For all hikes listed below, members receive Emails with details of where and when to meet, and any other necessary information along with the name and contact information of the hike leader. If you are not a member and want information on a hike, go to the “contact info” page and send us an Email request. Members: For the scheduled hike list with contact information go to the Members Password Protected Page(Click here for the link)
Hiking times for Thursday (T-Bird) and Sunday are now 7AM
RSVP for this hike and let us know if you will meet us for car pooling at the Coffee Bean or at the trailhead:
Hike Leaders: Marv & Robin
Meetup Time: 7AM
Meetup Place for car pooling: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Cafe 20235 N. Cave Creek Road,— see directions below
Meetup Place at Trailhead: between 7:30 and 7:45 – 23015 N 128th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Distance and elevation gain: 3.7 miles – 300 ft elevation gain
Description: A gentle 3-mile out-and-back hike with optional .7-mile small loop, this interpretive geology trail starts at the trailhead and ends beside or on top of the 2nd largest landslide in Arizona! This hike takes you through a remote area of the Preserve with many beautiful rock formations and excellent wildflowers in the spring.
Directions to car pooling site: On Cave Creek Rd., JUST SOUTH of Cave Creek Rd. exit off the 101. We will meet in the parking lot in front of theThe Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Cafe (which faces Cave Creek Rd. For those coming from the west on the 101, get off at the Cave Creek exit, and go right (South) on Cave Creek. As you turn onto Cave Creek Rd., get into the left turn lane. Go to the very first traffic light (Beardsley) and make a “U” turn to go north on Cave Creek Turn right after the gas station and Chase Bank on your right, and you will see The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Cafe ahead on the right. For those coming north on Cave Creek Rd., pass the light at Beardsley – pass the filling station and Chase Bank and turn right into the parking
Fall months scheduled hike leaders:
Oct 20 Marv & Robin
Oct 27 Bella
Trekking on Tuesdays
TUESDAY HIKES WILL BE SUSPENDED STARTING NOW UNTIL OCTOBER OR UNTIL POSTED OTHERWISE
Ben is offering to lead informal hikes in the Anthem area. They would sometimes be exploratory in nature with the trails less defined. There would be no need to notify me of your intent to participate. Showing up with shoes, a water supply, a camera for recording images of great high desert vegetation or Hohokam ruins, and in possession of a need to know what lies just over the next hill is all that would be required. The meeting time is 8:00 AM Tuesdays. The meeting place is behind Freddy’s Steakburger located in Anthem Crossroads shopping center. Just use exit 227 from Interstate 17 northbound and head east to Freddy’s in the Anthem Crossroads shopping center. This exit is 15 miles north of Bell Road.
Thursday Thunderbird Park Hikes
Starting time moved to 7:AM
The Thursday hikes at Thunderbird Regional Park will continue to be led by Marie. Unless you are notified by email, the Thursday hike at Thunderbird will take place every week and will be available at the same time as the alternate hike option
Thunderbird hikes: Enter Thunderbird Park off of 59th Ave, take an immediate right and drive to the last parking lot – stay to the right as you drive and do not take the curve to the left.
ALTERNATE THURSDAY HIKES
Thursday, October 17th – CAMPBELL MESA LOOP
Length: 5.7-mile loop
Elevation: 6,640 to 6,862 feet
Directions: From Interstate 17 in Flagstaff, go east on Interstate 40 for 5.5 miles to Country Club Drive (Exit 201). Turn right onto Country Club Drive and continue 0.8 miles to Old Walnut Canyon Road. Turn left onto Old Walnut Canyon Road and continue 0.9 miles to the trailhead parking on the left. The last half-mile of Old Walnut Canyon Road is well-graded dirt.
Meet at 7:00 a.m. I-17 and Bell behind Denny’s Restaurant
Thursday, October 24th – West Fork of Oak Creek (Sedona area)
Length: 6.4 miles round trip
Difficulty: Easy, 200 ft elevation gain. Bring hiking sticks for balance on creek crossing rocks.
Meet-up/carpool: Meet behind the Denny’s at I-17 and Bell Road at 6:30am.
RSVP: Contact Dan B
Bring: Hiking poles, cash to pay carpool drivers and parking/hiking fees, snacks for the hike, lunch to eat at end of hike
Description: For years the Honeywell Hiking Club used to do this hike every year at this time since the maple and oak trees would be turning shades of reds, pinks, oranges and yellows making a glorious display of color. The smells of the leaves on the forest floor would also create a wonderful smell that says Fall is in the air. I (Dan) haven’t enjoyed that fall hike for years so I’m overdue. Usually the parking lot and trail is full of people on the weekend but isn’t as busy during the week. The parking lot usually doesn’t open until 8:00am so we should be ok leaving from Phoenix around 6:30am. It costs $8 per car to park and $2 per person to hike. Oh for the good old days when it didn’t cost a dime to hike there. This is an easy hike which is 6.4 miles round trip and about 200ft elevation change. We do have to cross the creek about eight times on rocks so bring a hiking stick to make that balance issue easier. About forty years ago we took our hiking boots off and waded in about four and one half miles but then we found it required a swim to go further. So if you like bring your bathing suit and swim upstream in that 40 degree water.
Thursday, November 21st – Doe Mountain and Fay Canyon/Fay Arch (Sedona area)
Length: 7 miles total
Difficulty: Moderate, 1100 ft elevation gain over 3 different climbs
Meet-up/carpool: Meet behind the Denny’s at I-17 and Bell Road at 7:00am.
RSVP: Contact Dan B
Bring: Cash to pay carpool drivers, snacks and lunch to eat during or at end of hike
Description: This is actually two different hikes that are near one another. The first is at Doe Mountain which is out Dry Creek Road. Instead of turning right to Longs Canyon you go left for both hikes. Doe Mountain offers great views of the whole Sedona area including Capital Butte and Wilson Mountain behind West Sedona and to the south Cathedral Rock and Courthouse Butte. Doe Mountain is not really a mountain but a flat top mesa that requires only a 560 foot climb to get to the top. You walk around the edge of the mesa taking in the spectacular views in every direction. It is only around two miles in distance. Then we will go down and across the street to the entrance to Fay Canyon. First we will go into the canyon around a mile and then climb 260 feet up the east canyon wall to see Fay Arch. It is the longest arch in the Sedona area which spans 94 feet. It is 20ft wide and 25ft thick, while the bottom extends 15ft above the ground. As you approach it you think there’s no arch around here, just an alcove. But you have to get under it to see it because it is separated from the adjacent canyon wall by only ten feet. After we strain our necks looking up at the arch we will go back down to the canyon floor and proceed up the canyon. You can go another one and a half miles climbing around 300ft through shady forest at first and then it becomes an adventurous trek along a rolling, sometimes precipitous cliff side. If you survive they say there’s a great view at the top. The trek into Fay is five miles round trip. As far as difficulty goes, we do three different climbs amounting to 1100 feet of elevation change and a total of seven miles.
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