"A" Hike Descriptions

Fall 2021 Hiking Schedule

Day:  Wednesday, October 27                                  Hike:  A-

Trail Name:  Ford Canyon                                          Location:  White Tank Regional Park

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                   Leave at:  7:00 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  25                                           Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  750’                                             Hiking Distance(RT):  7

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  900'

Leaders:  Dick Hobbs (573) 586-9948, Cesar Rodriguez  (623)-498-8278

 

Driving Instructions:  Turn right out of the parking lot and go south to Olive Avenue.  Turn right onto Olive Avenue and drive west.  Olive Avenue brings you into the White Tank Regional Park.  There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle.  Continue into the park and go to Ford Canyon Road, turn left, and go to Trailhead #9.

 

Hike Description:  The trail meanders through an open desert plain for two miles before it goes through a narrow gully and down into a rocky gorge where dozens of shallow basins scoured out of the area’s ancient granite retain rainwater and reflect images of the sky and surrounding rock formations. An old concrete dam at the 3-mile mark is the turn around point.

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Day:  Monday, November 1                                        Hike:  A-

Trail Name:  Yavapai Point via Wild Burro                Location:  Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                         Leave at:  7:00 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  42                                            Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  800'                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  8.2

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1063'

Leaders:  Joette Conger (630) 390-8571,  Suzanne Boisclair (603) 494-8242

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue.  Turn left on Lake Pleasant Parkway.  Follow Lake Pleasant Parkway to the end at Carefree Highway (SR74).  Turn left (west) onto SR74 and continue to Castle Hot Springs Road.  Turn right on Castle Hot Springs Rd (2.3 miles), right on Lake Pleasant Access Road (.8) miles to the entrance/pay station. At the pay station, the Lake Pleasant Access Road becomes North Park Road.   After .3 miles turn right onto South Park Road.  Turn left onto Desert Tortoise Road .5 miles and then turn left to the Wild Burro Day Use Area.  There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle.

 

Hike Description:  This is a minus hike due to the moderate elevation gain and distance.  The hike is an out-and-back hike that uses all or parts of three trails; Wild Burro,  Pipeline, and Yavapai Point.   Most of the elevation gain occurs on the Yavapai Point Trail, which is a rocky, narrow, switchbacked trail with continuing rising elevation that provides excellent views of Lake Pleasant.  The plan is to have a break/snack at the trail’s end (Yavapai Point Overlook) and return before it gets too warm.

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Day:  Friday, November 5                                          Hike:  A-

Trail Name:  Pyrite/ Valley Vista                               Location:  Skyline Regional Park

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                   Leave at:  7:00 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  70                                          Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  800                                             Hiking Distance(RT):  8.5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1300'

Leaders:  Shannon McCary (360) 870-0611, Marty Davies (480) 286-0736

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive south on 107th Avenue to Olive Avenue. Turn left on Olive Avenue and continue to 101 South.  Head south on the 101 (13 miles) to I-10, use Exit #1A.  Head west on the I-10 (17 miles) to Watson Road, use Exit #117.  Exit on Watson Road, turn right and drive 2 miles to the entrance station.  A few feet beyond the entrance station, turn left on Skyline Park Road and follow it .7 miles till it ends at the parking area.

 

Hike Description:  This is a loop hike on established trails.  We will head west and hike up to Pyrite Summit and then loop over and ascend to Valley Vista Summit for a good workout looping back to the trailhead

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Day:  Tuesday, November 9                                        Hike:  A

Trail Name:  Rainbow Loop Extended                      Location:  Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                    Leave at:  7:00 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  50                                            Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  348'                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  10

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1372'

Leaders:  Mark Scott (541) 678-2666, Donney Speck (360) 632-7345

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive south on 107th Avenue to Olive Avenue and turn left.  Continue to the 101 South entrance ramp.  Proceed south on the 101 to Exit #1A, merging onto I-10 W towards Los Angeles.  After 5.7 miles, take Exit #126 for Estrella Parkway.  Turn left (south) onto N Estrella Parkway for 5.1 miles.  Turn left onto W Vineyard Avenue.  The park entrance is past the golf course, about 200 feet on your right.  There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Follow park road to trailhead parking at the rodeo arena.

 

Hike Description:  The Rainbow Trail winds through the foothills of the Sierra Estrella Mountains, past classic desert landscape of saguaro, palo verde, ironwood and cholla.  Occasional views of downtown Phoenix with Camelback Mountain in the background can be seen to the northeast.  Our route takes us over rolling hills on a variety of park trails for a total of about 10 miles.

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Day:  Friday, November 12                                        Hike:  A+

Trail Name:  Big Bug Mesa Loop                               Location:  Mayer

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                       Leave at:  7:00 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  150                                        Road Conditions:  Paved except for last 2 miles

Elevation Change:  1800'                                          Hiking Distance(RT):  10

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  2000'

Leaders:  Mark Scott (541) 678-2666, Holly Scott (541)-389-8494

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive east on Bell Road to Loop 101 North, turning left onto Loop 101 North.  Continue north on Loop 101 to I-17 North.  Take  I-17 North and  get off at Exit #262 to Highway 69 west toward Mayer for 11 miles.  Turn left on the left-turn lane for Grapevine Road (FR 87A) just before Milepost 274.  Continue about 2 miles on dirt road to a parking spot. The road continues, but is very rough beyond this point.  There are no restrooms at the trailhead.

 

Hike Description:  This challenging lollipop hike will traverse steep paths, faint trails, roads and some off-trail hiking over a varied terrain.  The variety and views are outstanding!  We will hike through pine and oak forests on the way into Grapevine Canyon, where we will make a small side trip to a dripping waterfall.

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Day:  Tuesday, November 16                                    Hike:  A-

Trail Name:  Yeager Canyon Loop                             Location:  Jerome

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                        Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  96 one way                           Road Conditions:  All Paved

Elevation Change:  1200'                                           Hiking Distance(RT):  5.7

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1878'

Leaders:  Mark Scott (541) 678-2666, Holly Scott (541)-389-8494

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive east on Bell Road to Loop 101 North, turning left onto Loop 101 North. Continue north on Loop 101 to I-17 North. Take I-17 North and get off at Exit #262 to Highway 69 west toward Prescott for 20.2 miles.  Turn right onto Fain Road for 7.2 miles.  Take a sharp right onto AZ-89A N for 8.9 miles.  Just past milepost 333, look for the "6000 ft elevation" sign, and follow the guardrail just after that.  You will see a pullout for parking at the end of the guardrail.  There are no restrooms at the trailhead.

 

Hike Description:  This is an A- hike for the moderate distance and elevation.  A well marked loop hike over a variety of terrain.  The majority of the climbing is in the first 2 miles. Yeager Canyon is on the west slope of Mingus Mountain and offers fine views of Lonesome Valley, Prescott Valley, and the Bradshaw Mountains. The trail begins in a ponderosa pine forest, but stays primarily in pinyon pine and juniper once it descends below the rim.  There are a variety of rock formations and views.

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Day:  Wednesday, November 17                                          Hike:  A

Trail Name:  Cow Pies and Hangover                                   Location:  Sedona

Assemble at:  Hotel                                                                 Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  22 miles one way from Hotel        Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  1104'                                                       Hiking Distance(RT):  8.4

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1800'

Leaders:  Cesar Rodriguez (623)-498-8278, Lesa Overfield (253) 691-9051

 

Driving Instructions:  From the Hotel head southeast on AZ-89A North towards S. Calvary way for 1.3 miles.  Turn right onto AZ-89A North/East Highway 89A/S on Main Street and travel 17.5 miles.  Continue onto AZ-89A North/Hwy 89A North for 1.7 miles.  At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto Brewer Road for .1 miles.  Turn left onto Ranger Rad for 459 feet.  Turn right onto AZ-179 S for .2 miles.  At the traffic circle, take the second exit onto Schnebly Hill Road for .9 miles and turn left at the trailhead.

 

Hike Description:  This trail is not for the faint of heart but it offers spectacular views.  You need to be comfortable on smooth (generally not slippery or overly steep) rock faces and narrow trails near drop-offs, but it's not overly technical or arduous.  You slowly rise up a series of switchbacks as Mitten Ridge towers over you.  Behold, you arrive in the saddle where Oak Creek Canyon unfolds before your very eyes.  Be sure to bring your camera because this hike is truly spectacular.

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Day:  Thursday, November 18                                              Hike:  A

Trail Name:  West Clear Creek                                              Location:  Camp Verde

Assemble at:  Hotel                                                                Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  28 miles one way from Hotel        Road Conditions:  Paved except last 6.2 miles

Elevation Change:  400-500’                                                 Hiking Distance(RT):  8.5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  750'

Leaders:  Dave Conklin (406) 210-4989, Shannon McCary (360) 870-0611

 

Driving Instructions:  From the Cottonwood intersection of Main Street (Highway 89A) and Cove Pkwy (Highway 260), take Highway 260 toward Camp Verde for 20.4 miles. After passing through Camp Verde, turn left (north) on Beaver Cr Road (Forest Road 618) for 2.2 miles to the signed turnoff for the Bull Run area (Forest Road 215). Turn right and continue 4.0 miles to trailhead at road end. This road can be rough in places, so slow and cautious is wise!

 

Hike Description:  Although moderate in moderate elevation gain and length this trail has 4 creek crossings.  The trail follows the creek along an old road to an open area and a rock cabin. The many deciduous trees along the creek can create a colorful show.  We follow the stream bank for about 1.25 miles before the first of four water crossings. Water shoes of some kind are highly recommended for the crossings. After the second crossing, we hike a short way from the creek and into the desert. The trail returns to the creek after 2.5 miles and after two more crossings we reach our lunch spot. We return along the same trail.

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Day:  Monday, November 22                                     Hike:  A-

Trail Name:  Go John Canyon/Go John                    Location:  Cave Creek Regional Park

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                        Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  60                                           Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  600'                                             Hiking Distance(RT):  9

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1500'

Leaders:  Marty Davies  (480) 286-0736, Bill Pack (503) 701-8221

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue.  Turn left on Lake Pleasant Parkway.  Follow Lake Pleasant Parkway to the end at Carefree Highway (SR74).  Turn right on Carefree Highway (SR74) past I-17 to North 32nd Street and turn left (north).  Continue on this road, which becomes East Cave Creek Parkway, to the park entrance.  There’s an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle.  Drive to Ramada 2 where the hike starts.

 

Hike Description:  This extensive loop explores Cave Creek Regional Park and the P.A. Seltts Preserve at Go John Canyon.  The hike drops into the Cave Creek drainage on the Slate Trail and then loops back vial the historic Military trail on Go John Canyon and Looping the Park on the Go John trail

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Day:  Monday, November 29                                    Hike:  A

Trail Name:  Daisy Mountain                                    Location:  Anthem

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                       Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  52                                          Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  1215'                                          Hiking Distance(RT):  6. 6

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1646'

Leaders:  Dick Coast (928) 221-0886, Cathie Spain (404) 275-2709

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue.  Turn left on Lake Pleasant Parkway.  Turn right on North Loop 303.  Take Loop 303 to I-17, turn left to go north on I-17.  Follow  I-17 North to Exit #229.  At the end of the ramp turn right onto Anthem Way. Take first left off of Anthem way onto N Navigation Way.  Follow N Navigation Way until it turns right and becomes N Livingstone Way.  The trailhead is at this corner but, there is no parking.  Continue on then turn right onto W Rushmore Drive. Park at the pocket park on the corner (or earlier).  There are no restrooms at the trailhead.

 

Hike Description:  This Lollipop hike is on somewhat rugged trail.  The stem portion of the hike is fairly flat, on dirt roads.  The loop, however, consists of a steep climb to the first peak, followed by an additional climb to the second peak, with great views from the top.  The descent back to the stem is steep and rugged, with lots of loose

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Day:  Wednesday, December 1                                 Hike:  A

Trail Name:  Elephant Mountain Loop                     Location:  Spur Cross Ranch

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                        Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  75                                           Road Conditions:  Paved except last .7 miles

Elevation Change:  900'                                             Hiking Distance(RT):  8

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1550'

Leaders:  Dick Hobbs (573) 586-9948, Bill Pope (414) 303-1522

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue.  Turn left on Lake Pleasant Parkway.  Follow Lake Pleasant Parkway to the end at Carefree Highway (SR74).  Turn right (east) on Carefree Highway (SR74) past I-17 to Cave Creek Road (16.5 miles).  Turn left (north) on Cave Creek Road to Spur Cross Road (2.7 miles).  Turn left (north) on Spur Cross Road.  At the T (Grapevine Road) make a right, then a quick left (north) to continue on Spur Cross Road.  Go approximately 4.3 miles (last .7 miles gravel) to the parking area.  The cost is $3 per person, and you need exact change.  Maricopa County Park passes are also accepted.

 

Hike Description:  We start on Spur Cross and go across Cave Creek.  We’ll pause at the pass below Elephant Mountain to enjoy the views and observe the nearby ruins. We will then head down and into the Jewel of the Creek Preserve.

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Day:  Wednesday, December 8                                 Hike:  A

Trail Name:  White Picacho                                       Location:  Castle Hot Springs

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                        Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  80                                           Road Conditions:  Paved except for the last 8 miles

Elevation Change:  1000'                                           Hiking Distance(RT):  6

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1500'

Leaders:  Larry Bickle (406) 431-5177, Dave Conklin  (406) 210-4989

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive west on Bell Road and turn right on Grand Avenue (Highway 60) to Morristown.  Turn right on Castle Hot Springs Road.  Drive 10 miles (8 miles on a well graded dirt road). Between mlepost 10 and 11 at the bottom of the wash is the start of the hike.  There are no restrooms at the trailhead.

 

Hike Description:  This is an in and out cross country hike ending with a great view. It start in a wash and ends with a rock scramble.  If things get uncomfortable for you, no worries we return the same way and will pick you up.

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Day:  Monday, December 13                                     Hike:  A

Trail Name:  Bell Pass via  Prospector                      Location:  McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                        Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  82                                           Road Conditions:  All Paved

Elevation Change:  1200'                                           Hiking Distance(RT):  9

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1700'

Leaders:  Marty Davies  (480) 286-0736, Joette Conger (630) 390-8571

 

Driving Instructions:  Take the 101 to Exit #41.   Turn left on Shea Blvd towards Fountain Hills for 7.9 miles.  At North Palisades Boulevard (traffic light) turn left through Fountain Hills for 1.6 miles. Turn Left onto Sunridge Drive for 2.7 miles.  Turn left onto East Golden Eagle Boulevard/Mountain Parkway for .5 miles.  Turn left at the trailhead before the gated community.  There is a $2 per person entrance fee to McDowell Mountain Regional Park (or a Maricopa Park Pass for all riders in the car).

 

Hike Description:  The hike starts for .5 mile on a residential street before entering the McDowell Mountain Regional Park.  Following the Dixie Mine Trail we will pass through lush desert landscape and interesting rock formations.   We then pass into the McDowell Sonoran Preserve on the Prospector trail and climb up to Bell Pass with expansive views.  This is an out-and-back hike.

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Day:  Friday, December 17                                          Hike:  A-

Trail Name:  Dixie Mountain Loop with summits    Location:  Sonoran Desert Preserve

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                          Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  36                                             Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  630'                                                Hiking Distance(RT):  7

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1450'

Leaders:  Jack Snyder (520) 360-1363, Jean Snyder (520) 891-8307

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue.  Turn left on Lake Pleasant Parkway.  Follow Lake Pleasant Parkway to the Happy Valley Road.  Turn right onto Happy Valley Road.  Cross over I-17 and turn left (north) on Frontage Road to Jomax Road.  Turn right onto Jomax Road.  At the first traffic light turn left onto Norterra Parkway.  Drive 1.3 miles to a traffic light and turn right onto North Valley Parkway.  Go about .2 miles and turn left onto Copperhead Trail, then left again in .1 miles onto Melvern Trail.  Go another .2 miles and turn right onto Desert Vista Trail.  Follow this through the gate and all the way to the trailhead and parking at the end.

 

Hike Description:  This is a lollipop trail with 2 summits on established trails.   We will start at the Desert Vista Trailhead in the Phoenix Sonora Preserve on this wonderful urban hike.  The Summits are in and out off of the loop.

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Day:  Tuesday, December 21                                      Hike:  A

Trail Name:  Elwin’s Garfias Wash Loop                   Location:  Lake Pleasant

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                         Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  58                                            Road Conditions:  Paved except last 5.5 miles

Elevation Change:  1400’                                            Hiking Distance(RT):  10

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  2100'

Leaders:  Shannon McCary (360) 870-0611, Cesar Rodriguez  (623)-498-8278

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue. Turn left on Lake Pleasant Parkway. Follow Lake Pleasant Parkway to the end at Carefree Highway (SR74). Turn left (west) onto SR74 and follow it to Castle Hot Springs Road. Turn right onto Castle Hot Springs Road and follow it to the end of the paved portion.  Continue on the gravel/dirt road for 5.5 miles to a cattle guard marking the trailhead area.  From the cattleguard, drive an additional approximately 300 hundred feet to a side road on the left.  Parking is available along this side road which ends at the wash with a turn-around loop.   The trailhead is directly across the wash from the parking area. There are no restrooms at the trailhead.

 

Hike Description:  This cross country hike in the Hell Canyon Wilderness offers a variety of terrain, traversing ridges and dropping into washes.  Starting on the Spring Valley trail we then scramble and wander into rugged country and then loop bact to the Spring Valley Trail.  Be prepared for adventure.

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Day:  Wednesday, December 29                                 Hike:  A

Trail Name:  Piestewa  Peak/Circumference  PLUS  Location:  Phoenix Mountain Park

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                      Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  50                                              Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  1190’                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  7.6

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  2276'

Leaders:  Larry Bickle (406) 431-5177, Terry Ringhiem (623) 234-1430

 

Driving Instructions:  Turn right out of the parking lot and drive south to Olive Avenue.  Turn left on Olive Avenue and continue to 43rd Avenue. Turn right (south) on 43rd Avenue to Glendale Avenue.  Turn left (east) on Glendale Avenue, crossing I-17 and 51.  After crossing under Highway 51, follow signs to Dreamy Draw Recreation Area.  Park in the middle of the area by restrooms.

 

Hike Description:  The Summit Trail is Phoenix’s most popular hiking trail and is a staircase of stony steps with sharp exposed bedrock thrown in.  Landscape along the trail appears barren and rocky, but rugged Sonoran Desert flora dots the hills.  We will ascend the peak from the Western Trail hiking 600’ in elevation with .8 miles to the summit where we take a short break for lunch and enjoy the views.  There are several peaks and saddles along the way before returning to the cars.

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Day:  Tuesday, January 4                                             Hike:  A

Trail Name:  Brown's Ranch Highlights                     Location:  McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                         Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  62                                            Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  600'                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  10.5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1223'

Leaders:  Dick Hobbs (573) 586-9948, Bill Pack (503) 701-8221

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue.  Turn left on Lake Pleasant Parkway.  Turn right on North Loop 303.  Take Loop 303 to I-17, turn left and stay on the frontage road for .6 miles and take Dove Valley Road exit (first opportunity to exit).  Turn right on Dove Valley Road for 5.2 miles (becomes Sonoran Desert Drive), and continue on this road for an additional 4.1 miles (total distance is 9.3 miles). Turn left on Cave Creek Road for .5 miles, turn right on Dynamite Road for 9.3 miles, turn left on Alma School Parkway for 1.4 miles and arrive at McDowell Sonoran Preserve’s Brown’s Ranch Trailhead.

 

Hike Description:  This is a lollipop hike to some of the iconic points at the Brown's Ranch portion of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  From the Brown's Ranch trailhead we will accend Brown's Mountain, traverse to Cathedral Rock, loop around Cholla Mountain, traverse the west side of Granite Mountain and pass Balance Rock and The Amphitheater.

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Day:  Thursday, January 6                                          Hike:  A-

Trail Name:  Hassayampa Natural Arch                   Location:  Wickenburg

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                        Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  58                                           Road Conditions:  Mostly paved

Elevation Change:  About 450' plus the 240'

climb to the arch                                                         Hiking Distance(RT):  8

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  800'

Leaders:  Ron Fish (602) 677-1712, Terry Ringhiem (623) 234-1430

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive west on Bell Road and turn right (northwest) on Grand Avenue (Highway 60), to Morristown, 17.5 miles past the 303 overpass.  Drive past the Morristown overpass to Gates Road on your left.  This is just beyond Castle Hot Springs Road which goes right.  Go west on Gates Road across the railroad tracks and proceed on gravel road to the Hassayampa River bottom.  Park along the road.  Do NOT enter the river.

 

Hike Description:  Although cross country this is an A- hike for its moderate grade.  Start out by hiking across the Hassayampa River and through a gate and cattle guard on the other side.  Walk past some mining areas and drop into a wash to a dirt road which leads to the base of the arch.  To get to the arch there is a steep climb up a bad road with gravelly pebbles. The arch is a good spot for lunch.  On the return descend to a dirt road, passing an interesting mound of white chalk arriving at a corral.  Once again hike through the wash returning to the cars.

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Day:  Monday, January 10                                         Hike:  A

Trail Name:  Pyramid Loop                                        Location:  South Mountain Park

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                   Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  60                                           Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  1200'                                           Hiking Distance(RT):  10.4

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  2400'

Leaders:  Terry Ringhiem (623) 234-1430, Dianne Haberman (970) 275-9067

 

Driving Instructions:  Turn right out of the parking lot, and continue south on 103rd Avenue to Northern Avenue.  Turn left on Northern Avenue and continue to 101 South.  Head south on the 101 (13 miles) to I-10, Exit #1B onto I-10 East towards Phoenix for 5 miles.  Take Exit# 138 for State Route 202 Loop South for 16 miles.  Take the exit toward South 17th Avenue for .3 miles and then keep right at the fork to continue north on South 17th Avenue for .7 miles.  Turn left onto West Chandler Boulevard for .3 miles.  Turn right onto South 19th Avenue for 150 feet for the  Pyramid Trailhead (Area 62) Parking Lot.  There are no restrooms at the trailhead.

 

Hike Description:  This ridgeline loop on established trails offers great views and challenging elevations in the Gila Range of South Mountain Park.  These stark ridgelines give a new perspective of Phoenix

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Day:  Thursday, January 13                                       Hike:  A

Trail Name:  Tom’s Thumb                                        Location:  McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                       Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  70                                           Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  1200'                                           Hiking Distance(RT):  7

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1600'

Leaders:  Donnie Speck  (360) 632-7345, Susan Lehman (319) 330-1392

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue.  Turn left on Lake Pleasant Parkway.  Turn right on North Loop 303.  Take Loop 303 to I-17, turn left to go north on I-17.  Follow  I-17 North for .6 miles and take Dove Valley Exit (first opportunity to exit).  Turn right on Dove Valley for 5.2 miles (becomes Sonoran Desert Drive).  Continue on this road for an additional 4.1 miles (total distance is 9.3 miles)  The road dead ends at Cave Creek Highway.  Turn left on Cave Creek for .5 miles.  Turn right on Dynamite Road for 9.3 miles and then turn right on Alma School Parkway for 2 miles.  Turn left on Happy Valley Road for 2.3 miles and then turn right on Ranch Gate Road for 1.3 miles.  Turn right on North 128th Street for 1.4 miles and dead end into the paved parking area.

 

Hike Description:  This is 2 hikes in one on established trails.  To warm up we will hike the Marcus Landslide (the 2nd largest landslide in AZ) trail for 3 miles and then return and hike out to the Lookout Viewpoint for the best view of the McDowell Mountains and explore the wonders of Tom's Thumb.

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Day:  Tuesday, January 18                                         Hike:  A+

Trail Name:  Holly's Hill (Peak 3392)                       Location:  Lake Pleasant

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                       Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  50                                          Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  1500'                                          Hiking Distance(RT):  12

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  2200'

Leaders:  Mark Scott (541) 678-2666, Holly Scott (541)-389-8494

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue.  Turn left on Lake Pleasant Parkway.  Follow Lake Pleasant Parkway to the end at Carefree Highway (SR74).  Turn left (west) onto SR74 and follow the Carefree Highway to Castle Hot Springs Road. Turn right (north) onto Castle Hot Springs Road.  The trailhead is about 5 miles up Castle Hot Springs Road on your left, just before the bridge crossing Cottonwood Creek.  Park on your left.  There are no restrooms at the trailhead.

 

Hike Description:  This is a challenging cross country hike to a remote peak in the Hells Canyon Wilderness.  Starting out on the Walk'n Jim trail we will continue on cross country and rock scramble to a wonderful peak view.

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Day:  Friday, January 21                                            Hike:  A

Trail Name:  Spur Cross to Seven Springs

(possible key exchange)                                               Location:  Spur Cross Ranch

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                         Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  110                                         Road Conditions:  Paved except last 10 miles

Elevation Change:  1074'                                           Hiking Distance(RT):  12

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  From 7 Springs 1621', From Spur Cross 2695'

Leaders:  Beth Smith (765) 748-6271, Ken Smith (623) 518-6555, Marty Davies  (480) 286-0736, Lynda Frerichs (623) 444-4483

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue.  Turn left on Lake Pleasant Parkway.  Follow Lake Pleasant Parkway to the end at Carefree Highway (SR74). Turn right on Carefree Highway(SR74) to Cave Creek Road and turn left.  Continue through Cave Creek.  Follow the road to Seven Springs which becomes gravel.  Park at the developed trailhead parking lot which is just north of the Seven Springs picnic grounds and the CCC campground.

 

Hike Description:  This hike is done as a one way hike with a car drop or with two groups and a key exchange at the mid-point. Details TBA by the leaders.

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Day:  Monday, January 24                                           Hike:  A

Trail Name:  Polychrome Ridge - Purple Canyon     Location:  Castle Hot Springs

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                          Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  72                                             Road Conditions:  Paved except last 6.6 miles

Elevation Change:  650’ (more than once)               Hiking Distance(RT):  6

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1650'

Leaders:  Ron Fish (602) 677-1712, Bill Pope (414) 303-1522

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive west on Bell Road and turn right on Grand Avenue (Highway 60), to Morristown.  Turn right on Castle Hot Springs Road and drive 8.5 miles.

 

Hike Description:  This hike provides a variety of terrain and experiences.  There are dirt roads and washes, animal trails, bushwacking and rock climbing.   There are about 8 ‘peaks’ we top with great views to both sides. At one point, there is a descent into a canyon with purple/bluish rock. There are some rough spots with loose rock on fairly steep paths.  The dirt bikes tear the trails up pretty good.  There are other rough spots where getting down from a peak may require some exploring/backtracking to find a safe and easy way down.  We return the same way.

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Day:  Thursday, January 27                                       Hike:  A

Trail Name:  Peralta Loop                                          Location:  Superstition Mountains

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                       Leave at:  7:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  150                                         Road Conditions:  Paved except last 6.4 miles

Elevation Change:  1400'                                           Hiking Distance(RT):  7

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  1870'

Leaders:  Brian and Lynn Bain (604) 842-6433

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive east on Bell Road to Loop 101 North, turning left onto Loop 101 North.  Follow Loop 101 to Highway 60. Take Highway 60 east past Apache Junction to just past mile marker 204. Turn north at the traffic light onto Peralta Road (left).  First mile is paved, last 6.4 miles good graded gravel road to trailhead.

 

Hike Description:  This is a well-marked trail heading generally north up the canyon to Freemont Saddle. The scenery along the way is spectacular with sharp, jagged, volcanic pinnacles thrusting up hundreds of feet. Carry plenty of water as the trail climbs 1300' in 2.5 miles. From the saddle, there is an unobstructed view of Weaver's Needle. Follow the trail down the canyon to the left for about another mile to a good lunch spot near the foot of the needle. Return is via the Cave Trail, which includes some short scrambles.

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End of “A” Hikes

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