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Sun Lakes Hiking Club Highlights

Club hikers giving a "Thumbs Up" at the top of Tom's Thumb. Pictured (left to right) are Brian Hill, Tim Allen, Mei-Mei Ahlskog, Dena Brinkman, Diane Alessi, Jeannette Chenier, DeEtte Faith, and Marilyn Harkins. (Photo by Warren Wasescha)

Warren Wasescha December kicked off with a 4.5-mile hike by the Mellows led by Bob and Karen MacFarlane on five trails at South Mountain, while the Motivateds, led by DeEtte Faith, hiked 11 miles via the Gateway Trail to reach Tom’s Thumb to give a “thumbs up” to this majestic peak in the McDowell Mountains.…

Tight squeeze

Club members "skinny up" to make it through Fat Man's Pass.

Warren Wasescha One of the great things about the Sun Lakes Hiking Club is that you get a chance to see and experience areas of the Valley in a very different way. Take for example South Mountain. From the ground looking up, it’s just an average-looking mountain. But travel up the Mormon Trail to the…

Hikers cool off along the Mogollon Rim

Photo by Mark Malin

Warren Wasescha The club’s off-season hikes began this summer with a 6.3-mile hike on Houston Loop Trail along the Mogollon Rim near Payson, AZ, 4800 feet above sea level with temperatures 20 degrees cooler than in the desert, 90 miles away – a nice respite from the summer heat enjoying nature with friends. While our…

Summer is for hiking too

Warren Wasescha It’s summer. It’s hot. And you wonder, does anyone hike mountain trails around the Valley at this time of year? While the Sun Lakes Hiking Club’s official hiking season is November through April, club members do continue to hike during the summer months. The game plan is just a bit different. Top on…

A very special hiking trip

Judith Kuse In mid-March, 40 members of the Sun Lakes Hiking Club embarked on this year’s Special Hiking Trip with destinations in the Dragoon Mountains; the wine country of Willcox, AZ; the Chiricahuas and the city of Bisbee, AZ. The entire trip was graced with good trails, companionable hikers and the absence of glitches. Hikers…

Be prepared for summer hiking

Judith Kuse The Sun Lakes Hiking Club’s season is nearly over, but many of its members still enjoy hiking AZ trails throughout the spring and summer months. They know they must be alert to the special challenges of hiking in the heat, and they prepare well before venturing out. Marilyn Harkins, hike coordinator for the…

A hiker’s dream – The McDowell Sonoran Preserve

SLHC hikers at Lost Dog Wash and Ringtail Loop

Judith Kuse Those of us who live in the Sun Lakes communities are fortunate to be within driving distance of The McDowell Sonoran Preserve, one of the nation’s largest urban preserves and a hiker’s paradise. What was dedicated in 1994 as a five-square-mile sanctuary of Sonoran Desert flora and fauna has become a 47-square-mile recreational…

Sun Lakes Hiking Club offers lots of extras

Judith Kuse In addition to sponsoring two to three weekly hikes, members of the Sun Lakes Hiking Club (SLHC) enjoy one another’s company at a number of special hikes and social events during every hiking season. For example, in mid-December, club members and their guests were invited, for the seventh year in a row, to…