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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.

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

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

Essential items are required on each hike. Arizona desert and mountain trails demand good hiking shoes or boots. You will 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 breathable layers allows you to adjust to changes in temperature. Hiking poles are used by most Club members. Other essential items are sunscreen, snacks and/or lunch, basic first aid supplies, and a comb or tweezers to remove cacti thorns.

Hiking demands preparedness and self-sufficiency. Each person on a Club hike should carry everything that might be needed for the duration of the hike and for any unexpected incident or delay. More information about "The Ten Essentials" and "Hydration and Heat Related Dangers" is on the website:

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Meeting Minutes December 31, 2016 3:47 PM Mei-Mei A.
Tonto Pass February 7, 2017 9:55 AM Al & Ginny M.
Contacts May 3, 2017 3:37 PM Marilyn
Hiking Equipment Fundamentals May 12, 2015 7:11 PM Marilyn
About Sun Lakes Hiking Club November 10, 2018 9:02 PM Mei-Mei A.

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