On Saturday, March 12, the Outdoor Group will be meeting at the Beverly Canyon Trailhead at 8:30am for a 3.9-mile hike with an elevation gain of only 551 feet. It will take about 2 hours of hiking through classic Sonoran Desert on a well-defined sandy trail. The climb is a steady up, not steep and rocky. If the last few hikes have been a bit too strenuous for you, perhaps this one will be more to your liking. The question to ask yourself is: can I hike for two hours with only a couple of short breaks? We would love to see you on the trail. There are not that many more Outdoor Group hikes before the temperatures start to climb. Come join us while the weather is “hiking perfect!” See the hike flyer for details.

The Wind Cave Trail Is a Winner!

Lucy Armstrong led us on a new hike to the Outdoor Group at Usery Mountain Regional Park. The Wind Cave Trail is a fun trail for those used to hiking. It is uphill to the base of the rock face that can be seen from the valley floor. There are some narrow bits where the big boulders are a bit of a scramble and a few big step-ups. After hiking along the trail just below this stunning rock feature, there is a slight U-turn that climbs up into the wind cave. The views of the valley from this perch are well worth the climb.

Six people joined in on the fun and camaraderie. The conversation is always interesting, allowing for such a great connection with each other as we get to know more about each other. Some of us enjoyed an after-hike coffee at Starbucks before heading home.


You can check out what is coming up by checking out our season calendar.

Sunset Crater Campout

We have a reservation at Sunset Crater National Monument for a spring campout May 20-22. Detailed information will be coming as we get closer to the date. Put it on your calendar to save the date! You will not want to miss this!

Keeping It Safe

At the beginning of each hike, we will gather to introduce ourselves, distanced, and ask what everyone is comfortable with. We will also make room for everyone to talk about what they are not comfortable with. This is to be part of the normal discussion, and we ask that you speak out about what you are not comfortable with. Stay safe, and I hope to see you soon, live and in person, 6 feet away. As always you can get more information by emailing outdoorgroup@phoenixuu.org.