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- Slow paced, nature based hikes open to the public on Fridays.
- These hikes look at wildflowers, plants, trees, birds and animals; anything that catches our eye and looks interesting. We do hike, but we stop to look. We will talk about the history of the area if it is important to where we are.
- We don’t always make it to a destination as we will head back to the parking lot so as to be there by noon.
- Bring plenty of water.
- No pets. No smoking.
- Children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent.
- Bad weather may change or cancel hike.
Friday Slow Paced Hikes
|Oct 6||Box Camp||McDonalds at corner of Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway to carpool at 8 am.||Box Camp to the logs blocking the trail, if removed we may go further to the spring. This is a moderate trail with some elevation gain, approximately 3 miles round trip.|
|Oct 13||Aspen Draw from Ski Lift||McDonalds at corner of Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway to carpool at 8 am.||This is a lovely shaded trail with beautiful yellow aspens in the fall, approximately 3 miles. There is a lot of elevation gain so good physical endurance is required. We will go slow and stop often to catch our breath.|
|Oct 20||Turkey Run / Bear Wallow||McDonalds at corner of Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway to carpool at 8 am.||We will park at The Sawmill and walk up Turkey Run road and take a side trail that goes behind the water storage tanks and proceed up where the water line is located. We will make a loop and come down the old road passing the fairy village. We will carpool to Sunset trailhead and hike Bear Wallow to the clearing. On the return we will cut up to the road and take an old road back to the bathrooms at Butterfly trail head. The combined hikes will be about 4 miles.|
|Oct 27||Marshall Gulch/Aspen Loop||McDonalds at corner of Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway to carpool at 8 am.||This is a moderate hike with some elevation gain. It is 3.7 miles in length. We may still catch some fall color.|
|Nov 3||Sycamore Dam||McDonalds at corner of Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway to carpool at 8 am.||We will drive to Gordon Hirabayashi and hike to Sycamore Dam. This about 4.5 miles and trail is steep in places. Views are lovely and the dam area is very interesting.|
|Nov 10||Sabino Scramble||Sabino Canyon Visitor Center at 8 am.||We will hike around 4 miles using short trails that have interesting things to see and talk about. This is a fun hike.|
|Nov 17||Bridal Veil Falls||Meet at Walmart on the corner of Speedway and Kolb, park near Speedway. Or meet at the trailhead at the end of Speedway.||The hike is 5.5 miles and is moderate with some climbing involved. We may be lucky to find water at the falls.|
|Nov 24||Thanksgiving||No hike scheduled today as it is Thanksgiving weekend.||No hike scheduled today as it is Thanksgiving weekend.|
|Dec 1||50 Year Trail, Catalina State Park||Home Depot on 4342 Oracle at 8 am. Entrance fee of $7 per car, 4 people per vehicle.||Go into the lot, turn left and park facing Oracle. This is an easy 3-4 mile hike.|
|Dec 8||7 Falls Trail starting at the end of Bear Canyon Road||McDonald’s at Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway at 8 am||We will go as far as we feel comfortable hiking. Round trip could be 7 miles, no big elevation gain. We will cross the creek 7 times, in case of high water an alternative hike will be offered.|
|Dec 15||Pima Canyon||Meet at the Pima Canyon trail head at 8 am. Turn right off of Ina Road at Christy or left off of Oracle on Magee.||This is a moderate hike through some beautiful riparian area.|
|Dec 22||Phoneline||Sabino Canyon Visitor Center at 8:45 am.||We will ride the tram ($10) up to stop 9 and hike down Phoneline to the short Phoneline Link Trail. There is a short climb at first then the trail is relatively easy. Beautiful views all along the trail looking down at Sabino Canyon.|