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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 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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MELLOW: Papago Buttes - Hole in the Rock hike

Cottonwood - East of Tennis Courts

Papago Buttes – Hole In The Rock Hike November 30, 2020 mellow hike: Stu Frost [masked]) will lead a 4-mile hike with an AEG of 150 feet. The group will first hike the Double Butte trail clockwise around Papago Butte and then drive across Galvin Parkway to the Hole in the Rock trailhead to walk up to the Hole in the Rock. There are no facilities at the trailhead. The driver’s fee is $3, and the driving time in approximately 30 minutes each way. Meetup: Meet at 7:45 in Cottonwood Parking Lot for an 8:00 departure.

MODERATE: Hackberry Springs

Cottonwood - East of Tennis Courts

Moderate Hike Trail Distance: 6.0 miles AEG 627 feet First Water Trail Head Elevation: 2275 feet 80 miles R/T; Driver Fee $5 + $2 dirt road fee Except for one section near the beginning of the hike the AEG is mostly gradual. Long pants are recommended as there is growth near the trail. A snack will be done at Hackberry Springs which is at about the 3.5 mile point. Leaving Hackberry Springs we will be following a riverbed for about 1 mile so we will be going across lots of riverbed rocks and boulder. Driving Directions to First Water Trailhead: Leave Cottonwood parking lot and turn right onto Riggs Road. Take a left turn at McQueen Road. Continue North then go right onto Loop 202 East. Follow Loop 202 East to US-60 East (exit 30A) towards Apache Junction. From US-60 East take exit 196 for Hwy88 (Idaho Rd) in Apache Junction. Turn left at the end of the off-ramp. Stay on Hwy 88. After apx. 2.4 miles you will need to make a right turn at a traffic light to stay on Hwy88. This section of Hwy88 is Apache Trail Road. Drive on Apache Trail Road about 5.0 miles and then turn right onto 1st Water Road, which is clearly marked with a sign and separate right turn lane. Follow this dirt/gravel road all the way to end. Trailhead is there. Drive distance is about 2.5 miles. Caution: This road is rough in spots. Go slow. ** Call hike leader, Scott Downey, at[masked] if you need assistance. *** Trailhead has rustic rest room facilities. No running water.

MOTIVATED: Old Man –National –Corona de Loma – Desert Classic Loop

Cottonwood - East of Tennis Courts

Hike Leader: Henry Silberblatt,[masked] Hike Category: Motivated Hike Title: South Mountain - Old Man –National –Corona de Loma – Desert Classic Loop Date: November 30, 2020 Trailhead: Warpaint Drive Access Trailhead, 13009 S. Warpaint Dr, Phoenix Description: This hike is likely one you have not done in a while! From Warpaint TH, we hike a mostly level terrain about 1.6 miles to the base of the Old Man trail. Old Man is a steep, rocky 1.4-mile ascent to the National trail. We then hike along the National trail for a short distance (about .5 mile), to the Corona de Loma trail near Buena Vista lookout. Corona de Loma is 1.6 miles, and contains two steep descents. We first descend to a wash, then ascend a short distance to a ridge, and finish with the second descent to the Desert Classic trail. We conclude the hike with 1.4 mostly level miles along the Desert Classic and Warpaint trails back to the TH. Hike Distance: 6.5 miles round trip (loop) Trailhead Elevation: 1400 ft. AEG: 1100 ft. Driving Distance: 29 miles RT Driver’s fee: $2.00 Trailhead facilities: none – no restrooms MEETUP: 7:45 AM at Cottonwood Flagpole parking lot

Virtual SLHC monthly meeting

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If you have not received a zoom link for our monthly meetings and wish to, please email DeEtte at [masked] and request an invitation.

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MELLOW: Scenic Loop Trail

Cottonwood - East of Tennis Courts

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