HIKE --- Stoney Mountain North from Dreamy Draw

 

 

 

Time for another hike just for the pleasure of walkin’ and talkin’!

This “FAIRLY EASY” hike will start at the Dreamy Draw parking lot. Then we’ll pass under the freeway and head north toward Cave Creek Rd. At the north end of our trail we’ll circle around a small butte and return back the way we came. This walk will be about 5 miles with only a few moderate 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. However, since this is an out-n-back trail lollipop route, hikers may choose their own pace and distance. In general, we’ll all begin our return simultaneously at an agreed upon time. Expect this hike to last 3 hours.

Here are photos from our visit 2/25/12

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=6261762

slideshow:

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/6261762/

HISTORY . . . .Along the eastern slopes of the Stoney Mountain range can be seen dark brown, almost black areas of broken up rocks and rubble. Some of this rock forms a pointed outcrop at the south end of the range and gives the range its name, “Stoney” Mountain.

Those rocks are the remains of ancient submarine hot springs from the bottom of an ancient ocean. The hot springs were rich in iron, and those iron minerals give the rocks their current color and their name…. ferruginous quartzites.

Those hot springs erupted, seethed, and bubbled about 1.7 billion years ago. At that time the only life on earth was microscopic.

You can read about the ancient history of the area at these links:

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

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

HIKE SUMMARY:

Distance: 4.94 miles

Time: 3 hours

Difficulty: fairly easy

Trail: mostly crushed rock and gravel

Elevation: [masked] ft.

change: 300 ft..

Parking: lot

Picnic Tables GPS: 33° 33’ 51.22” N, 112° 01’ 43.72” W

Entry fees: no

Dogs: OK

REMINDERS:

Always carry and drink plenty of water!

Sunscreen and supportive footwear is recommended.

SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions

How to find us: We’ll meet at the picnic tables alongside the Dreamy Draw parking lot easily reached by driving east on Northern Ave. from freeway 51. Allow time for parking… sometimes the main lot is full on weekend mornings. …. If lost or late, my cell is[masked]-5945.

IMPORTANT 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 for rehydration and lunch … perhaps SunUp Brewing Company, 322 E Camelback. -- http://sunupbrewing.com/

OR Our Gang Sports Bar …. 9822 North 7th Street….OR ???

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  • Troy G.

    Pleasant hike with some good opportunities to stretch the legs.

    November 24, 2012

  • Tyger G.

    A little longer than we have been doing lately, but it was a great hike and I really enjoyed it.

    November 24, 2012

  • Cathy

    Great hike! I enjoyed it, just wish it were a bit cooler.

    November 24, 2012

  • Patrick

    sounds great. this is a contender for being the first hike I go on with this group.

    November 13, 2012

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