The 100 Mile Challenge, Biking, Trailwork, And Dogs

100 Miles Challenge Kick-off Hike
Friday, November 1, 2019
08:00 AM – 10:00 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

It’s time again for Maricopa County Parks and Recreation annual 100 Miles in 100 Days trail challenge! Today is the official start date so take the first steps to your goal on a guided hike with the ranger. We’ll choose a moderate route that morning and keep it under 5 miles. You can learn about our park and the details of this initiative, make new friends and plan your next outings. Of course, if you are a biker or equestrian starting the challenge you are welcome to start your 200 mile journey with us and we’ll cheer you on. 

To learn more about the challenge visit: maricopacountyparks.net/things-to-do/activity/100-miles-in-100-days-challenge

This hike is open to non-challenge participants, as well. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water, a hat, snacks and sunscreen. Meet at the main trailhead map kiosk/picnic table. $7 per vehicle park entry fee. 

MTB 101 Beginner Mountain Bike Clinic and Ride**
Saturday, November 02, 2019
07:00 AM – 09:00 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

**Changed from 8-10am
If you’re looking to learn new skills, increase your confidence on the bike, or simply enjoy the sport like never before, our MTB 101 class is just for you. This is the perfect introduction that teaches all the basic skills needed to ride in the desert & mountain terrain.  Get to know your bike and riding equipment, learn how to balance, shift, and control your speed with proper braking, and familiarize yourself with riding protocol and safety. This introductory 30 min class is also followed by a short 3-4 mile ride to practice what you just learned. A helmet is required for safety reasons and please bring plenty of water, and an extra tube and tools to change a flat tire. If you’re a mountain bike beginner and have never ridden on the desert trails, you don’t want to miss this event! Meet at the Main Trailhead. 7-9am.

Trailwork Volunteer Day
Saturday, November 02, 2019
07:30 AM – 10:30 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Trail volunteers provide a much-needed source of labor to assist Park Staff with trail repair and enhancements that provide for visitor safety and natural/cultural resource protection. Come on out and lend a hand! Potential projects include pruning, erosion control and drainage upkeep. By the end of the day, each volunteer will know the basics of trail maintenance and have an insider’s view of the park.  Meet outside the Visitor Center. 

Please consider wearing long sleeves as sun and scratch protection. Bring water, gloves, hat, sunscreen, snacks and any tools you might have (we will provide tools for you to use if you don’t have any). Backpacks welcome – we will tote your supplies in our work vehicle. Suitable for ages 12 and up. Please RSVP by contacting Ranger Nikki at: nikki.bunnell@maricopa.gov. 7:30-10:30am.

Wag n Walk Dog Adoption Hike
Saturday, November 02, 2019
09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

Hiking with a dog – what’s not to love!  The public is invited to an easy hike every first Saturday of the month from October-March, where participants can meet a canine hiking buddy and adopt.  Partnering with Maricopa County Parks and Recreation, volunteers bring dogs from Maricopa County Animal Shelter’s East Valley Animal Care Center to Usery Park.  Hikers (canine and human), will enjoy a one-mile barrier free hike on the Merkle Trail.  This program features dogs that would make great active companions and provides hikers the chance to meet and see the dogs outside of the shelter environment.  

All dogs come to the hikes with their adoption paperwork to allow for on-site adoptions, should hikers fall in love with a new furry hiking companion.  While MCACC always hopes for adoptions, if a dog is not adopted, the hikes still provide a great opportunity for animals to get out of their kennels for some exercise and socialization.  The agencies encourage the public to consider adopting a shelter dog.  

While there are several benefits to shelter adoptions, taking a dog out of the shelter environment and giving it a home where it otherwise would not have had one, is the greatest benefit of them all.  Please meet at Area 6 at 8:45am to begin hiking at 9am.

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