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 Saturday, Thursday and Sunday are moving to 6:30 AM starting 6/9/19
Hikes will meet at North Mountain Visitor Center unless noted differently in the weekly email for the Sunday hike. The Center is located on the West Side of 7th St and South of Thunderbird Rd. We meet in the parking lot – look for our group.
Summer months scheduled hike leaders:
May, 5, Billie
May 12th, Marie
May 19th, Dwight
May 26th Bella
June 2nd, Billie
June 9th, Susan
June 16th, Dwight @ Deem Hills Park
June 23, Bella
June 30th, Marie
July 7, Billie
July 14th Susan
July 21, Dwight
July 28 Bella
Aug. 4th, Billie
Aug. 11th Susan
Aug. 18th, Dwight
Aug. 25th Bella
Sept . 1st, Billie
Trekking on Tuesdays
TUESDAY HIKES WILL BE SUSPENDED STARTING NOW UNTIL SEPTEMBER 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
(7:00 AM on 6/6)
Starting time moves to 6:30 AM starting June 13th
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
Distance: 7 miles (in and out trail)
Elevation Change: 1200 feet
Difficulty: Moderate (not easy, but not difficult)
Bring – At least 2 bottles of water, lunch, and snacks
Meet – 7:00 AM at I-17 and Bell Road in the parking lot behind Denny’s restaurant (southwest corner of I-17 and Bell Road)
Directions – Take I-17 north to Cordes Junction and turn left onto highway 69 towards Prescott. Turn right on Fain Road. Stay on Fain until the right turn onto US 89A toward Jerome. At the Potato Patch Campgrounds, turn left and drive through the campground on the forest road to the Woodchute Trailhead. The Potato Patch Campgrounds exit is at the top of the mountain, before Jerome.
Contact/hike leader: Dwight S
Description: Woodchute Trail #102 takes us through the woods and up to a scenic elevated overview of the Verde Valley, with its history of mining, logging and ranching. Woodchute Mountain is named for the chute once used to move logs down to the mines of Jerome. This hike is on trail with ups and downs over rocky terrain. There is a pit toilet but no water at the trailhead.
Let’s get hiking! If any of you would like to lead a Saturday hike please let Gail know and she will send it out to all the club members.
June 8th (Saturday) – Roger Lake Woody Mtn Lookout
Trails: Gold Digger and Two Spots Loop with side trip up lookout road
Miles: 7.2 miles (5.3 mile loop, add 1.8 for lookout)
Elevation change: 909′ (534′ loop, add 375′ for towers)
Difficulty: easier-moderate hike
Bring: Plenty of water, snack and trail lunch, money for carpool, hat, sunscreen, etc. No rain forecast with 76′ temps.
Meet: behind Denny’s close to Fry’s, SW corner Bell and I-17 at 7: 00 am
Description: Hike lower elevations in meadows and cool pines SW of Flagstaff in Rogers Lake Natural Area with side trip up to Woody Mountain peak Fire Lookout. This is lower elevation for Flag starting 7254′ trailhead and topping at 8048′ at lookout. Lookout is closed but great 360′ views if climb up lookout. This area was thinned so open meadows with views all around, but means hiking in more sun, tower road is shady though. For those wish you can stop at road junction and wait for group and not hike to tower. Part way on loop there is aspen grove ramada to take break at.
Stop afterwards in Flagstaff for ice cream or food. This is off Woody Mountain Road, turns to good gravel all weather road.
Additional Hikes and Activities
June 17th (Monday) – Trails #38 and #39 to Hotshot Juniper Tree – Prescott Area
Description – Before the Granite Hotshot crew went to Yarnell to fight the infamous fire that ultimately took their lives, they fought the Doce Fire where they saved a large Juniper tree. The tree is very old – reported to be about 1,800 years old! Adrian and I (Gail) are on a mission to find this tree. It is located off Contreras Road (which is close to Prescott and on the way to Skull Valley). If you are ready for an adventure, join us on this discovery hike.
Directions – If there are those of you who want to meet us at the trailhead, head west from Prescott on Iron Springs Road. Turn right or north on Contreras Road. Travel .7 miles to a turnaround/parking area and wait for us there. We will be traveling the opposite direction on Iron Springs Road because we will be taking HWY 60 to Wickenburg, Hwy 93, HWY 89 to Congress and Yarnell, to Skull Valley, and then to Contreras Road.
Mileage – 5 to 6 miles
Elevation Gain – 500 feet (approx.)
Difficulty – Moderate
Meeting Time and Place – 6:30 AM at Target (northeast corner of 101 HWY and Northern)
Bring – at least 3 bottles of water (It is likely to be a warm hike.) snacks, and lunch. (We may be eating our lunch in Skull Valley depending on the time.)
Contact – Adrian and I (Gail) will be leading this hike. I will be the contact person to avoid confusion.
June 19th (Wednesday) – Woods Canyon Lake hike and kayak
Ben and Bev have offered the use of Ben’s fleet of kayaks for a Wednesday June 19th club outing at Woods Canyon Lake northeast of Payson on the Mogollon Rim. See below for details from Ben on the hike and kayaking plan. Check your calendars and sign up early, as we may have to limit the number of participants to give everyone an opportunity to do some paddling about the lake. Once we have our list of participants, I’ll send out carpooling info. It’s about a 2.5 hour drive from Phoenix to Woods Canyon Lake, so let’s plan for a 6:30am departure from Phoenix to allow us to hit the trail around the lake by 9:00am or shortly after with time for lunch before kayaking. Sign up by emailing Dwight S.
Length: 5 miles round-trip
Elevation: 7,500 to 7,534 feet
Trailhead GPS: N 34˚20.001′, W 110˚56.646′
Directions: From Payson, go east on State Route 260 past Kohls Ranch to Forest Road 300, where the road tops out on the Mogollon Rim. Turn left onto FR 300 and continue 5 miles to Woods Canyon Lake. Park in the lot adjacent to the boat landing.
Vehicle Requirements: None (paved road all the way)
We will bring six hard shell sit-in kayaks and one inflatable. After the easy five mile hike along the lake shoreline and under pine trees, a lunch break can be taken as the kayaks are prepared. Should more hikers than kayaks exist, sharing (taking turns) would offer relaxation time in the cool pines for some participants.
The kayaks, life jackets, and paddles would be provided. Everyone should have hiking items and shoes that enjoy water for the kayaking experience. Water and a lunch would also be wise.
Contact/sign-up: Dwight S