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General Info:
Wilderness 50th
Sierra Club Outings Yavapai Group – Spring 2014


Bring your camera. For all hikes, we'll learn about the natural history of and the conservation issues surrounding our Wilderness areas and the Verde River, which is particularly threatened by groundwater pumping that will eventually transform the upper Verde into a dry wash, destroying the riparian habitat of ten threatened and endangered species. You may ask for photos of the area. Pre-reservation required for all hikes: contact Gary Beverly at gbverde@cableone.net (email preferred) or call 928-636-2638.


March 15-17 (SAT-SUN-MON optional) Arrastra and Tres Alamos Wilderness Day Hike and Car Camp
“C” (5 miles, 200’ EC, OW)

Join us for three days exploring the Arrastra and Tres Alamos Wilderness areas located west of Hwy 93 near the Santa Maria River. This is the perfect time of year to see the desert in spring blush - it's a beautiful area (see photo on our web site). A high clearance vehicle is required, and 4WD is helpful. Day 1: drive to trailhead/car camp, visit a uranium mine site, and learn about the history of the area. Day 2: Hike up the Santa Maria River (no trail) to explore Peoples Canyon, then return to cars and (optional) camp overnight. Day 3 (Optional): explore Kaiser Canyon and hot springs. High clearance vehicle required, and 4WD is nice. Maximum 8 hikers. For more info, contact Tom Slaback at 928-778-4233 or prescottkid@peoplepc.com


April 5 (SAT) Upper Verde River Wildlife Area. "C" (3 mi, 300' EC OW) 9 AM-3 PM

After eagle spotting at Del Rio Springs, we'll hike down a trail to the Verde River, where hikers can choose a) to hike 2 miles to the confluence with Granite Creek, or b) to cross the river and explore a ruin on the rim. Either way, we’ll find beaver dams, wildlife and stories about the river. Bring your camera. We’ll learn about the natural history of and the conservation issues surrounding the Verde River, which is particularly threatened by groundwater pumping that will eventually transform the upper Verde into a dry wash, destroying the riparian habitat of ten threatened and endangered species. You may ask for photos of the area. Pre-reservation required, 15-hiker limit. Contact Chuck Dorsey at chuck.dorsey710@gmail.com (email preferred) or call 503-686-4274. Prescott.


April 19 (SAT) Upper Verde River Wildlife Area. "C" (3 mi, 300' EC OW) 9 AM-3 PM

After eagle spotting at Del Rio Springs, we'll hike down a trail to the Verde River, where hikers can choose a) to hike 2 miles to the confluence with Granite Creek, or b) to cross the river and explore a ruin on the rim. Either way, we’ll find beaver dams, wildlife and stories about the river. Bring your camera. We’ll learn about the natural history of and the conservation issues surrounding the Verde River, which is particularly threatened by groundwater pumping that will eventually transform the upper Verde into a dry wash, destroying the riparian habitat of ten threatened and endangered species. You may ask for photos of the area. Pre-reservation required, 15-hiker limit. Contact Gary Beverly at gbverde@cableone.net (email preferred) or call 928-636-2638. Prescott.


April 26 (SAT) Sycamore Creek Wilderness to Railroad Draw "B" (6 mi, 300' EC OW) 9 AM – 5 PM

We’ll begin at the Sycamore Wilderness Trailhead, but because this is a heavily used area we’ll quickly detour away from the other hikers. When we reach Sycamore Creek we’ll hike down the Creek to the Verde River, then up river 3 miles through the riparian forest, pausing for outstanding views of the red rock Verde Canyon, exploring a historic homestead, and searching for osprey, bald eagle, blackhawk, and great blue heron. There is no trail but the walking is easy. Occasional shallow wading is required, and it’s fun to get your feet wet. Pre-
reservation required, 12-hiker limit. Contact Gary Beverly at gbverde@cableone.net (email preferred) or call 928-636-2638. Prescott.


May 17 (SAT) Apache Creek Wilderness “B” (7 miles, 500’ EC RT) all day

Apache Creek is one of the least visited wilderness areas on the Prescott National Forest and offers beautiful vistas, remote quiet, and abundant wildlife. Elevations are around 5,400 feet and water is perennial in the creek. Drive time from Prescott is approximately 75 minutes and roads are suitable for passenger cars. Camping is available at dispersed campsites. Pre-reservation required, 15-hiker limit. Contact Gary Beverly at gbverde@cableone.net (email preferred) or call 928-636-2638. Prescott.


May 31 (Sat) Upper Verde River Wildlife Area. "C" (3 mi, 300' EC OW) 9 AM-3 PM

After eagle spotting at Del Rio Springs, we'll hike down a trail to the Verde River, where hikers can choose a) to hike 2 miles to the confluence with Granite Creek, or b) to cross the river and explore a ruin on the rim. Either way, we’ll find beaver dams, wildlife and stories about the river. Bring your camera. We’ll learn about the natural history of and the conservation issues surrounding the Verde River, which is particularly threatened by groundwater pumping that will eventually transform the upper Verde into a dry wash, destroying the riparian habitat of ten threatened and endangered species. You may ask for photos of the area. Pre-reservation required, 15-hiker limit. Contact Chuck Dorsey at chuck.dorsey710@gmail.com (email preferred) or call 503-686-4274. Prescott.


May 24 (SAT) Muldoon Potential Wilderness Area “B” (4 mi, 300’ EC OW)

Join us for an off-trail adventure in a wild and beautiful section of the upper Verde River that lies within this Potential Wilderness Area. From the trailhead on the canyon rim, we’ll hike down 300’ for 1⁄2 mile to the end of the trail at the river. From here, there is no trail – just a very remote and beautiful canyon. We’ll wade across the river (knee deep) a few times to explore a historic homestead, a cliff dwelling, and other ruins. Pre- reservation required, 10-hiker limit. Contact Gary Beverly at gbverde@cableone.net (email preferred) or call 928-636-2638. Prescott.


June 7 (Sat) Bear Siding to Perkinsville Bridge. "B" (7 mi, 100' EC) 8 AM – 5 PM

After shuttling vehicles (2WD, 12 mi), we'll bushwhack down the Verde River 7 mi through a very pretty and wild part of the river. There is no trail: be prepared to push through the brush and wade the river. This will be a long day in the wilderness, but there is outstanding scenery, photography, and other remarkable features. Frequent shallow wading required. Bring your camera. We’ll learn about the natural history of and the conservation issues surrounding the Verde River, which is particularly threatened by groundwater pumping that will eventually transform the upper Verde into a dry wash, destroying the riparian habitat of ten threatened and endangered species. You may ask for photos of the area. Pre-reservation required, 12-hiker limit. Contact Chuck Dorsey at chuck.dorsey710@gmail.com (email preferred) or call 503-686-4274. Prescott.


June 14 (SAT) Woodchute Wilderness Father’s Day Hike "C" (4 mi, 600' EC, OW) all day

Bring your kids (we’ll have some learning activities for them). And Mom! We will walk a good trail into the Woodchute Wilderness to the top of Woodchute Mountain. On top, there are views of the entire Verde Valley, Sycamore Canyon, San Francisco Peaks, and Bill Williams Mt. Bring lunch and water. Pre-reservation required, 15-hiker limit. Contact Gary Beverly at gbverde@cableone.net (email preferred) or call 928-636-2638. Prescott.


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