Three-Mile Hike, Urban Biking, Wildlife Viewing Events Coming

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The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is offering a mountain biking seminar to be held at 10 a.m., Jan. 31 at Ramada No. 1 in Rumsey Park. There is a $15 fee for the two-hour clinic and ride.

Town Trails and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator Mary McMullen has scheduled three recreational opportunities that she’s sure will be a hit.

They include a three-mile hike, urban biking and wildlife viewing.

The hike, which McMullen will personally lead, is set to begin at 8:30 a.m., Jan. 24 at the Boulders Trailhead located 3.7 miles east of Highway 260 on Granite Dells Road.

McMullen rates the route as “moderate,” but says there are “some slopes, loose granite and water” that must be traversed.

Her advice is to bring along good, quality hiking boots, drinking water and walking sticks.

She describes the views along the trail, which are of Granite Dells and riparian areas, as “fantastic.”

There is no fee for the hike. McMullen prefers hikers pre-register at P&R offices, but sign-up can be completed just prior to the hike.

The mountain biking offering will begin at 10 a.m., Jan. 31 at Ramada No. 1 in Rumsey Park.

There is a $15 fee for the two-hour clinic and ride.

On hand to conduct it will be longtime local mountain biking guru Dan Basinski. Among those taking the class will be McMullen who said she enrolled to learn more about the sport.

The curriculum will include bike setup, maintenance and repair, and practice in mountain biking techniques.

The clinic will wrap-up with a trail ride near Payson.

Entrants must have their own mountain bike and a helmet. Basinski would also like participants to bring a tire repair kit and pump.

The purpose of the wildlife-watching seminar, to be held from 6 to 7 p.m., Feb. 18 at the Green Valley Park P&R office, is to learn to view wildlife responsibly with minimum impact on the animals and habitat.

“It will include a slide show and hints on where to go to get good views of wildlife,” McMullen said.

Arizona Game and Fish Urban and Watchable Wildlife Program Manager Joe Yarchin will host the clinic.

For more information about any of the three events, call McMullen at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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