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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.

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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!

Unofficial Summer Hiking...
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Hiking continues unofficially on Monday mornings during the summer months. If you are interested in summer hiking, please contact Stu Frost at[masked] or email him at [masked]. The hiking season for the Sun Lakes Hiking Club is November through April. The official scheduled hikes are described on this website and announced in the Sun Lakes SPLASH newspaper.

Moderate Plus: Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle
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Cottonwood - East of Tennis Courts

Moderate Plus: In and Out hike on Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle in the Superstition Mountains. 5 miles TH 2400' AEG 1400' 96 mi R/T = $6 + $2 dirt road fee Leaders: Marge Mogelnicki[masked] and Liz Morque[masked] This is a classic Superstitions hike rated MODERATE PLUS due to elevation gain greater than 1000' and the rocky trail. Views are spectacular at the Fremont Saddle rest stop - including a close-up views of Weaver's Needle!

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