FULL MOON HIKE
Donations for Cases of Water for the Homeless
Dinner @ Gallagher's
All donations of water will be going to the St. Joseph The Worker. SJTW mission is to assist homeless, low-income and other disadvantaged individuals in their efforts to become self-sufficient through permanent, full-time employment
It's time to dust off those hiking boots & head out for our Full Moon Hike in South Mountain. Teri Ann has been leading this hike for the GROUP, as well as her meetup group for over 4 years now. Come on out for a great fitness hike, meet wonderful people, stuff our faces afterwards & help a great cause. We have had anywhere from 4 hikers, all the way up to 40 hikers participating in the FMH.
Full Moon Hike:
Mileage: 3.8 miles
Elevation Gain: Approximately 500 feet
Trails: Javelina; Ridgeline; & Beverly Canyon (loop Hike)
Trail Rating: 2-3
Dogs: You may bring your dog, but must be leased & able to hike elevation gain. (bring poo bags)
Trail Details: We will start on the west side of the parking lot on the Javelina Trail. We will hike 1.8 miles before our first break, where Javelina meets the Ridgeline Trail. This is a good warmup for what is to come after our break.
After our break, we begin our climb up the Ridgeline with 3 summits. Summit #2 seems to be the steepest up. We will break @ each summit if need be. After each stop, you are more than welcome to take pictures of the aweesome moon. The best spot, normally is stop #3. After ooohing and awwwwwing the moon, downtown, etc., we will then begin our descent off the Ridgeline. This part of the hike can be quite slippery due to the loose gravel on the trail/rocks, so please watch your step during the descent. Once we are off the Ridgeline trail, we will head North on the Beverly Canyon Trail (under the power lines) and head back to the parking lot. This part of the trail has some embedded rocks with gravel on it, as well as hiking through a wash area. We will pass some condos on the right & then head into the parking lot.
What to bring: Plenty of Water. NO LESS THAN 1 LITER, good hiking shoes, snacks, a camera to capture the beautiful moon (we use the trail markers as tripods). Some hikers like to bring flashlights, and that's fine. However, between the full moon and the city lights, we have never had difficulties seeing the trail, unless it's very cloudy.
Directions: Take I-10 to 48th Street & head South to Baseline and turn right (west) or I-10 West to Baseline and get off on Baseline Road. Head West till 46th Street and make a left (south). Now, you will come to a point in the road where it appears to be a driveway. It is not. It is part of the street. Drive all the way till the road ends and park in the 2nd parking lot on the left.
Please Note: Do not park in the 1st left parking lot. This is a business lot and you may be towed. If our parking lot is full, you may park along the street.
We might see some wildlife, as well. We have encountered rattlers, coyotes, and even Javelenas. During one of our hikes, a pack of coyotes actually crossed the trail, less than 10 feet in front of us. The main thing to remember is you leave them alone, they will leave you alone. Remember, know your strength and weaknesses on the trail. If you're a beginner, take your time on the trail. We normally have a sweeper in the back, to ensure that everyone is safe. The group is never allowed to break off, we stick together always. I am trained & certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and Emergency Animal Medical Technician I (EAMT I), so my pack might be larger than the rest of yours. The first and foremost thing about a hike, especially a full moon hike, is safety comes first. We will be joined, by other Meetup groups as well. See you on the trail
Dinner @ Gallagher's: Gallagher's is a nice place to have dinner, watch sports, listen to their Karaoke singers (some bad, some good).If you do not want to do the hike, come join us for dinner. Send me a text that you would like to attend dinner only & I can text you with the estimated time. 3220 E Baseline (NE corner of 32nd Street/Baseline) Phoenix, AZ
See you on the trail Teri Ann[masked]