What we’re about
Having been in a number of hiking and backpacking groups since the dawn of the internet, I've seen groups fail, flounder or thrive for various reasons and plan on incorporating the best of what I've seen into this club while steering clear of the worst. This is a member driven group and all will be welcome and encouraged to post trips. Do you have a place that you'd like to go but don't want to do it alone? I find it more fun and safer when I go with others instead of by myself. No clue on how to a lead or are afraid of leading, send me a message and we'll go from there.
Backpackers of all ages, races, sexual orientation and nationalities are welcome. Please don't sign up for a trip unless you can handle it, know your limits since many trips are difficult. Beginner backpackers are welcome (I was one once) and beginner trips do get posted from time to time. Most trips that I "sleepsunderstars" post are remote and are less visited destinations. Don't think the destination will suck since you may never heard of it, I know of many hidden gems. Trips will mostly be in Arizona but as temperatures rise, so will the mileage to our destinations.
I keep this group small and remove zombie members. Its one of the ways I use to see if the group is growing. Once you've attended a backpack, you'll get promoted to event organizer and can post and lead trips if you'd like. Don't take it personal if I boot you for lack of participation. If you haven't visited the group meetup site in 6 months, I'll remove you but your always welcomed to join back up.
Now a personal message to all members; I pledge to the members to lead fairly, use good judgement when leading trips, be truthful, not allow any unwelcome harassment to any member and not to leave lost or injured people behind (it does happen). I'm not doing this to make money, I just want to have more backpacking friends! This group will never have a membership fee but instead a user fee, most likely $2-$5 per participant per night to fund the meetup fees. Cu on the trail!
Upcoming events (2)See all
- Day Hike - "Indian Mesa" RuinTable Mesa Road, New River, AZ
Lets venture to the north end of the valley near the northern shores of Lake Pleasant and explore the little known and less visited "Indian Mesa" Ruin.
***** Remember - Take only "Pictures" and leave only "Foot Prints" *****
We will have some great views of Lake Pleasant!
The unstabilized ruin was built by Hohokam Puebloans about 1000 years ago. The early people located their village, not on the highest hill, but rather in a location from which most of the surrounding countryside could be observed. When the community was occupied, from about 1000 to 1200 AD, the inhabitants were apparently concerned about attack. They located their village in an easily defendable position.
Indian Mesa’s flat top spans about five to seven acres. The village, with some standing wall ruins about five feet high, may have housed about 100 people.
The Northern Lake Pleasant Entry is near I-17 and Table Mesa Road. You cannot get there from the main lake entrance off of Carefree Hwy. We will meet on Table Mesa Rd just west of I-17.
The hike will be approx 3 miles each way (6 mile RT). The last 1/3 mile will have a 400' elevation gain and a little scramble the last 50' or so, we should get a good cardiovascular work out.
We should be able to keep our feet dry when we hike across the Agua Fria River - no promises!
Bring snacks and water.
There is a $7/car entry fee to the park - best to have exact $$
If you plan to bring a dog --- please --- contact me first!!
Please note the following:
• Meetup organizers are not first responders, tour guides or park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You and your invitees are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being.
• By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you and your invitees acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event.
• All attendees and their invitees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests.
• By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you and your invitees affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.
- New Year Eve in the Chiricahua National MonumentNeeds location
I reserved a group site 26 at the Bonita Canyon Campground in the Chiricahua National Monument for 3 nights from December 29th to January 1st. The Price is $15/ per person for 3 nights.
Chiricahua National Monument contains large expanses of volcanic rocks eroded into dramatic pinnacles and spires. The formations at Chiricahua are similar in size and shape to the sandstone spires of Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks in Utah.
Let us hike the Big Loop Trail 9.5 miles long on December 30th and Sugarloaf Mountain Trail and Massai Point Overlook on December 31st.
The campsite is a tent-only area, 40' long with 12'x12' tent pads for up to 24 people maximum. It has a fire pit, drinking water, food storage lockers, grills, and picnic tables. Pets are allowed. Let us have a New Year's dinner with food prepared on the grill and campfire.