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Sun Lakes Hiking Club Pages


Membership in 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.

Sun Lakes Hiking Club was organized in 1987 as a day hiking group. Hikes have a hike leader and sweep and 10 - 40 hikers. Hikes are usually within a 70-mile radius of Sun Lakes. Monday Motivated hikes are more rigorous, often rated "B or B+" and cover 7 to 10+ miles. Monday and Wednesday Moderate hikes are less strenuous, generally rated "C" and are 7 miles or less. Monday Mellow hikes are easy hikes or walks and are 5 miles or less and less than 500 feet of elevation change. You need not be an experienced hiker to join us, but you should assess your physical condition before accepting the challenges of the trail. A history of heart, muscular, orthopedic or other health conditions might prudently suggest a physician's consultation. Know your own limits.

NOTE: If you are interested in a hike, contact the hike leader in advance to learn about what you should do to hike with the Club. New hikers begin with Mellow or Moderate hikes and are required to go on two hikes before applying for membership. When you are signed-off by two hike leaders, you can submit a Sun Lakes Hiking Club membership application to the Club treasurer at the next monthly meeting. Signing in on the Club website does not make you a Sun Lakes Hiking Club member.

The Sun Lakes "SPLASH" is the official publication for Club news, hike schedules, and contact information for hike leaders. The Sun Lakes Hiking Club website: lists hike descriptions and events, has picture albums, meeting minutes, forms and other useful information. Any updates and/or corrections are put on the Club website prior to the hikes.

Club hikes are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday, November through April. Hikers meet in the Cottonwood parking lot east of the tennis courts. November through February we usually meet at 7:45 am. In March and April the usual meeting time is 6:45 am. Always check the SPLASH and the website for any non-standard start times.

A membership meeting is conducted at 3:30 pm on the first Friday of each month from November through April. Most meetings are in the Cottonwood Quad in the Phoenix Room. The agenda includes topics of interest and detailed descriptions of the upcoming hikes from the hike leaders.

Essential items are required on each hike. Arizona desert and mountain trails demand good hiking shoes or boots. You will need a day pack that holds at least two large water bottles or has a "camelback' water holder. A hat provides sun protection, and dressing in breathable layers allows you to adjust to changes in temperature. Hiking poles are used by most Club members. Other essential items are sunscreen, snacks and/or lunch, basic first aid supplies, and a comb or tweezers to remove cacti thorns.

Hiking demands preparedness and self-sufficiency. Each person on a Club hike should carry everything that might be needed for the duration of the hike and for any unexpected incident or delay. More information about "The Ten Essentials" and "Hydration and Heat Related Dangers" is on the website:


To help you choose a suitable hike, the following RATING CODES are used in our hike descriptions.
Motivated hikes (B*):
Usually 7 - 10+ miles; 1000 - 2000+ feet elevation gain
Moderate hikes (C*):
Usually Less than 7 miles; less than 1000 feet elevation gain
Mellow hikes:
Less than 5 miles; less than 500 feet elevation gain

*Hike leaders determine variables affecting the hike and may add a "+" or "-" to the rating.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
December 2016 Hike Descriptions December 31, 2016 3:55 PM Mei-Mei A.
Meeting Minutes December 31, 2016 3:47 PM Mei-Mei A.
Tonto Pass February 7, 2017 9:55 AM Al & Ginny M.
Contacts October 13, 2016 11:00 PM Marilyn
Hiking Equipment Fundamentals May 12, 2015 7:11 PM Marilyn
About Sun Lakes Hiking Club October 13, 2016 10:49 PM Marilyn

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