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This hike is rated INTERMEDIATE
There well be no "Dragon Our Feet" on this Hike!!! Because, it's time to Slay the Dragon once again, so join us for an evening hike to get the heart pumping, and the calories burning at Deem Hills Recreation Area as we hike The Dragon of Deems Hill. Hiking at a moderate pace, we will tackle the two summits of Deem Hills, starting at the Circumference Trail, working our way up and over the Palisade Trail. We'll stop for a bit at the summit, then back down the hill by the way Circumference trail, and then, up and over again climbing the switchbacks of the Ridgeline Trail. We'll pause at the summit to enjoy the view, then it's down hill from here as we make our way back in to where we started. Bring lots of water, a headlight/flashlight, and good conversation.
We will start at 6:33 PM, and hike the trails to the summits with the setting sun and an awesome view of the city lights below. I If you're not eager to run home, we'll stop by at Bambino's for some liquid nourishment and a bite to eat.
DISTANCE: 5.5 Miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 800 ft
TRAIL STYLE: Winged Lollipop
DURATION: 2.0 hours or less
PRINTABLE TRAIL MAP: Map Link (http://files.meetup.com/19124800/Deems%20Hill%20Map-The%20Dragon.pdf)
DIRECTIONS: From I-17 and Happy Valley Rd (exit 218), head west on Happy Valley. Go three miles and turn right (north) on 51st Ave. Go about a half mile and turn right on W Deem Hills Pkwy, after another half mile the entrance to the park is on the east side of the road. Park by the soccer field. We will under the street light between the Dog Park and the soccer field.
Before you dismiss attending this hike as "Too Scary" consider this: I hesitated for 20 years to do this hike for the same reason, BUT !!! as uncomfortable as I am with heights, drops and climbs - once I went, it became one of my favorite hikes in AZ. That being said, If you are too afraid of heights, then this is NOT the hike for you.
Driving south on I-10, this mountain rises on the right-hand side of the freeway, half way between Phoenix and Tucson, and tapers off into a point at the top, appearing like an illustration straight out of a Dr. Seuss book.
Picacho Peak is one of those mountains you just have to hike! This is like no other trail in AZ! The view from the top is AMAZING!
Hunter's Trail is 4 miles out and back, takes you to the summit of Picacho Peak and it will not disappoint, especially if you're looking to get that adrenaline rush. What sets this hike apart from most trails in Arizona is the system of cables, handrails, and bridges in some sections of the hike.
It was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and later added to by the Boy Scouts of America.
Once at the summit, we will take time for pictures, rest and snacks. The trail is a good workout from the get go. If you are too afraid of heights, then this is NOT the hike for you. You will not be able to use hiking poles, so don't bring them.
Be prepared with strong gloves, sturdy hiking footwear, plenty of water (at least 2L), hat, sunscreen and high energy snacks.
DIFFICULTY: Difficult / Strenuous
TOTAL DISTANCE: 4 miles
ELEVATION CHANGE: 1500 ft
ACCUMULATED ELEVATION GAIN: 1,991 ft
HIKING TIME: about 4 hrs
STYLE: out and back
• Important to know:
### Park Entrance Fee
Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
THERE WILL BE A CARPOOL LOCATION FOR THIS HIKE:
Target store I-17 and Loop 101 :
2727 W. Agua Fria Fwy, Phoenix, AZ 85027
HOW TO FIND US:
In front of Target store close to Beardsley road.
LEAVING CARPOOL at 7:10 a.m.
Starting from trailhead at 8:45 – 9:00
RSVP – will you meet us at the CARPOOL or at the TRAILHEAD ?
After our hike, we will head back to Phoenix/Ahwatukee and reward our efforts with a cold one (or more) at:
Wicked Brews, Bites & Spirits
4921 E Ray Rd #103, Phoenix, AZ 85044
(we don't want to leave anyone behind):
RSVP - WILL YOU MEET US AT THE carpool OR trailhead ?
If you don't CONFIRM that you will meet at THE CARPOOL,
or if you are late, we'll expect to SEE YOU AT THE TRAILHEAD.
VERY IMPORTANT TOO:
If you sign up for the hike, and you change your mind------just change your RSVP. It helps the host prepare, and its polite.
This hike is rated INTERMEDIATE (PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE POST....Important Instructions)!!!!!
Join us to celebrate the Holidays and our Deems Hill Friends) at Joe's House (backyard) to enjoy a Holiday Celebration, Yummy Food (Potluck), Adult Beverages, Steal a Gift Exchange, and a Great Time Together with
To RSVP please add and your name to the "Waitlist". When confirmed you've attended two Deems hikes you'll be added into the Celebration. Hike/Party will be limited to "20 Attendees"
Wear your favorite Holiday Hat, Ugly Sweater, or what ever brings you Holiday Cheer!
We will start at 6:30 PM at Joe's Backyard who once again graciously volunteered his yard for our get together. This will be outside so dress warm. Bring a dish for the Potluck, and of course your Favorite Adult Beverages, and of course there'll be Fun Conversation, and Holiday Cheer! I have a few gifts to present, a few give-aways, and .......
We'll have a table setup outside with power for those who may have a crockpot.
Though not mandatory; if you would like to participate we will do a "Steal a Gift" gift exchange. Gifts can range from $20.00 to $25.00, or homemade gifts are always cool.
And Bring those Dollar Bills.....I'm sure they be a game or two of Left/Right/Center (it's becoming a Tradition with H4H)
PRINTABLE TRAIL MAP: Map Link (http://files.meetup.com/19124800/Deems%20Hill%20Map-Sidewinder.pdf)
DIRECTIONS: 5014 West Hackamore Drive, Phoenix, AZ, 85083
Annual fun event in Marana (north of Tucson), Friday night package pickup, Saturday hike and party after at Catalina State Park. We’ll likely stay Saturday night in Tucson Hotel McCoy and hike Wasson Peak on Sunday. Always a great time!
Here’s the registration link: