EASY HIKE --- QUARTZ RIDGE (northeast DREAMY DRAW)

  • January 20, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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This fairly easy hike will cover about 3-4 miles over generally level ground with a little of up and down.... according to the wishes of the participants.  We will start at the 40th Street Trail Head at the north end of Dreamy Draw and generally follow Trail 8 (see trail map at link below)… You may be amazed at the huge quartz rock outcropping we will see within a half hour from the trailhead.  Then there will be choices for continuing routes of various lengths and difficulties.   

 

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 2-3 hours. 

Here is a link to a site with a trail map and other information:

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

 

Here are links to photos from our previous hikes along this route:

1/2/12

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=5194462

slide show:

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/5194462/ 

11/28/10,

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1169429

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/events/14984324/

12/26/10

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1199848

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/1199848/

 

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

 

HIKE SUMMARY:

Distance:     3-4  miles 

Time:            2-3 hours

Difficulty:    easy

Trail:             mostly smooth packed dirt/sand but occasionally a little  rocky

Elevation:   1480 ft.

   change:     320 ft.

Parking:       lot

Trailhead GPS:  33° 34’ 03.32” N, 111° 59’ 47.39” W 

Entry fees:   no

Dogs:            OK

 

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.

 

 

How to find us:  Meet at the 40th Street Dreamy Draw trailhead parking lot (See directions below) …. If lost or late, my cell is[masked]-5945.

To get there:  From the Shea Blvd. exit, travel east from freeway 51, or west from the 101, to 40th St. and then south 1 mile to the trail head.

 

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.

 

Although you may know of better choices, and I want to hear of them, I can suggest these carpool locations around the valley:

 

Those traveling from north or northwest of Phoenix could meet at the park-n-ride just west of I-17 on the south side of Bell Rd OR just west of I-17 just south of Happy Valley Rd. From these two you can take the 17 to the 101 to the 51 to Shea. Allow about 40 minutes.

 

Those traveling from the Tempe/Mesa area could meet at the parking lot just north of the 60 on Alma School Rd.  . . enter Fiesta Mall toward the west from Alma School Rd. and park straight ahead at the perimeter of the parking lot across from Best Buy. From there you can follow the 60 to the 10 to the 51 to Shea. Allow about 40 minutes.

 

FOLLOWING THE HIKE we will reconvene locally for rehydration and lunch.

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  • Amanda C.

    For those of you asking, here's the recipe for the vegan cinnamon coffee cake muffins: http://coffeevanilla.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/vegan-cinnamon-coffee-cake-muffins/

    January 21, 2013

  • Amanda C.

    Another great hike with a HUGE turnout—of people AND dogs!

    January 20, 2013

  • Amanda C.

    We have a reservation at 32 Shea at 1 pm for 20 (assuming some drop-off). They are located within 1 mile of the trailhead on the NW corner of Shea and 32nd St: 10626 N 32nd St. We will overtake the outdoor patio, which is dog friendly! Their happy hour is 6 am - 6 pm and they have mimosas, coffee drinks, and delicious food. We will need to order from the counter as they do not have table service, but that's a minor inconvenience for supporting a wonderful local place. :-)

    January 19, 2013

  • Larry E.

    I'll try to make the next one, when I get my tags, have a nice day and be safe.

    January 20, 2013

  • David S

    Amanda, that looks like a great place!

    January 19, 2013

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