Attendees in alphabetical order are: Carl, Carol, Chris, Chuck, Jade, Lin, Michael,
Michelle, Sandra, Sylvia, Tamar, and Ted.
Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is a great local place for short hikes. I walk my
dog there once in a while. With all of the shade you can hike here even when
it’s hot. They had the Christmas light decorations set up.
Twelve people signed up for this easy "D" hike in Gilbert. Many lived in
the area, and there were several new people who have hiked this before, but not
with the Trailblazers. Needless to say I was delighted with the turnout.
We started the hike at the east end of the library parking lot by the ramada. The lot
was pretty empty so parking wasn’t an issue. We walked east to the bridge
over the library lake past the observatory and bathrooms to the east side of the park.
Then south to the water distribution control station where the seven lift gates let
water flow to each of the seven ponds. From there we walked east to the Eastern
Canal then south along the canal to another path going west back into the park.
Once back at the water control station, we headed south again to the southern border
under the high tension wires, west along that path to another path heading north.
In this way we traverse all of the trails along all of the ponds until we ended back at
the parking lot.