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. Our hikes have a hike leader and 10 to 40 hikers. Hikes are usually within a 70-mile radius of Sun Lakes. Monday hikes are more vigorous, often rated “B” and generally cover 6 to 10 miles. Wednesday hikes are less strenuous, generally cover 4 to 6 miles and are rated “C”. Monday Retread hikes are C hikes or walks and less than 5 miles. Occasionally we take special trips with overnight stays. 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 the hike and what you should do to hike with the Club. To join Sun Lakes Hiking Club, we require that you hike with us two times (we recommended Wednesday or Retread hikes), get sign-offs from the hike leaders, then submit a membership application form. Signing in on the website does not make you a club member.

The Sun Lakes “SPLASH” is the official publication for club news and hike schedules. The articles lists the hikes and give the hike leaders’ names and telephone numbers. Go to the Sun Lakes Hiking Club website: for the complete descriptions of upcoming hikes. You will also find hike picture albums, meeting minutes, forms and other useful information. NOTE: Updates and/or last minute changes to hikes will be on the meetup website prior to the hike.

Club hikes are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday November through April. Meet in the Cottonwood parking lot east of the tennis courts. November through February we meet at 7:45 a.m. and leave promptly at 8 a.m. In March and April the meeting time is 6:45 a.m. and we leave at 7 a.m. Check the SPLASH and the website for Retread hike start times. Any changes to start times will be published on the website.

A membership meeting is conducted at 3:45 p.m. 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 along with a monthly hike handout and reports from the hike leaders.

Essential items are required on each hike. Desert and mountain trails demand good hiking shoes or boots. You will also 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 layers allows you to adjust to temperature changes. One or two hiking poles are very helpful on the trail – and used by most Club members. Other essential items to carry on hikes are sunscreen, snacks and lunch, basic first aid supplies, and a comb or tweezers to remove cacti stickers.

Hiking demands preparedness and self-sufficiency. Each person on Club hikes should carry everything that he or she might need for the duration of the hike and for an unexpected incident or delay. More information about “The Ten Essentials” and “Hydration and Heat Related Dangers” is on the Club’s website:


To help you choose a hike that is within your capabilities, the following RATING CODES are used in the hike descriptions.
* B * = Intermediate, moderately difficult
Elevation change 1200 to 2000 ft. and/or Distance 8 – 13 miles

* C * = Somewhat easy
Elevation change less than 1200 ft. and/or Distance less than 8 miles

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Tonto Pass April 24, 2009 8:31 AM Christine
Contacts September 3, 2014 7:55 PM Susan J.
Hiking Equipment Fundamentals March 22, 2013 10:30 AM Dennis & M.
About Sun Lakes Hiking Club May 22, 2014 11:22 PM Dennis & M.

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