This is a beautiful hike (literally!) on the closest Saturday to the March 27th Full Moon. The forecast is for clear skies. The moon rises at 3:22pm and sets at 3:56am, so at the time of this hike it will be bright and well above the horizon. It should be a great time for a moonlit hike! In addition to the moon, there are wonderful views of the city lights.
The place is at the northeast corner of South Mountain. We'll start at 6:15pm, just before the 6:42pm sunset. We'll begin on the Javelina trail, hiking west up to the northern ridge of South Mountain. We'll get to the ridge just as it is getting dark, and then we hike east along the Ridgeline trail for a beautiful view of the moon and the city lights. After a while we drop down to the Beverly Canyon trail, then loop around to the cars.
The total distance is about 4 miles. It takes about 2.5 hours. Perhaps a little less. Afterwards, those of us who want to socialize a bit more will meet for dinner and/or drinks at Rustler's Rooste (it will be a little late for dinner -- about 9pm). The Rooste is a Phoenix original. It's been there forever and is very unique. It also has a beautiful view of the city lights.
Trail descriptions and maps can be found here:
Rustler's Rooste has this web page:
We meet at the 46th street parking lot. To get there, go to 46th street & baseline, and take 46th street south. The street dead-ends quickly at the parking lot. If the parking lot is full, it's OK to park in most places along 46th street.
Bring water, and a flashlight (for emergencies). Personally, I like to hike this with just the moonlight. It's more romantic that way! :-)