We are always up for fun things to do via light rail! Please join us Saturday, March 21st as we get together with you and with our friends from Take A Hike Arizona to meet at “A” Mountain in Tempe, for a fun morning hike, stroll or walk up Hayden Butte. The easiest way to get there is via light rail. Exit at the 3rd and Mill station and meet us at the coffee shop on the south west corner. (Mills End Cafe at 310 S Mill Ave) We will leave Mills End at 8:15 for our fun morning “hike.” Hey, what else are you gonna do on a nice Saturday morning that would be more cool than hanging out with some friends and getting some fresh air?
Like they say at Take A Hike Arizona, “The Butte may not qualify as an all out hike, but it does provide a nice quick jaunt uphill (just over 1/2 mile) and provides nice views of downtown Tempe, Tempe Town Lake and the surrounding area.”
The Butte is also a designated historical landmark. Just off the trailhead on the Leonard Monti Trail, you can find a number of petroglyphs carved into the rock by the Hohokam people. I recently spoke with Michael Monti (Leonard’s son) and I believe he will be joining us in the morning. It will be fun to learn some of the history of the Butte from him.
The founders of Take a Hike Arizona Tracey Epel and June Kleier will be on hand to join us as well. They have a very fun attitude about outdoor activities and I have enjoyed getting to know them recently.
The plan is to meet on Saturday morning, March 21st at 8:00am at Mills End Cafe which is located directly south of the light rail stop at 3rd Street and Mill Avenue. Mills End will be easy to find, just look for the Rail Life banner in the window Saturday morning. We plan to leave (ie: cross the street,) by 8:15am.
If you have never been on the light rail yet, you might want to see our information about the Park and Ride locations and check out the information on how to purchase a light rail pass for your trip! Any questions? Just let me know!
**Update: This event was a great success. BIG thanks to all of the participants! ** Update #2: Take A Hike AZ is no longer doing tours but Rail Life continues to rock the mountain, often. Let us know if you would ever like to join us! 🙂
Dean Ouellette says
Nick, how long does this hike take. Interested in doing it, but have an 11:00 appointment
Dean, it doesn’t take long at all. I don’t think it took me an hour when we took the kids. I can’t imagine we would be there past 10.