Beyond The Beard Men’s Group
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March 7th 7:00Am – Apache Wash Loop
1600 E. Sonoran Desert Dr.
Access: Start from Apache Wash Trailhead. Proceed to Badger Brawl Trail to connect to Apache Wash Loop.
Description: This dirt loop trail is very popular to mountain bikers. There are many parking spots located at the trailhead for cars and horse trailers. There are bathrooms at the trailhead, but no running water. The trail offers breathtaking views of the Sonoran preserve. Apace Wash Trailhead is a beautiful example of the Sonoran Desert. This 5.6 mile multi-use trail passes through cactus gardens and allows unrestricted desert views. Many visitors are amazed with the diversity of cactus along the trail and the amount of desert wildlife. The trailhead offers vault toilets but no drinkable water.
Distance: 5.6 miles
Elevation Change: 200 feet
March 14th 7:00am – Bell Pass (via gateway trail head)
18333 N. Thompson Peak Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255
Bell Pass offers a comparable experience to Windgate Pass, but is shorter with more elevation gain. Visitors will enjoy diverse vegetation and great views along the Bell Pass Trail:
The Gateway Trail moves quickly to the Gateway Loop split (.4 miles : 1,782’) and bends SE on mild grades up the bajada. It passes the 104th Street, Crossover and Paradise trails en route to the Gateway Loop – Bell Pass Trail split at the base of the foothills (1.5 miles : 2,008’).
The Bell Pass Trail moderates for the next .5 miles in the upper bajada before curling northeast up the canyon below Thompson Peak (2.0 miles : 2,143′).
The trail climbs steeply for the next 1.5 miles on switchbacks to Bell Pass (3.5 miles : 3,178′).
Bell Pass is a small, open saddle with views that extend east over McDowell Mountain Regional Park to the Four Peaks Wilderness and Superstition Mountains. Weavers Needle is clearly identifiable along the mountainous horizon.
The Bell Pass Trail continues down the backside of McDowell Mountain and up to Windgate Pass, which leads back to the Gateway Trailhead to form a 9.6 mile loop. This extended route offers a chance to see the lightly traveled backside of the Preserve.
March 21st 7:00 am – Lost Dog Wash
12601 N 124th St, Scottsdale, AZ, 85259
From the end of the road the trail is an old jeep trail that climbs steadily to the north. After a half a mile the trail turns west and crosses a couple of washes before turning north again. It then climbs a low ridge with good views of the Valley. After cresting the ridge, the trail drops down the west side and heads toward Lost Dog Wash. When you get to the wash there is a T-intersection. Take the right fork and head north toward Talliesin Ridge. The trail climbs in and out of a series of small washes as it continue to climb toward the ridge. The trail is well maintained and the climbs are hardly strenuous. There is an overlook at the top of Talliesin Ridge and there are great views of Camelback, Squaw Peak and Pinnacle Peak.
March 28th 7:00am – Pinnacle peak
26802 N. 102nd Way Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Pinnacle Peak Park features a moderate out-and-back trail through the pristine Sonoran Desert environment.
Thurs. Feb 27 @ 6PM Comicx 21001 N Tatum Blvd #95 Phoenix, AZ 85050
Thurs. March 5 @ 6PM Thirsty Lion Desert Ridge 21001 N Tatum Blvd Suite 6 Phoenix, AZ 85050