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SDS HIKING – GENERAL INFORMATION
DAY: Tuesdays and Thursdays Beginning in December
START/END TIME: Leave SDS at 8:30 (May move to 10 in Dec and Jan on cold mornings) Return approximately by noon. Hikes are usually 3-
LOGISTICS: We car pool and leave from the parking area by the mail boxes on the east side of the clubhouse near the shuffleboard courts.
HIKING LOCATIONS: We hike on defined trails mostly in the AJ/Mesa/Gold Canyon area. Most hikes are within 20-
DIFFICULTY: Most hikes on Tuesdays will be easy to moderate difficulty on defined trails. No rock hopping or significant climbing involved. Most hikes will involve some elevation change, but the climbs are gradual. A list of scheduled hikes will be established and will give a general indication of the difficulty and elevation change for each hike.
More challenging hikes will be scheduled for Thursdays. Be sure to check the information provided for each Thursday hike prior to committing.
For more experienced and adventurous hikers, some of the group will do more difficult hikes on another day of the week.
QUESTIONS: Contact Jack Carlson space 564, phone 612-
HIKING SCHEDULE 2017-
SDS TUESDAY HIKING – 2017/2018 Season
Hikers meet 8:30 on Tuesdays in parking lot by the 4th street mailboxes.
(We will start at 10:00 in December and January if the mornings are colder)
12/5 Ruidoso, Meridian and County Line Trails in Usery Mountain Regional Park (Park on Meridian)
3.0 mile easy, flat desert loop trail. (2 hours)
12/12 Salt River Trail -
12/19 Usery Park – Ruidoso Trail to Spillway Trail to Signal Wash Trail to Channel Trail to Nighthawk Trail To Blevins Trail to Spillway Trail back to Ruidoso
12/26 Jacob's Cross Cut Trail out and back – Start at First Water Road and hike out 3 miles and back. About a 200 foot elevation change.
1/2 McDowell Mountain Regional Park-
1/9 Willow Springs-
1/16 Lost Dutchman Trail out and back -
1/23 Hackberry Springs from First Water Road – 5 mile easy/moderate hike with some elevation change.
1/30 Butcher Jones Recreation Area – 6 mile easy, very scenic hike around southeast edge of Lake Saguaro to Burro Cove. It is a little rocky in places. Weenie roast/picnic after hike. Collection to be made for $6 per car user fee and food.
2/6 Hieroglyphics Canyon-
2) The second option for the more adventurous hikers will continue past the Hieroglyphics boulders and do a very difficult hike/climb to the ridge of the Superstitions. This harder hike has 2600 feet elevation change, 6 hours, 9 miles.
2/13 Praying Hands rock formation via Jacobs Crosscut and Treasure Loop Trail From Jacobs Croscut Trailhead on 1st Water Road -
2/20 Lost Gold Mine Trail -
2/27 Hawes Trails off Power Road near CAP canal – Moderate hike because of 350 ft. elevation change. 4.0 miles out and back on Hawes Trail and Granite Trail. Start north on Hawes Trail and take Granite Trail to Salt River.
3/6 Three Bears Rock Formation -
3/13 South Mountain from trailhead at end of 46th street which is at the Northeast end of the Pima Canyon hiking area.– Two options – (1) Out on Beverly Canyon Trail to West Loop trail and return on West Loop back to Beverly Canyon Trail or (2) Start up to Ridgeline trail and loop back down to Beverly Canyon Trail. – Each loop is about 3 miles. Estimated 300 ft. climb on Ridgeline trail. Option 1 is flat for the most part with a short climb over ridge at end of West Loop trail.
3/20 Arizona Trail / Pickett Post Mountain – This location offers 2 hikes. Part of group will do a 5 mile moderate hike out and back on part of the Arizona trail with about 300 ft. elevation change traversing down and up through numerous gullies. The more adventurous hikers will do a difficult 2100 foot climb to the top of Picketpost Mountain.
3/27 Boulder Canyon from Canyon Lake Marina – 5 mile moderate trail out and back with about 700 ft. elevation change. Lunch at marina restaurant afterward based on consensus of the group.
4/3 Goldfield -
4/10 Deer Tanks Trail – 5.3 mile easy hike out and back. Park at the end on Idaho Road and hike north into the Goldfield mountains.
SDS THURSDAY HIKES -
Thursday hikes are more difficult than Tuesday hikes.
As with Tuesday hikes, meet at 8:30 by 4th street Mailboxes.
Dec. 7th -
Dec. 14th – Pass MOUNTAIN LOOP -
Dec. 21th -
Dec. 28th -
Jan. 4th -
Jan. 11th – Apache Leap –From the highway 60/highway 177 junction in Superior, go east on highway 60 for 3.9 miles to the signed Magma Mine Road turnoff (might also be called Oak Flats Rd.), at milepost 231. Turn right (south) and continue on Magma Mine Road (forest road 469), to the right and follow it for 1.5 miles to a parking area on the left side of the road, just past the turnoff for Forest Road 315. 3.3 miles, difficult, 900 ft. elvation change, 4.5 hours.
Jan. 18th – Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle – Difficult hike with a 1360 ft. elevation change. 7 miles. Return via Geronimo's cave and Bluff Spring Trail. 4.5 hours.
Jan. 25th – Reavis Ranch Trail -
Feb. 1st – South Mountain – Start at 24th st. trail-
Tuesday Feb. 6th Hieroglyphics Canyon-
Feb. 8th – Piestewa Peak (Summit Trail) – 2.4 mile difficult, 1200 ft. elevation change,
2 hours and Freedom Trail, 3.8 miles moderate loop, 620 ft. elevation change, 2 hrs.
Feb. 15th – Needle Canyon Loop – Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle, continue on Peralta Trail to Needle Crosscut which is on the south side of Weavers Needle, take Needle Crosscut toTerrapin Trail to Bluff Spring Trail back to Peralta Trailhead. Difficult hike, 7.8 miles with significant climbing. 2000 feet plus accumulated climbing.
Feb. 22th – Four Peaks – 5 miles, difficult, 2000 ft. elevation change. 4 hours.
Mar. 1st -
Tuesday Mar. 6th Three Bears Rock Formation – Combo hike with Tuesday hikers. The more difficult hike will continue on from the Three Bears Rock formation and go north on the Dutchman Trail and loop around to hook up with the Bluff Spring Trail.10 miles, 6.5 hours.
Mar. 8th -
Mar. 15th -
Tuesday Mar. 20st Pickett Post -
Mar. 22rd -
Mar. 29th –Wind CAVE 7.4 mile, moderate to difficult. 1000 ft climb. 5 hours.
Barnhart Trail -
Flat Iron – 7.5 miles, very difficult, 2900 foot climb, last 1.75 mile is very steep climbing. Start from Trail-