What we're about

Take a Hike is an outdoor club for active adults in Arizona. We go on many hikes, but also do all other outdoor activities including camping, backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, sailing, 4-wheeling, and more. Whatever outdoor activity you're into, we'll do it! Our hikes range very much in difficulty and location. We have easy, moderate, and difficult hikes. We hike locally, all over the state, and beyond. We meet at 7:00 pm Wednesday nights at Old Chicago - SW corner of Alma School and the US-60 in Mesa, in the Banquet Room. You DONT need to go to the meetings to participate in our group. The meetings are mostly just a chance to get together and socialize, although we do discuss past and upcomming trips. Best of all, unlike other meetup groups, this one is not driven by the group leader. This club is MEMBER DRIVEN. Anyone who wants to lead a trip may do so. Just decide where you'd like to go and when you want to meet and email me or any of the other officers the info. We will put your trip on the calendar and post the description. I will not be doing any editing so please include all pertinent information.

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Pyramid Fitness Hike and Beers

Pyramind Trail

(Note that we're changing to 'summer hours' starting this week) In Short: This is a fast-paced fitness hike of about 6 miles, and 900 feet of elevation gain. Be sure to bring plenty of water, a headlamp in the winter months. Don't miss the after-hike beers & chow at BuddyZ! Where is it? Visit: http://goo.gl/maps/bjRZD to view on Google Maps. The trailhead is located at the parking lot just north & west of 19th Ave/Chandler Blvd at the Western Edge of Ahwatukee. Take west Chandler Blvd until you reach the 19th Ave, turn right at 19th Ave, and then an immediate left into the parking lot. Overflow parking is on Chandler Blvd just east of the parking lot - sometimes we queue up there before walking through the parking lot to the trailhead. The Hike Pyramid is a steep, well groomed trail. It is steep enough to make it a heart pounding fitness hike, but well groomed, so you can go as fast as your lungs and legs will allow. It is a 6 mile out and back and is generally completed in about two hours. The steepest part of the trail is shown above, where you gain 1,000 feet in about one mile. Detailed Description: The first part of the hike is easy with rolling washes and small hills. The group tends to stay together. The next section is steep. You gain about 1000 feet in a mile and the group tends to split apart into two groups. No worries, if you fall behind, we will wait for you at the top. If you can not make it to the top, let someone know and you can backtrack to the trailhead. The third section is rolling with some quick ups and downs. The pace really picks up here. If you can not complete this section, we will pick you up on the way back. There is a quick detour onto the National Trail. Take a left from Pyramid to the National and in a few hundred yards, you will see panoramic view of Phoenix. After a short rest, we turn around and head back on the same trail(s). Important Note: If you feel uncomfortable hiking alone, let someone know! You do not have to complete this hike. Although it is well marked, it is possible to take a wrong turn and end up in a neighborhood. If you are unsure, stop and wait for the rest of the group to catch you on the way back. What to bring: 1. Water 2. Headlamp 3. Cell phone for emergencies. The Beer We generally meet at BuddyZ afterwards for food and drink at ~8:00pm. The hike is optional, the beer (and or food) is not, and plenty of hikers have been known to skip the hike but meet us for the festivities, especially if you are nursing an injury. It is on the corner of Chandler and Foothills Parkway on the northeast corner, in the Safeway shopping center. Caveats and Addendums: 1. This is a fast paced fitness hike. Sometimes, you will find hikers post they are 'beginning early' to get a head start. If you are new to this hike, you can generally meet up earlier. Just post it on the board. 2. If the group agrees, sometimes we will mix it up and hike Dos Eliminator or Old Mine or Lost Camp. There is a general agreement at the trailhead. 3. If you hike at a moderate speed, we still would like to see you! There are plenty of folks that do not complete the hike. We never discourage anyone and you will improve every week. The goal is cardio fitness, good conversation offset by some light drinking.

Beverly Canyon to Javelina Hike

South Mountain Javelina Trail Parking Lot

Description: Join us for a scenic hike along the Beverly Canyon, Ridgeline and Javelina Trails on the north side of South Mountain. From Beverly Canyon, we will loop back via the Ridgeline and Javelina Trails. I hope to see you there! Distance: About 4 miles (1.5 to 2 hours). A moderate hike. There are a few 400' climbs during the first 2 miles. Please bring good walking shoes, a flashlight, and water. Leashed dogs are fine on this hike. Afterward, we can meet at a nearby Pub. Call me if needed at[masked]

Fitness Hike - Marcos de Niza to National Trail

South Mountain Pima Canyon Trailhead

Please join us for this fast-paced hike with a great bunch of folks! All are welcome, but be aware that we cover 3 miles in just over an hour. Bring plenty of water, a head lamp or flash light in winter months, and snacks if you need them. We meet at the head of the parking lot, near the restrooms. Note that dogs are not permitted on the trails when temperatures are 100 degrees or hotter. Please be on time! Hikes start promptly at 5:30. Call with any questions:[masked] (Carri), or[masked] (Robert).

Pyramid Fitness Hike and Beers

Pyramind Trail

(Note that we're changing to 'summer hours' starting this week) In Short: This is a fast-paced fitness hike of about 6 miles, and 900 feet of elevation gain. Be sure to bring plenty of water, a headlamp in the winter months. Don't miss the after-hike beers & chow at BuddyZ! Where is it? Visit: http://goo.gl/maps/bjRZD to view on Google Maps. The trailhead is located at the parking lot just north & west of 19th Ave/Chandler Blvd at the Western Edge of Ahwatukee. Take west Chandler Blvd until you reach the 19th Ave, turn right at 19th Ave, and then an immediate left into the parking lot. Overflow parking is on Chandler Blvd just east of the parking lot - sometimes we queue up there before walking through the parking lot to the trailhead. The Hike Pyramid is a steep, well groomed trail. It is steep enough to make it a heart pounding fitness hike, but well groomed, so you can go as fast as your lungs and legs will allow. It is a 6 mile out and back and is generally completed in about two hours. The steepest part of the trail is shown above, where you gain 1,000 feet in about one mile. Detailed Description: The first part of the hike is easy with rolling washes and small hills. The group tends to stay together. The next section is steep. You gain about 1000 feet in a mile and the group tends to split apart into two groups. No worries, if you fall behind, we will wait for you at the top. If you can not make it to the top, let someone know and you can backtrack to the trailhead. The third section is rolling with some quick ups and downs. The pace really picks up here. If you can not complete this section, we will pick you up on the way back. There is a quick detour onto the National Trail. Take a left from Pyramid to the National and in a few hundred yards, you will see panoramic view of Phoenix. After a short rest, we turn around and head back on the same trail(s). Important Note: If you feel uncomfortable hiking alone, let someone know! You do not have to complete this hike. Although it is well marked, it is possible to take a wrong turn and end up in a neighborhood. If you are unsure, stop and wait for the rest of the group to catch you on the way back. What to bring: 1. Water 2. Headlamp 3. Cell phone for emergencies. The Beer We generally meet at BuddyZ afterwards for food and drink at ~8:00pm. The hike is optional, the beer (and or food) is not, and plenty of hikers have been known to skip the hike but meet us for the festivities, especially if you are nursing an injury. It is on the corner of Chandler and Foothills Parkway on the northeast corner, in the Safeway shopping center. Caveats and Addendums: 1. This is a fast paced fitness hike. Sometimes, you will find hikers post they are 'beginning early' to get a head start. If you are new to this hike, you can generally meet up earlier. Just post it on the board. 2. If the group agrees, sometimes we will mix it up and hike Dos Eliminator or Old Mine or Lost Camp. There is a general agreement at the trailhead. 3. If you hike at a moderate speed, we still would like to see you! There are plenty of folks that do not complete the hike. We never discourage anyone and you will improve every week. The goal is cardio fitness, good conversation offset by some light drinking.

Past events (2,944)

Fitness Hike - Marcos de Niza to National Trail

South Mountain Pima Canyon Trailhead

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