Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hot New July Paint-Outs!

A warm Arizona welcome to new members Suzanne Schleck of Livingston, TX (and Sedona in Winter), & Patrick Harper of Prescott!  We hope to see you both at a paint-out very soon.
Out intrepid Paint-Out Coordinator Toni Perrin says: “Get up early!  Sunrises range from 5:51 to 6:11.  It's cool then.”
Jewel of the Creek courtesy hikingforthecouchpotato.com

July 2 - Jewel of the Creek 
Map: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/spur_cross/pdf/2012/spur-cross-11x17-3d.pdf
Come to the town of Cave Creek.  You will be on Cave Creek Rd., the “main drag,” which becomes an east to west route.
North on either Spur Cross Rd. or Basin Rd. for a very short distance.  Both roads go north from Cave Creek, and turn only one way onto Grapevine.  Either street will get you there.
Follow Grapevine a very short distance to Spur Cross Rd.
Continue to the north end of Spur Cross until you see a gravel parking lot on the left.  There is a stable across from the parking area. We will meet there (Toni will be there at 6 am).

This is a limited hiking opportunity.  Plan to strap your art stuff on your back or wheel it down the road. You can walk a much or as little as you choose.  There’s plenty to see, even from the parking lot.
July 9 - Bartlett Lake, Patrick’s Spot #1
You need a Tonto Day Pass or an annual permit to park there.   The Cave Creek Ranger Station (1/2 mi. on the left after turning off toward the lake) sells permits, and is open from 8:40 - 4:30 Monday-Saturday.  Other locations to purchase day passes are Circle K stations and the Shell Station at the corner of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Roads.
**Allow Travel Time.**
The meeting point is approximately 35 miles from the intersection of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Rd.  Allow plenty of time to get there and don't push the speed limit.  Sheriff Joe's boys will be waiting for you.  Carefree/Cave Creek speed limit starts out at a whopping 25 mph for a four lane divided highway.  The limit gradually escalates to 50.  Once you hit the 50, you should be fine.  It’s about 30 minutes from the turnoff to the site.
From the intersections of Pima and Cave Creek or Tom Darlington and Cave Creek:
East on Cave Creek to signs indicating Bartlett Lake.
Turn right at the signs.  Bear to the right and proceed toward the lake.
At approximately 16.3 mi. there will be a large parking lot on your right.  DO NOT IN TURN THERE.
Turn left toward Rattlesnake Cove and Bartlett Flats. When you see the entry to Rattlesnake Cove, do not turn in.
Keep going north (straight) up the hill.  Almost at the top of the hill there is a wide gravel area that allows for parking.  Watch out for erosion.
This is our meeting point, this wide dirt parking area just above Bartlett Lake.  
July 16 - Tonto National Forest: Rio Verde and Forest entry
Tonto Day Pass required.  Circle K stores have day passes.
From the intersection of Pima and Dynamite, or Scottsdale & Dynamite:
East on Dynamite.  The name will change to Rio Verde just east of Alma School road.
Follow Rio Verde to the end, a T intersection with Forest Rd.  The entrance to the park is on the left.
Turn left into the entrance and follow the road all the way to the end.  You will see standing boulders and the river.
Saturday, July 19 - Humphrey's Trail Parking Lot at the Arizona Snowbowl, Flagstaff
Humphrey's Peak Trail courtesy USFS

Diane Scholar, our host for this paint-out, has selected the Humphrey's Trail Parking Lot at the Arizona Snowbowl.  There are long scenic views of mountains, close up views of aspen and spruce and perhaps wildflowers if we get some rain before then.
Humphrey's Peak Trail courtesy US Forest Service
Take I-17 into Flagstaff which becomes Milton.  Watch for Butler Street.
After Butler Street, get into the left lane.
Turn left at Humphreys St. (traffic light here).
Take Humphreys to Fort Valley Road (Rt. 180).
Drive approximately 6+ miles to Snowbowl Rd.
Turn right onto Snowbowl Rd.
As you approach the Snowbowl property take the left turn into the parking lot, Humphrey's Trail.
You can see plenty to paint from the parking lot, but may want to walk a bit.  Explore.  There is tall grass - uneven ground - so wear good closed shoes.
Diane will be there at 8 am.  Look for her silver Honda Pilot.  
Bring snacks and lots of water to drink.  Hat, sunscreen and light jacket are suggested.  This is alpine weather.  Porta Pottys are available....ah, joy!
July 23 - Dave Wheeler’s Property - 40218 N. 78th St., Cave Creek
Come to the intersection of Cave Creek and Schoolhouse Rd. (stop sign)
North on Schoolhouse to Highland (a right turn only).  Watch carefully for the Highland street sign.
Right on Highland to the end of the road.  The road becomes gravel, and somehow leads to or turns into 78th Street.
The driveway will be on the left and has stone markers.  Drive down the slope cautiously and park.  
July 30 - Tom Van Dyke’s Ranch in Cave Creek
From the intersection of Cave Creek and Schoolhouse Rd. (stop sign)
North on Schoolhouse Rd. 1 mile to Arroyo
Left (west) on Arroyo
Second ranch driveway on right (has a stone gate).