"C" Hike Descriptions

Fall 2021 Hiking Schedule

 

Day:  Wednesday, October 27                                    Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Mule Deer                                               Location:  White Tank Regional Park

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                    Leave at:  8:00 AM

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

Elevation Change:  150’                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  3

Leaders:  Paul Boys 425-802-1766     Dick Darrow 585-329-0185     Debbie Frank 480-825-5219

 

Driving Instructions:  Turn right out of the parking lot and go South to Olive.  Turn right onto Olive Avenue and drive west.  Olive  Avenue brings you into the White Tank Park.  There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle.  Drive to parking area 4.

 

Hike Description:  This is an out-and-back moderate hike that is mostly smooth, with occasional unevenness and some loose material.  Bring lunch and water.

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Day:  Monday, November 1                                       Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Marcus Landslide                                  Location:  McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                        Leave at:  8:00 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  96                                           Road Conditions:  Mostly paved

Elevation Change:  276'                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  4.2

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  521'

Leaders:  Glen Grant 707-759-0844     Debbie Frank 480-825-5219

 

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 the Dove Valley 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 Highway and in .5 miles turn right on Dynamite Road.  Continue on Dynamite Road for 9.3 miles, then turn right on Alma School Parkway.  Drive on Alma School Parkway for 2 miles and turn left on Happy Valley Road.  After 2.3 miles, turn right on Ranch Gate Road and continue for 1.3 miles.  Turn right on North 128th Street which dead ends into the paved parking area after 1.4 miles.   Note:  On Happy Valley Road shortly before the turn on Ranch Gate Road you should see a small sign on the right for the Tom's Thumb Trailhead with a straight ahead arrow.  Follow the signs for the Tom's Thumb Trailhead.  The Marcus Landslide Trail and the Tom's Thumb Trail share the same parking area and restroom facilities.

 

Hike Description:  This interpretative geology trail starts at the trailhead and ends on top at the second largest landslide in Arizona!  It takes us through a remote area of the Preserve with many beautiful rock formations.The trail is pretty much flat with peagravel type terrain.  A few ups and downs and you will notice more uphill on the way back.  Bring lunch and water.

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Day:  Thursday, November 4                                      Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Waddell-Gray Fox                                  Location:  White Tank Regional Park

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                    Leave at:  8:00 AM

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

Elevation Change:  150'                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  200'

Leaders:  Dick Darrow 585-329-0185     Debbie Frank 480-825-5219

 

Driving Instructions:  Turn right out of the parking lot and go South to Olive.  Turn right onto Olive Avenue and drive west.  Olive Avenue will bring you into the White Tank Park.  There is an entry fee of $7 per vehicle. Park at area 7.

 

Hike Description:  With over 30 miles of trails in the White Tanks it is no wonder we keep finding good hikes for the C's.  Hard packed, a few rocky spots and a few small ups and downs makes this out and back just perfect.  Bring lunch/snack and water.

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Day:  Thursday, November 11                                    Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Short Circumference                             Location:  Deem Hills Recreation Area

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                         Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

Driving Distance(RT):  30                                            Road Conditions:  All Paved

Elevation Change:  200'                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  3+

Leaders:  Dick Darrow 585-329-0185     Debbie Frank 480-825-5219

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue to Lake Pleasant Parkway, turn left on Lake Pleasant Parkway and follow it to Happy Valley Road.  Turn right (east) onto Happy Valley Road and drive to 55th Avenue.  Turn left (north) onto 55th Avenue.  Stay on 55th Avenue (which changes to Deem Hills Parkway) for about 1.3 miles.  The Deem Hills Park entrance is on your right but is unmarked.  Park near the restrooms.

 

Hike Description:  Located on over 1000 acres of beautiful High Sonoran Desert, the Circumference Trail has excellent views of the CAP canal and surrounding mountains.  We will have flat sections as well as a couple of steep and rocky sections.  Hiking sticks might be helpful.  Bring lunch/snack and water.

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Day:  Tuesday, November 16                                     Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Copper Canyon #504                            Location:  Camp Verde

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                        Leave at:  7:00 A.M.

Driving Distance(RT):  160                                         Road Conditions:  All paved, except last one mile which is dirt and small rock and suitable for any car.

Elevation Change:  300'                                             Hiking Distance(RT):  4

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  387'

Leaders:  Debbie Frank 480-825-5219     Dick Darrow 585-329-0185

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue to Bell Road. Drive east on Bell Road to Loop 101 North, turning left onto Loop 101 North.  Take 101 North to Exit #23 for I-17.  Follow I-17 North to Exit #287.  We meet at McDonalds for a rest stop and to regroup.  From McDonald's turn right onto Finnie Flat Road, continue straiht throught the round-a-bout for about 15 miles, Turn right onto Oasis Road.  Go about .4 miles, turn right onto Fs 136, the Trailhead is about .9 miles on the right.

 

Hike Description:  This is the perfect hike to start the overnight with.  It is a 4 mile loop that has views of the mountains of Flagstaff as well as the basin below.  As we leave the cactus behind and begin the forested area, the trail passes through pine trees and mesquite-covered rangeland.  The highlight of the trail is, of course, Copper Canyon Falls.  Water tumbles over boulders into shallow pools.  The perfect place for a snack break and wading if you so choose.  Sticks may be helpful.  Bring lunch/snack and water.

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Day:  Wednesday, November 17                               Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Courthouse Butte                                  Location:  Sedona

Assemble at:  Hotel                                                     Leave at:  TBD

Driving Distance(RT):  46                                           Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  200’                                             Hiking Distance(RT):  4.3

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  400'

Leaders:  Debbie Frank 480-825-5219     Dick Darrow 585-329-0185

 

Driving Instructions:  Given at Hotel

 

Hike Description:  Sedona never disappoints.  Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte are two prominent sandstone peaks at the south edge of Sedona's red rock formations.  The loop has good views of both buttes from all directions, and of higher cliffs to the north, while encountering varying terrain of rocky terraces, dry washes, light woodland and flower-filled grassland. Most of the trail lacks shade.  Bring snack/lunch and water.

 

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Day:  Thursday, November 18                                    Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Wet Beaver/Weir                                   Location:  Sedona

Assemble at:  Hotel                                                     Leave at:  TBD

Driving Distance(RT):  26 One Way                          Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  200'                                             Hiking Distance(RT):  5

Leaders:  Debbie Frank 480-825-5219     Dick Darrow 585-329-0185

 

Driving Instructions:  Given at Hotel

 

Hike Description:  An out-and-back trail that is part of Sedona's Red Rock Country trail system and starts out on an old jeep road, is very beautiful and scenic.  A little rocky and sandy, not much shade and very little elevation.  Plenty to see and enjoy on this trail.  Red rock, the riparian terrain of West Beaver Creek, and the creek at the Weir for snacking and wading is the perfect end to this trail.  Bring lunch/snack and water.

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Day:  Monday, November 22                                    Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Basalt Ridge                                          Location:  McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                       Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

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

Elevation Change:  240'                                            Hiking Distance(RT):  4.8

Leaders:  Paul Boys 425-802-1766     Dan Frank     480-259-9288

 

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:  The trail is fairly smooth with a few ups and downs.  The Basalt Ridge Overlook veers off the Upper Ranch Trail and from this vantage point there are views of the Four Peaks, Pinnacle Peak and Tom's Thumb.  Brittlebush is plentiful along this route as well.  Bring lunch/snack and water.

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Day:  Friday, November 26                                        Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Wild Burro                                             Location:  Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                       Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

Driving Distance(RT):  38                                          Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  186’                                            Hiking Distance(RT):  3.5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  200'

Leaders:  Glen Grant 707-759-0844     Beth Smith 765-748-6271

 

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 5 miles to Castle Hot Springs Road.  Drive 2.1 miles to the park, turning right on Lake Pleasant access road.  There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Turn right on South Park Road then left on Desert Tortoise Road, turn left on Twisted Talon Road and continue down to the parking area.

 

Hike Description:  This trail passes through prime burro territory.  Approximately 480 burros graze in the Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area and hopefully we are able to spot at least one!  The first half of the trail winds around coves and rolling hills studded with cacti and wildflowers before climbing 120'.  Return by the same route.   Bring lunch/snack and water.

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Day:  Wednesday, December 1                                  Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Slate-Flat Rock-Quartz Loop                 Location:  Cave Creek Regional Park

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                         Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

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

Elevation Change:  200'                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  5.5

Leaders:  John Baird 217-257-3768     Debbie Frank 480-825-5219

 

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 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. Follow the park entrance road past the Visitor Center and turn left on Tonalite Dr. West and then take the first right into the parking lot for Slate Trail.

 

Hike Description:  Combining several trails at Cave Creek Regional Park, the Slate Trail is well noted for the Michelin Man, Flat Rock is where we will find our elevation, 152' in one half mile and then the Quartz trail laden with white quartz.  The highlight of this trail is a 12 foot high outcropping of solid white quartz.  Bring lunch/snack and water.

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Day:  Tuesday, December 7                                       Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Yavapai Point                                        Location:  Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                       Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

Driving Distance(RT):  35                                          Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  410’                                            Hiking Distance(RT):  3.4

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  554'

Leaders:  Paul Boys 425-802-1766     Dick Darrow 585-329-0185

 

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 (north) on Castle Hot Springs Road and drive 5.6 miles to a T intersection.  Turn right at the T intersection.  There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Turn right onto Cottonwood Road and follow to the end for the parking lot.

 

Hike Description:  The Yavapai Point Trail is great  for both exercise and a scenic view of Lake Pleasant.  The trail begins in a wash and then climbs up one long hill on a well-used hiking trail.  Near the top the trail narrows significantly but views from the top are worth it.  Hiking sticks may be helpful to you for hiking up and down the hill. Bring lunch/snack and water.

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Day:  Friday, December 10                                         Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Balanced Rock                                       Location:  McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                        Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

Driving Distance(RT):  85                                           Road Conditions:  All Paved

Elevation Change:  300'                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  4.6

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  422'

Leaders:  Judy Sadler 949-751-7841     Beth Smith 765-748-6271

 

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 for another 4.1 miles (total distance 9.3 miles).  Turn left on Cave Creek for .5 miles, turn right on Dynamite Road for 12.5 miles and turn left on 136th Street.  Continue on 136th Street for 2 miles and turn left into the Granite Mountain Trailhead parking lot.

 

Hike Description:  This hike is scenic with many interesting rock formations such as the Desert Tortoise God, the Floppy Ear Dog, the Twin Towers of Pisa, and of course, Balanced Rock.  The trail is rock free with mild elevation changes.  It is a misshaped reverse lollipop.    Bring lunch/snack and water.

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Day:  Wednesday, December 15                                Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Rainbow - Toothaker Loop                   Location:  Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                    Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

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

Elevation Change:  200'                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  4.7

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  350'

Leaders:  Dick Darrow 585-329-0185     Debbie Frank 480-825-5219

 

Driving Instructions:  Turn right and drive 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 car. Reassemble at the Nature Center.

 

Hike Description:  Another new hike for the C's out in the Estrella's.  This trail is the shorter of the two that make up the Rainbow Valley Hikes.  It is hard packed with rocky spots here and there.  The trail will also go through several washes that may be good spots for wildlife viewing, a few of them are also fairly steep and deep.  Hiking poles would probably be helpful.  Bring lunch/snack and water.

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Day:  Monday, December 20                                      Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Christiansen Quarter Ridge                  Location:  Phoenix

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                         Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

Driving Distance(RT):  45                                            Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  200’                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  4

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  606'

Leaders:  Dick Darrow 585-329-0185    Debbie Frank 480-825-5219

 

Driving Instructions:  Take 99th Avenue south to Thunderbird Road and turn left (east) on Thunderbird Road.  Stay on Thunderbird Road all the way to 40th Street.  (Thunderbird turns into Cactus Road at Cave Creek Blvd).  Go right (south) on 40th Street, past Shea Boulevard, about 4 miles to the parking area.

 

Hike Description:  This is a fairly easy soft and hard packed out and back trail with a few washes giving the accumulated elevation gain of 600’. We will see good views of Four Peaks and others.  Bring lunch/snack and water.  Hiking sticks might be helpful in spots.

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Day:  Thursday, December 23                                    Hike:  C

Trail Name:  FINS                                                          Location:  Estrella Ranch Park - Goodyear

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                    Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

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

Elevation Change:  217'                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  4

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  320'

Leaders:  Debbie Frank 480-825-5219     Glen Grant 707-759-0844

 

Driving Instructions:  Turn right and drive south to Olive Avenue, then turn left.  Continue to the 101 South entrance ramp.  Continue on 101 to Exit #1A to merge onto I-10 West.  Stay on I-10 for about 10 miles to merge onto 303 South.  303 South turns into S Cotton lane. Stay on Cotton Lane for about 6 miles.  At the traffic circle, take the first right onto S Estrella Parkway.  In about a mile turn right onto S San Miguel, then in about .8 mile turn left onto W Westar Drive for about 2 miles.  Parking lot is on the right behind the utility building.  If you get to the school, you’ve gone too far. No restrooms available.

 

Hike Description:  There is beautiful scenery on this hike which you experience on a trail that is fairly smooth, nicely packed with a few rocky places and some ups and downs, but no scrambling.  Several trails, Murel’s Mile, the Boneyard, Spent Spade and the Enchanted Forest to name a few, intermix to make this a very enjoyable and fun hike.  Let your imagination run with this and you won’t be sorry.  Bring lunch/snack, water and hiking sticks.

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Day:  Wednesday, December 29                               Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Wagner Long Loop                                Location:  McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                         Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

Driving Distance(RT):  95                                            Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  300'                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  5.2

Leaders:  Paul Boys 425-802-1766     John Baird 217-257-3768

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive east on Bell Road to Loop 101, turning left onto Loop 101 North.  Exit 101 at Shea Boulevard (Exit #41).  Turn left onto Shea Boulevard to Palisades Boulevard.  Turn left and stay on Palisades until you reach Fountain Hills Boulevard.  Turn left onto Fountain Hills Boulevard and continue until the road becomes North McDowell Mountain Road.  Turn left onto North McDowell Mountain Park Drive.  There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle.  Stop at the Visitor Center for restrooms and to regroup.  The parking area is almost directly across from the Visitor Center.  It's the entrance to the campground and there is a sign on the right that says "hikers park here".  Trailhead starts here.

 

Hike Description:  The Wagner-Granite-Bluff Trails make a wide circle around McDowell Mountain Regional Park.  The hike offers great views, (especially if there has been a good amount of rain, the blooms are fantastic) gentle grades, wildlife, and solitude.  There is very little shade.  Bring lunch/snack and water.

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Day:  Monday, January 3                                            Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Coyote Canyon                                      Location:  McDowell Sonoran Preserve - Northern Section

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                        Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

Driving Distance(RT):  73                                           Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  200                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  3.7

Leaders:  Dick Darrow 585-329-0185     Debbie Frank 480-825-5219

 

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 for another 4.1 miles (total distance 9.3 miles).  Turn left on Cave Creek for .5 miles, turn right on Dynamite Road for 12.5 miles and turn left on 136th Street.  Continue on 136th Street for 2 miles and turn left into the Granite Mountain Trailhead parking lot.

 

Hike Description:  This is a longer C hike than usual!  Enjoy pleasant ups and downs and bends through giant stands of old saguaro.  The greenery along the trail's edge is made up of mesquite, cat claw, acacia trees and shrubs.  A very special treat on this trail is the double crested saguaro.  Shortly after the saguaro, the trail drops into a narrow sandy section where tall, smooth granite walls create a nice cool spot. The trail is soft and sandy here with a desert oasis feeling amongst the datura, grasses and reeds.  Bring lunch/snack and at least two liters of water.

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Day:  Thursday, January 6                                                        Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Black Canyon Black Canyon City Trailhead     Location:  Black Canyon

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                                      Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

Driving Distance(RT):  74                                                         Road Conditions:  Paved except last .25 miles

Elevation Change:  240’                                                           Hiking Distance(RT):  4

Leaders:  Dick Darrow 585-329-0185     Lou Greco 909-739-4002

 

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 Rock Springs at Exit #242.  Turn left to go back across I-17.  Turn right at T and make an immediate left onto Warner Road and follow to trailhead. 

 

Hike Description:  This in-and-out hike is on the well-maintained Black Canyon Trail as we descend to the Agua Fria River for lunch and then back on the same trail.  This gentle trail is clear of rocks and brush; however, hiking poles are recommended for use as we descend to the river.  Bring lunch/snack and water.

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Day:  Thursday, January 13                                         Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Granite Falls/ Chuckwalla Loop           Location:  Skyline Regional Park

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                    Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

Driving Distance(RT):  54                                           Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  500'                                             Hiking Distance(RT):  5

Leaders:  John Baird 217-257-3768     Glen Grant 707-759-0844

 

Driving Instructions:  Turn right out of the parking lot and go South to Olive. Turn right on Olive.  Turn left on 107th and continue to Northern.  Turn right on Northern, continue onto Northern Parkway.  Go about 4 miles then use the left lane to take the exit toward Loop 303. Use the left lane to take the Loop 303 South entrance.  After about 6 miles, merge left onto I-10 West.  Head west on the I-10 to Watson Road, 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 until it ends at the parking area.

 

Hike Description:  This is a long, mostly wide trail with some elevation gain and some rocky parts.  There are very good views on the south side of the White Tank Mountains, north of Buckeye.  Sticks may be helpful.  Bring lunch/snack and water.

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Day:  Tuesday, January 18                                           Hike:  C+

Trail Name:  Ford Canyon                                           Location:  White Tank Regional Park

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                    Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

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

Elevation Change:  335'                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  500'

Leaders:  Debbie Frank 480-825-5219     Dan Frank 480-259-9288

 

Driving Instructions:  Turn right out of the parking lot and go South to Olive Avenue and drive west.  Olive Avenue brings you into the White Tank Regional Park.  There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle.  Drive 2.6 miles to Ford Canyon Road, turn left and park at the Area 9 parking lot, half mile up the road.

 

Hike Description:  Another C+ hike for those that like a little  challenge with some elevation.  The first 2 miles of Ford Canyon is relatively easy, but with a steady incline.  After the 2 mile mark there will be some good sized steps up and down possibly requiring a little help.  The trail is fairly rocky at this point.  The turn around will be before the difficult part so no scrambling to worry about.  Bring lunch/snack, water and sticks.

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Day:  Friday, January 21                                             Hike:  C+

Trail Name:  Go John - C                                            Location:  Cave Creek Regional Park

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                       Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

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

Elevation Change:  400                                              Hiking Distance(RT):  5.9

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  849'

Leaders:  Joette Conger 630-390-8571     Sandy Westbrook 303-257-7179

 

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 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 $6 per vehicle. Follow the park entrance road past the Visitor Center and turn left at the first opportunity and follow this road to the Go John Trailhead.

 

Hike Description:  Doing the entire Go John Loop makes this an Extended C hike.  There are great desert views as well as some elevation gain at the beginning of the trail.  Circle rugged mountains making a few steep climbs over three saddles. The trail passes through a desert landscape on old jeep trails, with low hills, along washes and foot trails. The trail is good except for short stretches that are steep with loose rocks. Bring lunch/snack and water.

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Day:  Tuesday, January 25                                          Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Sears Kay Indian Ruins and

Camp Creek Falls                                                         Location:  Carefree

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                        Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

Driving Distance(RT):  83                                           Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  300'                                             Hiking Distance(RT):  4

Leaders:  Susie Cole 406-600-8857     Judy Sadler 949-751-7841

 

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) for 18.1 miles to the T at Tom Darlington Road.  Turn left (north) on Tom Darlington for 2 miles to the Shell Station in Carefree.  Turn right (east) onto Cave Creek Road. Then drive 8.2 miles towards Seven Springs and turn right onto Sears Kay Ruins Road, then about a quarter mile to the parking lot. We will drive back about one mile to the start of our next destination.

 

Hike Description:  This is a two-part hike with two very interesting destinations nearby.  First, we visit the Sears Kay Indian Ruins which are the ancient remains of a 40-room Hohokam Indian compound situated on a hilltop with commanding views of the North Scottsdale Valley.  Ample signage describes the ruins and life within the compound.  The ruins are reached via a loop trail that is just over a mile in total length. The second destination is Camp Creek Falls, a box canyon granite grotto with a spring-fed cascade.  Bring lunch/snack, water and hiking sticks.

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Day:  Thursday, January 27                                          Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Browns Ranch Road/Cathedral Rock   Location:  Brown's Ranch

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                          Leave at:  8:00 A.M.

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

Elevation Change:  200'                                               Hiking Distance(RT):  5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  400'

Leaders:  Debbie Frank 480-825-5219     Sandy Westbrook 303-257-7179

 

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 the 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:  Another new hike for the C's out in the Northern Region of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  The boulder formations will amaze and delight you as you work your way to Cathedral Rock.  The trail is mostly  rock free and hard packed with a few ups and downs.  After Cathedral Rock we will have lunch at the Amphitheater.  Bring lunch/snack and water.

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End of “C” Hikes

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