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6th Annual Christmas Hike to Shaw Butte Summit

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    This is a joint event with the Phoenix (2 hour) Beginner Hikers group. Join me for an evening Christmas hike up Shaw Butte! We'll start at the Dollar Tree parking lot and take an unmarked trail into the preserve. When we hit the #306 we'll take it COUNTER-CLOCKWISE around and up the partly paved trail leading to the top. Up at the top, we will enjoy the nighttime view, hot chocolate, holiday cookies and whatever goodies you would like to contribute. The beginning is flat which allows for a warmup, but then the majority of the climbing is packed into the middle and it's very steep but gradual. We will come down the same way we came up. Half way down, there is a tree that is decorated for the season. Let's add to the fun and bring an ornament that you are willing to part from to add to the tree. You're encouraged to bring a camera and must bring at least 1+ liter of water per person and sturdy hiking footwear. You should also bring a flashlight and/or a headlamp as we'll be in the dark during this hike.

    Let's make this as festive as possible! Dress up in GREEN or RED and wear a FUN HAT!

    DISTANCE: 4.5 miles roundtrip
    ELEVATION GAIN: 759 ft
    TRAIL STYLE: Up and back
    DURATION: 2.5 hours
    DOGS: No 
    FACILITIES: Bathroom and water fountain
    WEBSITE: Trailmap
    DIRECTIONS: We'll meet at the Dollar Tree parking lot on the SW corner of 7th Street and Thunderbird. Park along the southernmost end of the lot along the preserve border and 7th St.

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  • Sarah L +5
    Event Host

    I'm back and ready to hike!!!!

  • Jim


  • Michael W W.

    Love the outdoors hiking meeting people. Residing in the Phoenix area for 15+ years on and off a... more

  • Mary Rocket S. +2

    I'll hike to that!

  • Kaveh
    Serial Hiker, MickTagger, Organizer

    I love to be outdoors, hike and make new friends. Moved here from NJ in 2007, big... more

  • Bill A.

    I am new to AZ and love to go hiking. I'm looking to explore trails with new people.

  • Gayle

    Hi I'm Gayle. I am interested in doing more hiking in the area and meeting new people.

  • Jim

    Hello, I'm always looking to meet new people who enjoy hiking and the outdoors.

  • Mohamad

    I enjoy hiking and would like to start hiking during the week on a regular bases in North and... more

  • Cherie +1
  • Viola

    Hello, my name is Viola and I am looking for people to hike with.

  • Jill

    My arm has officially been twisted by a few members of this group. I will not... more

  • Ashlyn +2

    Always up for the next great climb to the top!

  • David T. +2
    Hiking Viking, Man of a Thousand Songs

    I like to hike, and this is just the best hiking group there is!

  • Pat

    I took up hiking a couple of years ago and loved it.

  • Mary +1
  • anne-valer­ie +1

    French expat, love hiking in Arizona, and meeting new people.

  • Daniel


  • Aaron M.

    Avid hiker from the Bay Area.

  • steven

    I like trail mix so this should be the perfect group for me. Do I bring my own... more

  • Ian M.

    Hey everyone, I look forward to hiking with all of you.

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  • Jim

    Thanks for reading my bio. I am from Milford CT and recently moved to Scottsdale... more

  • Robert K.

    Limey who likes hiking & backpacking. And drinking beer afterwards ;-)

  • Tom

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