|Sent on:||Saturday, February 25, 2012 2:41 PM|
Please join Marshall on Sunday morning for a moderate/hard hike and then we'll meet afterwards for lunch at Whole Foods in Scottsdale!
For the hike we'll take the legendary Tom's Thumb Trail (from the Temporary Tom's Thumb Parking Lot to Tom's Thumb and return the same way). The total hike is about 5 miles. The elevation gain is about 1000 feet (it's mostly uphill going to Tom's Thumb, and mostly downhill on the return). The uphill hike is not easy. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest, I would rate the hike at about a 7. The majority of the elevation gain is in a 1.5 mile stretch near the start of the hike making for a rather steep climb. All the trails and intersections in McDowell Sonoran Preserve are well-marked. Dogs on leashes are welcomed. (Bring water for your pets.) If anyone needs to contact Marshall near meet-up time his cell phone number is[masked]-8228.
Since parking at the Temporary Tom's Thumb Parking Lot is limited let's meet near the NE corner of the parking lot for Whole Foods, 7111 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85054, and we'll carpool from there. To reach the Temporary Tom's Thumb Parking Lot we'll drive east on Happy Valley Road from Pima Road (there are signs to McDowell Preserve/Tom's Thumb parking after entering Troon on Happy Valley Road). An alternative way to get to the parking lot is south on 128th Street from Dynamite Road. (A high clearance vehicle may be necessary driving on 128th Street.)
After the hike we'll return to Whole Foods for lunch/dinner (aka "linner" :). Whole Foods has a large produce section, a juice bar, deli foods, deli pizza, prepared foods in their deli case, a humongous salad bar, or get something packaged off their well-stocked shelves!
Related Web sites: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Assets/Public+Website/trails/trails+images/Preserve+Trails+North.pdf http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=733
What: VEG Hiking and Afterwards Lunch at Whole Foods in Scottsdale!
When: Sunday, February 26, 10:00 AM
Where: NE corner of parking lot for Whole Foods (towards corner of Mayo Blvd & Scottsdale Rd)
7111 E Mayo Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85054
For more info, or to RSVP, please visit: http://www.meetup.com/VEGphx/events/52175882/