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Grayhawk Hiking Club

The Grayhawk Hiking Club is primarily, though not exclusively, organized and run for the benefit of residents of the community of Grayhawk in North Scottsdale. Members of the leadership team are all residents of the community. While you do not have to be a resident of Grayhawk to participate in this group, most of the activities that are planned and scheduled will focus on residents of this community, along with their friends and relatives.

Hiking Season

Based in Scottsdale, our hiking season has traditionally started in October and run through April, coinciding with the cooler months of the year. We are currently expanding our offering of hiking opportunities to provide events throughout the year, both in the Scottsdale area and in other parts of Arizona. Summer may include hikes in the high country of Arizona, with hikes in the spring and fall scheduled in the Sedona, Payson and Prescott areas when possible.

Club Organization and Planning

Prior to the start of our official hiking season, members of the Event Planning Committee meet to set a schedule of hikes in and around the Valley, but also taking the opportunity to include hikes in other parts of Arizona.

Two hikes per month are typically scheduled in advance of the start of the season for October through April. At the beginning of the season, one hike is rated anywhere from “easy to moderate” and the other hike is rated anywhere from “moderate to difficult” As the season progresses, these two hikes generally increase in difficulty (length and/or skill level) to take into consideration the “growth” experienced by frequent hiking. Each hike is fully described in advance, with stats on distance, difficulty, elevation gain, time to complete, gear and attire recommended, etc.

The Event Planning Committee consists of some long-time, very dedicated hike leaders, but the Club is always interested in knowing of others who have leader potential who might share some of the hike leader responsibilities. For most events, leaders and “sweeps” are designated. Unless otherwise stated, the leader is responsible for having hiked the specific trail before leading a group on that particular trail. The sweep ensures that no one is separated from the group and that no one returns to a hike’s starting point unaccompanied.

In addition to the season's schedule of hikes, Event Planning Committee members and other hike leaders are free to propose and schedule additional hikes of varying difficulty throughout the year.

For many hikes, we provide carpool opportunities. We typically meet at a designated time at Fry’s Marketplace patio, located in the shopping center at the corner of Thompson Peak Parkway and Hayden Road. After gathering at this location, carpooling to the designated trail head is typically arranged. We request that folks who carpool with someone else pay a set dollar amount to their driver to cover fuel expenses and wear-and-tear on their vehicles.

Upcoming events (5)

Andrews Kinsey / Western Loop - from Adero Canyon in Fountain Hills

Join us for an approximately 7-mile round-trip hike of the Andrews-Kinsey Trail to the base of Sunrise Peak and return via the same Andrews-Kinsey Trail to the STRENUOUS Western Loop Trail and eventually connecting with the Promenade Trail that gets us back to the Adero Canyon Trail Head. We will start out with a short, but sustained climb from the Easy Access Trail for a short distance, then join up with the Western Loop for another short distance. This will immediately get our heart-rate going until we reach the Andrews-Kinsey Trail which is easy, with beautiful views all along the undulating trail to the Hitching Post at the base of Sunrise Peak. Here we will pause for a short snack break before returning via the Andrews-Kinsey Trail to the Western Loop Trail. At this juncture, we will climb, climb, climb via STRENUOUS short/steep switchbacks that utilize uneven rocks as steps. Once at the top, we will wend our way down another steep, but much more user-friendly trail until we reach the Promenade Trail. The Promenade Trail is essentially a maintenance road that leads us back to the Adero Canyon Trail Head. Date: Friday, January 18, 2019 Time: 8:30 AM at the meeting location 9:00 AM at the Trail Head Overall Elevation Gain: approximately 1060 feet What to Bring: At least two liters of water, hiking poles if you typically use them, good hiking footwear, layered clothing, a hat, sunscreen, and snacks. Meeting Location: We will leave promptly from the parking lot at Pier One at Pima Crossing, located off Shea Boulevard and the 101. Trail Head: Adero Canyon Trail Head address does not bring you to the correct location. So, follow the below directions from North Scottsdale: Follow the 101 to Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Follow Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard to Shea Boulevard. Turn left (east) onto Shea Boulevard and proceed to Palisades Boulevard. Turn left onto Palisades Boulevard and continue until you reach the first STOP SIGN (North Eagle Ridge Drive), where you will turn left. Follow this street through the new Adero housing development , past the Adero Canyon Welcome Center, and you will eventually reach the end of the paved section and a dirt portion of road. Stay on the dirt road. This will take you directly to the Adero Canyon Trail Head on your right. THERE ARE PORTABLE TOILETS AT THE TRAIL HEAD, BUT NO POTABLE WATER.

Peralta Trail Superstitions

Peralta Trailhead

Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am from the Pier 1 parking lot at Shea & 101. Hike Start Time: 8:30 am This moderate – strenuous hike traverses Peralta Canyon to Freemont Saddle and is one of the most popular hikes in the Superstition Wilderness. The trail follows the canyon bottom for more than a mile, climbing gradually and crisscrossing the normally dry Peralta Creek. The last mile or so is a bit steeper as you climb out of the lush, narrow canyon to Fremont Saddle. From here you can’t miss Weaver’s Needle to the north. We will then make the short trek over to the Lone Pine Tree on the northeast ridgeline. The extra effort pays off with up-close views of the Needle and refuge from the crowds at the saddle. Bring 3 liters water, snacks for the trail, good hiking boots a camera, and sun protection of some sort. When you RSVP, mention if you're going to meet at the carpool location or at the trailhead. DISTANCE: ~5.5 miles round trip ELEVATION GAIN: ~1,400 ft TRAIL STYLE: In-and-out style DURATION: ~3 - 4 hours FACILITIES: There is a restroom but no running water Park rules limit groups to 15 at a time, so we will be splitting up into two groups if needed. CARPOOL LOCATION: We'll meet in the Pier 1 parking lot in the shopping center on the southeast section of the 101 and Shea. Carpool departure promptly at 7 am DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD: Drive east on US Highway 60 (approximately 8.5 miles past the Apache Junction turn-off) to Peralta Road and turn left/north. The trailhead is about 8 miles north on this road. It becomes a dirt road for several miles and the end of the road is the trail head.

Grand Tour of Northeastern Brown's Ranch

Granite Mountain Trailhead

We will hike from the Granite Mountain Trailhead North through Coyote Canyon to HW4 on the Hawknest Trail near the border of the Tonto National Forest. The return trip will complete a large figure 8. This is two hikes in one. For those preferring a shorter distance there will be an opportunity to complete a nice loop hike of about 6.8 miles by going through Coyote Canyon and returning on the Renegade Trail and the 136th Street Express. Those that do the entire figure 8 will hike about 12.0 miles. For either length, you should dress appropriately in layers, bring plenty of water especially if you plan to do the longer distance, and some snacks. Rating: Moderate/challenging due to length Distance: up to 12 miles in a figure 8 type loop. Duration: 5 hours for 12 mile hikers. Elevation Gain: very gradual; no steep places; overall gain about 300 feet over 5 miles. Trail Style: Figure 8 Trailhead: No water but porta-poddies are available. We depart from the carpool location at 0730 and the trailhead at 0800. Due to construction at the trailhead parking is reduced. Carpooling is suggested. Directions to the carpool location: Go to Fry's parking lot on the southeast corner of Hayden and Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale. As you face Fry’s, we meet on the left side of the parking lot, close to the stores. Directions to the trailhead: From the intersection of Thompson Peak Parkway and Pima Road, proceed North on Pima to Dynamite. Turn right (East) on Dynamite (name changes to East Rio Verde Dr.) to a left on 136th St. and head north. The trailhead is on the left about 2.0 miles from E Rio Verde Drive, under the power line. There is a sign.

Cholla Mountain Loop

Brown's Ranch Trailhead

7:30 am: Start time from the Fry’s carpool location 8:00 am: Start time from the Brown’s Ranch trailhead The hike is a long counterclockwise loop around Cholla Mountain. The trails are good and the hiking is easy with gentle ups and downs. The cumulative elevation gain is only 600’ over 9.5 miles. There is no bailing out option if you should get tired. If you hike 4.5 miles, you will have to hike 9 miles to get back to the trailhead. Throughout the hike are excellent views of the Brown’s Ranch hiking area and the landscape to the south. We start on Brown’s Ranch Road and shortly reach the Chuck Wagon trail. After 1.1 miles on Chuck Wagon and a tenth of a mile on two other trails, we head north on Watershed to pick up the east side of the Cholla Mountain loop. We hike gently uphill for a mile and have great views to the south. Turning west we have good views of the north area. We will stop briefly for a snack before continuing north on the Stagecoach trail for 0.7 miles. We turn on the High Desert trail, which heads west and then south to the Corral trail. We have gone 6.6 miles. We will turn west for a mile to Brown’s Ranch road and over to the Upper Ranch trail. It’s another 2.3 miles to the trailhead, as we pass a number of trail intersections. Rating: Moderate Trail type: Groomed mostly Estimated hiking time: 3.5 hours Hiking distance: 9.5 miles Elevation gain: 600' What to bring: 2-3 liters of water, snacks, hat and sturdy hiking shoes or boots Fee: None Directions to the carpool location: We carpool from Fry’s at the southeast corner of Hayden and Thompson Peak, meeting in the lot just north of the Fry’s store. We leave promptly at 7:30 am. Directions to the trailhead: Pima Road north to Dynamite, turn east to Alma School, then north to the trailhead. We'll meet at the trailhead. Number of guests per member: Maximum 2

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