Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
AZHC Awards, Potluck, and Gear Exchange
when Saturday, January 25, 2020
where South Mountain Park
potluck Bring your favorite dish to share: salad, stew, dessert or otherwise. There will be outlets for Crockpots. We will need a few people to bring drinks (no glass allowed, but beer is). The club will supply the plates, cups and utensils. We will have someone to watch the Ramada during the hike.
gear exchange This year we will having a gear exchange—think rummage sale, but with awesome hiking and camping stuff. Do you have a pair of trail runners that never quite fit right? A GPS that you never figured out how to use? A trusty old tent that got replaced with a newer one? Awesome camping gear that you don’t use anymore? A bike you don’t like? If so, label your items with your name and an asking price and bring them to the Awards Hike. Bring your cash too. Buyers and sellers can decide on final prices and you just might come away with wonderful stuff to add to your collection.
the hike:
    We will meet at the Little Ramada at 8:00 to get our dishes plugged in that need to stay warm while we are hiking. Once we have the food set up we will assemble car pools to drive back the mile or so to the Holbert Trailhead. Both areas have plenty of parking.
    Beginning at the Holbert Trailhead, we will hike uphill to meet the National Trail, which is part of the Maricopa Trail Sun Circle. A good workout and outstanding views just might tempt you to learn more about hiking the entire 317-mile Maricopa Trail. This will be an out and back so if the trail gets too steep or rocky for some they can turn back at any time. See Map.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Camera
distance 5.0 miles
time 3 hours
EC +-1100' elevation change
elevations 1351' to 2434'
type round trip
starting at
Holbert Trailhead 10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042
on trail 100%
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
Difficulty is moderate: some loose rock, mild exposure and uphill grade.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Phoenix
leader Email the leader to confirm.
meet Little Ramada at 8:00 where we will assemble carpools to go back to the trailhead.
Drive to the Little Ramada:
•  From central Phoenix, follow Central Avenue south all the way to the end where it flows into South Mountain Park.
Continue on Central Ave past the Ranger Station and make the first right and follow that for a short distance.
The Little Ramadas Picnic area will be on the right side of the road.
See Map.
Drive to the Holbert Trailhead:
We will turn around and go back the way we came, past the Ranger Station.
Just before the park entrance, turn right into the Activity Complex.
Drive past the Interpretive Center and go all the way to the end of the road near the restrooms and park.
The signed trailhead is directly across the road.

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