"C" Hike Descriptions

Fall 2023 Hiking Schedule

 

Day:  Wednesday, October 25                                        Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Waterfall - Black Rock Loop                     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:  Minimal                                          Hiking Distance(RT):  3.6

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  Minimal

Leaders:  Jan Grabbe 515-890-7060     Glen Grant 707-759-0844

 

Hike Description:  The Black Rock Loop Trail is a flat trail, wide and easy to walk on.  The Waterfall Trail joins this trail via a 0.1 miles connector. Waterfall Trail is partially paved and has a gradual uphill elevation gain. There are numerous petroglyphs along the way.  The terrain gets rocky and requires dexterity at the final approach to the waterfall.

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive south on W Mountain View Road to Olive Avenue and turn right (west). Take Olive Avenue to the park entrance.  There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Park at Ramada 4.

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Day:  Monday, October 30                                             Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Balanced Rock                                           Location:  McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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

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

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

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  422'

Leaders:  Lora Lee McKinney 541-259-6262     Debbie Frank 480-825-5219

 

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.

 

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 0.6 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 Road for 0.5 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.

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Day:  Friday, November 3                                                  Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Yavapai Point                                                Location:  Lake Pleasant Regional Park

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

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

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

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  554'

Leaders:  Beth Smith 765-748-6271     Ken Smith 480-390-9126

 

Hike Description:  This trail is great for both exercise and exceptional views 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 on the three switchbacks as they are quite steep.

 

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.  There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Turn right on Cottonwood Road and follow to the end for the parking lot.

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Day:  Monday, November 6                                                    Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Quail - Rainbow Valley - Baseline Loop         Location:  Estrella Mountain Regional Park

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

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

Elevation Change:  250'                                                          Hiking Distance(RT):  4.5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  557'

Leaders:  Debbie Frank 480-825-5219     Steve Hughes 509-979-0396

 

Hike Description:  Beginning behind the Nature Center, this loop hike winds through the foothills of the Sierra Estrella Mountains, past classic desert landscape of saguaro, palo verde, ironwood, and cholla.  It's nice.  It's pretty.  It's not too hard, but not too easy.  Hiking sticks are recommended.

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive south on W Mountain View Road.  Turn left on Olive Avenue.  Continue to the 101 South entrance ramp.  Proceed south on the 101 to Exit #1A, merging on I-10 toward Los Angeles.  After 5.1 miles, take Exit #128, Litchfield Road.  Go 0.3 miles and use the left two lanes to turn left on N Litchfield Road. After 2.4 miles, turn right on MC85 for 1.2 miles. Turn left on S Bullard Avenue for 2 miles. Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn right on W Vineyard Avenue.  The park entrance is before the golf course, 0.4 miles on the left (Casey Abbot Drive.)  There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle.  Assemble at the Nature Center.

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Day:  Thursday, November 9                                                  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:  All paved

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

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  521'

Leaders:  Dick Darrow 585-329-0185     Sherri Sykes 208-884-5282

 

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/snack and water.

 

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 0.6 miles and take the Dove Valley Road exit.  Turn right on Dove Valley for 5.2 miles. (Dove Valley Road becomes Sonoran Desert Drive).  Continue for another 4.1 miles.  Turn left on Cave Creek Highway for 0.6 miles. Turn right on Dynamite Road for 9.3 miles.  Turn right on Alma School Parkway for 2 miles. Turn left on Happy Valley Road for 2.3 miles. Turn right on Ranch Gate Road for 1.3 miles.  Turn right on North 128th Street for 1.4 miles to the parking area. Park near the restroom facilities.  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.

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Day:  Tuesday, November 14                                                  Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Lynx Lake Loop                                                   Location:  Prescott area

Assemble at:  Trailhead at 10:00 AM                                   Leave at:  TBD

Driving Distance(RT):  97.5                                                    Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  100'                                                          Hiking Distance(RT):  3.25

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  126'

Leaders:  Jan Grabbe 515-890-7060     Glen Grant 707-759-0844

 

Hike Description:  This is a loop trail around the lake with nice wooded scenery.  There is asphalt on one side of the lake and a typical dirt trail on the other side.

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue. Turn left on Lake Pleasant Parkway.  Turn right on North Loop 303. Take Loop 303 to 1-17.  Turn left to go north on 1-17. Continue on I-17 North to Exit #262 and merge onto AZ Highway 69 N toward Prescott.  Continue on Highway 69 for 31 miles. Just past the Costco Store turn left on Walker Road for 2.2 miles.  Turn left on Lynx Lake Store Road for 0.2 miles. Park at the Lynx Lake Café and Store.

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Day:  Wednesday, November 15                                            Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Watson Lake Loop                                              Location:  Prescott area

Assemble at:  Hotel                                                                  Leave at:  TBD

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

Elevation Change:  Very little                                                  Hiking Distance(RT):  3

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  Needed

Leaders:  Jan Grabbe 515-890-7060     Lora Lee McKinney 541-259-6262

 

Hike Description:  The scenic Lakeshore (Peavine) Trail is a level, dirt trail that goes to the south end of Watson Lake through a lovely riparian area.  After a snack, we return to the trailhead.

 

Driving Instructions:  Directions provided at the hotel.

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Day:  Thursday, November 16                                                 Hike:  C+

Trail Name:  Thumb Butte Loop                                              Location:  Prescott area

Assemble at:  Hotel                                                                  Leave at:  TBD

Driving Distance(RT):  7.8                                                       Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  700'                                                           Hiking Distance(RT):  2.5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  700'

Leaders:  Jan Grabbe 515-890-7060     Susie Cole 406-600-8857

 

Hike Description:  Did you see that rounded "thumb" protruding grandly as you drove into Prescott?  That's our hike.  We hike this smooth and easy to follow trail counterclockwise through a forest of ponderosa pine, juniper, manzanita, and oak trees.  At the top there are terrific views of Granite Mountain and the San Francisco Peaks.  This is more elevation gain than we usually do, but the trail is hiked by all ages, including families with children.  There are alternative hikes in the area.  We can decide as a group if we want to change to an easier hike.

 

Driving Instructions:  Directions provided at the hotel.

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Day:  Monday, November 20                                                   Hike:  C+

Trail Name:  Gateway Loop                                                      Location:  McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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

Driving Distance(RT):  56                                                         Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  655'                                                            Hiking Distance(RT):  4.5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  838'

Leaders:  Dave Pudin 575-725-4904     Paul Boys 425-802-1766

 

Hike Description:  This loop trail wanders up to a low saddle before winding back to the Gateway Trailhead. The length and grade changes make this a moderately difficult hike, but one worth trying. Make your way at an enjoyable pace while enjoying the wildflowers and wildlife

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue.  Turn right on Bell Road to Loop 101 North, turning left onto Loop 101 North.  Follow 101 North to Exit #36 (N Pima Road) and follow service road to E Bell Road.  Turn left (east) on E Bell Road to N Thompson Peak Parkway.  Turn left on N Thompson Peak Parkway.  Continue to Gateway Trailhead entrance on right and proceed to parking area.

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Day:  Monday, November 27                                                   Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Pipeline                                                                 Location:  Lake Pleasant Regional Park

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

Driving Distance(RT):  44                                                         Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  250’                                                            Hiking Distance(RT):  4

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  552'

Leaders:  Debbie Wardlow 623-330-2075     Craig Wardlow 623-800-6813

 

Hike Description:  This is an out-and-back hike along a well-defined trail. There are some gentle ups and downs. The trail is a bit rocky, but no scrambling.

 

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) on SR74 and continue to Castle Hot Springs Road.  Drive 5.6 miles to a "T" intersection, turn right at the intersection. There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Turn right on Cottonwood Lane to the parking lot.

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Day:  Wednesday, November 29                                            Hike:  C+

Trail Name:  Brown's Mountain to the Saddle                     Location:  McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                                      Leave at:  8:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  77                                                         Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  450'                                                           Hiking Distance(RT):  4.75

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  640'

Leaders:  Steve Hughes 509-979-0396     Sherri Sykes 208-884-5282

 

Hike Description:  This is a C+ hike due to the many ups and downs and a higher AEG. The trail climbs to the saddle of Brown’s Mountain.  Most of the elevation gain occurs on the ascent. However, there are many ups and downs once down on the Upper Ranch Trail heading back to the trailhead.  The hike is scenic and fairly rock free which facilitates enjoying both the trail and the views. Hiking sticks are helpful.

 

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 0.6 miles and take Dove Valley Road exit   Turn right on Dove Valley Road for 5.2 miles (Dove Valley Sonoran Desert Drive). Continue for an additional 4.1 miles (total distance is 9.3 miles). Turn left on Cave Creek Road for 0.5 miles, turn right on Dynamite Road for 9.3 miles, turn left on Alma School Parkway for 1.4 miles and arrive at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead.

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Day:  Wednesday, December 6                                               Hike:  C+

Trail Name:  Turnbuckle Loop                                                 Location:  Skyline Regional Park

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                                 Leave at:  8:30 AM

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

Elevation Change:  600'                                                          Hiking Distance(RT):  3.4

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  700'

Leaders:  Jan Grabbe 515-890-7060     Paul Boys 425-802-1766

 

Hike Description:  This lollipop hike is a C+ hike because it has significant elevation gain with steep sections both ascending and descending in addition to very rocky terrain.  Located in the southern section of the White Tank Mountains, winter rains can bring hills ablaze with bright yellow brittlebush in the spring.

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive south on W Mountain View Road.  Continue south to Northern Parkway. Turn right on Northern Parkway and continue to Loop 303 using the left lane to take Loop 303 South.  After 6 miles, merge left onto I-10 West.  Drive west on I-10 and take Exit #117 for Watson Road.  Turn right and drive 2 miles to the entrance station.  Just past the entrance station, turn left on Skyline Park Road and follow it for 0.7 miles to the parking area.

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Day:  Wednesday, December 13                                            Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Short Circumference - C                                    Location:  Deem Hills Recreation Area

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                                     Leave at:  9:00 AM

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

Elevation Change:  379'                                                           Hiking Distance(RT):  3.5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  Needed

Leaders:  Debbie Wardlow 623-330-2075     Craig Wardlow 623-800-6813

 

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.  There are flat sections as well as a couple of steep and rocky sections.  Hiking sticks are helpful.

 

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

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Day:  Friday, December 15                                                      Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Brown's Ranch Road - Cathedral Rock           Location:  McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                                    Leave at:  9:00 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  75                                                       Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  159'                                                         Hiking Distance(RT):  5.8

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  300'

Leaders:  Steve Hughes 509-979-0396     Paul Boys 425-802-1766

 

Hike Description:  The trail is mostly rock free and hard packed with several ups and downs. The boulder formations will amaze and delight you as you work your way to Cathedral Rock. Another interesting place is The Amphitheater where we will have a break with the camel.  There is a crested saguaro somewhere along this trail.  Did you find it?

 

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 0.6 miles and take Dove Valley Road exit   Turn right on Dove Valley Road for 5.2 miles (Dove Valley Sonoran Desert Drive). Continue for an additional 4.1 miles (total distance is 9.3 miles). Turn left on Cave Creek Road for 0.5 miles, turn right on Dynamite Road for 9.3 miles, turn left on Alma School Parkway for 1.4 miles and arrive at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead.

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Day:  Monday, December 18                                                 Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Christiansen #100                                             Location:  North Mountain Park

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                                    Leave at:  9:00 AM

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

Elevation Change:  150’                                                         Hiking Distance(RT):  4

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  300'

Leaders:  Lora Lee McKinney 541-259--6262     Carol Campbell 651-756-9857

 

Hike Description:  This is an out-and-back dirt trail with some loose rock and hard packed.  At the 0.5 miles mark the trail begins to elevate but it is gradual.  At this point the trail is solid rock to the top.  There is no scrambling and it is easy to navigate..

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive south on 99th Avenue to Thunderbird Road.  Turn left (east) on Thunderbird and drive to 7th Street.  Turn right (south) on 7th Street to the North Mountain Visitor Center.  Turn right off of 7th Street into the park and then straight south into lot (don't turn right toward Visitor Center).  Parking is at the back of the lot at the trailhead.

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Day:  Wednesday, December 20                                           Hike:  C+

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

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                               Leave at:  9:00 AM

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

Elevation Change:  300'                                                         Hiking Distance(RT):  5.5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  800'

Leaders:  Susie Cole 406-600-8857     Larry Beckett 623-583-2517

 

Hike Description:  This is considered a C+ hike because it is long and has considerable accumulated elevation gain. It is a mostly wide trail with some steeper and some rocky parts.  There are very good views of the south side of the White Tank Mountains, north of Buckeye.  Hiking sticks may be helpful.

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive south on W Mountain View Road.  Continue south to Northern Parkway. Turn right on Northern Parkway and continue to Loop 303 using the left lane to take the Loop 303 South.  After 6 miles, merge left on I-10 West.  Drive west on I-10 and take Exit #117 for Watson Road.  Turn right and drive 2 miles to the entrance station.  Just past the entrance station, turn left on Skyline Park Road and follow it for 0.7 miles to the parking area.

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Day:  Wednesday, December 27                                           Hike:  C+

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

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                                    Leave at:  9:00 AM

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

Elevation Change:  456'                                                          Hiking Distance(RT):  5.5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  Needed

Leaders:  Carol Campbell 651-756-9857     Glen Grant 707-759-0844

 

Hike Description:  This is a C+ hike due to higher elevation change and distance.   Slate Trail is known for the Michelin Man, a wildly contorted saguaro cactus.  Flat Rock Trail has most of the hike's elevation, climbing 152' in 0.5 miles.  Quartz Trail is laden with white quartz.  The highlight of this trail is a 12' high outcropping of solid white quartz.  In addition, there is a short out-and-back excursion to Cave Creek.  If there have been recent rains, there will be water in the creek.

 

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 is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Follow the park entrance road past the Visitor Center and turn left on Tonalite Drive West and then take the first right into the parking lot for Slate Trail.

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Day:  Tuesday, January 2                                                         Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Sunrise Mountain                                              Location:  Westwing Park, Peoria

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                                     Leave at:  9:00 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  17                                                        Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  500'                                                          Hiking Distance(RT):  4

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  Needed

Leaders:  Glen Grant 707-759-0844     Paul Boys 425-802-1766

 

Hike Description:  This is a strenuous out-and-back hike with very steep sections and loose rock.  There are distant urban views. Hiking sticks are helpful.

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue. Turn left on Lake Pleasant Parkway for 4.4 miles.  Turn right on Westwing Parkway for about a mile. Park at the Westwing Neighborhood Park.

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Day:  Thursday, January 4                                                        Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Bajada - Goat Camp                                           Location:  White Tank Regional Park

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                                 Leave at:  9:00 AM

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

Elevation Change:  200’                                                          Hiking Distance(RT):  3.5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  327'

Leaders:  Linda Wagner 507-261-7832     Lou Wagner 507-261-1189

 

Hike Description:  This is an out-and-back hike with easy walking on a smooth trail for the first mile.  The trail begins a gentle climb once on the Goat Camp Trail. There are some big steps, but doable.  Along the way there is the classic desert scenery of rocky outcroppings and many varieties of desert plants.

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive south on W Mountain View Road.  Turn right (west) on Olive Avenue.  Take Olive to the park entrance. There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle.  Drive to parking area #2 at Bajada Trail crossing.

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Day:  Monday, January 8                                                         Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Badger Brawl                                                      Location:  Sonoran  Preserve

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                                     Leave at:  9:00 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  47                                                        Road Conditions:  All paved

Elevation Change:  Minimal                                                   Hiking Distance(RT):  4

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  Minimal

Leaders:  Gail Galante 630-699-4718     Larry Beckett 623-583-2517

 

Hike Description:  This out-and-back trail is fairly flat. The trail crosses several dry river beds, some of which are pretty wide.  Badger Brawl Trail provides plenty of green vegetation with nice areas providing shade when you need it.  Majestic saguaros and flowers make this a nice hike.

 

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 0.6 miles and take the Dove Valley Road Exit.  Turn right on Dove Valley for 5.2 miles (becomes Sonoran Desert Drive) and turn left into the Apache Wash Trail parking lot.  Drive 0.4 miles and park.

Apache Wash Trailhead address for GPS:

1600 E Sonoran Desert Drive, Phoenix  85085

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Day:  Thursday, January 11                                                     Hike:  C+

Trail Name:  Sidewinder                                                          Location:  Sonoran Preserve

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                                     Leave at:  8:30 AM

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

Elevation Change:  300'                                                          Hiking Distance(RT):  5.5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  600'

Leaders:  Sherri Sykes 208-884-5282     Steve Hughes 509-979-0396

 

Hike Description:  This hike is rated a C+ because of the distance and elevation gain. The trail is in the north section of the Preserve along a nice and relatively smooth loop trail with wonderful vistas of the valley below.  There are gradual ups and downs as well as a brisk climb skirting Carefree Highway which runs below the trail.  At 2.5 miles there is a covered pavilion on a concrete slab which is a nice place for our lunch stop.

 

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, stay on SR74 for 9.3 miles to the 7th Avenue light and turn right into the Desert Hills Trailhead parking area.  Park near the restrooms.

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Day:  Tuesday, January 16                                                       Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Lost Dog Wash                                                   Location:  McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                                     Leave at:  9:00 AM

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

Elevation Change:  380'                                                          Hiking Distance(RT):  4.5

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  518'

Leaders:  Lora Lee McKinney 541-259--6262     Steve Hughes 509-979-0396

 

Hike Description:  The Lost Dog Wash Trail is a loop hike with gentle rises that meanders and dips through beautiful washes and has great views of Camelback, Piestewa Peak and Pinnacle Peak.

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive north on 99th Avenue. Turn right (east) on Bell Road to Loop 101, turning left onto Loop 101 North.  Proceed north on the 101 to Exit #38, Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Turn left and continue 4.4 miles to Via Linda. Turn left at Via Linda and continue to 124th Street.  Turn left (north) on 124th Street for 0.7 miles and continue to the parking area.

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Day:  Friday, January 19                                                          Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Camp Creek Falls                                               Location:  Carefree area

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                                     Leave at:  8:30 AM

Driving Distance(RT):  80                                                        Road Conditions:  All paved

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

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  Needed

Leaders:  Steve Hughes 509-979-0396     Brenda Yearous 602-349-7086

 

Hike Description:  This trail offers some scrambling over large rocks and possible water crossings at some stretches of the creek.  The Blue Wash traverses for a mile.  The falls are a box canyon granite grotto with a spring-fed cascade and a pleasant place to have lunch and climb around the rocks.

 

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 SR74 for 18 miles to Tom Darlington Road.  Turn left (north) on Tom Darlington for 2 miles to the Shell Station in Carefree.  Turn right (east) on Cave Creek Road and continue 8 miles towards Seven Springs to an overlook/parking area called Blue Wash Trailhead on the right.  There are no restrooms at the trailhead.

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Day:  Tuesday, January 23                                                       Hike:  C

Trail Name:  Overton - Go John Loop                                   Location:  Cave Creek Regional Park

Assemble at:  Bell Rec. Ctr.                                                     Leave at:  9:00 AM

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

Elevation Change:  400'                                                          Hiking Distance(RT):  4

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  525'

Leaders:  Jan Grabbe 515-890-7060     Carol Campbell 651--756-9857

 

Hike Description:  The Overton Trail is a long but modest climb, but not too strenuous.  The trail is hard-packed with occasional rocky spots.  Descending the Go John Trail there are switchbacks that have loose gravel and some rocky patches.  The views on this hike are worth the effort so have that camera ready.  Hiking sticks are helpful.

 

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 1-17 to North 32nd Street. and turn left (north.). Continue on this road which becomes East Cave Creek Parkway to the park entrance. There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle.  Follow the main park road to the Overton Trailhead at the Nature Center.

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Day:  Friday, January 26                                                          Hike:  C

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

Assemble at:  Mountain View Rec. Ctr.                                Leave at:  9:00 AM

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

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

Accumulated Elevation Gain:  350'

Leaders:  Steve Hughes 509-979-0396     Gail Galante 630-699-4718

 

Hike Description:  This trail (AKA as Rainbow North) is a typical Arizona desert trail, hard packed and rocky in spots and is considered moderate.  The trail goes through several washes that are fairly steep and deep.  Hiking sticks are helpful.

 

Driving Instructions:  Drive south on W Mountain View Road.  Turn left on Olive Avenue.  Continue to the 101 South entrance ramp.  Proceed south on the 101 to Exit #1A, merging on I-10 toward Los Angeles.  After 5.1 miles, take Exit #128, Litchfield Road.  Go 0.3 miles and use the left two lanes to turn left on N Litchfield Road. After 2.4 miles, turn right on MC85 for 1.2 miles. Turn left on S Bullard Avenue for 2 miles. Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn right on W Vineyard Avenue.  The park entrance is before the golf course, 0.4 miles on the left (Casey Abbot Drive). There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle.  Follow the road to the Staging Area.

 

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End of “C” Hikes

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