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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, 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.

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 2021 hiking season); Mellow Monday hikes are the easiest basic hikes or walks. REMEMBER TO KEEP 6' APART ON THE TRAILS.

*1st TIME HIKERS TO THE CLUB MUST CALL THE HIKE LEADER BY SATURDAY 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.

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 (df4faiths@yahoo.com)

Vice President: Ted Maresh

Secretary: Ron Derras and Joan Carlisle

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.

Upcoming events (2)

Cottonwood/Palo Verde Open House

Needs a location

The Sun Lakes Hiking Club will be hosting a table at this year's open house in the San Tan Ballroom, Saturday, October 9th from 9 a.m. until noon. Please text DeEtte Faith at (480)[masked] if you are able to help staff a 1.5 hour shift (9-10:30 a.m. or 10:30- noon) to answer questions about the club.

IronOaks Open House, Oct. 19th noon-3pm

Needs a location

IronOaks Open House will take place in the Oakwood ballroom, Oct. 19th from noon till 3 pm. Please contact David Coffman ([masked]) if you are able to help him staff the SLHC table.

Hikes for the Sun Lakes Hiking Club are being scheduled from Nov. 1 to April 30.
Needs a date and time

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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