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Papago Buttes – Hole In The Rock Hike November 30, 2020 mellow hike: Stu Frost [masked]) will lead a 4-mile hike with an AEG of 150 feet. The group will first hike the Double Butte trail clockwise around Papago Butte and then drive across Galvin Parkway to the Hole in the Rock trailhead to walk up to the Hole in the Rock. There are no facilities at the trailhead. The driver’s fee is $3, and the driving time in approximately 30 minutes each way. Meetup: Meet at 7:45 in Cottonwood Parking Lot for an 8:00 departure.
Moderate Hike Trail Distance: 6.0 miles AEG 627 feet First Water Trail Head Elevation: 2275 feet 80 miles R/T; Driver Fee $5 + $2 dirt road fee Except for one section near the beginning of the hike the AEG is mostly gradual. Long pants are recommended as there is growth near the trail. A snack will be done at Hackberry Springs which is at about the 3.5 mile point. Leaving Hackberry Springs we will be following a riverbed for about 1 mile so we will be going across lots of riverbed rocks and boulder. Driving Directions to First Water Trailhead: Leave Cottonwood parking lot and turn right onto Riggs Road. Take a left turn at McQueen Road. Continue North then go right onto Loop 202 East. Follow Loop 202 East to US-60 East (exit 30A) towards Apache Junction. From US-60 East take exit 196 for Hwy88 (Idaho Rd) in Apache Junction. Turn left at the end of the off-ramp. Stay on Hwy 88. After apx. 2.4 miles you will need to make a right turn at a traffic light to stay on Hwy88. This section of Hwy88 is Apache Trail Road. Drive on Apache Trail Road about 5.0 miles and then turn right onto 1st Water Road, which is clearly marked with a sign and separate right turn lane. Follow this dirt/gravel road all the way to end. Trailhead is there. Drive distance is about 2.5 miles. Caution: This road is rough in spots. Go slow. ** Call hike leader, Scott Downey, at[masked] if you need assistance. *** Trailhead has rustic rest room facilities. No running water.
Cottonwood - East of Tennis Courts
Hike Leader: Henry Silberblatt,[masked] Hike Category: Motivated Hike Title: South Mountain - Old Man –National –Corona de Loma – Desert Classic Loop Date: November 30, 2020 Trailhead: Warpaint Drive Access Trailhead, 13009 S. Warpaint Dr, Phoenix Description: This hike is likely one you have not done in a while! From Warpaint TH, we hike a mostly level terrain about 1.6 miles to the base of the Old Man trail. Old Man is a steep, rocky 1.4-mile ascent to the National trail. We then hike along the National trail for a short distance (about .5 mile), to the Corona de Loma trail near Buena Vista lookout. Corona de Loma is 1.6 miles, and contains two steep descents. We first descend to a wash, then ascend a short distance to a ridge, and finish with the second descent to the Desert Classic trail. We conclude the hike with 1.4 mostly level miles along the Desert Classic and Warpaint trails back to the TH. Hike Distance: 6.5 miles round trip (loop) Trailhead Elevation: 1400 ft. AEG: 1100 ft. Driving Distance: 29 miles RT Driver’s fee: $2.00 Trailhead facilities: none – no restrooms MEETUP: 7:45 AM at Cottonwood Flagpole parking lot