Aug. 23, 2013
Park rangers at Phoenix’s South Mountain Park/Preserve are offering a series of fitness-based hikes this fall along trails that explore the northern side of the park as part of the city’s FitPHX initiative (information online at: phoenix.gov/fitphx). Several hikes are longer distance and are appropriate for teenagers and adults. The shortest hikes are four miles in length and generally are not suitable for kids younger than 8. All hikes are led by park rangers and cost $5. Those interested can register online at phoenix.gov/parks in the Classes and Programs section using the class codes listed below.
Monday, Sept. 2 5 – 8 p.m.
Laborious Labor Day Hike – Class code: 98782
Hikers can follow along with park rangers and see what they do on a daily basis. The six-mile hike leaves from the Beverly Canyon parking lot, 8800 S. 46th Street. (South on 46th St off Baseline - road dead ends into trailhead) Hikers will follow the Javelina Trail to the Pima Trailhead, close up restrooms and gates, and continue back via West Loop and Beverly Canyon Trails. Along the way we, participants will greet other hikers, bikers and horseback riders and pick up trash. Hikers should bring ample water for a six-mile hike and a headlamp for the return in the dark. Rangers also recommend a pack, first aid kit, snack, water, and a map
Cost $5. Ages 10 and up.
Saturday, Oct. 5 8 - 10:30 a.m.
National Trail Trek Prep Hike – Class code: 98221
This challenging five-mile preparation hike is a great workout and for people registered for the 15-mile National Trail Trek event in January 2014 can serve as a great preparation hike. There are several steep climbs in this loop hike. The hike leaves from the Five Tables Area. To reach this lot, hikers must drive one mile past the park’s main entrance gate and turn left and then bear right into the parking area for Five Tables. Hikers should bring ample water, a snack or two and wear proper attire.
Cost $5. Ages 15 and up.
Sunday, Oct. 27 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Discovery Hike-Hidden Gems of South Mountain Park – Class code: 98218
Come out and enjoy a hike while discovering the hidden Gems of South Mountain Park. The Rangers will lead you through a seven-mile hike. This is an advanced hike with steep climbs and very rocky sections. The hike leaves from the Mormon Trail parking lot, 8610 S. 24th St. Hikers should wear proper attire and bring ample water and a snack or two. Cost $5. Ages 15 and up.
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Very Difficult Veterans Day Hike- Class code: 98781
Hikers will take on the challenging and little used Alta Trail in South Mountain’s less-traveled Ma Ha Tuak Range. This strenuous six-mile, all uphill, preparation trek for the Phoenix Summit Challenge will get hikers’ hearts and adrenaline pumping. Hikers should bring ample water, a snack, or two, and wear proper attire. Hikers should meet at the Ranger's Station located at South Mountain Park 10919 S. Central Ave. Drive past the front gate for 3/4 mile and park across from our offices. US Flag attire optional.
Cost $5. Ages 15 and up
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Yule Be Loving this Full Moon Hike – Class code: 98780
Hikers will trek into the sunset for a Full Yule Moon (say that three times in a row) payoff at the top of the mountain. This gorgeous four-mile hike heads up the Kiwanis Trail, to National Trail, and ends on the Pyramid Trail. Hikers will return along the same route under moonlight. Hikers should bring a headlamp and ample water and wear appropriate apparel. Snack will be provided. Knowledge of holiday songs optional, yet highly encouraged. Hikers should meet at Kiwanis Trailhead located inside South Mountain’s Central Avenue entrance. Hikers should take the main road 3/4 mile past main gate to the main Rangers Office, take a left at the dip in the road and follow signs to the Kiwanis Trail. Additional parking is available at Ramadas 1 - 9.
Cost $5. Ages 8 and up.
Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 8 a.m. 2 p.m.
The Amazing Pre Phoenix Summit Challenge Hike - Class code: 98801
For those wanting a great workout, this challenging 15.3-mile hike includes two of the South Mountain summits included in the annual Phoenix Summit Challenge. Hikers should bring ample water, a lunch, snack, or two, and wear proper attire. On this route, hikers will take the Holbert Trail, Across National, down Kiwanis, across Las Lomitas, up Ranger, return on National and back down Holbert and back to the starting point. Meet at Holbert Trailhead located at South Mountain Park 10919 S. Central Ave in the Activity Complex. Hikers should turn left immediately after the first gatehouse then follow the road to the end of the parking lot. This will be a moderately paced hike with stops for lunch and snack.
Cost $5. Ages 15 and up.
FitPHX is a city-wide initiative, led by Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman, with the goal of making Phoenix one of the top 10 healthiest cities in the nation. More information is available by phone at 602-262-6864 or by visiting the FitPHX website at phoenix.gov/fitphx.
David Urbinato 602-262-4994