Kick-off Meeting site: Sun Lake Country Club parking lot-25601 East Sun Lakes Blvd.
Rally Point / Rest Station Site: Chevron Gas Station, 10180 N. Fort McDowell Road, Fort McDowell, AZ (across from the Fort McDowell Casino)
Directions to Rally Point ● Head north .3 miles on S Sun Lakes Blvd ● Turn right and head east 1.5 miles on East Riggs Road ● Turn left and head north 2.1 miles on S Alma School Road ● Turn left and head west for approx. 1 mile on W Ocotillo Road ● Turn right onto Dobson Rd and head north for 1 mile ● Turn left onto S Price Rd which heads north for 2.9 miles ● Bear left when traveling on overpass over 202, then merge left onto AZ-101 Loop N ramp ● Travel north on AZ-101 for 8.6 miles ● Take Exit 51A-51B for AZ-202 Loop W/AZ-202 Loop E and merge onto AZ-202 Loop E ● Head East on AZ-202 E for 3.2 miles ● Take Exit 13 / Country Club Drive / AZ-87 N. Continue north for 13.8 miles ● Turn right onto N Fort McDowell Road (will see Fort McDowell Casino on left) ● Pull into the Chevron Gas Station 10180 N Fort McDowell Rd
Directions from Rally point to Sycamore Creek rock collection site (33.93806°, -111.46917°) NOTE: Will caravan from this rally point! ● Turn Left from parking lot onto N Fort McDowell Rd ● Turn right onto AZ-87 N and continue 31.9 miles heading to Payson ● Turn left onto FR 626 (paved road) and continue for 1.2 miles - 222 Mile Marker ● Turn right onto N Beeline Hwy (first unpaved road with turn offs left and right) ● Continue 1.3 Miles on N Beeline Hwy until you come to a Y fork ● Make a left turn at fork to go down onto NF-201 (a little rocky on a turn and road only accommodates one vehicle with no pull off so make sure a vehicle is not coming up north on the road before proceeding south down the road) ● Continue 1.3 miles and just before reaching wash basin will see a camp ground fire pit on the left. Make a left and park around the pit.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO PARK IN MUDDY WATER! ● Parking is limited so park close to each other. If you find any vehicles parked there give them enough room to load (if pulling a trailer) and pull out.
ROCKS: In the wash basin will find red, brown and light tan jasper and green serpentine rocks. Largest selection is found a little walk up and down the basin. May require some easy digging to pull rocks out of the basin.
NOTE: There is a very small stream of water so you may get your hiking boots a little muddy.
FIELD TRIP LEADER: Keith McDonald Cell Tel 734-679-1927