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Fridays Fitness Hike – Trailhead Staging
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Fridays Fitness Hike – Various locations in Park- ALL Fridays Come to one or all of the Fitness Hiking Series, every Friday. We build up to a longer hike at the end of the month. Please wear sturdy shoes & bring plenty of water. This week's hike starts at the Trailhead Staging Area.

Date: 4/4/2014
Time: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: amyburnett@mail.maricopa.gov 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.,Scottsdale, AZ 85269
Photo courtesy of www.visitphoenix.com, AZ  
Reach Your Goal Fitness Finale - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
This is it! We will enjoy our final hike together as a group. While on the trail, you can explore the wildflowers, the birds, or simply take in the beautiful San Tan morning. Join Ranger Tish at the Flag Pole.

Date: 4/4/2014
Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 3 Hours
Speaker: Ranger Tish
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: TishiaStewart@mail.maricopa.go
Location: Meet at Flag Pole
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
4-mile Fitness Hike - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
On the fourth day of the fourth month of the fourteenth year, it seems like a no-brainer to do a 4-mile fitness hike! Please come prepared with appropriate hiking attire, water and snacks. Meet at the Rainbow Trailhead.

Date: 4/4/2014
Time: 8:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
 
Hike the Wind Cave Trail - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Why is the hike up to Wind Cave such a popular hike? Join us and find out! This difficult, 3-mile round-trip hike gains over 800 feet in elevation and presents some of the most spectacular scenery in the Valley! Please bring water, hats, snacks, and closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Wind Cave Trailhead.

Date: 4/4/2014
Time: 8:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Wildflower Walk - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
April 4 Friday 8:00 am Wildflower Walk (moderate) Come and see what’s blooming in Spur Cross. This three-hour stroll along the Spur Cross and Tortuga Trails will showcase some of the wildflowers found in the park and explore the beauty of the conservation area.

Date: 4/4/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2-3 hours
Speaker: Kevin Smith, Interpretive Ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Basic Map and Compass Orienteering - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Come learn the basics of map and compass orienteering. There will be one hour of class instruction followed by a three hour session in the desert. Bring a small pack with water, snacks, and a whistle. Dress to protect from the weather(sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, etc.) and wear long pants and good hiking shoes/boots. Loaner compasses available or bring your own. Follow “Map & Compass” signs from front contact station gate to program. Please call 602-372-7460 x 202 to sign up and to answer any questions.

Date: 4/4/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour Class + 3 hours in desert
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee only
 
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger - 602-372-7460 x 202
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park - follow program signs once inside park
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 west to MP19, turn north on Castle Hot Springs Rd. and then the first right to the park.
Peoria, AZ  
Cool Cactus Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
What are the names of the cacti that grow in our desert? How do they survive (and thrive!) in such a harsh environment? Discover amazing facts about these incredible plants when you join our Interpretive Ranger for a scenic stroll along the quarter-mile Desert Hawk Trail. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 4/4/2014
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Fireside with the Ranger - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Come out to the Nature Center and relax fireside with the Ranger. Bring your hotdogs, marshmallows, & s’mores! Don’t forget a beverage and be sure to bring the kids! This is your chance to ask questions of the Ranger while we listen for coyotes, owls and.....?

Date: 4/4/2014
Time: 6:00 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle Park Entry Fee
 
Contact: markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Nature Center
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331