HIKE -- Sandy’s Canyon – FLAGSTAFF

The trail follows an old road to the rim of Walnut Canyon and follows along the rim for about 0.7 mile through ponderosa, volcanic outcrops and boulder fields. Horizontal strata of Kaibab Limestone form the cliffs visible on the opposite side.

A sign marks the spot where the trail descends Sandy’s Canyon (35 °[masked]’N, 111 °[masked]’W). Aspen, wild grape vines, and poison ivy can be found during this short descent to the floor of Walnut Canyon (0.2 mile). Then the trail crosses Walnut Creek and continues down the canyon ½ mile and emerges into a meadow at the junction with the Arizona Trail (1.4 miles from trailhead). It's a 6-mile round trip to Fisher's Point or beyond… but flat most of the way.

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. However, since this is an out-n-back trail route, hikers may choose their own pace and distance. We will all turn around and return at a predetermined, agreed upon time or, using walkie talkies, at whatever time we otherwise unanimously agree upon while on the trail. Expect this hike to last 3-4 hours

For more details go here:

http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=599

weather report:

http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=599

expect temperatures in the 70’s during hike time

See photos from our 6/23/13 hike here:

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=15863532

See photos from our 7/16/11 hike here:

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=2449851

Distance : 3-6 miles out n back . . TBD

Difficulty : easy-moderate

Trail : forest trail, switchbacks, old logging road

Elevation: 6832ft.

change : 200 ft. (?)

Tailhead GPS: 35° 07’ 23”, -111° 35’ 56”

Parking : lot

Entry fees : no

Dogs : OK

REMINDERS:

Always carry and drink plenty of water!

Sunscreen and insect repellant is advised.

Supportive footwear is also advisable.

Have light rain gear available. (Scattered afternoon thunderstorms are common at high altitudes July – September.)

SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions

To get there: Take I-17 north about 125 miles to exit 339 for Lake Mary Rd. toward Mormon Lake. Take Lark Mary Rd. (National Forest Rd. Route 3) 7.9 miles (just past the second cattle guard and the Flagstaff city limit sign at milepost 338.4?). Turn left at the entrance to the Canyon Vista Campground and park in the Lot.

Google says this trail head is about 2 hr. 15 min. from the intersection of the 101 and I-17 . . 133 miles.

MESSAGE FOR CARPOOLERS:

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

Following the hike : We will reconvene locally for rehydration and refueling... perhaps at Beaver Street Brewery.

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=15863532

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  • Al T.

    carpoolers should leave park n ride at Bell Rd. just west of I-17 about 6:30

    July 25, 2014

  • Jen aka M.

    in the event post, at the bottom, there is mention of possibly hanging out at beaver st brewery after the hike, before heading back to the phx area.

    is anyone doing that, that is willing to let me carpool back to the phx area with them?

    July 25, 2014

    • Jim

      There will probably be many car pool options on Sunday... not so much on Saturday.

      July 25, 2014

    • Jen aka M.

      ok thanks. I am only interested in the saturday hike. I will likely withdraw my rsvp, as I just drove 2100+ miles in 4 days, so I am a little tired of driving.

      July 25, 2014

  • Casey

    Fisher Point is a nice and not difficult climb at or near the turn arond point.

    July 23, 2014

  • Al T.

    We'll be hiking Sunday too, so why not stay Saturday night in Flagstaff. . or camp at Bonito campground near Sunset Crrater

    July 24, 2014

  • Tammy

    FYI-My room is at the Rodeway Inn and Suites on Butler road, not the Rodeway Inn on Rt 66.

    July 24, 2014

  • Jen aka M.

    hi. i am new to the arizona...new to the arizona heat, but i love it. can i get some feedback from you all?...will this hike be suitable for someone who has been here a few weeks and not yet acclimated to the climate? or is that a bit extreme? i am basing my question on hearing about the out-of-state hikers trying to take on too much an suffer from heat stroke. thank you and god bless.........................................................


    KIDDING! :D

    -jen

    July 24, 2014

    • Jim

      I think Nemo knows CPR...

      July 24, 2014

    • Jen aka M.

      cool then - a step up from the typical male mouth i have experienced

      July 24, 2014

  • Jim

    Posted to the Prescott Freethinker's site:

    http://www.meetup.com/Prescott-Freethinkers/events/196823582/

    July 24, 2014

  • Mark G.

    Does anyone want to ride up with me and my 2 dogs? Have room for at least 2.

    July 24, 2014

    • Mark G.

      you can call me at[masked] if you have any questions

      July 24, 2014

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