday, March 24

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A-

Yellow Jacket

Camp Verde Area

Monday, March 27

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Fossil Springs

Tonto National Forest

Thursday, March 30

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A-

Go John

Cave Creek Regional Park

Tuesday, April 4

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Aspen Peak and Loop

Kingman

Wednesday, April 5

7:00 AM

Hotel

A

Bristlecone Loop

Las Vegas

Thursday, April 6

7:00 AM

Hotel

A

Valley of Fire Loops

Las Vegs

Tuesday, April 11

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Rim Tank Exploration

Camp Verde Area

Monday, January 30

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Balanced Rock & Amphitheater

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Wednesday, February 1

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Beardsley/Road Runner

Lake Pleasant area

Tuesday, February 7

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Dragonfly/Spur Cross Loop (Counterclockwise)

Spur Cross Ranch

Thursday, February 9

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Spring Valley/Tawny Point

Castle Hot Springs area

Wednesday, February 15

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Cottonwood/Pipeline/ Yavapai Point

Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Friday, February 17

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B+

Red Castle Ascent

Castle Hot Springs area

Monday, February 20

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Cactus Wren to Great Owl Loop

Phoenix Sonoran Preserve

Friday, February 24

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Black Canyon - Treasure Mine

Bumble Bee area

Tuesday, February 28

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Polychrome Ridge

Castle Hot Springs area

Thursday, March 2

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Sears Kay Indian Ruins and Blue Wash-Camp Creek Falls

Tonto National Forest

Tuesday, March 7

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Dinosaur Wash/Red Top

Wickenburg area

Thursday, March 9

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Cave Creek

Carefree area

Tuesday, March 14

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Sonoran/Lower Sonoran via Dixie Mine

McDowell Sonoran Preserve - Southern Region

Friday, March 17

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B+

Barnhardt Trail Waterfall

Tonto National Forest Payson Area

Monday, March 20

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Black Canyon Skyline Segment

Black Canyon

Wednesday, March 22

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Chalk Canyon Petroglyphs

Spur Cross Ranch

Tuesday, March 28

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Pass Mountain Loop

Usery Mountain Regional Park

Thursday, March 30

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Go John - B Picnic

Cave Creek Regional Park

Tuesday, April 4

TBD

Hotel

B

Upper Bristlecone, Bonanza, and Old Bristlecone Loop

Spring Mountains Recreational Area

Wednesday, April 5

TBD

Hotel

B

Prospect Trail

Valley of Fire State Park

Thursday, April 6

TBD

Hotel

B

Rock and La Madre Springs Loop Trail

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Monday, April 10

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Watson Lake Loop

Prescott area

Wednesday, April 12

7:30 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

B

Quartz Mine/Skyline Crest

Skyline Regional Park

Tuesday, April 18

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Butcher Jones

Saguaro Lake Tonto National Forest

Friday, April 21

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Wolf Mine Canyon/ Greenstone Gorge

Wickenburg area

Tuesday, January 31

9:00 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

C

Quail - Rainbow Valley - Baseline Loop

Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Friday, February 3

8:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

North

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Monday, February 6

9:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Dragonfly

Spur Cross Ranch

Thursday, February 9

9:00 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

C

Bajada/Goat Camp

White Tank Regional Park

Tuesday, February 14

9:00 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

C

Double Butte Loop

Papago Park

Friday, February 17

8:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Basalt Ridge

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Tuesday, February 21

8:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Short Circumference - C  

Deem Hills Recreation Area

Thursday, February 23

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Browns Ranch Road/Cathedral Rock

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Tuesday, February 28

8:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Ocotillo from Highway 74

Sonoran Desert Preserve

Friday, March 3

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Black Canyon - C Black Canyon City Trailhead

Black Canyon

Tuesday, March 7

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Coach Whip/Sunrise

Thunderbird Park

Friday, March 10

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Whiskey Bottle Loop

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Monday, March 13

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Sears Kay Indian Ruins and Camp Creek Falls

Carefree area

Thursday, March 16

8:00 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

C

Waddell/Gray Fox

White Tank Regional Park

Wednesday, March 22

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Wagner Long Loop

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Friday, March 24

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C+

Badger Brawl - Cliff Walk

Sonoran Desert Preserve

Monday, March 27

8:00 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

C

Waddell/Ford/Mesquite Canyons

White Tank Regional Park

Thursday, March 30

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Overton - Clay Mine

Cave Creek Regional Park

Tuesday, April 4

TBA

TBA

C

Pine Creek Canyon

Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Wednesday, April 5

TBA

Hotel

C

Fletcher Canyon Trail

Las Vegas, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

Thursday April 6

 

Hotel

C

Fire Wave, White Domes and Seven Wonders Loop

Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park

Tuesday, April 11

8:00 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

C

Gila/Baseline

Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Monday, April 17

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Rio Vista Ramble

Peoria

Thursday, April 20

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Hassayampa River Preserve

Wickenburg area

 

Schedule Recap by Date

Day

Meet Time

Assemble at

Hike Type

Trail Name

Location

Monday, January 30

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Balanced Rock & Amphitheater

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Tuesday, January 31

7:30 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

A

Quartz Peak

Sierra Estrella Mountains

Tuesday, January 31

9:00 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

C

Quail - Rainbow Valley - Baseline Loop

Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Wednesday, February 1

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Beardsley/Road Runner

Lake Pleasant area

Thursday, February 2

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Black Canyon -  Black Canyon City Trailhead

Black Canyon

Friday, February 3

8:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

North

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Monday, February 6

9:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Dragonfly

Spur Cross Ranch

Tuesday, February 7

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Dragonfly/Spur Cross Loop (Counterclockwise)

Spur Cross Ranch

Wednesday, February 8

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A+

Skull Mesa

Spur Cross Ranch

Thursday, February 9

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Spring Valley/Tawny Point

Castle Hot Springs area

Thursday, February 9

9:00 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

C

Bajada/Goat Camp

White Tank Regional Park

Friday, February 10

7:30 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

A

Ranger-National-Bajada

South Mountain Park

Monday, February 13

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Governors Peak (via south route)

Castle Hot Springs area

Tuesday, February 14

9:00 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

C

Double Butte Loop

Papago Park

Wednesday, February 15

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Cottonwood/Pipeline/ Yavapai Point

Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Thursday, February 16

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A-

Camp Creek/Blue Wash

Carefree area

Friday, February 17

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B+

Red Castle Ascent

Castle Hot Springs area

Friday, February 17

8:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Basalt Ridge

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Monday, February 20

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Cactus Wren to Great Owl Loop

Phoenix Sonoran Preserve

Tuesday, February 21

7:30 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

A

Goat Camp/Mesquite Canyon Loop

White Tank Regional Park

Tuesday, February 21

8:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Short Circumference - C  

Deem Hills Recreation Area

Thursday, February 23

7:30 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

A

Loop around the Park

Skyline Regional Park

Thursday, February 23

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Browns Ranch Road/Cathedral Rock

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Friday, February 24

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Black Canyon - Treasure Mine

Bumble Bee area

Monday, February 27

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Garfias Mountain Exploration

Castle Hot Springs area

Tuesday, February 28

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Polychrome Ridge

Castle Hot Springs area

Tuesday, February 28

8:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Ocotillo from Highway 74

Sonoran Desert Preserve

Thursday, March 2

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Sears Kay Indian Ruins and Blue Wash-Camp Creek Falls

Tonto National Forest

Friday, March 3

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Elephant Mountain Loop

Spur Cross Ranch

Friday, March 3

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Black Canyon - C Black Canyon City Trailhead

Black Canyon

Monday, March 6

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Black Canyon - Bumble Bee Segment

Bumble Bee

Tuesday, March 7

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Dinosaur Wash/Red Top

Wickenburg area

Tuesday, March 7

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Coach Whip/Sunrise

Thunderbird Park

Wednesday, March 8

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Seven Springs Loop

Carefree area

Thursday, March 9

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Cave Creek

Carefree area

Friday, March 10

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Whiskey Bottle Loop

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Monday, March 13

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Ballantine

Payson area

Monday, March 13

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Sears Kay Indian Ruins and Camp Creek Falls

Carefree area

Tuesday, March 14

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Sonoran/Lower Sonoran via Dixie Mine

McDowell Sonoran Preserve - Southern Region

Thursday, March 16

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A-

Poland Creek Canyon

Bumble Bee area

Thursday, March 16

8:00 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

C

Waddell/Gray Fox

White Tank Regional Park

Friday, March 17

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B+

Barnhardt Trail Waterfall

Tonto National Forest Payson Area

Monday, March 20

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Black Canyon Skyline Segment

Black Canyon

Wednesday, March 22

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Chalk Canyon Petroglyphs

Spur Cross Ranch

Wednesday, March 22

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Wagner Long Loop

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Friday, March 24

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A-

Yellow Jacket

Camp Verde Area

Friday, March 24

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C+

Badger Brawl - Cliff Walk

Sonoran Desert Preserve

Monday, March 27

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Fossil Springs

Tonto National Forest

Monday, March 27

8:00 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

C

Waddell/Ford/Mesquite Canyons

White Tank Regional Park

Tuesday, March 28

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Pass Mountain Loop

Usery Mountain Regional Park

Thursday, March 30

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A-

Go John

Cave Creek Regional Park

Thursday, March 30

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Go John - B Picnic

Cave Creek Regional Park

Thursday, March 30

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Overton - Clay Mine

Cave Creek Regional Park

Tuesday, April 4

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Aspen Peak and Loop

Kingman

Tuesday, April 4

TBD

Hotel

B

Upper Bristlecone, Bonanza, and Old Bristlecone Loop

Spring Mountains Recreational Area

Tuesday, April 4

TBA

TBA

C

Pine Creek Canyon

Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Wednesday, April 5

7:00 AM

Hotel

A

Bristlecone Loop

Las Vegas

Wednesday, April 5

TBD

Hotel

B

Prospect Trail

Valley of Fire State Park

Wednesday, April 5

TBA

Hotel

C

Fletcher Canyon Trail

Las Vegas, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

Thursday, April 6

7:00 AM

Hotel

A

Valley of Fire Loops

Las Vegs

Thursday, April 6

TBD

Hotel

B

Rock and La Madre Springs Loop Trail

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Thursday April 6

 

Hotel

C

Fire Wave, White Domes and Seven Wonders Loop

Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park

Monday, April 10

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Watson Lake Loop

Prescott area

Tuesday, April 11

7:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

A

Rim Tank Exploration

Camp Verde Area

Tuesday, April 11

8:00 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

C

Gila/Baseline

Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Wednesday, April 12

7:30 AM

Mountain View Rec. Ctr.

B

Quartz Mine/Skyline Crest

Skyline Regional Park

Monday, April 17

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Rio Vista Ramble

Peoria

Tuesday, April 18

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Butcher Jones

Saguaro Lake Tonto National Forest

Thursday, April 20

8:00 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

C

Hassayampa River Preserve

Wickenburg area

Friday, April 21

7:30 AM

Bell Rec. Ctr.

B

Wolf Mine Canyon/ Greenstone Gorge

Wickenburg area

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