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Our group features hikes of variable length & ability. Beginner hikes range from 2 to 4 miles, while advanced hikes may be up to 16 miles and may feature bushwacking & rock scrambling. Beginner and moderate hikes usually are a mixed group between athletic pace and slow or moderate pace. Having fun talking, taking pictures, and admiring the beautiful Sonoran desert is all part of the package deal.
Many factors determine the difficulty of a hike: mileage, terrain, elevation and pace. The hike rating scale that we have adopted is:
A - Extreme: no limit for distance or elevation
B - Advanced: maximum 16 miles or 3000' gain
C - Intermediate: maximum 8 miles or 1500' gain
D - Beginner: maximum 4 miles or 500' gain
This group is open to new members. We hope you'll join us!

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Beginner's (Plus) Hike - Sabino Circuit

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

This will be about 3.5-4 miles, looping through the lower elevation trails in Sabino Canyon, including some new (to us) trails. Esperero, Rattlesnake canyon, Creek Trail, and more will feature. we will also cross over Sabino Creek, so be prepared for that. poles are recommended, and you may get your feet wet. Total elevation gain will be about[masked]ft, and i stop at all the trail intersections to make sure no one gets left behind.

Please bring a good flashlight or headlamp, 2+ liters of water, and comfortable shoes to hike in. The pace will be about 2 miles per hour over this terrain, so please be prepared for some exertion. Evening temps at this time of night may be cool (mid-60s), but we will be moving. I recommend having an extra layer of clothing you can quickly/easily add or remove as needed.

Wednesday Tumamoc Conditioning Walk

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The hikers will gather at the corner of West Anklam and Tumamoc Hill road at 5:30 pm and take a quick walk up the hill. Please remember to bring water and a flashlight in case the moon is hiding. Here's the skinny: 3.1 miles roundtrip, 730 ft climb. This is not a guided tour. Since we will be going at our own pace to stay in shape, this may not be an appropriate hike for beginners or first timers.

Important Note: This is a regularly event every Wednesday, an organizer may not attend. There are a number of other members who do this walk though. If you are coming for the first time, look for a group of people at the start of the paved path by Anklam Road. Keep in mind that Tumamoc is very popular, i.e. there may be a 200 other people walking up the hill. Just look for a group of people (3 or more) at the start of the path and don't hesitate to approach and ask them if they are the hiking group. The group leaves promptly. If you are late, you are still welcome to walk the hill by yourself. Thank you for your understanding and Happy Trails!

Be adult and responsible; hike at your own risk.

The Friday Night Sabino Stroll

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

Come join us for our weekly Sabino Stroll! This is a great hike for new members. We walk up the paved tram road and enjoy the views of the canyon. Please note that the bathrooms near the parking lot now close at 4:30 pm. However, there are open bathrooms along the tram road.

We have 2 separate groups:

Group that starts at 6 pm:
- Usually led by Chel.
- More of a fitness group and faster paced.
- Goes all of the tram road and back (7.4 miles total)

  • Type in the comments "6 pm" if you plan to attend this. Most stroll with the 7 pm Group and so it's important for us to know how many will be with the 6 pm Group.

Group that starts at 7 pm:
- Usually led by Don.
- Goes about a total of 4 miles and walks at a more modest and varied pace.
- They stop at the "Scorpion Wall," which is just passed the 2 mile marker. They then look for scorpions on that wall by using a black light. The black light makes them glow in the dark! Bring a black light if you can. If not, there is usually at least 1 person with a black light.
- Most usually attend the 7 pm group and so there is NO need to comment 7 pm. It's only the 6 pm group that needs to.

MEETING PLACE:
We will meet at the ramada in the main parking lot in front of the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center. We usually talk a little bit about the Stroll, discuss safety, do a quick round of introductions, and then start the Stroll!

If no host is present at the appointed time (+5 minutes), begin the stroll anyway! We are hiking in the dark, so please make sure you have a good headlamp or flashlight. The rattlesnakes are out. Stroll at your own risk. If it's cloudy, be prepared for possible rain.

PARKING FEE:
Do you have a valid Coronado National Forest pass? America the Beautiful Pass works too (senior, military, or other).
YES - Make sure it's visible inside your vehicle. Your parking is already paid for...that's it!
NO - Sabino has day & week passes available online: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74388
You can also pay in-person via self pay station near Sabino Canyon's ramada (covered area near the parking lot.)

WHAT TO HAVE:
1 - Water (1-2 liters, make sure you have additional water during the summer)
2 - Hiking appropriate clothes AND shoes, for the weather
3 - Headlamp or flashlight
Optional: Black light, if you are going on the 7 pm hike.
Please no dogs, smoking/vaping, and no firearms.

As with other hikes, by attending, you understand that you are hiking at your own risk.

After the hike, we usually hang-out at the ramada (covered area by the Sabino Canyon parking lot). Optional: Right after the hike, we go to Risky Business for food and drinks. The last time they serve food is at 9 pm and close at 10 pm. They are located nearby at: 6866 E. Sunrise Drive.

The Friday Night Sabino Stroll

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

Come join us for our weekly Sabino Stroll! This is a great hike for new members. We walk up the paved tram road and enjoy the views of the canyon. Please note that the bathrooms near the parking lot now close at 4:30 pm. However, there are open bathrooms along the tram road.

We have 2 separate groups:

Group that starts at 6 pm:
- Usually led by Chel.
- More of a fitness group and faster paced.
- Goes all of the tram road and back (7.4 miles total)

  • Type in the comments "6 pm" if you plan to attend this. Most stroll with the 7 pm Group and so it's important for us to know how many will be with the 6 pm Group.

Group that starts at 7 pm:
- Usually led by Don.
- Goes about a total of 4 miles and walks at a more modest and varied pace.
- They stop at the "Scorpion Wall," which is just passed the 2 mile marker. They then look for scorpions on that wall by using a black light. The black light makes them glow in the dark! Bring a black light if you can. If not, there is usually at least 1 person with a black light.
- Most usually attend the 7 pm group and so there is NO need to comment 7 pm. It's only the 6 pm group that needs to.

MEETING PLACE:
We will meet at the ramada in the main parking lot in front of the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center. We usually talk a little bit about the Stroll, discuss safety, do a quick round of introductions, and then start the Stroll!

If no host is present at the appointed time (+5 minutes), begin the stroll anyway! We are hiking in the dark, so please make sure you have a good headlamp or flashlight. The rattlesnakes are out. Stroll at your own risk. If it's cloudy, be prepared for possible rain.

PARKING FEE:
Do you have a valid Coronado National Forest pass? America the Beautiful Pass works too (senior, military, or other).
YES - Make sure it's visible inside your vehicle. Your parking is already paid for...that's it!
NO - Sabino has day & week passes available online: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74388
You can also pay in-person via self pay station near Sabino Canyon's ramada (covered area near the parking lot.)

WHAT TO HAVE:
1 - Water (1-2 liters, make sure you have additional water during the summer)
2 - Hiking appropriate clothes AND shoes, for the weather
3 - Headlamp or flashlight
Optional: Black light, if you are going on the 7 pm hike.

After the hike, we usually hang-out at the ramada (covered area by the Sabino Canyon parking lot). Optional: Right after the hike, we go to Risky Business for food and drinks. The last time they serve food is at 9 pm and close at 10 pm. They are located nearby at: 6866 E. Sunrise Drive.

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