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Let’s head up to Flagstaff for a day of snowshoeing at or around the Nordic center. If you don’t have your own snowshoes you can rent them in Phoenix or at the Nordic center. But reserve them in advance. We’ll meet up in the parking lot of the Nordic center (happy to arrange a carpool if we get enough interest)
SEVEN DAYS IN PARADISE - Hiking Secluded Tropical Valleys, Walking on Black Sand Beaches, Lava Tube Exploring, Night Snorkeling with Manta Rays, Volcanoes National Park, Waterfalls, What more could you ask for??? Day One: Arrive at airport, stop at Safeway, Wal-Mart, for groceries/snorkeling equipment, etc. Arrive at beach house, settle in and hang out at Magic Sands Beach. Time permitting - in the evening, sample the food and some local brews at the Kona Brewery Day Two: Morning - hike and explore Pololu Valley, Honokane Nui Valley and Honokane Iki Valley( http://www.bigislandhikes.com/pololu-valley/ ) and their black sand beaches - (hike 5 to 8 miles RT - 800' to 1,400 elevation loss/gain - rated moderate - late lunch/early dinner at a local brewery. Day Three: Short drive/hike to "Captain Cook Monument" and go snorkeling at the 315 acre underwater park ( http://www.bigislandhikes.com/kealakekua-bay/ ), along the hike out, we will stop and explore a lava lube, (hike is 5+ miles RT - 1325' elev loss/gain - rated moderate to extreme due to steep hike out in the open on black lava fields in hot humid weather). Afterwards stop at Greenwell Coffee Plantation for a tour and some Kona Coffee Tasting ( http://www.greenwellfarms.com/farm-tour ). Optional Manta Ray Night Snorkeling in the evening - approx $90 extra, ( http://www.seaparadise.com/night-manta-snorkel.html ). Days Four &; Five: Looong drive/hikes-tour the island. Visit Punalu'u Black Sand Beach (https://www.lovebigisland.com/big-island-beaches/punaluu/). In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ( http://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm ) we'll do a few hikes including the Thurston Lava Tube (walk 1500' on a trail that passes through a rich fern forest and lava tube). We will stay overnight in a cabin at the Namakanipaio Campground. After dark we will do a short night hike from the campground (about 1/2 mile each way) to the overlook at Jaggar Museum, we should be able to view the glow from the lava in the Kilauea Caldera - we don't expect to see any lava flows. In the morning we will have a buffet style breakfast at the Volcano House overlooking the Kilauea Crater. Near Hilo-short hike to Akaka Falls; tour/hike Onomea Bay Drive. All hikes rated easy. Day Six & Seven: Free Days/Make Up Days in case of rain, hike in a cloud forest near Kona, snorkeling, play tourist, etc. Optional Luau (approx $90 extra) in old town Kona at the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Day Eight: Hang out at a beach and return to airport. I promise to do my best to see that by the time you leave you will be ready to go home and take a few days off to rest!! Fees that need to be paid to be placed on the going list - $386/person - based on a total of 6 (counting Toni & I) - sign up on the wait list and I will contact you. Fees are for; transportation to and from the KOA Airport, transportation with the group around the Big Island, park fees, parking fees, one night in a cabin at Volcano National Park, brunch at the Volcano House, six nights on the lanai of the second story of a beach house in Kona (1,000' from the beach) and a lite continental breakfast every morning while at the beach house. Accommodations at the beach house are in two person shared tents (8 x 8) on a lanai - linens/air mattresses/bedding included with access to a bathroom and kitchen. You will be responsible for your own airfare to KOA, food, drinks, snorkeling equipment, beach towels and any additional activities that you choose to participate in - i.e. Manta Ray Night Snorkel/Luau/etc. If I haven't hiked with you before - will require references from hike leaders with ABC, BCH or TAH. I need to make sure you are up to the hikes!
• What we'll do The Pima Canyon trailhead renovations are complete, and we'll be resuming our regular route each Monday night. We meet at the trailhead. This is a fast-paced hike. All are welcome, but be aware that we cover 3 miles in just over an hour. Afterwards we will enjoy a drink at a local eatery. Bring plenty of water, a head lamp or flash light in winter months, and snacks if you need them. Please be on time! Hikes start promptly at 5:30. Call with any questions:[masked] (Carri), or[masked] (Robert). • What to bring Water bottle/ headlamp or flashlight/ suncreen • Important to know Pima trailhead is just south of Guadalupe Rd on 48t St. Turn west onto the unmarked road and then take a quick left past the guard shack and follow the road to the trailhead
This will be a fun Beginner backpacking trip in the western Superstitions! The easy hike is 15 miles round trip (7.5 miles each day) with minimal elevation gain (550' each day). On Saturday morning, we'll carpool to the Peralta trailhead in the western Superstitions and start hiking east on the Dutchman trail. The trail climbs up a small hill and drops down into beautiful Barkley Basin before continuing to prominent Miners Needle. We veer off and take the Coffee Flat trail through the very scenic Whitlow Canyon and onto Coffee Flat and Buzzard's Roost. We'll pass through a gated area and across the old windmill at Reeds Water. There is reliable water, plenty of shade and space to possibly camp here but most likely we will camp at Dripping springs depending on water at creek. We'll enjoy a group meal and happy hour cocktails around the campfire. On Sunday we'll follow the same route out in time to enjoy a late lunch in Apache Junction. Great trip to test equipment for beginners. Please contact Mickey or Jon with any questions :-) Here's a write-up of the trip: https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=200 Weather Forecast: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-111.26247167587279&lat=33.404970152733526#.XD1GEtJKiM8