Scheduled Club Hikes

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 both Thursday and Sunday are now 8:30 AM

Sunday Hikes 8:30 AM

All Thursday and Sunday hikes will now begin at 8:30AM. Saturday and other hikes will meet as posted.

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.

Sunday February 17th we will do another hike in the McDowells Sonoran Preserve.  This one will start from Brown’s Ranch Trailhead in the northern region of the preserve.  We will hike a relatively flat and easy 3.5 mile loop using the Chuckwagon and Vaquero trails, and wrap up with the 0.5 mile Jane Rau nature trail for a total of 4 miles.

For those of you who want to carpool to the trailhead, we will meet before 8:00 AM in the parking lot of Albertsons, behind the Walgreens on the SE corner of Cave Creek Road and Union Hills.   We should reach the trailhead located at 30301 N. Alma School Parkway Scottsdale, AZ 85262 about 8:30.  The trailhead has good restrooms.  Please contact/email Dwight Schaal and let him know if you will be meeting us at the Albertson’s parking lot for car pooling or at the trailhead.  We will be leaving the Albertson’s lot promptly at 8:00, so please arrive early if you want to carpool.

During or after the hike we can discuss which AJ’s location to visit for coffee and snacks following our stroll through the preserve.  If unable or not interested in the AJ’s stop, be sure to plan carpooling accordingly.    Please RSVP to hike leader Dwight S

Trekking on Tuesdays 8:30 AM

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 8:30 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.

Tuesday Feb 12: Black Canyon Trail at Rock Springs.      The Agua Fria river is flowing significantly. It will be great to encounter an Arizona river with water. The hike is moderate with a few hundred feet of elevation change over the minimum of three miles round trip. Should it be the pleasure of the group the distance can be increased.    At 2000 feet above sea level, this high Sonoran desert offers prime Cactus variety and an iconic Saguaro of great size and health. It hugs the trail and offers an opportunity for happy hikers to hug it back. A nearby Cholla is like minded. There is a facility at the trail head.

Once again, meet at 8:30 AM Tuesday, February 12 behind Freddy’s Steak burgers in Anthem Crossroads shopping center. Driving north on Interstate 17 exit (227) on Daisy Mountain Drive and drive east to Freddy”s. We will carpool North to exit (242) at Rock Springs. The trail head is on Warner road just north on the frontage road leading to Black Canyon City.   There is no need to report your intent to participate. Just show up.

Thursday Hikes 8:30 AM

The Thursday hikes at Thunderbird Regional Park will continue to be led by Marie Farley.  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. 


This will be the second annual Valentine’s Day Cakewalk!  We will do the normal hike at Thunderbird Mountain meeting at 8:30, but after the hike we will convene at AJ’s for a slice of their famous Chocolate Raspberry Cake!!!!!!!  You must register ahead for this hike if you are planning on sharing the cake as we have to order the cakes in advance.  Email if you will be on the hike and if you will/will not be sharing the cake with us.  We order as many cakes as needed based on this sign-up and divide the cost by the number eating cake.  Register by email to  If you don’t sign up and attend and want cake we will offer you whatever crumbs are left!!!!    Last year there was not one crumb left!!!!!



February 14th – Robin & Marv
February 28th – Dan Bohlman
March 14th – Susan Walsh
March 28th – Gail Harris
April 11th – Robin & Marv
April 25th –Eileen Barczak
May 9th – Gail Harris
May 23rd – Dwight Schaal

Saturday Hikes

Let’s get hiking!  If any of you would like to lead a Saturday hike please let me know and I will send it out to all the club members.

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area hike on 2/23 will be a loop hike approximately 6 miles, with an elevation change of about 900’. This loop hike is a combination of trails (Spur Cross, Tortuga, Elephant, Limestone and Maricopa), some of which are not as maintained as others. There will be several creek crossings as well. For carpooling meet up at 8:00 am on the southeast corner of Union Hills and Cave Creek in the Albertson’s parking lot. There is a $3.00 fee per person to enter the park. Please bring sufficient water and a snack, after the hike we will lunch in Cave Creek (this is optional). Any questions, contact Susan F   Please contact Susan if you plan on attending.

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. – click this link

Spring 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. – click this link