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3rd Annual Christmas Hike to Shaw Butte Summit

  • Dec 19, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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This hike is rated INTERMEDIATE.

This is a joint event with the Phoenix (2 hour) Beginner Hikers group. Join me for an evening Christmas hike up Shaw Butte! We'll start at the Dollar Tree parking lot and take an unmarked trail into the preserve. When we hit the #306 we'll take it COUNTER-CLOCKWISE around and up the partly paved trail leading to the top.Up at the top, we will enjoy the nighttime view, hot chocolate, holiday cookies and whatever goodies you would like to contribute. The beginning is flat which allows for a warmup, but then the majority of the climbing is packed into the middle and it's very steep but gradual. We will come down the same way we came up. Half way down, there is a tree that is decorated for the season. Let's add to the fun and bring an ornament that you are willing to part from to add to the tree. You're encouraged to bring a camera and must bring at least 1+ liter of water per person and sturdy hiking footwear. You should also bring a flashlight and/or a headlamp as we'll be in the dark during this hike.

Let's make this as festive as possible! Dress up in GREEN or RED and wear a FUN HAT!

DISTANCE: 4.5 miles roundtrip

ELEVATION GAIN: 759 ft
TRAIL STYLE: Up and back
DURATION: 2.5 hours
DOGS: Yes, if leashed
FACILITIES: Bathroom and water fountain
WEBSITE: Trailmap

DIRECTIONS:We'll meet at the Dollar Tree parking lot on the SW corner of 7th Street and Thunderbird. Park along the southernmost end of the lot along the preserve border and 7th St.

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  • Lana

    memorable hike:)) Thank you Sarah!

    1 · December 20, 2013

  • Viola

    Great Hike - didn't like the rain

    December 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Sarah. First night hike, survived the rain with great treats, hot chocolate, and meeting wonderful new hiking friends. Merry Christmas everyone. Be safe during the holidays!

    December 20, 2013

    • Sarah L

      Wow Marla, this was your first night hike?! I'm impressed!! Hope you join me on future night hikes minus the rain! Great meeting you! :)

      December 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike considering the weather conditions were not optimal. Thanks Sarah.

    December 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great time

    1 · December 20, 2013

  • David R.

    Great fun and plenty of holiday cheer. The rain at the top wasn't fun, but it dried out quick enough.

    December 19, 2013

  • BevV

    Amazing hike with fun people & fabulous snacks! Thanks, Sarah for organizing the best option for a fun activity for this evening!

    December 19, 2013

  • Sarah L

    I'm happy we were able to still enjoy the snacks, hot chocolate and put our ornaments on the tree! It was great seeing some old and new faces!! Merry Christmas everyone!!!

    3 · December 19, 2013

  • Patty J

    Great hike - all the snacks were awesome, lots of great hiking friends and some rain to get us in the holiday spirit. Thanks for organizing Sarah!

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bringing some more hot chocolate, cups, and some Belgian butter waffle cookies...just need to make it there by 6:30. If, for any reason I am late, I will catch up with you. : )

    December 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry...have to cancel...just too cold and rainy for me. It's raining cats and dogs on the West side and it is headed east. Stay warm!

      December 19, 2013

  • Randy from M.

    Lite sprinkle, radar shows the rain to the North of us.

    December 19, 2013

  • Lori

    Was clear weather in east valley and then drove into torrential downpour. Didn't bring a rain jacket, so I am heading home:(

    December 19, 2013

  • Nina D

    Sorry, I can not make it! Have a great hike and Happy Holidays!!!!

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just jump on this trek do you need me to bring anything?

    December 19, 2013

  • Randy from M.

    Rain Jacket, Head Lamp, Cookies, Jet Boil, Tea and a Christmas Ordiment! Gitty Up!

    December 19, 2013

  • Randy from M.

    Dropping like flies on sticky tape!

    December 19, 2013

  • Galina

    So upset , got sick ;( have a great hike !!!

    December 19, 2013

  • Rich P

    Its raining. What's the plan?

    December 19, 2013

  • Rosa P.

    So sorry to cancel but I'm not feeling up for this now. Happy holidays.

    December 19, 2013

  • Amina D.

    I"m not gonna make it. Have fun.

    December 19, 2013

  • Randy from M.

    I will be packing my Jet Boil to heat water for tea and hot chocolate. I will however nit pack WATER up the hill for others.

    December 19, 2013

    • Sarah L

      Randy, I will be bringing two carafes of hot chocolate and a friend of mine will be bringing two things of Starbucks coffee. :)

      December 19, 2013

  • Sarah L

    Possible light showers but still plan on hiking. As of right now, it's not raining around N. Mountain. Bring a rain jacket just in case! :)

    December 19, 2013

  • Randy from M.

    Bring wet weather gear

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • Christa

    Sorry, I can't do it after all. Have to finish my shopping before tomorrow

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just moved here so im lacking the typical equipment. Would a flash light, new running shoes and a 20 oz of water be ok?

    1 · December 19, 2013

    • Sarah L

      Yes. That should be fine! :)

      December 19, 2013

  • John J

    Working late tonight.....hope everyone has an awesome hike!

    December 19, 2013

  • Ingrid

    bringing pumpkin spice bread YUM!

    December 19, 2013

    • Sarah L

      Yum is right! Thanks!! :)

      December 19, 2013

  • Carey A.

    bringing delicious cookies!

    December 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing brownie bites

    December 18, 2013

  • Christa

    I'm bringing my 12 year old son

    December 19, 2013

  • Sarah L

    Here is a reminder about tomorrows hike. Meet in front of the Dollar Tree parking lot, bring an ornament, and dress up in something festive! Thanks to those who are bringing goodies to share! See you all tomorrow!! :)

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • Gina S.

    Forgot that I was flying back to NC for the holidays that afternoon. Sorry :(

    December 14, 2013

  • Cary

    Soo sad that I will miss out on this hike with such coool peeps

    December 13, 2013

  • Karen

    I inadvertently scheduled a conflict and cannot attend. Thanks.

    December 12, 2013

  • Sarah L

    FYI, I might be able to get Santa to stop by. So if you have kiddo's that are fit enough to hike an intermediate hike, BRING THEM! :)

    December 1, 2013

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