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1st TIME HIKERS TO THE CLUB MUST CONTACT THE MELLOW HIKE LEADER!!!

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, WEARING A MASK, at 7:45 am from November through February. In March and April, hikers assemble at 6:45 am. Members may or may not carpool to the hikes and share expenses based on distance to the trailhead. Detailed descriptions of hikes are on this website and reviewed at our first Friday monthly meetings at 3:30 pm. Monthly meetings will occur by Zoom video for the 2020 hiking season. Members will receive a Zoom invitation via e-mail.

Motivated hikes are more rigorous, faster paced and stop less frequently; Moderate Monday hikes are less strenuous and more "social" (NO Moderate hikes on Wednesday for 2020 hiking season); Mellow Monday hikes are the easiest basic hikes or walks. REMEMBER TO KEEP 6' APART ON THE TRAILS.

*If you are interested in hiking with the group contact the hike leader at least a day before the hike. New hikers must sign a "Release from Liability" Form at your first hike. You must successfully complete two hikes and have the hike leader sign-off. You are then eligible to complete a Membership Application, and pay a one-time $6 initiation and the $5 annual club dues. Signing in on the Club website does not make you a Sun Lakes Hiking Club member.

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:

• Motivated Hikes = Intermediate - Moderately Difficult: 7 - 10 miles and/or 1000 to 2000+ feet elevation gain

• Moderate Hikes = Somewhat Easy: Less than 7 miles and less than 1000 feet elevation gain

• Mellow 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.

President: DeEtte Faith

Vice President: James Savage

Secretary: Kandi Skrabala

Treasurers: Al and Dick Metz

Communications Director: Warren Wasescha

Web Coordinator: Barb Smith, Organizer

Hike Coordinators: Tracy Nilsen

- Mellow Hikes: Ginny Metz

- Moderate Hikes: David Coffman

- Motivated Hikes: Warren Wasescha

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 please email the hike coordinators. If you have questions or comments about this website please email the web coordinator.

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MODERATE: Dynamite and San Tan Trails

Cottonwood - East of Tennis Courts

MODERATE: DYNAMITE and SAN TAN TRAILS at SAN TAN REGIONAL PARK Distance – 6.1 miles AEG 605 feet 35 miles Roundtrip = $2 drivers fee + share of $7 park entry fee Great hike with typical Sonoran Desert flora. This is an in and out hike with gradual gains and descents; a great hike to start the season with. Like all San Tan Regional Trails there are some loose rocks and hiking shoes and poles are recommended. Leader: David Coffman[masked] DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE WAGON WHEEL PARKING LOT AT SAN TAN REGIONAL PARK From the Cottonwood parking lot proceed to Riggs Road and turn right. Continue on Riggs Road for approximately 11 miles to Sossaman. Turn right at Sossaman to where road ends at Hunt Highway. Turn left on Hunt Highway and drive ¾ of a mile to Wagon Wheel Road. Turn right at Wagon Wheel Road and follow Wagon Wheel Road to where the road ends which is the public parking lot area. Park the car then deposit the $7 park fee in the envelope which is provided at a post at the trailhead entrance. Leave a portion of the parking ticket on your dash which should be in clear view should a park ranger check to see if you paid the $7 park fee. Carpool fee $2 + share of $7 park fee Hike leader – David Coffman[masked]

MELLOW: Trails at San Tan Regional Park

Cottonwood - East of Tennis Courts

A 4.3 -mile loop of 5 trails in San Tan Mountain Regional Park with a comfortably low elevation gain. Drivers fee $3 plus a portion of the $7 park entrance fee. Hike leaders: Al and Ginny Metz [masked]) No lunch option will be available at this time. If you sign up for this mellow hike, please call [masked]) or email ([masked]) Al or Virginia Metz as soon as possible to state which of the 3 driving options you will utilize on this hike: 1) drive your own car and take passengers (how many) with you, 2) drive your own car alone or with other people (state their name/s) in your Covid bubble, or 3) need a ride with an available driver.

MELLOW: Trails at San Tan Regional Park

Cottonwood - East of Tennis Courts

A 4.5 -mile loop of 4 trails in San Tan Mountain Regional Park with a comfortably low elevation gain. Drivers fee $3 plus a portion of the $7 park entrance fee. Hike leaders: Al and Ginny Metz [masked]) No lunch option will be available at this time. If you sign up for this mellow hike, please call [masked]) or email ([masked]) Al or Virginia Metz as soon as possible to state which of the 3 driving options you will utilize on this hike: 1) drive your own car and take passengers (how many) with you, 2) drive your own car alone or with other people (state their name/s) in your Covid bubble, or 3) need a ride with an available driver.

Hikes for the Sun Lakes Hiking Club are being scheduled from Nov. 1 to April 30.
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Cottonwood - East of Tennis Courts

Postings for the upcoming hikes will start soon. Hope you are staying in shape for another exciting season of hiking with the Sun Lakes Hiking Club!

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CANCELLED Moderate: Horton Creek

Cottonwood - East of Tennis Courts

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