Take A Hike

Dude. It rules outside, so you best get moving after reading our Outdoorsy Round-Up for Thursday, February 3:

*McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive in Scottsdale, will be the scene for its Thursday Fitness Hike that’s led by Ranger Amy and continues each Thursday through March 31. The one-and-a-half-hour jaunt begins at 8 a.m. Call 480-471-0173 or go to

*It’s not too late to join the Reach Your Goal Fitness Series shindig, taking place at Cave Creek Regional Park, 37019 North Lava Lane. Ranger Sarah will get butts moving during the second edition of the 3.2-mile workout. Call 623-465-0431 or see

*More of a saunter than a hike, Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 North Usery Pass Road in Mesa, will allow beginning birders and experienced fowlers to peep flying creatures during the Thursday Bird Walk. Meet at the Trail Staging Area at 10 a.m. and bird expert Sandy Hornbaker will hook you up with a walk and the 411. Call 480-984-0032 or check out

Thu., Feb. 3, 8, 9 & 10 a.m., 2011