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 Thursday (T-Bird) and Sunday are now 8:00 AM


Sunday Dec 8 North Mountain at 8AM
Robin and I are hoping to make it Sunday, but we are still recovering from the flu.  This thing ought to be over by Sunday, but just in case we are keeping it simple.  Brad has agreed to lead the hike. It will be about 4 miles and to keep it simple, we will meet at the Parking Lot of the North Mountain Visitor Center at 8AM – (on 7th street south of Thunderbird)

Trekking on Tuesdays 

Alt Tuesday hike – December 10th – Sunrise Mountain, Peoria

Length and Difficulty:  Intermediate Trail:  3.0mi/420ft incline.  Full Trail:  4.5mi/750ft incline.  Individuals can decide how far they would like to hike.
Meet:  Meet at Westwing Park at 27100 Westwing Pkwy, Peoria, AZ 85383 by 8:30 AM

Directions:  Go north on 67th Ave, turn left (west) onto Happy Valley, turn right (north) onto 83rd Ave, go past the four-way stop at Jomax.  After passing the traffic light at High Desert Dr, make a U-turn at  the next left and pull into West Wing Park.  For folks who’ve never been to West Wing Park, 83rd Ave. turns into West Wing Parkway. After you go through the light at the High Desert Dr intersection, in about 0.4 miles, you’ll see the West Wing Park on their left, but the road is divided and there is no direct  left into the parking lot.  Go down another 0.1 miles to the next intersection (no light) and make a U-turn back to get into the parking lot entrance.
Meet at the southeast end of the parking lot.  There are bathroom facilities at the park.  Hike Leader:  Dwight Schaal

Contact info and instructions:  To sign up, text, call, or email Dwight

Description (from HikeArizona):  This one is going to get your heart beat going!  You start with a 150′ incline for the first half mile to get warmed up. Then the hike levels off for the next half mile. But be prepared because the next two-thirds mile provides a lot of undulation and another increase in elevation approximately 300 feet and some of that incline is steep. There are several opportunities to take a break along this incline that provides scenic views and resting areas if you choose to do so. You will be rewarded when you reach the top of the peak just past the 1.5 mile point with panoramic views a full 360 degrees. On a clear day you will see downtown Phoenix to the southeast, White Peak toward the west, Lake Pleasant and Waddell Dam to the north, and the New River Dam toward the northeast that joins the West Wing and East Wing mountains together.

January 21st – Go John at Cave Creek Regional Park

Description – The Go John Trail at Cave Creek Park is one of our club’s favorite desert hikes. Not far from the Phoenix area off of Cave Creek Road, you will find yourself enjoying a get-away from the hustle and bustle of city stresses. —– Mileage – 5.8 miles   Difficulty – Moderate —-Elevation Change – Approximately 400 feet —– Meeting Time and Place – Because there is a charge of $6.00 per car, we will meet at the Fry’s parking lot behind Denny’s (I-17 and Bell Road, southwest corner) at 8:00 AM and carpool from there. ——-Directions – Turn on Carefree HWY off of I-17. Turn onto 32nd St going north to park entrance.——- Bring – At least 2 bottles of water and a snack to eat on the trail. Money to help pay for gas and entrance fee. —–Contact – Gail H

February 18th – White Tanks – Mesquite Canyon, Willow, Ford, Mesquite Loop

Description – This trail is located in the White Tanks Mountain Range west of the valley. The hike takes you through beautiful desert wilderness and rocky canyons. —— Mileage – 8.3 miles ——– Difficulty – Moderately difficult —–  Elevation Change – 1,000 feet approximately —— Meeting Time and Place – Safeway parking lot at 107th Ave. and Olive. at 8:00 AM ——- Directions – Drive west on Olive Ave to the entrance of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park. ——– Bring – At least 2 bottles of water, snacks, lunch to eat on the trail. Also bring money to help pay for gas and entrance fee.——- Contact – Gail H

March 17th – Spring Valley Trail – Close to Lake Pleasant

Description –  Nestled in the Hell’s Canyon Area close to Lake Pleasant, the Spring Valley Trail is a gentle hike up and down desert hills. The last time the club hiked this trail we observed 2 herds of javelina and 1 herd of donkeys! You will walk through a desert of saguaros, cholla, paloverde, and maybe even see a wildflower or two. ——- Mileage – 6-7 miles —— Difficulty – Moderately Easy ——- Elevation Change – Approximately 300 feet ——- Meeting Time and Place – AJ’s parking lot at the 101 and 67th Ave at 7:30 AM.——– Directions – From Carefree HWY or Highway 74, turn right on Castle Hot Spring Rd to the end of the road. Turn left at the T intersection and go about 5 miles on a dirt road. The trail is on the left or south side of the road across a wash.——– Bring – At least 2 bottles of water, snacks, and a lunch to eat on the trail. Also bring money to help pay for gas. ——Contact – Gail H

Thursday Thunderbird Park Hikes
Starting time moved to 8:00 AM starting Nov 7th

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.


Saturday Hikes

Saturday 12/7 – Apache Wash Trailhead (Phoenix Sonoran Preserve north region)

Length and difficulty: 4.7 MILE LOOP (5.0 miles if you go up to the Ridgeback Overlook), difficulty moderate with 600 feet cumulative gain (200 feet more if you go up to the Overlook)

Meet:  Be at the Apache Wash trailhead by 8:30 AM.

Directions:  Drive north on I-17 to the Dove Valley Road exit (I-17 exit 222). Drive east on Dove Valley Road for 5.2 miles to the entrance to the Apache Wash Trailhead, on north side. We will meet in the ramada/trailhead area next to the restrooms at north end of parking area.

Hike Leader:  Dwight

Contact info and instructions:  To sign up, text, call, or email Dwight

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