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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. Detailed descriptions of hikes are on this website and reviewed at our first Friday monthly meetings.

Moderate PLUS hikes are more rigorous; Moderate Wednesday and Monday hikes are less strenuous and more "social"; Mellow Monday hikes are the easiest basic hikes or walks.

*New hikers begin with two Mellow hikes and must contact the hike leader at least a day before the hike. Following the interview with a hike leader or club officer, consideration may be made to move up to a Moderate hike. Two hikes are required to apply for club 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:

• Moderate PLUS 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: Stu Frost

Vice President: DeEtte Faith

Secretary: Kandi Skrabala

Treasurers: Al and Dick Metz

Communications Director: Judith Kuse

Web Coordinator: Marilyn Harkins, Organizer; Mei Mei Ahlskog, Co-organizer

Hike Coordinators: Marilyn Harkins and Tracy Nilsen

- Mellow Hikes: Ginny and Al Metz

- Moderate and Moderate PLUS Hikes: Greg Jewell

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.

Upcoming events (5+)

MELLOW: Balanced Rock Trail

Cottonwood - East of Tennis Courts

Mellow: Balanced Rock Trail 4.4miles AEG: 300ft TH: 2570 R/T 97 miles Driver’s fee: $6 The trailhead starts at the Granite Mountain Trailhead in the Brown’s Ranch area of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. We will take the Bootlegger trail to the Granite Mountain Loop Trail. We will then take the Balanced Rock Trail up to Balanced Rock. The winding trail features cacti and statuesque rock formations that dominate the landscape. We will return along the power line road. Hike leaders: Stan and Cindy Krasucki. [masked]

MODERATE: Jacob's Crosscut Trail

Cottonwood Country Club off Riggs Road

Please, be prepared with enough water and proper footwear. Jacob's Crosscut Trail, # 58, runs along the base of the mountains. We will start out at First Water and enjoy views of the Superstition Mountains, turning around at Prospectors View Trail # 57. Distance: 4.8 miles Out and Back Drive: 75 miles R/T=$5 + $2 dirt road fee Leader: Marge Mogelnicki ph#[masked]

MODERATE: Deer Creek Trail #45 - Mazatal Wilderness - Payson

Cottonwood Country Club

MODERATE Trail Distance: 6 mi. Trailhead elevation: 3300' AEG: 300' modest elevation gain, areas of high desert, nice sections of riparian growth (cottonwood and sycamore trees, river grasses, ivy), a gurgling creek, grave site (!), and working windmill. R/T distance : 150 mi. Drivers fee: $9.00 Hike Leader: Vicki Deken. [masked]

MODERATE: Bursera Trail

Cottonwood - East of Tennis Courts

Bursera and Gila Trails Loop, Chandler Blvd Trailhead Location: South Mountain Distance: 6.3 miles Trailhead elevation: 1,259 feet, AEG: 1,134 feet Driving Distance: 36 miles R/T Driver's Fee: $2 This is a loop hike. The trail this year is very rough in places with lots of loose rubble. Check your boots for good tread and hiking poles are highly recommended. Leader: Tracy Nilsen phone:[masked]

Past events (888)

RAIN CANCELED!: Cypress/Boulder Trail Loop - Payson

Cottonwood Country Club

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