The Sun Lakes Hiking Club is open to individuals who either 1) reside, rent or lease in Sun Lakes or Sunbird or 2) are former residents who maintain their annual membership in The Club.

The Sun Lakes Hiking Club began in 1985.  By 1987 the group was official with by-laws, prescheduled weekly hikes, designated hike leaders, and rules designed to make group hiking fun, challenging, and safe.

Group hikes are scheduled from November through April. Hikers meetup at Cottonwood Country Club parking lot at 7:45 am from November through February.  In March and April, hikers assemble at 6:45 am. Members carpool to the hikes and share expenses based on distance to the trailhead. The scheduled hikes are listed in the SPLASH. Detailed descriptions of hikes are on this website and reviewed at our first Friday monthly meetings. 

Monday hikes are more rigorous; Wednesday hikes are less strenuous and more "social"; Retreads Monday hikes are the easiest hikes or walks.

*New hikers begin with Wednesday or Retreads hikes. Two hikes are required to apply for membership. 

Equipment recommended for hiking includes 1) good hiking boots and socks, 2) a sunhat, sunscreen and sunglasses, 3) a backpack or fanny pack capable of carrying adequate water for the hike, 4) a snack or lunch, and 5) basic first aid supplies. Other useful items include one or two hiking sticks, a comb or tweezers for removing cacti stickers, and a jacket. See "The Ten Essentials" and "Hiking Equipment Fundamentals" on the website for more information.

                                          HIKE RATING CODES used by the Sun Lakes Hiking Club are:

• B HIKES =  Intermediate, Moderately Difficult:  7 - 10+ miles and 1000 to 2000+ feet elevation gain 

• C HIKES =  Somewhat Easy:  Less than 7 miles and less than 1000 feet elevation gain

• RETREADS HIKES =  Leisurely pace: Less than 5 miles and less than 500 feet elevation change

• Hike leaders determine variables affecting the hike and may add (+) or (-) to the rating. 

If you have questions or need information about the club please email the president. If you have comments about or corrections to the information about current hikes on this site or in the SPLASH please email the hike coordinators or communications director. If you have questions or comments about this website please email the web coordinator.

President: Brian Hill

Vice President: Cheryl Verlander

Secretary: Krissa Bolton

Treasurer: Mike Foerster 

Hike Coordinators: Dennis and Marilyn Harkins

Communications Director: Roberta Arpan

Web Coordinator: Sue Johnson

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