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2019/2020 HIKING SEASON

NOV 29 FRI

HIKE OFF THE TURKEY (Jim Grajek)

Golden Eagle to Preserve; hike up Western Loop and return

GOLDEN EAGLE TRAILHEAD - 8:00 A.M.

($2.00 Park Fee)  10.5 to 11 miles; Challenging, 1400 ft. elevation gain

Exercise pace.     Good Workout with constant ups and downs. Western Loop steep.

** CHANGED FROM NOV 20** FRI DEC 6

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)

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. 

DEC 11 WED

SONORAN TRAILS - Fountain Hills Preserve (Bill Craig)

Golden Eagle Trailhead 8:00 A.M. 

From Golden Eagle: 7.5 miles, 1500 foot gain. Difficult   We will hike the Sonoran Trail and Lower Sonoran Trail loop. 

DEC 20 FRI

HIEROGLYPHIC TRAIL - Superstitions (Pam Cissik)

LIBRARY - 8:00 A.M.

(Carpool) 1 hour travel time, mid-afternoon return

Bring lunch or snacks!  4 miles, 800 foot elevation gain, Moderate to Difficult,

(Similar to Dixie Mine Trail).  Although it is a rocky somewhat steep two miles, the reward is a canyon with pools of water and rocks covered in Rock Art.

 

 

JAN 3 FRI

KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR - ADERO CANYON TO DIXIE MINE/RETURN (Jim Grajek)

LIBRARY -  8:00 A.M. (carpool)

13 miles, 1500 foot elevation gain, Difficult.  Exercise pace.     A challenging start to the New Year. A scenic hike, constant ups and downs, hike thru wash behind Dixie Mine.

 

 

JAN 11 SAT

OLD HWY 60 TO CLIMBERS LOOKOUT - SUPERIOR (Pam Cissik)

LIBRARY - 8:00 A.M.

(Carpool) 1 hour travel time, mid-afternoon return

5 miles, 600 ft elevation gain, easy to moderate, less difficult than Dixie Mine.         From Superior, we follow old Route 60 east following a beautiful gorge to an overlook for a climbing area.  Lunch possible after hike in Superior.

 

 

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

EARLY PEOPLE (Leonard Marcisz)

LIBRARY - 8:AM (carpool)                  

Easy to Moderate. 

You will find this hike to be very interesting.

FEB 19 WED

ANDREW KINSEY TO SUNRISE PEAK (Pam Cissik)

LIBRARY - 8:00 A.M. (carpool)

Moderate, 8 Miles, 800 ft elevation gain (similar to Dixie Mine except for steep climb to Sunrise Peak)   We follow the beautiful trail named for two men that were key in making the Scottsdale & Fountain Hills preserves possible.  Those that wish can climb to the top of Sunrise Peak.

FEB 28 FRI

PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE (Paul Garvey, Paul Stark)

LIBRARY 8:00 AM (carpool)

Easy to Moderate Sharpen your skills in outdoor photography – phone and  DSLR camera users are welcomed.  Will drive to a  nearby location  to be selected on weather and seasonal highlights.

 

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 25 WED

BARNHARDT TRAIL TO THE WATERFALL  (Pam Cissik)

LIBRARY - 8:00 A.M.

Carpool, 1 hour drive with last 5 miles on dirt road. Mid afternoon return. Bring lunch and 2-3 liters of water. Hard,, 7.0 miles, 1500 ft elevation gain (More difficult than Dixie Mine with twice elevation gain and starting elevation of 4100 feet).          The Barnhardt is often thought of as a gateway to the Mazatzal Wilderness.  The trail is rocky and steadily climbs along the edge of a canyon.  We will see incredible geologic folds on the canyon walls as we hike to a seasonal waterfall.  The trail is narrow in spots and a long ways down if you slip.  Sturdy boots and hiking poles recommended.  Watch video from past hike.

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!