Sunday 3/31 Cave Creek Regional Park (37900 E Cave Creek Pkwy, Cave Creek, AZ 85331)
Ramada #2 (just past Nature Center, turn left into parking lot with four ramadas, #2 is the 6-table ramada on NE corner of parking area)
Hiking: Starts at 9:00 Hiking will be flexible, aiming for 2 to 3 miles. Out and back on the Overton or Slate trails.
Lunch: Starts at 11:00 Cost: $7.00 per car to get into the park
Bring: The club will furnish meat, bread, and fixings for sandwiches plus drinks. Please bring a dish to share with our lunch.
Carpooling: For those who plan to hike, meet behind the Walgreens on the southeast corner of Union Hills Rd and Cave Creek Rd, in the Albertson’s Parking lot, before 8:30 AM. For those who would like to only attend the picnic, meet behind the Walgreens by 10:15 AM.
T-Shirts: If you ordered one of the new club tee-shirts, it will be ready for you to pick up at the picnic. Thanks to Bev Levesque for all her work and coordination on the shirts!
Hiking Trip to Monument Valley/Arches/Canyonlands April 8th – 13th Ready to see more interesting places in the Southwest? We have a spring hiking trip planned to view Monument Valley, Arches, and Canyonlands.
The first night we will stay in Kayenta so that the next day we can take a driving tour through Monument Valley. On our way to Moab after Monument Valley, if there is time, we may also be able to view Gooseneck and the Valley of the Gods.
The second night we will lodge in Moab and then spend the next 2 days hiking in Arches.
Following our adventure in Arches we will travel to Canyonlands and see some more of our beautiful Southwest landscape.
Thanks to Bev for finding places that had group rates for Kayenta and Moab. I have listed the hotels that offered us discounted rates, and I have already made reservations at these hotels.
Moab is a very busy tourist area and so it would be best if you are interested in this trip to make reservations as soon as possible.
Be prepared for 4 lunches and at least 3 happy hours.
April 8th – Kayenta
We will leave the Phoenix area at 8:30 AM and meet at the Cameron Trading Post for lunch. From there we will lodge in Kayenta.
Wetherill Inn (928-697-3231) If we have 10 or more rooms reserved, the cost is $86 plus tax. When you make reservations here, be sure and say that you are from the Glendale Hiking Club so that you will receive our group rate. Breakfast is included. (10% savings if you are an AAA or AARP member)
Happy hour that evening is a possibility, but not sure where at this point.
April 9th – Monument Valley and Moab
We will first visit the visitor center at Monument Valley and then take a car tour through the area. After seeing the National Monument, if there is time, we might be able to view Gooseneck and the Valley of the Gods on the way to Moab.
Moab Valley Inn (800-831-6622) – The cost is $140.00 a night plus tax. This includes breakfast. When making reservations, ask for Makala. She works 8-4 Monday through Friday, and tell her you are from the Glendale Hiking club so that you will receive our group rate.
If you choose to stay in a different hotel, please let me know. Happy hour may have to be postponed until the next day when we are more familiar with the area.
The club will meet in the Arches Visitor Center parking lot. I learned that if you enter the park before 8:00 AM, you do not have to wait in a long line but can simply go through the entrance area.
- We will travel to the Devils Garden Trailhead. Here we can break into two groups. One group can walk to the Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch and Landscape Arch (about 2 miles). For those who would like more of a challenge, a hike to Private Arch and back might be desired. On this trail there are 5 points of interest (about 5 miles).
- On the return trip both groups can stop at Broken Arch and Sand Dune Arch (about 1.5 miles).
- There are many places along the road to stop and view the scenery.
- Across from Balanced Rock there is a picnic area with bathrooms. This might be a great place for lunch.
- On the way out of the park cars may like to stop at the visitor center to learn more about Arches.
Hopefully, a place for happy hour can be decided upon.
- After meeting in the Arches Visitor Center parking lot, the group will travel to Wolfe Ranch and then hike to Delicate Arch. It is a 3 mile roundtrip hike mostly on a rock face with an elevation change of 480 feet. For those who do not want to do this hike, there are viewpoints with only a 100 yards of walking. However, I think everyone can make this very impressive trek to the most famous Arch in the park.
- The next easy hike will be to Double Arch, North Window, South Window and Turret Arch (about 1.5 miles).
- Traveling back down the road there is a short hike around Balanced Rock.
- Here again we might elect to have lunch across the road from Balanced Rock.
- Returning down the road there will be points of interest each car might want to stop and view.
- There is a 2 mile round trip hike called Park Ave. close to the entrance of the park that can be completed if desired.
This is the day we will travel to Canyonlands National Park. It is mostly a car ride with a few short hikes to view various points of interest.
- We can stop at the visitor Center either entering the park or exiting the park.
- Mesa Arch might be our first stop.
- Next, we can go to Upheaval Dome and do a short hike. Picnic tables are available here.
- Green River Overlook, Candlestick Tower Overlook, Buck Canon Overlook, and Orange Cliffs Overlook are some other points of interest. There are picnic tables near Orange Cliffs Overlook. Also at Orange Cliffs Overlook there is a hike some of us might wish to do.
April 13th Return home.
Past Club Hiking Trips
Silver City NM., Grand Canyon, Chiricahuas, Picacho Peak, Paria Canyon, Page (Horseshoe Bend, Upper & Lower Antelope Canyon, the Mushrooms, Sedona (West Fork/Secret Canyon & others), Flagstaff (Kendrick Peak, Mt. Humphreys, Inner Basin), Lassen Volcanic National Park, Bryce & Zion, Glacier National Park, Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Park, Canyonlands & Natural Bridges,Ut, Las Vegas (Red Rock, Mt Charleston), Aravaipa, Lees Ferry to Diamond Point (float trip), Havasupai, Hualapai Mtn Park (Kingman), Joshua Tree National Park, Muleshoe Conservancy (Wilcox), Buckskin & Hackberry Canyon in southern UT, Paria Canyon, Payson, Ramsey Canyon, Tucson, White Mts. of Eastern AZ, Williams, Cottonwood (Parson’s Springs), Jerome (Yeager Trail), Strawberry (Fossel Springs Trail), Buckskin & Hackberry Canyon, UT, Pinetop – Lakeside, Ramsey Canyon – Sierra Vista, AZ, Page, AZ, Canyon De Chelly, Tubac, AZ.
THATS A LOT OF HIKING, FRIENDSHIP AND HAPPY HOURS FOLKS!