2019/2020 HIKING SEASON (a/o 1/15/20)
JAN 25 SAT
DIXIE MINE (Jan Jensen)
GOLDEN EAGLE TRAILHEAD - 8:00 A.M.
$2.00 Park Fee Moderate, 5.2 Miles, 700 ft elevation gain. Hike to interesting mine and wall of rock art in McDowell Mountain Park
FEB 7 FRI
STONEMAN MILITARY ROAD (Leonard Marcisz)
LIBRARY - 8:AM (carpool)
Easy to Moderate.
You will find this hike to be very interesting.
FEB 19 WED
BARNHARDT TRAIL TO THE WATERFALL (Pam Cissik)
LIBRARY - 7:00 A.M. (carpool)
Hard,, 7.0 miles, 1500 ft elevation gain (More difficult than Dixie Mine with twice elevation gain and starting elevation of 4100 feet)
FEB 28 FRI
CANCELLED - Possibly rescheduled for later in the season
MAR 4 WED
WHAT IS THAT PLANT AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR? (Carol Carriere)
LIBRARY - 8:00 AM (carpool - place to be determined)
Easy to Moderate. An interpretive hike of less than five miles that will identify many of the common bushes, trees, cacti and other plants that are typical of the Sonoran Desert we live in. Special adaptations will be discussed along with native people’s medical and practical uses for this flora.
MAR 13 FRI
GARDEN VALLEY LOOP - SUPERSTITIONS (Pam Cissik)
LIBRARY 8:00 A.M.
Carpool, 1 hour drive, with section on dirt road, mid afternoon return.
Moderate, 5.5 miles, 660 Ft. elevation gain, similar to Dixie Mine, except much of trail is not maintained. A popular hike in the Superstition Wilderness. We hike on a rocky trail to the site of an Indian trash mound, then cross Garden Valley, which might be muddy and then descend and work our way thru some fascinating rock formations back to the trailhead.
MAR 20 FRI
BIRDING HIKE (Kathe Anderson)
LIBRARY 7:00 AM (carpool)
Easy to Moderate: Bring your binoculars. Kathe will share her knowledge with us on birding in the preserve.
MAR 27 FRI
GRANITE MOUNTAIN HOTSHOTS MEMORIAL STATE PARK - YARNELL (Pam Cissik)
LIBRARY - 7:00 A.M.
(all day trip - carpool for 100 mile drive to Memorial); Shuttle from Yarnell ($5 donation suggested) Bring lunch; dining afterwards in Yarnell also possible.
2.85 mile hike on steep trail to Observation Deck; 1350 Elevation Gain; additional 400 ft and .75 descent to and return from fatality site - Higher elevation hike begins at 4150 feet and ends at 5500 feet. Very Difficult!
We will visit the Memorial Park and Fatality Site where 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots lost their lives on 6/30/2013. Steep memorial trail; but many stops make this a doable hike if you are reasonably fit, can handle elevation and able to hike at least 5 miles.
APR 3 FRI
TO THE TOP OF MT. ORD (Pam Cissik)
LIBRARY - 8:00 A.M.
Carpool, 1 hour drive with about 5 miles on dirt road. Mid afternoon return.
Difficult, 8 miles round trip, 1800 ft elevation gain, starting elevation of 5600 feet (nearly twice as difficult as Dixie Mine). Have you wondered what it is like at the top of Mt. Old? Lots of communication towers but beautiful views of 4 Peaks and Roosevelt Lake. We will hike (not drive) the prettiest part of the old road to the top. Elevation gain is fairly gradual going up but there are more hills than you expect on the return!