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McDowell Mountain - Fellowship Adventures Anniversary Event


Apr 06

9:00 am


Apr 06

3:00 pm

Event Description:


  Eventbrite - Seven Springs - Fellowship Adventures 5th Anniversary Camp, Hike & Lunch                                Eventbrite - Cancel Button 


  • Where - McDowell Mountain Regional Park
  • When - 9:00 AM, Saturday, April 6
  • Location - McDowell Mountain Regional Park Group Campground (map)
  • Travel time - 1 hours from Calvary's central campus
  • Carpool - Departs Calvary's central campus at 7:45 AM 
  • Cost - $7 per vehicle; camping additional (see below) 
  • Camping - Group campsite Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday nights



This year is Fellowship Adventures ninth anniversary!  We will meet at the McDowell Mountain Regional Park Group Campground, 5 miles north of Fountain Hills, about 45 minutes from Calvary's central campus.  See the park's website for more details.

We have had over 5,000 combined hikers at our events over the last 9 years with folks hiking everything from a couple of miles of flat trail to the top of the highest peaks in the area. To celebrate, we will have lunch after the hike and for those interested in more fellowship, camping at the McDowell Mountain Group Campground on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

You're encouraged to bring your favorite dessert to share for the dessert buffet after lunch (but you're under no obligation to do so). 

As normal, there will be hikes available at all levels. Hope you will join us for fun, food, and fellowship!


Date: Camping starts on April 4th with the hike on April 6th.

Hiking: Hike starts at 9:00 AM. Please be at the registration tables by 8:30 AM so you can be assigned to your group and we can start hiking on time. You can sign up for lunch or just the hike.

Camping: The group campground will be open from 3:00 PM on Thursday through noon on Sunday.  Join us Friday and Saturday nights for worship around the campfire. See details below.


From Calvary's central campus, take I-17 north to AZ-101 east. Go about 18 miles to Shea Blvd. Turn left (east) on Shea Blvd. towards Fountain Hills. Go about 9 miles to Fountain Hills Blvd. and turn left (north). Go 7.5 miles to the park entrance and turn left. Follow the Fellowship Adventures signs to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park Group Campground.

Click here to get detailed directions from Calvary Community Church


We encourage you to consider carpooling from Calvary's central campus. You can sign up for carpooling during the registration process. For details on how carpooling works, see the Carpooling section of the "Things to Know" page.

Carpools will meet at Calvary's central campus (west side by the mailboxes) – last carpool leaves at 7:45 AM.

Lunch Cost

Lunch, which is optional, is $6.50 per adult, $5 for kids 6 to 12 years old, and free for those under 6. (Pay for lunch during the registration process.) You're encouraged to bring your favorite dessert to share for the dessert buffet after lunch.

Park entrance fee

Hike only:  $7 per vehicle

Camping:  $20 per night, includes one vehicle and trailer and/or tent

                 Additional vehicles - $5/night


The group campsite will accommodate trailers up to 45 feet (no hook-ups). The campground has toilets, potable water, and showers. We hope you will join us for singing and s’mores around the campfire! Campsites are paid for during registration.

Campers will be responsible for their own camping gear and food (other than the Saturday lunch, if purchased). Fellowship Adventures will provide a community kitchen equipped with a propane stove, charcoal grill, and lots of cowboy coffee.


This hike will include 4 levels of hiking.  You will sign up for a level when registering.  The levels are listed below, or see levels of difficulty for more details.

Roadrunners – For the serious, go-fast hiker who desires the challenge of speed and distance (7 to 10 miles) and prefers to race past the sagebrush rather than smell it!

Coyotes – For the recreational hiker who desires energetic physical activity (4 to 7 miles) and the opportunity to stop and smell the sagebrush.

Prairie Dogs – For the casual hiker and families who want to get some exercise (about 3 miles) but will stop to enjoy the view and rest as they hike.

Geckos – For the person or family new to hiking or just coming back from a long time away.  They will do about 2 miles of relatively flat trail. 


Children are more than welcome to join this event, but please read the Children section of the "Things to Know" page before you come. 

Roadrunners - minimum age of 15*, if experienced

Coyotes - minimum age of 10*, if experienced

Prairie Dogs & Geckos - minimum age of 6*, unless you are going to carry them if needed

* If you are bringing a child under the age of 18 for whom you are not the parent or legal guardian, a Medical Waiver/Consent Form must be completed, signed by a parent or legal guardian and presented at the check-in prior to the event.


Dogs are welcome on all except the Roadrunner hike.  Remember to consider the heat before bringing Fido and please read the Pets section of the "Things to Know" page.

Other Fellowship Opportunities

One way to connect with other Fellowship Adventures participants is through the Fellowship Adventures Facebook page.

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