Heavenly Hikers 2020
Phoenix temperatures are perfect for hiking, so let's go!
- January 21 (Tuesday) – Circumference/Ridgeline Trail – Deem Hills Recreation Area – This is a weekday, friendly, nearby 3.8 mile loop with about 600 feet of accumulated elevation gain with views of civilization to the south and open desert to the north. We will meet at the church parking lot at 9:00 AM. I will need drivers. Bring lots of water and a snack.
- February 8 (Saturday) Willow Springs Tank- Tonto National Forest. This is about a 5 mile in/out hike with about 700 feet of elevation change that starts at a trailhead off AZ 88 on the way to Tortilla Flats. Although Willow Springs Tank is just a small pond, the trip out and back is really beautiful with dramatic rock formations and views. The trail is actually a horse trail and is rather rocky, so bring your poles. We will meet at the church parking lot at 8:00 AM. I will need drivers. Bring lots of water and lunch. The trailhead has no facilities.
- March 7 (Saturday) Marcus Landslide-McDowell Sonoran Desert Preserve – This is a little under 5 mile hike with only about 300 feet of elevation change that leaves from the Tom’s Thumb trailhead. If you have been looking for a little bit easier Saturday hike-this is it. This is a very well maintained, mostly flat trail with easy footing. If you are looking for more challenge, you can always head up to Tom’s Thumb after we finish. The desert vegetation is especially enjoyable on this hike and we have the additional interest of the geology of the landslide, which is explained by several trailside informative signs. We will meet at the church parking lot at 8:00 AM. I will need drivers. Bring lots of water and a snack. Restrooms are available there.
As always, if you have suggestions for me, please pass them on. I appreciate the recommendations made so far and am looking at getting them on the schedule.
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