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May 25, 2019Empire Ranch Ride / Campout Ride Time TBDSaturday, Sunday & Monday (Memorial Weekend)
Directions
Take I-10 E past Tucson to AZ-83 S (exit 281). Take AZ-83 S to Empire Ranch Road then turn left. Continue on Empire Ranch Road about 3 miles. Ranch will be on your left. We have reservation at Maternity Well Group Camp Site. This site it the first dirt road on the right side as you come into the main turnoff for the Empire Ranch.There is a covered map station right there. Note: There is a border check point just before the turn off to the ranch so you can't miss it. It took Marcy and I's about 3 hours to get there by car, so allow extra time when hauling.
Those who cameDescription
The ranch historian has offered to give the club a walking tour on Saturday, May 25th. We would like to have a late afternoon cocktail potluck on Saturday.. Sunday if anyone wants to go the Shoot Out Restaurant in Sonoita , it would be a lot of fun for dinner. Its just 10 minutes south of the ranch and they have great food and music. There is so much history in this area. For those that don't ride there are several wineries that you can visit.. Kentucky Camp is an old gold mine and there still are several working top mines in the area. Zanado bed and breakfast ranch to visit.. Fairbanks is an old ghost town that used to mine silver and has a great walking tour and trails to ride.

Please reply and let me know if you are coming so I can let the ranger at the ranch know as well as signing up on the club web site.
Patty Rowan 480-200-7424


May 18, 2019Mormon Lake Ride / Campout (cancelled - to be re-scheduled) Saturday & Sunday
Directions
Those who cameDescription

May 11, 2019New River Road Trail 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
This is going to be west of I-17 on New River Road. Take the first Road on the right (north) of New River Rd then the first Rd to the left (west). Just follow the road until you see trailers on the left.
Those who cameDescription
This will be a 2- 1/2 hr ride.
We will be going to the boy scout tank. The rating of the ride would be a 2 for some rocks but overall not a very hard ride.
Please bring water for your horses since there is no water available

April 27, 2019White Tanks Ride 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Take Carefree Hwy to Lake Pleasant Road then turn left to State Route 303. turn right on Loop South Ramp. Exit at Peoria and go west to Cotton Lane. Turn left on Cotton Lane the proceed south to Olive Avenue. Turn right on Olive which will take you west into the park.
Those who cameDescription
$7.00 Park Entrance Fee. Proceed to horse trailer parking area.
Length: 2 1/2 Hours
Rating: 2

April 13, 2019Sedona Ride / Campout 10:30 AMSaturday & Sunday
Directions
Take I-17 north to Sedona exit 179. At the exit stop sign turn RIGHT on NF 618. Drive past the car bridge towards Bell Rock trailhead. Before you get to the trailhead, you will see a sign for overflow parking on the left. Go north down that road to the parking area and pick your spot. This is a horse camping area, so those who wish to camp can.
Those who cameDescription
You must register on the website. If there is not enough people coming we will re-schedule.
Saturday trail ride starts (in the saddle) at 10:30 AM
Bring a lunch on the trail and water if you are camping.
Questions, call Patty Rowan 480-200-7424

March 30, 2019Camp Creek Ride 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
From Cave Creek Road and Carefree Highway, go north on Cave Creek Road and it will turn eastbound as you enter Cave Creek and you continue east as you go through Carefree. This continues east as you cross Scottsdale Rd (aka Tom Darlington) and Pima Road (for anyone coming from the south). From Pima Road, it's 7 miles to the parking lot. You'll see the Bartlett Lake turn off - DO NOT TAKE IT! The road curves north toward Seven Springs. Go down the hill, and prepare to turn right. There's a dirt road immediately (marked FH1058) just after the wash. Take it to the right and the staging area is about a hundred yards.
Those who cameDescription
Length: 3 Hours
Level: 3
Description: The terrain varies from soft sand trail/wash to up and down in the rocks.

May 25, 2019`Empire TBDSaturday & Sunday
Directions
Those who cameDescription
Ride / Campout to be re-scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend.

March 17, 2019Goldfield Ghost Town Ride 11:00 AMSunday
Directions
Location: 4650 N Mammoth Mine Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119 Directions: Take the 101 freeway south to the 202 freeway east. Get off the 202 at Brown road and go left (east) to the Apache Trail. (Note: Brown road becomes Lost Dutchman Road as you enter Apache Junction). At the Apache Trail, turn left and go approximately 4 miles to the Goldfield Ghost Town entrance (Mammoth Mine Road).
Those who cameDescription
A nice easy ride. Level 1. Afterward we will have lunch afterwards at the Mammoth Saloon / Restaurant.

There are camping facilities for those who wish too. Call (480) 983-0333 for reservations.

Any Questions:
Greg LaCosse
602-920-9472

December 17, 2017Christmas Party (not a ride) 12:00 PMSunday
Directions
Location 24th St and Ridgecrest, just north of Joy Ranch Road. Detailed directions coming shortlt
Those who cameDescription
We are still working on what the club will be providing, but the following has been finalized:

Club Members are asked to bring a choice of Appetizers, Salads, Desserts. Please sign up on the club's web site EVENTS page (cavecreeksaddleclub.org) no later than Sunday Dec 10, so we have a head count for the amount of food we'll need.

Also, after your last name on the sign up page, please put down what appetizer, salad or dessert you plan to bring. This will help to prevent duplications. Probably will need some to bring Rolls/Bread along with some dishes too.

Our gift exchange will be a like last year. Instead of a gift we thought it would be more fun to exchange Christmas / Holiday desserts (pies, chocolates, breads, special coffees, etc. Desserts should be wrapped and be no more than $10. Each member is also asked to bring one unwrapped gift for a child to be donated to Toys for Tots.

December 16, 2017Christmas Ride - Table Mesa 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
From Phoenix -Drive North via I-17 to exit 236, Table Mesa Road. Turn LEFT over the I-17. Turn right onto the Frontage Road (cross a cattle guard). Stay to the Right at the first fork (Cemex) and follow road past the compressor station. Take LEFT at the next fork towards Stodgehill Mine (white sign at fork). Go about 1.2 miles to the Black Canyon Trailhead parking lot on the right hand side. You can park in back (about 1/10 of a mile) and if that's full, park strategically in the main lot to allow for all trailers. Signs will be posted.
Those who cameDescription
Please join us for a combined group ride. Cave Creek Saddle Club has invited the Glendale Equestrian Club to join us on this day. Lonnie Mott of GEC will be our trail guide as we ride from the Black Canyon Trailhead, wind through the desert towards the Little Pan Trailhead, and on to the Agua Fria River area and back. Route will vary.

Please reserve enough time after the ride to have lunch. GEC's Bill Caravetta will be cooking Brats after the ride. Anyone who wishes to bring any additions to the brats (potluck style) is encouraged 😊. A great way to share some time with one another after we return to the trailhead.

And since this is our "Christmas" ride, any fun decorations are welcome!!

Stage: 8:30 (may change)
Ride 9:00 Sharp
Time to ride 3.5 hours
Trail Rating is a 2.5 to 3, some off trail terrain

December 2, 2017Picket Post Ride / Campout 10:00 AMSaturday / Sunday
Directions
Take US 60 Freeway thru Mesa and Apache Junction. US 60 turns into a 2 lane highway after Goldfield Road. Keep going east to Florence Junction. From Florence Junction, drive east on US 60 for 9 miles. After mile marker 221, continue 0.5 miles and turn right (south) onto FR 231. There is a sign that says to Picket Post Trailhead (this point is 4 miles west of the town of Superior on US 60.) Drive 0.4 miles and turn left onto FR 310. Continue 0.6 miles, and then turn right at a sign for Picketpost Trailhead. There is an open field at this point where we will be camping. Do not go to the trailhead as there is no camping there.
Those who cameDescription
A nice weekend ride. There will be a happy hour and potluck after the ride on Saturday for those interested. Patty Rowan will be leading the ride and also will lead a caravan to the site on Friday at 10:00 AM. If you want to join her, her phone is 480-200-7424.

November 26, 2017Pioneer Living History Museum / Village 10:00 amSunday
Directions
First exit off I17 just north of Carefree Highway
Those who cameDescription
We will staging in the parking lot near the entrance. 2 - 3 hr ride.

November 18, 2017Sophie's Flat - Wickenburg (Day Ride only) 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
From U.S. 60 just east of the Hassayampa River bridge turn north on El Reco Road (next to the New Frontier Restaurant), proceed 1/4 mile and bear right on Constellation
Those who cameDescription
3 hr ride through some beautiful canyons. Those who wish to caravan, we will be leaving the Burger King-Circle K (7th St & Carefree Highway) at 8:30 AM.

November 4, 2017Cave Creek Wild West Day's Parade 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Those who cameDescription
We will be participating in the Cave Creek Wild West Day's Parade on Saturday November 4. Anyone wanting to join us is welcome. This is a small parade and great for those unsure of whether their horse will be OK in parades.
The parade starts at 9:00 AM. We will be meeting at 8:00 AM at the empty lot behind the post office, northwest corner of Schoolhouse Road and Cave Creek Road.
CCSC has always been a great looking group, we have matching saddle red blankets and neck scarves. We will be wearing black pants, white shirts and black hats (if no black hat, white is OK). Horses shall be well groomed. If you have a red bridle, collar or decorations, that would be great. Any questions, contact Joyce Clark Clark, 480-991-6418

October 28, 2017Haloween Ride - Apache Wash 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
1/4 mile south of Carefee Hwy on 14th Street
Those who cameDescription
Dress up for Halloween and we will be passing out candy on horseback to the hikers. Wendy Rowe leading.

October 21, 2017Sophie's Flat (Wickenberg) Ride & Campout 10:00 AMSaturday & Sunday
Directions
From U.S. 60 just east of the Hassayampa River bridge turn north on El Reco Road (next to the New Frontier Restaurant), proceed 1/4 mile and bear right on Constellation Road 3.2 miles to Blue Tank Road which diagonals to the left. (Look for the brown directional sign.) Take Blue Tank Road 1.4 miles to the trailhead. The roads are maintained but high clearance vehicles are recommended, especially after storms.
Those who cameDescription
Ride length 3 hrs
Level 3

October 7, 2017Granite Mountain Ride 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Dynamite Road east of Pima to 136th St. Turn left (north). Trailhead about 2 miles at end of road.
Those who cameDescription
Patty Rowan leading, 480-200-7424

September 23, 2017Sedona - Woods Canyon Ride & Campout 10:00 AMSaturday & Sunday
Directions
Hwy I-17 to Exit 298 (Hwy 179) Hwy 179 to Sedona Take 1st round-a-bout past the Visitor's Center to Jack?s Canyon Road (FR 793). Go about 3 miles to Wood's Canyon Trailhead on right.
Those who cameDescription
This is a officially a campout ride, but is close enough for a day ride if you choose. Patty Rowan will lead a caravan to the trailhead on Saturday morning leaving at 7:00 AM from the Road Runner Restaurant at I-17 and New River Road. For any additional info, contact Patty Rowan 480-200-7424.

May 19, 2017Chiricahua National Monument Ride and Campout See BelowFriday to Monday
Directions
See Below
Those who cameDescription
A caravan will be meeting at the Carefree / I-17 on ramp at 6:00 AM which will take about 3 hours. We will then stop at the I-10 and Exit 297 Mescal / J Six Road for a ride at the Old Mescal Movie location. Plan on ride at 10:00 - 10:30. Have lunch and ride 2 hrs around this famous town.
Directions: Exit 297 turn right north bound on Mescal Road, approx .5 miles. Cross the railroad tracks and stay to the right. You will see the town on the left. Look for big clearing just after the Y and park on the east side of Mescal. Note: There is a gas station at this exit if you need to fill up and get ice.
After the ride, we will proceed to the Chiricahua National Monument. Get back on I-10 East to Wilcox Exit 336 and follow the signs to Wilcox Chiricahua National Monument and turn right on AZ186 / Maley Street, travel about 32 miles and turn left on AZ 181 which also is called E. Bonita Canyon Road. It will dead end and turn right on Pinery Canyon Road. You should pass over for cattle guards about 5 miles and you will see a marker for PORTAL. Just after the sign you will see a dirt turn off on the right side and pull in and there are several tree covered camp sites. You will need to find the best for your rig.
Setting up camp and if anyone wants to have a short late afternoon ride we will be happy to do so.
Saturday Morning Ride out about 8:30 for a 3 hr ride. Bring some snacks. We will be stopping and seeing some old grave markers of soldiers grave markers from the 1800 Indian wars.
After lunch if some want to caravan to the monument and drive to the top and look down at the park and also see the museum and the history of the park it is well worth it.
Evening about 4:30 pot luck cocktail. Bring an appetizer to share. Plan on bringing your own meals for the trip.
Sunday ride out about:30 for a 3 hr. ride and see more of the park.
If anyone wants to caravan back to Wilcox to site see and have dinner, there are plenty of places to see - Rex Allen Museum, shops and food and an old trolley car restaurant called Big Tex Bar-B-Que. It's really good food.
For those who want to see the old ruins of an old fort we would have to trailer to it and ride and there is another trail head at the entry to the park. We can ride it, but again it requires trailering to it.
If you want to get more information about the town and monument, there is a lot of pictures ans history about both of these places on Google.
Please let us know if you are planning on coming. This is dry camping and there are no restrooms. There is a stream behind the camping area and water on the trail. The trails are mostly tree shaded and we are up about 4000 feet. Easy trails..
Monday - Shirt ride and return to Phoenix

April 15, 2017Coon Bluff Ride 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
This site is 17 miles northeast of Mesa. From Mesa, travel 7 miles east on Superstition Freeway (US 60), to Power Road/Bush Highway/Forest Road (FR) 204 and turn north. Follow Bush Highway for 12 miles and turn north (LEFT) on FR 204E (Coon Bluff Road) and follow it 1 mile to the site. The staging area is less than 1/2 mile north on Coon Bluff Rd., it is on the west side of the road, and is a large dirt parking lot. The entire route is paved.
Those who cameDescription
Our trail host will be Kori Bean. The trail we will take includes a few rocky areas, a few moderate climb hills, some cactus, sandy wash, and rocky, but fun. We will also cross the Salt River if it is not too full which it should not be at this time. This is about a 3 hour ride. We will stage at 8:30am and ride by 9:00am. Please try to be on time as it is supposed to get pretty warm that day.

If we want, after the ride, we can stop at Filly?s Steakhouse which is about 18 minutes away and has room for the horse trailers. I would say we could go to Goldfield but they have a charge to park the trailers.

March 25, 2017Catalina Mountains (overnite for those who want to) 9:30 AMSaturday & Sunday
Directions
Patty Rowan is leading a caravan from the Circle K At 7th St and Carefree Highway at 6 am on Saturday. Take I-10 South to Tucson . Exit at TANGERINE Rd By Marana. TANGERINE EAST TO THE END TO ORACLE RD. TURN RIGHT AND FIRST LEFT TURN WILL BE A TRAFFIC LIGHT AND ENTRANCE TO CATALINA ST PARK
Those who cameDescription
Nice weekend ride to be led by Patty Rowan.
- Day Use ($7/vehicle) if you are just coming for the day. Fees are paid on arrival.
- Day Use hours are from 5 am to 10 pm.
- No amplified music/sound.
- Clean up area after use.
- Responsible use of the fire pit is taken when the area is inhabited by group
- The Solar Lights are on timer and will not work until dark. Citizens for Solar and the Solar Guild of Tucson, Arizona donated the Solar Lights.
- There is no electricity at any area.
- Alcohol is allowed.
- The second vehicle fee can be paid with your reservation or at the park.
An equestrian staging and camping area is available for visitors who trailer their own livestock into the park. Stock can be off-loaded for day rides, or riders can camp with their animals. Sixteen pens are available first-come, first-served (no charge for pens). Picnic tables, BBQ grills, a restroom, and drinking water are available. Horses or stock animals are not permitted on the Nature Trail, Birding Trail, and Romero Ruin Interpretive Trail, or in picnic/camping areas or on paved roads.
- No reservations, First come first serve, Camping or day use (no designated sites), 16 corrals, Wood fires allowed in designated fire pits, Vault toilet/showers, Hitching Posts, Mounting/dismounting steps, Water, no electricity, 2 Dump stations on site, Visitor Center & Gift Shops on site

- November 1 - April 30 camping fees are $20 per vehicle per night
April 30 - October 31 camping fees are $15 per vehicle per night
- $7 vehicle day use



March 12, 2017Goldfield Ghost Town Ride - Apache Junction 10:00 AMSunday
Directions
Directions: Take the 202 freeway east to Brown Road exit east. Brown Road will become Lost Dutchman Blvd. once you enter Apache Junction city limits. Take to Apache Trail North (Highway 88). Turn left and go approximately 2.3 miles to Mammoth Mine Road (main entrance). Go to camping area.
Those who cameDescription
This will be a nice 2-3 hour ride with some easy hills. Rating 1 to 1-1/2. We?ll be going to the Mammoth Steak house in the Ghost Town for lunch after the ride. Excellent food and nice patio. Questions: Greg LaCosse 602-8920-9472

February 21, 2017Monthly Meeting at El Encanto Dos Restaurant 7:00 PMTuesday
Directions
1112 E. Carefree Highway. (just east of 7th Street on north side)
Those who cameDescription
Our monthly meeting. Socializing starts at 6:00 PM. Meeting at 7:00 PM

December 18, 2016Christmas Party at Brian & Marcie's (not a ride) 12:00 PM noonSunday
Directions
Location: 44714 North 22nd St, New River 85087 Directions: North on 7th St, which turns into New River Rd. Turn east (right) on Circle Mountain Road (fire station will be on your left) Go to end of Circle Mountain Road - Turn North (left) on 22nd St - onto dirt road - it's a little bumpy but not bad Go about 1/4 mile Turn left onto our lane - no name to lane but you'll see our address marker to left with horseshoes and arrow pointing to left. Go to end of the lane - we are at the dead end (you will pass a tall electrical pole in the middle of the lane) Go through the double gates - our address sign is on the fence to left of double gate You can park in the driveway area, and we will also have the upper corral open for parking. Contact: Marcie 510-599-4037
Those who cameDescription
Brian and Marcie have again graciously offered their home and cuisine expertise.
They will be providing the following:

Entr?e:
Grilled Pork Loin with Mango Salsa
Seared Tilapia with Peppers, Red Onion and Pepper Jack Cheese

Starch:
Roasted Red Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs

Vegetable:
Carrots and Green Bean Almondine

Brian's Spiked Punch

Club Members are asked to bring a choice of Appetizers, Salads, Desserts. Please sign up on the club's web site EVENTS page (cavecreeksaddleclub.org) no later than Sunday Dec 10, so we have a head count for the amount of food we'll need.

Also, after your last name on the sign up page, please put down what appetizer, salad or dessert you plan to bring. This will help to prevent duplications. Probablywill need some to bring Rolls/Bread along with some dishes too.

Our gift exchange will be a little different this year. Instead of a gift we thought it would be more fun to exchange Christmas / Holiday desserts (pies, chocolates, breads, special coffees, etc. Desserts should be wrapped and be no more than $10. Each member is also asked to bring one unwrapped gift for a child to be donated to Toys for Tots.

December 17, 2016Christmas Ride - Table Mesa Recreational Area 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Take I-17 North to Exit #236 (Table Mesa Road). Take a left over I-17 and then take an immediate right onto the Frontage Road. Asphalt will turn to dirt. Stay on this route past the Power Plant and take a LEFT at the ?Y? towards the Stodgehill mine. There is a white board sign at the ?Y? as well. Follow this road past the Stodgehill mine (which will be on the right) and take a RIGHT at the next ?Y? which leads you to the LGC (Little Grand Canyon) Ranch. The private entry gate will be in the upright position. Stay to the right on the long driveway and follow it down to the large pastures. Parking will be inside the left pasture fencing. The ride should take about 2 hours and is a Level 2-3. There are a couple of step-overs, and a couple of small water crossings along the way. Shoes or boots are always recommended. Water is available at the Ranch for the horses return. And a snack at the end of the ride is planned for a final meet and greet.
Those who cameDescription
Christmas Ride hosted be Dodge Marshall and Ranger.

November 26, 2016Jackass Flats / Anderson Mill Ride "CHANGED TO CAMP CREEK RIDE" 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Take Cave Creek Road east till it ends at top of the hill, then follow road down to first right at bottom of hill. Gravel road will take you about 500 feet to a large open area for staging. Will be a 2-1/2 to 3 hour ride.
Those who cameDescription
Due to a health issue with our ride leader Ben Davidson we are changing the ride to Camp Creek. (The Jackass Flats / Anderson Mill ride will be re-scheduled probably in February)

November 5, 2016Cave Creek Wild West Days Parade 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Downtown Cave Creek, Large open lot behind post office. Just north of Cave Creek Road off Schoolhouse Road on the left. Check in: 7:30 to 8:30 AM (Parade starts at 9:00 AM)
Those who cameDescription
Uniforms: We will ALL be wearing matching outfits (no exceptions). The club has red matching saddle pads with the club emblem on both sides. We will be wearing white shirts, black or dark denim pants, black hats and red kerchiefs (we will have extra kerchiefs). You can also use red or black decorations on your horses bridle or breast collar or red tack.
Other: We will have a banner carried by two walkers.
We will ride two abreast down the parade route. Nervous horses will be put in the middle if necessary. The more even and sharp we look the better chance we have of receiving a parade award.
After the parade, we will re-locate up to Spur Cross for an approximate 2 hr. ride. More details to follow.

October 29, 2016Squaw Peak Ride (now starting from Deamy Draw Trailhead) 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
In Phoenix, SR-51 south to Northern / Dreamy Draw exit. Turn left and go approx 1/4 mile to trailhead.
Those who cameDescription
A nice in Phoenix ride, that will make you forget you are in the city. 2-1/2 hour ride and a Level 2-1/2. Easy climbs, but some rocks. Bring a lunch for after the ride. Nice ramadas at trailhead. Leader Marcie Humphrey (510) 439-6850

October 15, 2016Brown's Ranch Trailhead 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
From Cave Creek Rd go east on Dynamite Rd to Alma School Rd. Turn North on Alma School until it hits the Brown's Ranch Trailhead.
Those who cameDescription
Nice easy 2-1/2 hr. ride, bring lunch.
Leader Greg LaCosse 602-920-9472

May 21, 2016Houston-Mesa (cancelled, re-scheduled for fall) Saturday and Sunday
Directions
Those who cameDescription
Due to a lack of interest in the Houston Mesa campout ride and lack of a ride leader, we are going to re-schedule this event for the fall. So for our final ride of the season, we will again attempt to ride out of Emery Henderson Park. NOTE: THIS IS NOT FROM THE TRAILHEAD. Chris and I both rode this back in March when no one else showed and it is a beautiful ride. Much nicer than from the regular trailhead a few miles up the road.

May 21, 2016Emery Henderson Park 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
NOTE: THIS IS NOT FROM THE TRAILHEAD. Much nicer than from the regular trailhead a few miles up the road. This is going to be west of I-17 on New River Road Your first Road ( there will be a sign ) on the right (north) of New River Rd then the first Rd to the left (west) there will be another sign :) just follow the road until you see trailers on the left.
Those who cameDescription
This will be a 2- 1/2 hr ride.
We will be going to the boy scout tank. The rating of the ride would be a 2 for some rocks but overall not a very hard ride.
Please bring water for your horses since there is no water available

May 17, 20162015-2016 Season Finale Club Meeting 6:00 PM - 9:00 PMTuesday
Directions
Silver Spur Saloon Restaurant (formerly known as the Satisfied Frog ) in the Frontier Town. 6245 E Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. There is plenty of parking on the west side and we will be meeting in the white tent out back . Tho we are actually outside of the restaurant, we will have a waitress and the regular menu food will be available. As usual, socializing starts at 6:00 PM and meeting starts at 7: PM.
Those who cameDescription
Our May 17 2015-2016 Season Finale meeting. Our meeting guest (who got stuck on an airplane last meeting) is Purina representative Stephanie McLean-Purina Animal Nutrition-Arizona.

Discussion topic: Nutrition, mineral balance and how this affects the horse and it's performance (be it trail riding, competition, or performance). If you need to reach her for any reason, please contact her at: Phone: (520) 850-0411 or email: SGMcLean@landolakes.com.

This will also be our officers election meeting for the 2016-2017 season

May 7, 2016Ketucky Derby Gathering at Turf Paradise 7:15 AM - 5:00 PMSaturday
Directions
1501 W. Bell Road
Those who cameDescription
We will again be having our annual get together at Turf Paradise for the Kentucky Derby on May 7. The club has again reserved 5 tables for a total of 20 seats in the clubhouse. The club will also be subsidizing part of the $50/person ticket cost . Club member cost will be $35 (same as last year). This includes an all-you-can eat breakfast and lunch. Payment needs to be received NO LATER than April 19. This is also our April club meeting night and I will have the tickets there. Mail to the club P.0. Box or pay at the club meeting. The schedule is as follows:
7:15 AM - Doors open
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM - Breakfast Buffett
11:00 AM to 3:30 PM - Lunch Buffett
11:30 AM - Turf Paradise Racing Starts
3:30 PM (approx) - Running of Kentucky Derby
Any Questions, give me a call
Greg LaCosse
602-920-9472

April 23, 2016Cave Creek Park Ride (Replaces Sycamore Creek Ride) 9:30 AMSaturday
Directions
Located north of Carefree Hwy off of 32nd Street. Turn north on 32nd St. to the Cave Creek Regional Park entrance. There is a $6 park entrance fee.
Those who cameDescription
Do to location closure (which we discovered on our attempted pre-ride last weekend)and problems with other nearby trail heads (lack pf parking, shooting, etc.) we have decided to move the ride to Cave Creek Park. We will be having two rides on this. Those who wish can do the Go-Jon trail, led by Greg LaCosse 602-920-9472 or go on the easier Slate trail led by Cathleen Prudhomme.

April 2, 2016Oracle Ride / Campout (north side of Tucson) Saturday and Sunday
Directions
Directions from Phoenix: - Go East on Hwy 60 to Hwy 79 - Turn right (South) on 79 to Oracle Junction - Turn left on Hwy 77 and go east to Oracle - Turn right at mile marker 100, American Avenue - Go East on American Ave to Mt Lemmon Rd - Turn right onto Mt Lemmon Rd and go South for 8 miles - (6 miles of blacktop and 2 miles of gravel) - Turn left at the white board fence and the HCR-AZ sign - Drive up the driveway and see the Hacienda on your left
Those who cameDescription
Location: Hay Creek Ranch, 36019 S Mt Lemmon Road, Oracle, AZ 85623
Tel: (520) 488-9969
Doug (owner) has plenty of open areas, so make your reservations ASAP. He will also be leading the rides. Go to the ranch website: http://www.haycreekranch.net/ for reservations.

March 26, 2016Goldfield Ride (Apache Junction)
Directions
Those who cameDescription
Details TBD

March 3, 2016Medicine Wheel Ride (Wickenburg)
Directions
Those who cameDescription
Details TBD

February 27, 2016 Camp Creek Ride TBDSaturday
Directions
Those who cameDescription
TBD

February 6, 2016Larkyn Trail Ride and Breakfast 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
address is 48606 N. 17th Avenue, New River, 85087). Plenty of level parking near Larkyn Memorial Arena. The arena is located to the west of 15th Avenue, north of New River Road. There are plenty of signs directing you to it. CCSC members who are not riding that day are welcome to attend the breakfast portion, which will begin at noon.
Those who cameDescription
Cathleen & Cricket will be leading the ride. Staging at 9 am, ride at 9:30. The ride takes approximately 2.5 hours, with a difficulty of 2.5. There is one relatively steep hill to go up and lots of rocks going down. There will be some rocks along the trail since it is not a groomed trail, but otherwise, it is beautiful and pleasant. We will take a short break at the windmill.
Afterward, a delicious hot breakfast will be served by Fat Freddy's and hosted by the Equine Resource Guide. For that reason, you MUST register by February 3rd so that we have an accurate count for the caterer (whether you ride or not). If you have already written your name on the sign-up sheet that Cathleen had at the last club meeting, then you are registered. Everyone else needs to sign up online in order to attend.



There is no charge for the breakfast, but you are encouraged to donate to the New River Kiwanis Club, which supports Larkyn Memorial Arena. Jean Anderson will be on hand and will manage the donations from club members. See you there!


January 30, 2016Sophie's Flat (Wikenburg) 10:00 AM Meet 11:00 AM RideoutSaturday
Directions
Directions from the rodeo grounds. .. You go about 1 mile to Blue Tank Wash Rd and turn left on it. From there it's a little bit more then a mile. The trailhead will be on your left
Those who cameDescription
We will be meeting at 10 am and ride out at 11 am at the Sophie Flat trailhead.
We going to have Judy lead the ride for us.
Originally we where going to meet at the Rodeo grounds but since the roads to the trailhead are good to go and we never know how busy the rodeo grounds are we will be meeting there.

January 16, 2016White Tanks Ride 1000 Meetup 1030 RideoutSaturday
Directions
Those who cameDescription
$6.00 Park Entrance Fee.Proceed to horse trailer parking area.
Length: 2 1/2 Hours
Scale : 2

January 9, 2016Sophie's Flat (Wickenburg) TBDSaturday RESCHEDULED JAN 30
Directions
Those who cameDescription
RESCHEDULED JAN 30

December 18, 2016Christmas Party at Brian and Marcie's (not a ride) NoonSunday
Directions
Location: 44714 North 22nd St, New River 85087 Directions: North on 7th St, which turns into New River Rd. Turn east (right) on Circle Mountain Road (fire station will be on your left) Go to end of Circle Mountain Road - Turn North (left) on 22nd St - onto dirt road - it's a little bumpy but not bad Go about 1/4 mile Turn left onto our lane - no name to lane but you'll see our address marker to left with horseshoes and arrow pointing to left. Go to end of the lane - we are at the dead end (you will pass a tall electrical pole in the middle of the lane) Go through the double gates - our address sign is on the fence to left of double gate You can park in the driveway area, and we will also have the upper corral open for parking. Contact: Marcie 510-599-4037
Those who cameDescription
Tentative starting time 12:00 PM and eating from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. More details to follow

December 19, 2015Christmas Ride At Jules & KJ's 25612 N. 7th Avenue O900 Meeting 1000 RideSaturday
Directions
This is on the north side of Deer Valley Air Park. From Cave Creek Road and Deer Valley go west to 7th Street. Turn north on 7th Street and continue as it turns left onto Happy Valley Road. Go to 5th Avenue, (first right after Central). Turn right on 5th and it will curve into 7th Avenue. 3rd house on left, parking in lot south of the house. Turn around for bigger trailers. Signs and person directing parking will be there. You can also reach this ride off I-17. For questions contact Jules cell 623-516-0655 or home 623-210-3968
Those who cameDescription
ride will be a #2 on scale lots of parking for horse trailers . will ride out to cave creek dame there will be 2 fairly good hills but other wise nice footing and Turin... ride will be about 21/2 to 3 hrs..
For questions contact Jules cell 623-516-0655 or home 623-210-3968

December 16, 2015Buffalo Chip Fund Raiser;Frontier Town, Cave Creek 4:00 PMWednesday
Directions
For information........Please contact: MARC PEAGLER Office # 480-488-9129 e-mail creeker000@yahoo.com
Those who cameDescription
FRONTIER TOWN is holding a fundraiser to help over 120
employees who worked at the BUFFALO CHIP. We want to help the families survive the devastation
of not being able to work because of the fire. Many will need help paying rent, car payments, mortgages, child support and all the normal bills we deal with every day! We are also asking
for wrapped toys for the children of the employees. Each item should unwrapped.
This is:TOYS FOR EMPLOYEES.

The Christmas Holidays will be here soon. This is the time for all of us to give back to our
community and those in need!

December 5, 2015Spur Cross 9:00AMSaturday
Directions
Go north on Spur Cross Road off Cave Creek Road in Town of Cave Creek. Approximately 4.5 miles to trailhead.
Those who cameDescription
approx 3 hrs
Contact Chris 520-405-2459

October 15, 2016Browns Ranch Ride @ 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Take Dynamite to Alma School Road (Stop light). Turn north on Alma School Road to Trailhead Entrance.
Those who cameDescription
Contact Greg 602-920-9472

October 25, 2015Granite Mountain TBDSaturday
Directions
To Be posted
Those who cameDescription
To be Posted

October 10, 2015Rio Verde Rideout 09:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Dynamite eastward to end. More detailed directions to be posted.
Those who cameDescription
Leader: Chris Huddleson 520 405 2459

Length 3 hrs.

Chris is working on getting access to the Indian Reservation so we can ride to the Fig Tree Grove.More details to be posted

September 26, 2015Moonlight Ride 14th St. South of Carefree HWy Meet 7:00 PM Ride 8:00PMSaturday
Directions
14th Street south of Carefree highway Go .06 miles to Coyote Wash rd. Park on the east side of 14th Street Right across coyote wash Rd
Those who cameDescription
Ride Length 2- 2.5 hrs. Leader: Wendy

Moonrise is about 5:30 PM.

May 30, 2015Groom Creek Ride 10:30 Potluck 5:30PMSaturday And Sunday
Directions
Those who cameDescription
Overnight camping with ride 10:30 Saturday and pot luck 5:30 Saturday evening. Ride at 9:am Sunday
Check FaceBook page for more information.

May 2, 2015Kentucky Derby Day Saturday
Directions
Turf Paradise
Those who cameDescription
May 2, first sat in May will be at the Kentucky Darby Party at Turf Paradise. Let Charlie Filipke know if you wanting to go or sign up here pricing to follow

April 25, 2015Emery Henderson Trailhead 8:30 Ride 11:00 Breakfast. Saturday
Directions
About 2 miles southwest of New River Rd and I-17
Those who cameDescription
Catered breakfast at the Henderson trail head. Ride out at 8:30am for a 2 1/2 to 3 hr ride to the windmill on a new trail and loop back for Breakfast at 11:00 rated a 2+ some rock few hills.
Cost is $10.00 per person non members and guests $13.00
Please send your check to our P.O. box on the web site or pay at the next meeting march 24th

April 17, 2015Hay Creek Ranch in Oracle Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Directions
Down South by Oracle
Those who cameDescription
A camp riding trip; This ranch has cabins for rent,stalls for rent, full hook ups or dry camping. Check out the website and call for you reservations WWW.haycreekranch.net There are great trails and some very historical places to see.

April 4, 2015Spur Cross 9:00 AM RideoutSaturday
Directions
go north on cave creek rd to cave creek area at bend in rd trun left on spur cross rd. there is a sign for the park .. go till pavement ends keep going on dirt rd for 2.5 miles to end parking on right stay to south side of parking area
Those who cameDescription
$3 fee for park entrance.

Rating: 3 for rocks & Hills.
Lunch in town after the ride.

March 28, 2015Goldfield Ghost Town 9:30AMSaturday
Directions
Take the 202 Freeway to E. Brown Rd exit east. Brown Rd will become Lost Dutchman Blvd after entering Apache Junction city limits. Take Apache Trail North (Hwy 88). Turn left and go approximately 2.3 mile to Mammoth Mine Rd (main entrance). Head towards the camping area to park.
Those who cameDescription
Greg LaCosse to lead
Rating :3
Overnight camping available

March 24, 2015Club meeting at BarrosPizza 6:00PM<> 8:30 PMTuesday
Directions
North West corner of Tatum and Dynamite
Those who cameDescription
Meeting moved to March 24 to avoid St Patricks's Day
A time to socialize and conduct club business.

March 14, 201524 tth St. & Joy Ranch 9:00 AM RideoutSaturday
Directions
From 24th St. & Carefree highway, go north for 2 1/2 miles. 24th St morphs into 26th St. Forrest's place will on the left. Watch for CCSC signs.
Those who cameDescription
Ride out from Forrest's place. ?Forrest will lead.
Length: 3 hours
Rating. 3 for rock and hills. Bring a sack lunch for a possible break at Apache Spring.

February 21, 2015Camp Creek Falls 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
take cave creek rd north towards bartlet lake do not turn at Bartlett lake turn off go straight about 4 miles go under power lines to forest rd 156 turn right watch for signs thanks all and watch for up dates on face book page.
Those who cameDescription
Rating 3
Length 2 hours.

February 17, 2015Club meeting at Barrows Pizza 6:00PM<> 8:30 PMTuesday
Directions
Northwest corner of Tatum and Dynamite
Those who cameDescription
A gathering for socializing and club business

February 7, 2015Sonoran Preserve -Union Hills Mountain. 9:30AMSaturday
Directions
Meet at Jule's house. Happy Valley Rd east of I-17 to 5th Ave. Go north. Third house on the left Lots of parking
Those who cameDescription
Rating 3 rocks and hills
Length 3 hours
Leave from Julia's house for a stroll around Union Hills in the Sonoran preserve. Hot dogs and pot luck after the ride.

January 31, 2015Goldfield Ghost Town RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 28RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 28
Directions
RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 28 Apache Junction
Those who cameDescription
RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 28
Greg LaCosse to lead
Rating :3
Overnight camping available

January 20, 2015Club meeting at Barrows Pizza 6:00PMTuesday
Directions
Northwest corner of Tatum and Dynamite
Those who cameDescription
A gathering for socializing and club business

January 3, 2015Sonoran Preserve Apache Trailhead 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
From I-17 Go East on Dove Valley Parkway for approximately 3 miles. Watch for sign, park on left side. From Cave Creek Rd Go West on Dove valley Parkway for approximately 2 miles. Watch for sign. Park on right side.
Those who cameDescription
Apache Trailhead on Dove Valley Parkway
Rating 3 with good footing and some hills.
Length 2 1/2 hours.

January 1, 2015Camp Creek Ride Saturday
Directions
Those who cameDescription
Details TBD

December 13, 2014Christmans ride Cave Creek Outfitters 9:30 AMSaturday
Directions
144th St North of Rio Verde
Those who cameDescription
Dec 13th is the Christmas ride, lunch party and gift exchange. This will be at Cave Creek Outfitters on 144thst. north of Rio Verde. Show up time is 9:30 am with ride out at 10am. Rental horses are available for $30. Minimum age to rent a horse is 6ys and maximum weight is 235 lbs. For more information on rental horses call Cheryl @ 480 471 4635. After the ride are lunch and our gift exchange at their pavilion. Bring a wrapped gift worth not over $20.00, good for either Man , women or horse. Please reserve your spot for all planned events. Monies for Christmas party must be mailed to the club or brought to the meeting by Dec. 1st.
$15.00 for members and $20.00 for non members.

December 6, 2014Granite Mountain 9:30 AMSaturday
Directions
136th St North of Rio Verde
Those who cameDescription
Rating: 2
Length 3 Hours.
No water at the trailhead so bring water for your horses and yourself.

November 29, 2014CHANGED TO Dreamy Draw 9:00 AM RideoutSaturday
Directions
Take SR 51 (Piestewa Parkway) to Northern exit. Go east into park.
Those who cameDescription
Rating: 2<>3
Length: 2-1/2 Hours
Leader: Chris

Bring horse water.
A leisurely stroll on surprisingly good trails right in the center of town...

November 18, 2014Club Meeting @ Horny Toad 6:00PM<> 8:30 PMTuesday
Directions
Horny Toad North side of the Cave Creek Rd in Cave Creek
Those who cameDescription
Tentatively we will have a speaker from the BLM but at this point its unconfirmed. Social gathering starts at 6pm with club business at 7pm.We have a couple of ride dates we need to fill so please bring some ideas for rides or activities that you want the club to get into.

November 8, 2014Brown's Ranch 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Take Dynamite Rd east to Alma School. Alma school north to the end.
Those who cameDescription
Level 2 with good footing
Length: 2<>3 hours

October 31, 2014Bumble Bee Ranch 9:30 AMFriday, Saturday, Sunday
Directions
Take I-17 North to Bumble Bee exit. Go west toward Crown King. Pavement ends after about a mile. Continue on dirt road to Bumble Bee ranch just after ancient stone bridge.
Those who cameDescription
We will be joining up with Glendale Saddle Club for a chili cook off and Halloween contest party.
See Our Newsletter Page for more information.

October 18, 2014New Mayer Trail Head 9:30 AMSaturday
Directions
New Mayer trail head off hwy North 69 west of Cortes junction
Those who cameDescription
Leader: Carol Greene
Level:2

October 11, 2014Houston Mesa. Payson-overnight Oct 11-12
Directions
Those who cameDescription
over nite with dinner at the casino on Sat. www.ReserveAmerica.com for res

September 27, 2014Verde River Crossing 9:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Pima to Dynamite; east to end of the road. Must go left or right, go left and take the FIRST, immediate right hand turn (still on paved road). Road will curve slightly, take the FIRST left, a dirt road. Drive all the way to bottom, near the river. Parking available directly ahead of you as well as to the right. If it has rained recently and you do not have four wheel drive, recommend not parking to the right as the ground is softer. Passes are required and are available to purchase the day of the ride at the Chevron Station at the intersection of Alma School and Dynamite (right hand side of the road).
Those who cameDescription
Leaders: Chris and Jeannie
Level: 3; some rock and hills

September 16, 2014Club Meeting @ Horny Toad 6:00PM<> 8:30 PMTuesday
Directions
Horny Toad, North Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek
Those who cameDescription
Social hour begins at 6:00PM with Club business commencing at 7:00 PM. The guest for September is Pat Evens, Director, Equine Science Scottsdale Community College. She will be discussing horse behavior. Here is a document that you can download for more info.

September 6, 2014Brown's Ranch 7:30 AM Ride OutSaturday
Directions
Dynamite east to Alma school north to end
Those who cameDescription
Leader: Sandy

Rating;2

Length: 2<>3 hours

no rocks lots of sand no big hills

May 9, 2014Groom Creek Horse Camp, Prescott, AZ Sat 10:30 am, Sun 10:00Saturday & Sunday
Directions
Directions: From downtown Prescott , take Gurley Street east to Mt. Vernon Avenue. Take Mt. Vernon (Senator Highway, County Road #56) south for about 7.2 miles to Horse Camp on the right. Groom Creek Loop Trailhead #307 is east of the campground, across Forest Road #52.
Those who cameDescription
Trail Boss: Donna O'Connel
Length: Sat 4-5 hrs, Sun 2-3 hrs
Level: 3
The ponderosa pine setting, nearby trails make this a popular destination (elevation of 6,398 feet). There will be club lead rides on both Saturday and Sunday. We have reserved the group picnic site in Loop C for our Saturday potluck dinner. Reserve your Camping early: http://www.reserveamerica.com/

April 5, 2014Cave Creek Regional Park Breakfast Ride 7:45 am breakfast - 8:45 rideSaturday
Directions
Located north of Carefree Hwy. Go north on 32nd St. and continue to the park entrance. There is a $6 entrance fee per vehicle, if you arrive before someone is at the station, you will find envelopes and a drop box for your convenience. Follow the park road to the horse staging area if riding. http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/cave_creek/
Those who cameDescription
Trail Boss: Sandy Luedke
Length: 2-3 hrs
Level: 2.5-3.0
Barb Kennedy from Cowgirls Forever will cook us up a hardy Dutch Oven breakfast before we head out on the trail. We have reserved Ramada 2 for the club. Members: A $10 deposit is due by March 24th (refundable when you arrive). Make checks payable to CCSC and mail to P.O. Box 381, Cave Creek, AZ 85327. This is a members only event. Ride will follow breakfast, pending the number of folks that sign up for the ride, we may decide to have two rides. One will be Go John trail (full loop) and the second will be a slightly easier ride (TBD).

March 16, 201424th St North of Carefree Hwy 10:00 AMSunday
Directions
From Carefree Hwy go North on 24th St. Just past Joy Ranch, 24th St curves and becomes 26th St. Turn left on to Desert Hills, Forrest's place is on the left, take the dirt road on the East side of his arena and pull up and park. Signs will be posted.
Those who cameDescription
Trailboss: Forrest Marsallis

Rideout:10:00 AM

Length: 2.5 hours

Level 2.5

Forrest is going to take us on ride through his neighborhood, then lead us on to a trail that joins up with the Maricopa Trail. We will continue up and over a few hills and wander on over into Cave Creek Regional Park then back to his place. Expect the terrain to be rocky, and sometimes steep, so well shod horses is a must. Afterwards we can hangout on Forrest's veranda and enjoy a cool beverage so bring your lunch and sit with us for a spell.



October 21, 2017`Sophie's 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
From U.S. 60 just east of the Hassayampa River bridge turn north on El Reco Road (next to the New Frontier Restaurant), proceed 1/4 mile and bear right on Constellation Road 3.2 miles to Blue Tank Road which diagonals to the left. (Look for the brown directional sign.) Take Blue Tank Road 1.4 miles to the trailhead. The roads are maintained but high clearance vehicles are recommended, especially after storms.
Those who cameDescription
Rideout: 10:00 AM

Length 3 hours

Level 3

We will take the A Loop. Trails meander through classic Sonoran Desert landscape including stands of saguaro, ocotillo, cholla and other cactus varieties. Dramatic scenic desert and mountain vistas are visible in all directions. Expect to ride a few rocky, steep, and narrow ascents and descents. Bring a lunch for the trail and water for your horses



February 23, 2014Dutch Oven Cooking Class 11:00 am - 5 pmSunday
Directions
We will be in Desert Hills for this event. Additional information and directions will be provided to registered participants once their check has been received.
Those who cameDescription
Host: Barbara Kennedy - Cowgirls Forever http://www.cowgirlsforever.org
This will be a culinary delight as Barb guides us through the creation of several dishes that will compliment each other in making a full dinner. All cookware, utensils, and food will be provided. Members cost is $44 and non-member cost is $55. Make checks payable to CCSC and mail to P.O. Box 381, Cave Creek, AZ 85327. Payment is due by Feb 13th and is non-refundable after Feb 16th. A minimum of 10 participants is required. Questions - contact Sandy at 623-262-1623

February 15, 2014Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, AZ 10:30 AMSaturday
Directions
Take the 202 Freeway to E. Brown Rd exit east. Brown Rd will become Lost Dutchman Blvd after entering Apache Junction city limits. Take Apache Trail North (Hwy 88). Turn left and go approximately 2.3 mile to Mammoth Mine Rd (main entrance). Head towards the camping area to park.
Those who cameDescription
Trail Boss: Greg LaCosse
Length: 2-3 hrs
Level: 2.5
This will be a scenic ride with great views of the Superstitions. We will have lunch at the Mammoth Steak House following the ride. There is a campground at Goldfield Ghost Town, phone 480-983-0333 to reserve.http://www.goldfieldghosttown.com/

February 2, 2014Granite Mtn (McDowell Sonoran Preserve) 10:00 AMSunday
Directions
Take Dynamite to 136th St. Go north a ways to parking lot on left. Staging area is well marked.
Those who cameDescription
Trail Boss:Gigi Sttreetwieser
Length: 2 hrs
Level: 2
Nice trails some hills good footing good parking area. Part of McDowell Sonoran Preserve. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve/trailheads

January 18, 2014China Dam 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd, Lake Pleasant. Follow Castle Hot Springs Rd north you will come to a stop sign turn left and continue on Castle Hot Springs Rd until you come to Cow Creek Rd, turn right. Go about 1 mile turn right at the kiosk, there's and old dirt airstrip there for parking. You stay on Castle Hot Springs Rd about 8-9 miles before coming to Cow Springs Rd. You should know that about half (4.5 miles) of the drive to the staging area is a pretty bumpy dirt road.
Those who cameDescription
Trail Boss: Tim, Julie & Ben

Length:4-5 hours including lunch

Level: 3.5

Ride up Humbug Creek to China Dam, We will take a break for lunch so bring something to much on. Please note there are some pretty steep bushwhacking parts we take to get to the dam to avoid riding the road. There are numerous ATV's zipping up and down these roads. Some areas along the wash will be rocky riding.

January 5, 2014Spur Cross 9:30 AMSunday
Directions
From the intersection of Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road head north on Cave Creek Road about 2.5 miles to Spur Cross Road. Turn north for approximately 4.5 miles to the public parking area.
http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/spur_cross
Those who cameDescription
Trail Boss: Frank Ziskovsky

Length: 3 hours + lunch

Level: 3

Great ride up the canyon, river crossings and some rock. We plan to ride into the old ranch and we will see some cool petroglyphs along the way.

December 14, 2013Bumble Bee Ranch 9:45 AM RideoutSaturday
Directions
Drive north on I-17. Take exit 248 to Bumble Bee-Crown King. One mile of hardtop road turns into 4 miles of dirt road. Cross an old rock bridge and just ahead on the right is the Bumblebee Ranch entrance. Watch for the Cave Creek Saddle Club parking signs. NOTE: The paved road turns to dirt and may be very rough.
Those who cameDescription
Length:2-3 Hours
Level: 2-3

We will ride the foothills of the beautiful and historic Bradshaw Mountains. Along the trail the your wrangler will provide information about the upper Sonoran Desert, history of the area and stories of the old west. Rental horses are available, if interested contact the ranch at 623-694-1165.
Lunch to follow ride - Grilled hamburgers with all the fixings, sides, beverage and desert. Members cost is only $10 but you must RSVP by email to cavecreeksaddleclub@gmail.com and prepay by Dec 6th to ensure you will be fed.

November 30, 2013Camp Creek Falls 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
From Cave Creek Road and Carefree Highway, go north on Cave Creek Road and it will turn eastbound as you enter Cave Creek and you continue east as you go through Carefree. You'll see the Bartlett Lake turn off - DO NOT TAKE IT! The road curves north toward Seven Springs. There's a golf course on your right. Continue on and when you come to the GRANDDADDY of WASHES and a very tight 15 mph switchback so prepare to turn right. There's a dirt road immediately (marked FH1058) just after the wash. Take it to the right and a short way down there's parking on the left.
Those who cameDescription
3Hours
Level 3
Beautiful ride with great vistas. We follow a nice trail up and down several hills then end up meandering along some washes before arriving at a beautiful little water fall. Bring a snack and a camera.

November 16, 2013LOCATION CHANGE Grapevine Canyon - Mayer, AZ 10:30 AMSaturday
Directions
Level 3
Length 3-4 hours
This ride is through Grapevine Canyon just outside of Mayer. A really pretty ride climbing in elevation from about 4500 ft to a little over 6000 ft. The trail will wind through some bush, crossing the creek/dry washes several times as we move from under the Cottonwoods, and up into the Pines. The trail may be rocky in places but there are no cliff edges. Be sure to pack a trail lunch and trailer water for your horses. Wear chaps, as Tom & Ward love to trail blaze through the brush.
Those who cameDescription
North on I-17 to Cordes Jct. Take Hwy 69 towards Prescott. You will drive through Mayer (about 7-8 miles from junction) continue past Finley Rd, then the next left turn lane off of Hwy 69 will be Grapevine Rd, turn left onto Grapevine. Drive about 1/4 mile on Grapevine and park. Watch for CCSC signs for turn on to Grapevine Rd.


November 3, 2013Verde River 9:30 AMSunday
Directions
East on Dynamite Rd which then turns into Rio Verde Rd.Go until road ends at T intersection and turn left on to Needlerock Rd. Take your first right on to Box Bar Rd and go about 1/3 of a mile, watch for CCSC sign and park on left.
Those who cameDescription
Jeannie Forst hm_480-473-0378 cell 602-228-8480 jeannieforst@yahoo.com

2.5 Hours
Level 3

We will ride across the verde river and wander up a hill to view the surrounding area, then back down to the river and recross up river. Expect to traverse river rock and dry rocky wash areas. We may also trail blaze a bit pending changes in river flow. We don't expect to go swimming but the water may be flowing fast and depth will vary with the release.

October 26, 2013Deem Hills 9:30 AMSaturday
Directions
From Happy Valley Rd go North on 35th Ave. 35th Ave turns into Pocono Way. At 1st stop sign turn left (west) on Pinacle Vista Dr, then turn right (north) on 37th Ave. Continue on until road dead ends in open lot just before the CAP canal. Do not go to the Trailhead parking on 39th Ave, it is not setup for equestrian parking.
Those who cameDescription
Sandy Luedke cell-623-262-1623 & Julie Gunter cell- 623-210-3968 sluedke@me.com gunruner@juno.com
3-4 hours
Level 3
We will select from one of the many trails that run through the park. One possibility is the Circumference trail (6-8 miles). This trail traverses the entire recreation area and commands excellent views of the Phoenix area. This trail is rocky and steep in a few places. Pack a lunch and water for horses. http://phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/deemhills/index.html

October 6, 2013Brown's Ranch 9:00 AMSunday
Directions
From Cave Creek Rd go east on Dynamite Rd to Alma School Rd. Turn North on Alma School until it hits the Brown's Ranch Trailhead.
Those who cameDescription
Sandy Luedke cell-623-262-1623 & Julie
Gunter cell- 623-210-3968
sluedke@me.com
gunruner@juno.com
Level 2
2 Hours
This will be a nice loop ride out from the trailhead. We will walk up and down a few rolling hills and cross some washes as well as veiw few old remains of the ranch.

September 28, 2013 Sedona (Special Invite from Lone Rangers) 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Interstate 17 to Camp Verde, west on Highway 260 to Cottonwood, north on Highway 89A to mile marker 363. Watch for the LR sign and turn east on Forest Road 89B, go approximately ? mile to the campsite. GPS coordinates : N34.48.746 W 111.54.179
Those who cameDescription
Frank Ziskovsky 480-488-1503
frankzisk@msn.com
Level 3
3-4 Hours
One of the Lone Rangers most popular rides. this is a beautiful ride with great scenery, water crossings, and elevation changes. Lunch will be by a large pool in Oak
Creek. A Red Rocks parking pass is no longer required to park here.

September 21, 2013Horse Lovers Park Potluck & Moonlight Ride 6:15 PM Potluck 8:00-9:00 PM RideSaturday
Directions
HLP 19224 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ - From the 101 go South on Tatum. Go about 1 mile to HLP on right. follow to parking. We will be on the south side of the park in the spectators parking lot west of the restrooms
Those who cameDescription
Greg LaCosse 602-920-9472
greglacosse@sprintmail.com
Level 2
1-1.5 Hours
This will be our season kickoff. We invite all to join us for dinner and introductions to the new ride season. For those interested, a short moonlight
ride will follow dinner. Horse Lovers Park is a privately run non-profit equestrian park, so you will either need to bring
your current HLP membership
card or purchase a $5 day pass and sign a waiver when you arrive. Please bring a dish to
share, your beverage and a chair. Please post what dish you will bring to share at http://mbcurl.me/9M2A - FYI, both a Blue Ribbon Horse Show (adobe arena) and a SSC Gymkana (roping arena) are also taking place that evening
at the park

May 18, 2013Williamson Valley Trailhead- Prescott AZ 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Take I-17 north to Highway 69. From highway, 69 drive to Fain Road. Drive on Fain Road to 89A West (this is the relatively new bypass around Prescott Valley and it?s about 23 miles from this point to the trailhead. Take 89A west to Pioneer Parkway (this goes into Pioneer Parkway as you pass over Highway 89A north). Turn Right on Williamson Valley Road. The William Valley Trailhead will be about 4 miles up the road on your left
Those who cameDescription
Level: 3
Leader: Greg LaCosse- (602-840-9578 home phone)

At 5,200 feet, the Williamson Valley Trailhead accesses the east side of Granite Mountain. It has plentiful parking and room for trailers to park and turn-around. This loop ride offers impressive views of Granite and Baby Granite Mountains. Vegetation communities transition from grassland and chaparral to pinyon-juniper woodland and support a diverse community of Southwestern birds. The loop traverses a sculpted landscape of igneous granite that has been eroded into the striking formations typical of the Prescott area. Ride time approximately 4 hours with lunch break. This is really a rather moderate level ride, but because of the length, and up and down nature of the trails, we are giving this a Level 3 rating. Expect to see bicyclists on the trail, and hopefully water crossings. Bring a lunch and water for you and your horse.

May 14, 2013Sonoran Experience at El Encanto Dos 6:30 PMTuesday
Directions
El Encanto Dos located at 1112 E Carefree Highway, Desert Hills, AZ 85085.
Those who cameDescription
We will be offering you a true Sonoran Experience!
Marinated Grilled Steak and Chicken Fajitas, with onions, green and red peppers, cheese enchiladas, mini Pollo Fundido and Tossed salad.
Served with Mexican rice and refried beans.....The meal includes soft drinks and chips!

The cost to our members is $18.00, and $26.00 for non-members or guests.
Please RSVP for this event via email, and make your payment out to CAVE CREEK SADDLE CLUB (CCSC).

Please mail payments by May 8th to:

Charly Filipek
38816 n 15th ave
Desert Hills, AZ 85086

Social hour will begin at 6:30pm and the dinner is set to begin at 7PM.

We need your RSVP by May 5th please....
RSVP is not complete until the payment is received.

April 28, 2013Sonoran Preserve South of Carefree Hwy on 14th St 8:00 AMSunday
Directions
: From Carefree Hwy (Hwy 74) turn south on to 14th St. Parking is about ? of a mile up the road on the left hand side
Those who cameDescription
Sonoran Preserve South of Carefree Hwy on 14th St
Date: April 28th (Sunday)
Time: 8:00 AM
Level: 2
Length: 2.3 Hours
Leader: Sandy Luedke (623-262-1623)

This will be a nice loop ride through the Sonoran Preserve. We will climb a couple of hills, skirt a few cholla, and ride the wash for a short distance. Nothing too strenuous or scary, but the rattlers are out, and it is warming up. Please note the earlier than usual ride out time. There is one step-over, nice trails but normal AZ rocky in spots. Bring water for you and your horse.

April 14, 2013McDowell Mountain Regional Park via Putrino's Inspiration Ranch 10:00 AMSunday
Directions
Head east on Dynamite Road, which later becomes Rio Verde Drive after the Alma School Road stoplight. At 152nd Street turn right, heading south, to the very end. Putrino's Inspiration Ranch will be on your right. There is a vacant lot on your left with a For Sale sign where a couple of trailers may fit. Otherwise, pull into Putrino's ranch and wait for parking instructions.
Those who cameDescription
A $2 day pass or the Maricopa County Regional Park annual pass is required.
Leader: Sue Van Meerten - for questions call Sue at 651-324-6107 (cell) 480-471-7244 (home)
Level: 2-1/2 - some small hills, washes, and minimal rocks
Length: 2 Hours

Ride into the McDowell Mountain park eventually hooking up with the new Pemberton multi use trail.
At noon, Putrinos, professional caterer, will provide a wonderful lunch and will
will either play his guitar and sing for us or will play one of his CDs during lunch.

RSVP on the CCSC website by April 5, 2013 and indicate if you are staying for lunch. We need at least 15 riders.

For cost and RSVP information click here for our news letter page.

April 7, 2013Sonoran Preserve Ride Out Time - 9:30 amSunday
Directions
We will park at Julie Gunters residence at 25612 N. 7th Avenue. From Happy Valley Rd go North on 5th Avenue, it will curve into 7th Avenue. Julie's place is the 3rd house on left, parking is in the lot south of the house. Turn around for bigger trailers. Signs and person directing parking will be there.
Those who cameDescription
This will be a great ride on the trails in the Sonoran Preserve. We will head out from Julie Gunter?s home and wander up, down and around a few of the many trails that can be found out in this area. The vistas are stunning, and on a good day you can see the UOP Stadium. The footing is great but your horse must be in good condition and be able to cross some fairly deep washes and go up and down a couple of rocky and steep hills. Plenty of cholla line the trails, so pay attention! We may head over to a stock pond but we can?t guarantee it will have water. Remember to bring water for your horse after the ride and of course a canteen for yourself on the ride. Bring a snack/lunch, we will take a break along the way.

Leader - Julie Gunter (cell 623-516-0655)

Level - 2.5-3.0

Length - 3-4 hours

March 17, 2013Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, AZ 11:00AMSunday
Directions
Directions: Take the 202 freeway east to Brown Road exit east. Brown Road will become Lost Dutchman Blvd. once you enter Apache Junction city limits. Take to Apache Trail North (Highway 88). Turn left and go approximately 2.3 miles to Mammoth Mine Road (main entrance). Go to camping area.
Those who cameDescription
This will be a nice 2-3 hour ride with some easy hills. Rating 1 to 1-1/2. We?ll be going to the Mammoth Steak house in the Ghost Town for lunch after the ride. Excellent food and nice patio. Questions: Greg LaCosse 602-840-9578

March 9, 2013Team Sorting and Clinic; Lost Cowboy Ranch 12:15 PM sign in 1:00 PM StartSaturday CANCELLED
Directions
CANCELLED Take Rio Verde Drive East to 160th Street North. Lost Cowboy Ranch is located in the NE corner of 160th Street and Dixileta. Some parking is available on the ranch site or alongside 160th Street
Those who cameDescription
Cost: $30 per rider
A clinic format, where Brian and Susan Bowers will both saddle up to give instruction in addition to running some rounds. We need at least 10 people to sign up. The cost is $30 per rider. Signing in starts at 12:15 pm and team sorting starts at 1:00 pm. People are welcome to bring spectators, coolers, chairs...please no dogs. Sign up at the CCSC website no later than Jan 16th, 2013

February 17, 2013Anthem Trailhead Ride 10:30 AM RideoutSunday
Directions
Directions Anthem Trailhead: From Carefree Hwy go North on 7th Ave for about 3 miles to Desert Hills. Go left on Desert Hills. Just before the Fire Station on the North side is the turn off for the Anthem Trailhead.

Directions to Sandy & Charly?s: 38816 N 15th Ave - When leaving Trailhead staging area, turn right (West) on to Desert Hills, go about 1/4 of a mile to 15th Ave and turn left (south). House is at the top of the hill on the right hand side. Parking available along side of the street and on property
Those who cameDescription
We will leave from the Anthem Trailhead following the Maricopa trail. This section of the trail is relatively flat, with a just a couple of up/down wash crossings. Normal AZ rockiness can be expected. Following the ride, come on over to Sandy & Charly?s for pizza, and trail talk.

February 9, 2013Camp Creek Waterfalls 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
From Cave Creek Road and Carefree Highway, go north on Cave Creek Road and it will turn eastbound as you enter Cave Creek and you continue east as you go through Carefree. This continues east as you cross Scottsdale Rd (aka Tom Darlington) and Pima Road (for anyone coming from the south). From Pima Road, it's 7 miles to the parking lot. You'll see the Bartlett Lake turn off - DO NOT TAKE IT! The road curves north toward Seven Springs. There's a golf course on your right. Tonto Hills is on the left. Continue through several small washes and when you come to the GRANDDADDY of WASHES and a very tight 15 mph switchback so prepare to turn right. There's a dirt road immediately (marked FH1058) just after the wash. Take it to the right and a short way down there's lots of dirt to park on. There is pavement all the way until the turnoff and a couple hundred yards of dirt road and the parking area is dirt
Those who cameDescription
The terrain varies from soft sand trail/wash to up and down in the rocks. Pack some food. There is one Step Over

January 26, 2013Team Sorting and Clinic; Lost Cowboy Ranch 12:15 PM signin 1:00 PM StartSaturday CANCELLED
Directions
Take Rio Verde Drive East to 160th Street North. Lost Cowboy Ranch is located in the NE corner of 160th Street and Dixileta. Some parking is available on the ranch site or alongside 160th Street
Those who cameDescription
Cost: $30 per rider
A clinic format, where Brian and Susan Bowers will both saddle up to give instruction in addition to running some rounds. We need at least 10 people to sign up. The cost is $30 per rider. Signing in starts at 12:15 pm and team sorting starts at 1:00 pm. People are welcome to bring spectators, coolers, chairs...please no dogs. Sign up at the CCSC website no later than Jan 16th, 2013

January 12, 2013Tonto National Forest - 144th St. North of Dynamite 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
From Cave Creek Rd go East on Dynamite to 144th Street. Turn left on 144th Street and continue north about 21/2 miles. There is a dirt parking area on your right that is large enough for approx 7 trailers. Strongly Recommend trailering with a friend due to tight parking. The parking area is tight but is very noticeable from the roadway. Pack a lunch so we can have a group gathering after the ride. RSVP on the CCSC website
Those who cameDescription
Leader: Gigi Streitwieser

Length: 2 to 21/2 hours

Level 1: easy ride

Beautiful desert ride in the Tonto national Forest, lush green desert with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The footing is very good, mostly sandy, and the ride is basically level with just a few wash crossings. The washes are very shallow and easy to cross. There is a cross over gate at the beginning of the ride leading out of the parking lot, which we will cross over again on our return. There is also the possibility of encountering ATV's and bird hunters

December 29, 2012Christmas Ride and Lunch at Bumble Bee Ranch 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Drive north on I-17. Take exit 248 to Bumble Bee-Crown King. From the south, turn left; from the north, turn right. One mile of hardtop road turns into 4 miles of dirt road. Cross an old rock bridge and just ahead on the right is the Bumblebee Ranch entrance. Watch for the Cave Creek Saddle Club parking signs. Bumble Bee staff will provide additional parking assistance on site. Please note, there is a $7.00 parking charge per vehicle for riders NOT staying for lunch.
Those who cameDescription
Level 2.5
Length 2.5-3 hours
Contact Charly at 602-909-5820 for general info or ride/lunch reservations
Contact Kelly at the Bumblebee Ranch, 623-374-0002 for horse rental info. Back by popular demand, Kelly from the Bumble Bee Ranch has agreed to be our trail boss. See Newsletter Page for description. All riders will be required to complete and submit a waiver prior to going on the ride.
Lunch to follow ride approximately 1:30 PM.
Cost including Tax and Gratuity is $5 for CCSC members and $15 for non members.
Payment must be mailed by December 6, 2012. Make checks payable to Cave Creek Saddle Club and mail to:
Charly Filipek
CCSC President
38816 N 15th Avenue
Desert Hills, AZ 85086

December 15, 2012Christmas Ride and Lunch at Bumble Bee Ranch 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN. See Below Drive north on I-17. Take exit 248 to Bumble Bee-Crown King. From the south, turn left; from the north, turn right. One mile of hardtop road turns into 4 miles of dirt road. Cross an old rock bridge and just ahead on the right is the Bumblebee Ranch entrance. Watch for the Cave Creek Saddle Club parking signs. Bumble Bee staff will provide additional parking assistance on site. Please note, there is a $7.00 parking charge per vehicle for riders NOT staying for lunch.
Those who cameDescription
Level 2.5
Length 2.5-3 hours
Contact Charly at 602-909-5820 for general info or ride/lunch reservations
Contact Kelly at the Bumblebee Ranch, 623-374-0002 for horse rental info. Back by popular demand, Kelly from the Bumble Bee Ranch has agreed to be our trail boss. See Newsletter Page for description. All riders will be required to complete and submit a waiver prior to going on the ride.
Lunch to follow ride approximately 1:30 PM.
Cost including Tax and Gratuity is $5 for CCSC members and $15 for non members.
Payment must be mailed by December 6, 2012. Make checks payable to Cave Creek Saddle Club and mail to:
Charly Filipek
CCSC President
38816 N 15th Avenue
Desert Hills, AZ 85086

December 2, 201224th St North of Joy Ranch 10:00 AMSunday
Directions
From Carefree Hwy go North on 24th St. Just past Joy Ranch, 24th St curves and becomes 26th St. Turn left on to Desert Hills, Forrest's place is on the left, take the dirt road on the East side of his arena and pull up and park. Signs will be posted.
Those who cameDescription
Leader:Forrest Marsalis

3 Hours

Level 3

Forrest is going to take us on ride through a bit of his neighborhood, then lead us on to a trail that joins up with the Maricopa Trail. We will continue up and over a few hills then wander on over to a few trails within the boarders of the Cave Creek Regional Park. This will be primarily a loop ride with just a bit of back tracking on the way home. Expect the terrain to be rocky, and sometimes steep, so well shod horses is a must. Plan on sticking around after the ride for a cold beverage and light lunch compliments of the club.

November 25, 2012South Rio Verde and River Crossing 10:00 AMSunday
Directions
Take Dynamite Rd east all the way to its end (Turns into Rio Verde Drive after Alma School road intersection). Turn left onto dirt road (north) toward Needle Rock Park. Take the first right toward the Box Bar Ranch and the Rio Verde Saddle Club (heading east). Where the road curves and heads southeast/south, park on the left-hand side of the road. Signs will be posted. You will need the $6.00 Tonto National Forest Park pass to display in your windshield. These can be purchased at most Circle K gas stations
Those who cameDescription
Leader:Sue Van Meerten - For questions contact Sue at 651-324-6107 or 480-471-7244

3 Hours

Level 3

This is a fairly flat ride to South Rio Verde River crossing with just a few ups and downs. The water level varies but is usually knee deep with a rocky river bottom. If, we are unable to cross the river due to high water, we'll ride the desert area to the reservation. Horses must be well shod on all 4s, cross water, tolerate atvs, and possible hunters.

November 3, 2012Grapevine Canyon Mayer, AZ 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
North on I-17 to Cordes Jct. Take Hwy 69 towards Prescott. You will drive through Mayer (about 7-8 miles from junction) continue past Finley Rd, the next left turn lane off of Hwy 69 will be Grapevine Rd, turn left onto Grapevine Rd (about 200 ft before mile marker 274). Drive about 1/4 mile on Grapevine Rd and park.
Those who cameDescription
Leaders: Tom McConnell & Ward Brookshire

Length: 4 hours + lunch break
Level: 3


This ride is through Grapevine Canyon just outside of Mayer. This is a really pretty ride climbing in elevation from about 4500 ft to a little over 6000 ft. The trail will wind through some bush, crossing the creek or dry wash (pending on rain) several times as we move from under the Cottonwoods and up into the Pines. The trail may be rocky in places so horses should be shod, but there are no cliff edges and for the most part this is a loop ride with just a little bit of back tracking as we head back. Be sure and pack a trail lunch and trailer water for your horses. Wear chaps, as we may have to bushwhack through some brush.

October 21, 2012Monument Trail- Patterson Ranch Near Payson 10:00 AMSundayCANCELLED
Directions
From Phoenix take the Beeline Highway otherwise known as State Route 87 north to Payson. At the intersection of 87 and Highway 260( there is a Mc Donald's at this corner) turn right and follow Highway 260 for approx 5 miles to Moonlight Drive. Turn right on Moomlight Drive( there is a huge grass field and the Lamplighters Trailer Park just before Moonlight Drive) and follow for approx 3 miles to Sprague. This is a sharp left so go very slowly. Continue down the hill and across the creek to the last gate on your right. This is the entrance to Patterson Ranch
Those who cameDescription
DAY 2 OF A 2 DAY EVENT

Trail Guide: Gigi Streitwieser - 602-620-6100

Length: Monument Peak 2 to 21/2 hour ride.

Level: Monument Peak Trail is a level 2

For the Monument Peak ride we will ride out from the Patterson Ranch and ride a 6 mile loop. The Monument Peak Trail is a lovely trail through the forest and washes with some elevation changes. This includes a few slight inclines and a couple of shallow water crossings. There are beautiful views of the Granite Dells along the way. Both trails have some rocky footing so shoes are recommended

Camping/Boarding Information:Please see the Newsletter page for details.

October 20, 2012Aspen Trail Patterson Ranch Near Payson 9:30 AMSaturday cancelled
Directions
From Phoenix take the Beeline Highway otherwise known as State Route 87 north to Payson. At the intersection of 87 and Highway 260( there is a Mc Donald's at this corner) turn right and follow Highway 260 for approx 5 miles to Moonlight Drive. Turn right on Moomlight Drive( there is a huge grass field and the Lamplighters Trailer Park just before Moonlight Drive) and follow for approx 3 miles to Sprague. This is a sharp left so go very slowly. Continue down the hill and across the creek to the last gate on your right. This is the entrance to Patterson Ranch.
Those who cameDescription
Day 1 of a 2 day event
- Aspen Trail 9:30 am
Trail Guide:Gigi Streitwieser - 602-620-6100
Length:Aspen Trail approximately 4 hours including a stop for lunch.
Level:Aspen Trail is a Level 1
Saturday October 20th- We will leave the Patterson Ranch 9:30 am and trailer about
30 minutes to the Rim to ride the Aspen Trail. It is a flat trail through Aspen groves and
grassy meadows. This trail is very easy and I would rate it a1 on the scale but there is some rocky footing so shoes are recommended. The ride will last about 4 hours with a
stop for lunch.

Camping/Boarding Information:Please see the Newsletter page for details.

October 7, 2014Cave creek park 8:30 AMSunday
Directions
Located north of Carefree Hwy off of 32nd Street. Turn north on 32nd St. to the Cave Creek Regional Park entrance. There is a $6 park entrance fee. Follow the park road to the horse staging area located at the end of the park
Those who cameDescription
: From the horse staging area we will begin our ride on the Slate Trail and follow it until we come to a fork in the trail where we will veer right on to the Flume Trail. The Flume Trail meanders up and down and around the base of a mountain with pretty views of Cave Creek below us. Along the way, you will see the remains of the old metal flume for which the trail receives it name. The trail eventually connects with old New River Rd which we will follow until it turns into Cloud. For a short distance, we follow a residential dirt road until we can connect up with a trail that leads us back into the park. The trail is well maintained, rocky in a few spots and hikers and bikers will also be encountered. There is one hiker/horse gate we pass through at the end of the New River Service Rd and one small step over as we head back into the park. Bring a snack for yourself and water for your horse. There is a small automatic horse waterer located at the staging area too. Maps and additional information can be found at the Maricopa Parks & Rec website http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/cave_creek/

May 15, 2012Final Meeting @ Janey's Coffee House 6:30 PMTuesday
Directions
This is right behind Big Bronco in downtown Cave Creek
Those who cameDescription
Final meeting of the season and dinner catered by Cowgirls Forever http://www.cowgirlsforever.org/Home_Page.php
DINNER
Menu will be: Green Chili Chicken, Fried Parsley Potatoes , Honey Butter Cornbread, Bread Pudding with Amaretto Caramel Sauce.
Barbara will have water available but plan to purchase other drinks from Janey's.
Cost for Members - $10.00 Guests - $18. Must be paid by Saturday, May 12th to guarantee Barbara a head count.
Please mail your checks to:
Cindy Ramsey, 32833 N. 44th Street, Cave Creek, AZ 85331.
MEETING:
Program: Election of your officers. The slate is:
President: Charly Filipek
Vice Pres: Sandy Luedke
Treasurer: Jean Anderson
Secretary: Aishe Nesfield

Please pass this information along to members that do not have email or web access.


May 6, 2012Sonoran Conservation Area ? Maricopa Trail 9:00 AMSunday
Directions
The ride will be held at Jules home at 25612 N. 7th Avenue. This is on the north side of Deer Valley Air Park. From Cave Creek Road and Deer Valley ? go west to 7th Street. Turn north on 7th Street and continue as it turns left onto Happy Valley Road. Go to 5th Avenue, (first right after Central). Turn right on 5th and it will curve into 7th Avenue. Jules house is the 3rd house on left, with parking in a lot south of the house. Turn around for bigger trailers. Signs and person directing parking will be there. You can also reach this ride off I-17.
Those who cameDescription
Leader: Jules Gunter
Contact: For questions contact Jules Gunter at cell 623-516-0655 or home 623-210-3968
Length: 1-1/2 to 3+ Hours
Level: 2-1/2 to 3
Description: This ride can be broken into 2
sections. One ride will be shorter, if your horse is not
conditioned or you have a time constraint. For those
who want a longer ride we'll ride the longer loops.
There are lots of small hills so after 1-1/2 hours, we'll
take a snack break. 80% of this ride is on the newly
completed and beautifully groomed Maricopa Trail.
There are ups/downs but footing is great. There are
also areas that are a bit rocky. Although this is an
easy ride, you and your horse must be able to cross
some fairly deep washes and go up and down a
couple of rocky and steep hills. There is no water on
the trail so be sure to bring your own for you and
your horse.

April 28, 2012Granite Mountain Reservoir Ride - North of Prescott 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Take I-17 north to Highway 69. From highway, 69 drive to Fain Road. Drive on Fain Road to 89A West (this is the relatively new bypass around Prescott Valley and it?s about 23 miles from this point to the trailhead. Take 89A west to Pioneer Parkway (this goes into Pioneer Parkway as you pass over Highway 89A north). Turn Right on Williamson Valley Road. The William Valley Trailhead will be about 4 miles up the road on your left.
Those who cameDescription
Leader: Greg LaCosse
Contact: Greg LaCosse at 602-840-9578(home phone)

Length: 3 hours with a lunch break

Level: 2 to 2-1/2

Description: It?s a nice easy ride with just gradual climbs and smooth trails.

April 14, 2012SEVEN SPRINGS WORKING TRAIL RIDE 9:00 AM / 10:00AMSaturday
Directions
DIRECTIONS TO TRAIL HEAD: Spur Cross Rd. north from Cave Creek Rd. approximately 5 miles. Park where indicated by club signs. DIRECTIONS TO SEVEN SPRINGS: Cave Creek Rd. east of Pima Rd. Seven Springs is approximately 10 miles past Tonto Hills going north on the Seven Springs Rd.
Those who cameDescription
PLEASE NOTE THERE HAS BEEN A TIME CHANGE. The time is 9:00AM for the Lower End and 10:AM for the Upper End due to the longer drive time and cooler weather
Leader: Frank Ziskovsky
Contact: PLEASE CALL FRANK AT 480-488-1503 TO
SAY WHICH PLACE YOU WILL BE STARTING AT ?
For questions contact Frank at 480-488-1503 email:frankzisk@msn.com
Description: This trail ride will include some
maintenance of Trail No. 4, between Cave Creek and
Seven Springs. One half of the riders will start at the
Spur Cross trail head; the other half will start at
Seven Springs. We will ride the trail and trim the
branches. We will meet for lunch somewhere around
the halfway point. After the lunch break each group
will head back to their starting area. Please bring a
long handled clipper. It's a great ride and the work is
very easy. PLEASE CALL FRANK AT 488-1503 TO
SAY WHICH PLACE YOU WILL BE STARTING AT.

April 1, 2012Rockaway Hills 10:00 AMSunday
Directions
Rockaway Hills Ranch is situated on 34 acres in Cave Creek, just under 2 miles north of Cave Creek Rd. on School House Rd. Truck/trailer parking: When entering the facility go past the homes and take a left just past the first turnouts. Go down the hill and park in the open area between the large turnouts (east side of the covered arena).
Those who cameDescription
Leader: Anna Ingram

Contact: Anna Ingram at 480-595-0123 or view site
information at http://rockaway-hillsranch.
com/index.html


Length: 3 Hours

Level: 2-1/2 to 3

Description: Cave Creek's extensive trail system
passes along the eastern edge of the ranch. It is only
a short distance on that trail before you reach state
land and then the Tonto National Forest where there
are endless miles of trails and beautiful views with
rocks and hills. Bring your lunch to enjoy after the
ride.

March 10, 2012Cave Creek Regional Park 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
Located north of Carefree Hwy off of 32nd Street. Turn north on 32nd St. to the Cave Creek Regional Park entrance. There is a $6 park entrance fee. Follow the park road to the horse staging area located at the end of the park.
Those who cameDescription
Leader: Sandy Luedke ? For questions contact: Sandy Luedke at sluedke@me.com or 623-262-1623

Level: 2-2.5

Length: 2 Hours

Description: From the horse staging area we will begin our ride on the Slate Trail and follow it until we come to a fork in the trail where we will veer right on to the Flume Trail. The Flume Trail meanders up and down and around the base of a mountain with pretty views of Cave Creek below us. Along the way, you will see the remains of the old metal flume for which the trail receives it name. The trail eventually connects with old New River Rd which we will follow until it turns into Cloud. For a short distance, we follow a residential dirt road until we can connect up with a trail that leads us back into the park. The trail is well maintained, rocky in a few spots and hikers and bikers will also be encountered. There is one hiker/horse gate we pass through at the end of the New River Service Rd and one small step over as we head back into the park. Bring a snack for yourself and water for your horse. There is a small automatic horse waterer located at the staging area too. Maps and additional information can be found at the Maricopa Parks & Rec website http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/cave_creek/

February 25, 2012McDowell Mountain Park 4 Peaks Staging Area 10:00 AM Ride OutSaturday
Directions
CANCELLED
For those of you who are still interested in riding tomorrow, Gigi Streitwieser has offered to lead a ride on the east side of Scottsdale, avoiding most of the traffic delays from the relay! Please call Gigi at 602-620-6100 for ride location, directions, and ride details. Thank you. Sue Van Meerten
Those who cameDescription


February 25, 2012McDowell Mountain Park 4 Peaks Staging Area 10:00 AM Ride OutSaturday
Directions
Please note the date has been moved from Feb 18 to Feb 25. If you have already singed up you must re-sign for the new date
From the north, take Dynamite/Rio Verde Drive to its end at Forest Road. Turn right and drive on Forest Road to its end. Stay on the pavement making a right turn onto McDowell Mountain Road. Drive a few miles until you see the McDowell Mountain Park entrance. From the south, take Fountain Hills Boulevard north until it turns into McDowell Mountain Road. After paying the $6.00 parking fee, you will see signs to the Four Peaks Staging Area.
Those who cameDescription
Ride Leader: Sue Van Meerten

Contact Sue at @ 651-324-6107, 480-471-7244, or s_vanmeerten@msn.com

Length: 4 to 5 Hours - 14 miles

Level: 2 to 3

Description: This is a beautiful ride with a 14-mile loop that provides 360 degrees of fantastic mountain views. The first 2 miles are ridden in a wash with some very sandy conditions but the rest of the trail is wonderful with just a few rocky areas. Bring your own water as the provided water is occupied by a large bee swarm. Lunch for you and a snack for your horses is also recommended, as this is a long ride. There will be bicycles on the trail but there is plenty of room to step off and let them pass. The parking fee is $6.00. Portable restrooms are available at the west end of the Four Peaks Staging Area.


February 11, 2012Valentines Day Ride ? Anthem Ride/Pizza Party 10:30 AM Ride OutSaturday
Directions
Directions to Anthem Trailhead: From Carefree Hwy go North on 7th Ave for about 3miles to Desert Hills. Go left on Desert Hills. Just before the Fire Station on the North side is the turn off for the Anthem Trailhead.

Directions to Sandy & Charly?s: 38816 N 15th Ave - When leaving Trailhead staging area, turn right (West) on to Desert Hills, go about 1/4 of a mile to 15th Ave and turn left (south). House is at the top of the hill on the right hand side. Parking available along side of the street and on property
Those who cameDescription
Leader:Charly Filipek
Contact: Sandy Luedke @ 623-262-1623 or sluedke@me.com
Length: 1.5- 2 Hours
Level: 2

Description: We will leave from the Anthem Trailhead following the Maricopa trail. This section of
the trail is relatively flat, with a just a couple of
up/down wash crossings. Normal AZ rockiness can be
expected. Following the ride, come on over to Sandy
& Charly?s for pizza, and trail talk.

February 4, 2012Sayer Springs - Wickenburg 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
1. From PHX, Glendale, Peoria, the SW valley....Drive North on Grand/US 60 into Wickenburg. Drive through Wickenburg past the Shell station then Taco Bell/BK...start slowing down after BK...the next road is El Recreo....turn right onto El Recreo...it is right after the Duncan Donuts. Follow that road past the rodeo grounds, road changes name to Constellation. The pavement ends. Set odometer to 0.0 or note mileage...the road changes to hard dirt...very little wash boards...continue on this road for 3.2 miles. At about 3.1 you will see orange tape/ribbon...slow down. At approx 3.2 there is a cluster of ribbons on the left....turn left onto the side road there. Stay on the road until the large parking area on both the right and left. This is the staging area. There is a parking area to the RIGHT of the turn off of constellation and people can ride into the staging area. We would have to use this if there are campers there. You can see the staging area from Constellation. The GPS coordinates are from the Turn off of Constellation are: 34.00.722N 112.39.030 W

2.From Desert Hills, Scottsdale and other NE valley cities....I-17/Carefree highway...go west on 74 all the way to Grand/US 60. At stop sign, turn right-North and follow same directions posted above once you get into Wickenburg. The GPS coordinates are from the Turn off of Constellation are: 34.00.722N 112.39.030 W
Those who cameDescription
Leader: Sara K (Sara is not a saddle club member and has volunteered her time to lead this ride.)
Contact: sarak223@yahoo.com
Length: 3 to 4 hours - 10 Miles
Level 3 to 4 until we get to the spring
Description: There is some cholla but not bad. The trail is mostly single track with some wash riding and a jeep trail. It is rocky in one particular spot and the rest is typical AZ rockiness. This is a walk ride so there is no concern about speed. People can move out down in the wash. This is a 'keyhole' trail but Sara will probably adjust the route to make it an in-and-out for ease of ride and time. Bring a lunch or snack. There is water at the spring and there is a windmill about a mile from the trailers on the way back. Regarding parking, there is plenty of room for 10 trailers. Even if some riders have to park across Constellation and ride up the road, no worries, as it is only about a one-block ride to the staging area.

January 28, 2012Rockaway Hills 10:00 AMSaturday
Directions
This ride has been canceled Rockaway Hills Ranch is situated on 34 acres in Cave Creek, just under 2 miles north of Cave Creek Rd. on School House Rd. Truck/trailer parking: When entering the facility go past the homes and take a left just past the first turnouts. Go down the hill and park in the open area between the large turnouts (east side of the covered arena).
Those who cameDescription
Leader: Anna Ingram
Contact: Anna Ingram at 480-595-0123; or check out the Rockaway Hills website, http://rockaway-hills-ranch.com/index.html
Length: 3 Hours
Level: 2-1/2 to 3 rocky, hilly
Description: Cave Creek's extensive trail system passes along the eastern edge of the ranch. It is only a short distance on that trail before you reach state land and then the Tonto National Forest where there are endless miles of trails and beautiful views.
Bring your lunch to enjoy after the ride. Anna will provide refreshments.

March 31, 2019Camp Creek Ride 9:00 AMSunday
Directions
From Cave Creek Road and Carefree Highway, go north on Cave Creek Road and it will turn eastbound as you enter Cave Creek and you continue east as you go through Carefree. This continues east as you cross Scottsdale Rd (aka Tom Darlington) and Pima Road (for anyone coming from the south). From Pima Road, it's 7 miles to the parking lot. You'll see the Bartlett Lake turn off - DO NOT TAKE IT! The road curves north toward Seven Springs. Go down the hill, and prepare to turn right. There's a dirt road immediately (marked FH1058) just after the wash. Take it to the right and the staging area is about a hundred yards.
Those who cameDescription
Leader: Helen Bell
Contact: Helen Bell at 602-375-0742 or hbell1033@gmail.com.
Length: 3 Hours
Level: 3
Description: The terrain varies from soft sand trail/wash to up and down in the rocks.

January 14, 2012Team Sorting and Education Clinic - Lost Cowboy Ranch 12:15 PMSaturday
Directions
Take Rio Verde Drive East to 160th Street North. Lost Cowboy Ranch is located in the NE corner of 160th Street and Dixileta. Some parking is available on the ranch site or alongside 160th Street
Those who cameDescription
Hosted by: Brian and Susan Bowers
Contact: For questions contact Sue at 651-324-6107 or 480-471-7244
Length: 3 Hours

A clinic format, where Brian and Susan Bowers will both saddle up to give instruction in addition to running some rounds. For 20 people (ten teams) or less, the charge is $30. For more than 20 people the fee is $25. Signing in starts at 12:15 pm and team sorting starts at 1:00 pm. People are welcome to bring spectators, coolers, chairs...please no dogs.
Sign up at the CCSC website http://www.cavecreeksaddleclub.org no later than Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

December 18, 2019Camp Creek Ride 10:00 AMSunday
Directions
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER From Cave Creek Road and Carefree Highway, go north on Cave Creek Road and it will turn eastbound as you enter Cave Creek and you continue east as you go through Carefree. This continues east as you cross Scottsdale Rd (aka Tom Darlington) and Pima Road (for anyone coming from the south). From Pima Road, it's 7 miles to the parking lot. You'll see the Bartlett Lake turn off - DO NOT TAKE IT! The road curves north toward Seven Springs. There's a golf course on your right. Tonto Hills is on the left. Continue through several small washes and when you come to the GRANDDADDY of WASHES and a very tight 15 mph switchback so prepare to turn right. There's a dirt road immediately (marked FH1058) just after the wash. Take it to the right and a short way down there's lots of dirt to park on. There is pavement all the way until the turnoff and a couple hundred yards of dirt road and the parking area is dirt
Those who cameDescription
Leader: Helen Bell ? For questions contact Helen at 602-375-0742 or hbell1033@gmail.com.
Length: 3 - 4 Hours
Level: 3

The terrain varies from soft sand trail/wash to up and down in the rocks. Pack some food. There is one Step Over.

December 17, 2011Team Sorting and Education Clinic 12:15 PMSaturday
Directions
Take Rio Verde Drive East to 160th Street North. Lost Cowboy Ranch is located in the NE corner of 160th Street and Dixileta. Some parking is available on the ranch site or alongside 160th Street.
Those who cameDescription
THIS EVENT IS CANCELED DUE TO ARENA CONDITIONS AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED. PLEASE RE-SIGN UP AT THAT TIME. A clinic format, where Brian and Susan Bowers will both saddle up to give instruction in addition to running some rounds. For 20 people (ten teams) or less, the charge is $30. For more than 20 people the fee is $25. Signing in starts at 12:15 pm and team sorting starts at 1:00 pm.
People are welcome to bring spectators, coolers, chairs...please no dogs. Sign up at the CCSC website no later than Tuesday, December 11, 2011. We must guarantee riders so please confirm and if you can't, let Sue know so others can come.

December 10, 2011Christmas Ride and Lunch at Bumble Bee Ranch 10:00 AM Ride Out Saturday
Directions
The ranch is located at: 34900 S Old Black Canyon Hwy Black Canyon City, AZ 85324. Drive north on I-17. Take exit 248 to Bumblee Bee-Crown King. From the south, turn left; from the north, turn right. One mile of hardtop road turns into 4 miles of dirt road. Cross an old rock bridge and just ahead on the right is the Bumblebee Ranch entrance. Watch for the Cave Creek Saddle Club parking signs
Those who cameDescription
Contact: Sue at 651-324-6107 or 480-471-7244 or Kelly at the Bumblebee Ranch, 623-374-0002.

Lunch to follow ride approximately 2 PM. See Bumblebee Ranch Lunch Details on Newsletter page

Cost including Tax and Gratuity is $15 for CCSC members and $24 for non members.
Payment must be mailed by December 6, 2011. Make checks payable to Cave Creek Saddle Club and mail to:
Cindy Ramsey
CCSC President
32833 N. 44th Street
Cave Creek, AZ 85331


Rental horses are available for $25 per hour for up to 3 hours. Guest house may be available for overniters

Updated Description:
Ride out time is 10:00 a.m.
There will 2 rides led by 2 wranglers:
1 ride will be quite flat for beginners and green horses (north trails).
The other ride will be for intermediate+ riders and horses that includes a water crossing and steeper climbs (south trails).
There will be a $7.00 parking charge per vehicle for riders NOT staying for lunch.
For parking instructions, follow signs to the main office. There will be additional parking assistance on site.
Dress in layers as the temperature may be near freezing when we ride out at 10. By noon the temp should warm to around 50 F degrees.
LUNCH will be served at 2:00 p.m. To allow riders to tend to their horses, etc.

November 27, 2011South Rio Verde and River Crossing Ride 10:00 AMSunday
Directions
Take Dynamite Rd east all the way to its end (Turns into Rio Verde Drive after Alma School road intersection). Turn left onto dirt road (north) toward Needle Rock Park. Take the first right toward the Box Bar Ranch and the Rio Verde Saddle Club (heading east). Where the road curves and heads southeast/south, park on the left-hand side of the road. Signs and person directing parking will be there.
Those who cameDescription
Leaders: Sue Van Meerten and Jeannie Forst

Contact: Sue at 651-324-6107 or 480-471-724

Length: 3 Hours
Level: 3


This is a fairly flat ride to South Rio Verde River crossing. Jeannie Forst will then lead us across the river to areas that she explored this summer. The water is knee deep with a rocky river bottom. Then there is a fairly steep climb up a hill to another flat area with gorgeous canyon views. If, we are unable to cross the river due to high water, we'll ride the desert area to the reservation.

UPDATE: During 3 prerides, Jeannie and Sue have found wonderful trails along the east side of the river. This portion of the ride will last about 1 hour. As these trails are not designated park trails, portions are a bit more rugged with lots of rocks, wash-type sand, some lower-hanging tree limbs and the possibility of ATVs. Please be sure your horses are well shod, if you ride with us on the east side of the river. For those who may not want to cross the river we can show you a loop that will take you back to your horse trailers. You will need the $6.00 Tonto National Forest Park pass to display in your windshield. These can be purchased at most Circle K gas stations or click here for more information.




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