HIKE- Dreamy Draw (Mineshaft Route)





 

A moderate loop around dreamy draw’s southern valley with stops at ruins of mineshafts of the early twentieth century. The trip will cover about 4 miles with a couple 350 ft. elevation changes.

 

Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. Expect this hike to last about 3 hours.

Here are links to photos from our previous hikes to this area:

2/12/13:

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumid=12831912

2/12/12

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=5995322

1/8/2011:

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1212478


For the asking, I will have handouts discussing geology of the area, and plant and animals we’ll likely encounter. Also I bring reference books for after the hike.

Here are links to many of those handouts and references:

Piestewa Peak & Dreamy Draw Parks (overview with nature) .. .

http://www.arizonensis.org/sonoran/places/squawpeak.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piestewa_Peak

Review of mercury mining…

http://www.mines.az.gov/Publications/Circ103MercuryMiningPhoenixMts.pdf

geology of area…

http://www.gemland.com/geostories/time_side.pdf

http://www.gemland.com/geostories/ironstone.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenschist

http://nevada-outback-gems.com/mineral_information/cinnabar_mineral_info.htm

HIKE SUMMARY:

Distance: about 4 miles

Time: less than 3 hours

Difficulty: moderate

Trail: gravel and rocky

Elevation: 1400 ft. – 1760 ft.

change: about 360 ft.

Parking: large lot with restrooms

Entry fees: none

Dogs: OK on leash

REMINDERS:

Always carry and drink plenty of water!

Sunscreen is advised.

Supportive footwear is also advisable.

SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions

Hike at your own risk

To get there: Take Northern Avenue from freeway 51 and travel a short distance east to parking lot (maybe 3/8 mile).

MESSAGE FOR CARPOOLERS:

Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements. You could email members or post on this announcement page comments.

Following the hike, we’ll reconvene locally for rehydration and refueling.  Perhaps at SunUp Brewing Company, 322 E Camelback... they have a nice brunch (optional until 1pm).

http://sunupbrewing.com/

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  • Ja K.

    Thanks Joy, that is an absolutely fantastic photo of Zulka! I love it!

    January 20, 2014

  • Joy S.

    I have uploaded some photos from the hike. Got a few good ones of the dogs, especially Zulka. If you would like digital copies message me!

    January 20, 2014

  • Ja K.

    Very enjoyable, great exercise, I'm tired.

    January 19, 2014

  • Sandy F

    Sorry I couldn't make it. Looks like a large group.

    January 19, 2014

  • Tammy

    I will not be at the hike, but will meet up with you guys afterwards.

    January 18, 2014

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