Current Week's Hikes

Tuesday, May 21

Slow Plus -
Meet 8 a.m., Lynx Lake North Shore parking lot.

Moderate - Around Little Granite starting from Iron Springs. Hike Facilitators: Bill and Chris Maxwell, 732-735-2127. Meet 8 a.m., West Walmart. 9.2 miles, 2,000' elevation gain. Moderate+  Start at trail 37 parking area on Iron Springs Road, hike up 37, down to Blair Pass, take 261 to 40, back up to the intersection with 37, take 37 back to cars. Nice short drive to trailhead. Nice views on entire hike.

Strenuous - Towel Creek Trail 67 to the Verde River. Hike Facilitator: Larry Byk, 928-308-0369. Meet 6:30 a.m. just north of the Wells Fargo Bank in front of the former KMart (now Pruitts), Prescott Valley. 13 - 16 miles, 2,300' - 2,800' cumulative elevation gain. Out and back on the Towel Creek Trail #67. Depending on the participants, we will either go to the cliff dwellings or attempt to make it to the Verde River. 100 miles RT driving (including 18 miles round trip of good dirt road).

Thursday, May 23

Thursday’s hikes are in conjunction with the PHC Spring Picnic.  Prior to your selected hike, you may drop off your picnic food at the Thumb Butte Ramada beginning at 7:15 am.  More information about the picnic can be found on the home page of the PHC website.

The hike options follow:

Slow Plus - Section 2 of Circle Trail. Hike Facilitator: Jim Smith, [email protected] Meet 8 a.m. at White Rock Trail head (1.8 miles west of Thumb Butte parking area on Thumb Butte Road  right side of road.  5 miles. We will shuttle cars to the Iron Springs Rd. Trailhead and hike to the White Rock Trailhead.

Slower Hike - Julius Dembinski will lead a slow-paced hike beginning 9 a.m.  Meet at the parking area in front of the Thumb Butte Ramada.

Moderate/Moderate Minus - Honey Bucket Triple Loop. Hike Facilitator: Don Sherman, 309-472-4809. Meet 8 a.m., parking area in front of the Thumb Butte Ramada. 7.8 miles, 1,040' elevation gain. Honey Bucket Triple Loop from Thumb Butte Parking. 326, 322, 333, FR51, 326, 314, 33. Requires minimum moving average of 2.8 mph and 10 min max stop time to complete in 3 hours. A 7- mile Honey Bucket Double Loop hike is available for moderate minus hikers.

Saturday, May 25

Slow Plus - Meet 8 a.m., Thumb Butte upper parking lot.

Moderate - Beyond 7 -  Mile Tank. Hike Facilitator: Robert Vlasak, 402-558-5570. Meet 8 a.m., Frontier Village. 6 miles, 1,000' elevation gain. Carpool to 7 - Mile Gulch Trailhead. Hike the gulch at 7 - Mile going beyond 7 - Mile Tank to "The Gnome" using the middle trail, return via southern trail, Rattlesnake Springs and Cemetery trails.

Each participant in any of these hikes assumes total responsibility for his or her own safety and wellbeing.

Driver reimbursement amounts follow: 5 cents/mile when gas is under $2.50, 7 cents/mile when gas is between $2.50-3.00, and 10 cents/mile when gas is over $3.00. Because prices vary among stations, the Costco regular gas price is the benchmark. Each driver is responsible for recording the trip distance.

Add Hikes to the Schedule

Go to the Schedule Spreadsheet
Hike Leader Guidelines
With the above link, members can add, change, or delete hikes from the Schedule for Strenuous, Moderate, or Moderate Minus hikes.
You can also look at the upcoming schedule without changing anything.
PLEASE do not change or delete a hike that has been added by another member!

Lead a hike: Hike Facilitator Assistance Program

The Hike Facilitator Assistance Program provides mentors to assist others that want to start leading hikes.

The club members in the link below are all willing to pre-hike or co-hike.  They can assist with such items as selecting a trail, posting the hike on the web site, walking through the procedure at the meeting place, acting as a sweep and/or selecting break locations, etc.

They can be contacted by email or phone.  Please note their hike classification preference (slow, slow plus, moderate, moderate minus or strenuous) and their availability.
Hike Facilitators

Type of Hikes

Slow - 3-5 miles

Moderate Minus - 5-8 miles

Strenuous - 10+ miles

Generally flat or gently rolling; occasional short steeper uphill climbs at a slow pace of 1.5 to 2 mph moving rate
Normally up to 1000 feet elevation gain at a relaxed pace (1.75-2 mph moving rate.)
Miles, elevation gain and pace to be determined by leader; e.g. roughly 10+miles, with substantial elevation gain at steady brisk pace (@3 mph moving rate)

Slow Plus - 4-6 mles

Moderate - 7-12 miles

Multiple up and down grades up to 500+ climbs over a two plus hour period at a pace of 2 mph moving rate depending a lot on terrain.
Normally up to 2500 feet elevation gain at steady pace (2.25-3.0 mph moving rate.)

About Slow and Slow Plus Hikes

Slow and Slow-Plus Hikes are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. They start at 7 AM June - August, 8 AM April - May and September - October, and 9 AM November to March. They are usually between 4 and 5 miles long and last 2 hours but on occasion the distance can go to 5.5 or 6 miles and 2.5 hours. If the number of hikers is large and hike facilitators are available, the group often divides up into two or more groups with one using the slower pace. Hikes may be cancelled or locations changed due to weather, etc. so check the weekly Sunday Email on a regular basis especially during the winter time.

 For more information, check the Contacts Page .

Tuesdays - Lynx Lake North Shore
Trailhead location is the North Shore parking lot of Lynx Lake. From Highway 69, turn South onto Walker Road (between Arco and PetSmart) and go about three miles to Lynx Lake North Shore entrance road (same area as the Lynx Lake Café).  Turn Left and follow the road to the trailhead parking area. If the parking lot gets full let people know when you drive thru and then go back out the road to Walker road turn right and then left into the Seven Mile Gulch parking area. The leaders will run a hike over in that area and pick you up as they come by or you can walk back over to the North Shore parking area. 
Thursdays - Granite Mountain Metate Parking Area
Follow Iron Springs Road west out of town. Turn right on Granite Basin Road (about two miles past the Williamson Valley signal light.) Follow Granite Basin Road to the Metate trailhead parking area. On the way you will pass a turn off to the Cayuse trailhead parking area on your right, then the Wekuvde picnic area on you right, then the road will turn into a one-way road as you turn to your right just past the Wekuvde picnic area. Proceed on the one-way loop road. Just after you pass Granite Basin Lake on your right the road will curve left and the trailhead parking area entrance will be on your left.

Saturdays - Thumb Butte Parking Area
Meet at the Thumb Butte trailhead in the upper section of the parking lot near the upper restroom. Take Gurley Street through town towards Thumb Butte. The trailhead and parking lot are located on the right just as the road comes directly under Thumb Butte.
Granite Mountain Metate Map
Thumb Butte Parking Area Map
Lynx Lake North Shore Map

About Moderate Minus, Moderate, and Strenuous Hikes

Moderate Minus / Moderate/Strenuous Hikes are normally every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. (Check the weekly email or the "Current Week's Hikes" at the top of this page for the latest information. Each type of hike may not be scheduled on each of the days.)
An email is sent to PHC members each Sunday with details about the hikes for the upcoming week.

These hikes meet in one of five places around the area: two in Prescott, two in Prescott Valley, and one in Chino Valley. The meeting location is chosen by the hike leader and is usually the location that is closest to the hike trailhead. Maps to the five meeting places are near the bottom of this page.

For more information, check the Contacts Page  or the specific Hike Leader for a hike.

Moderate Minus, Moderate, and Strenuous Hike Locations

The meeting location for each hike is on the schedule and/or in the weekly email.

Click on each line for a map of that location:
West Walmart, Iron Springs Road, Prescott

Prescott Valley Wells Fargo Bank
Frontier Village, Prescott
Prescott Valley Iron King Trailhead
Safeway, Chino Valley
Safeway, Whitespar Rd, Prescott

Previous Hikes

Hikes the Club has done since June, 2014 are in these PDF files.
You can use them to find the last time a hike was done, and also browse for hikes you might want to repeat.
Hike Listing by Date

Hike Listing by Hike