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2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act!

Join us to discover Arizona's wilderness areas and to celebrate your wild place!

Please RSVP only when you are ready to secure a spot on a Wild Stew trip, as we are limited to 15 people in wilderness areas. You will be prompted to create a Meetup account or signin to Meetup (also via Facebook). Meetup is free and does not sell or rent your information to third parties.



West Clear Creek Wilderness © AWC

October 25th: West Clear Creek Wilderness, Coconino National Forest

  Join us as we head into West Clear Creek Wilderness for some trail maintenance. Be prepared to hike 8 miles (round trip) along the West Clear Creek Trail. Additional information and Trip Details!

About West Creek Wilderness
Despite the fact that West Clear Creek Wilderness is only one-half mile to two miles wide, the canyon offers wonderful opportunities for solitude. As for beauty, serenity, and complexity, the hiking is rarely exceeded in Arizona. Wild, primitive, and trail-less, the canyon bottom is narrow and filled with water in places, requiring you to swim or wade if you hike the entire length. The U.S. Forest Service calls West Clear Creek Wilderness "one of the most rugged, remote canyons in northern Arizona." West Clear Creek Canyon, opening on the Verde River on the west, is the longest canyon cutting through the Mogollon Rim along the edge of the Colorado Plateau. The canyon's very steep walls reach as high as 1,000 feet. It extends about 20 miles eastward before splitting into Clover Creek and Willow Valley, which form the headwaters of West Clear Creek. Pine and fir grow higher up, pinion and juniper on the slopes, and along the creek is a riparian habitat dominated by sycamore, alder, and cottonwood.

Trip Details: Available now!
Volunteers Needed: 15
Work Type: Trail Upkeep/Maintenance

RSVP for West Clear Creek Wilderness, October 25th

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

Mazatzal Wilderness © AWC

November 8-9th: Mazatzal Wilderness, Tonto National Forest

  Join us on this Wild Stew event into Mazatzal Wilderness. Starting from the Mormon Grove Trailhead, we'll be performing light trail work as the recent monsoons have washed out the trail in some areas. Our plans include building water bars to redirect the flow of water away from the trail, and the removal of small vegetation (branches) obstructing the path. Additional information and Trip Details!

About Mazatzal Wilderness
The 250,517-acre Mazatzal Wilderness is as unique as it is expansive. The northernmost edges skirt up against the Mogollon Rim and the largest contiguous ponderosa pine stand in the world. This area provides unique contrasts between the stream-side environments and surrounding high desert as well as desert grassland and chaparral vegetation. The watersheds have carved out a deep rugged canyon with attendant riparian habitat and supporting a wealth of wildlife and vegetation. A 23.5-mile segment of the Verde River is within the Mazatzals and is designated as “Wild.” Additional details coming soon.

Trip Details: Available now!
Volunteers Needed: 15
Work Type: Monitoring

RSVP for Mazatzal Wilderness, November 8-9th

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

Wet Beaver Wilderness © AWC

November 22-23rd: Wet Beaver Wilderness, Coconino National Forest

Winding on a serpentine course through the rim of the Colorado Plateau, Wet Beaver Creek twists through a steep-walled canyon of Supai sandstone and shale. Beyond lovely red cliffs in the lower section, the canyon widens and opens onto the Verde River. It originates about 12 miles east of the Beaver Creek Ranger Station at an elevation of about 6,200 feet and enters the Verde near 3,000 feet. Here we'll find pristine riparian habitat dominated by cottonwoods, sycamores, and alders. Wet Beaver Creek is one of Arizona's finest and rarest natural resources: a perennially flowing desert stream. The year-round waters attract large numbers of wildlife: elk and deer, bears and lions, smaller mammals, reptiles, and birds. Additional details coming soon.

Trip Details: Coming Soon!
Volunteers Needed: 15
Work Type: Monitoring

RSVP for Wet Beaver Wilderness, November 22-23rd

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

Four Peaks Wilderness © AWC

December 6-7th: Four Peaks Wilderness, Tonto National Forest

Located at the southern end of the Mazatzal Mountains in the Tonto National Forest, Four Peaks Wilderness encompasses 60,740 acres and was designated by the Arizona Wilderness Act of 1984. The tallest of the ‘four peaks’ is Brown’s Peak (7,657’) which is also the tallest peak in Maricopa County. Elevations within the wilderness can differ by as much as 5,000’ feet making for very diverse flora, fauna and weather. Four Peaks Wilderness is also notable for the high-grade amethyst quartz found within the 1.5 billion year old granite comprising the upper elevations. Additional details coming soon.

Trip Details: Coming Soon
Volunteers Needed: 15
Work Type: Monitoring

RSVP for Four Peaks Wilderness, December 6-7th

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

 

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