Apache Wash, Phoenix - Fellowship Adventures Hike
January took us to Scottsdale's newest trailhead, so it is only fitting that we explore Phoenix Sonoran Preserve's newest trailhead this month. Apache Wash just opened in December and provides hikes for all levels, including paved walkways if you want to bring the little ones in a stroller. And it is just just 25 minutes from Calvary's central campus.
Groups will start hiking at 9:00 AM and everyone should be done by 1:00 PM. Please plan to be at the registration tables by 8:30 AM to be assigned to your group so we can start hiking on time.
Drive 11 miles north on I-17 and take the 303 (W. Dove Valley Rd) exit. Continue straight on the frontage road 1 mile to W. Dove Valley Rd. and go east (right). TLook for Fellowship Adventures signs.
To get directions from Calvary Community Church, click here. (Note: this is another park that is so new that if you zoom in on the map it does not show as a park...but it really is there!)
Although there is lots of parking, we encourage carpooling. You can sign up for carpooling during the registration process. For details on carpooling, see the Carpooling section of the "Things to Know" page.
Carpools will meet at Calvary central campus (west side by the mailboxes), with the last carpool leaving at 8:00 AM. Carpool riders should prepare to cover driver’s expenses (gas and any other expenses incurred in transporting passengers to the event).
Park entrance fee: None
This hike will include 4 levels of hiking. You will sign up for a level when registering. The levels are listed below, or see levels of difficulty for more details. Remember to bring lots of water. Although the weather is cooler and more refreshing, you will still need to stay hydrated.
Roadrunners – For the serious, go-fast hiker who desires the challenge of speed and distance (7 to 10 miles) and prefers to race past the sagebrush rather than smell it!
Coyotes – For the recreational hiker who desires energetic physical activity (4 to 7 miles) and the opportunity to stop and smell the sagebrush.
Prairie Dogs – For the casual hiker and families who want to get some exercise (about 3 miles) but stop to enjoy the view and rest as they hike.
Geckos – For the person or family new to hiking or just coming back from a long time away. Hikes are approximately 2 miles in length of relatively flat terrain.
Children are more than welcome to join this event, but please read the Children section of the "Things to Know" page before you come.
Roadrunners - minimum age of 15*, if experienced
Coyotes - minimum age of 10*, if experienced
Prairie Dogs & Geckos - minimum age of 6*, unless you are going to carry them if needed
* If you are bringing a child under the age of 18 for whom you are not the parent or legal guardian, a Medical Waiver/Consent Form must be completed, signed by a parent or legal guardian and presented at the check-in prior to the event.
Dogs are welcome on all except the Roadrunner hike. Remember to consider the elevation before bringing Fido and please read the Pets section of the "Things to Know" page.