By Kim Lasota
Hikers who want to hike with others
for safety reasons, or for the fun and experience of meeting new
people, may choose to join a hiking club.
In Tucson, the Southern Arizona Hiking Club,
which has been around over four decades, has thousands of members. The
SAHC schedules and conducts hikes in and around Tucson for the enjoyment
of its members.
A monthly bulletin is published and
sent to members. A list of the scheduled hikes, as well as information
in regards to club happenings and subjects of interest to hikers, such
as conservation news, are included. Members also have the option of
participating in trail preservation and clearing.
Approximately 50-60 hikes per month
are offered and include different classifications of hikes determined
by mileage, terrain, elevation, and pace. An annual due per individual
or per family is cheap for the outstanding entertainment value offered
through hiking. For more information on joining or attending a hike as a
guest, call 751-4513.
Other local organizations, web sites, resources and groups that are affiliated with hiking in and around Tucson include:
- The Sierra Club web site has a calendar of hikes at http://arizona.sierraclub.org/
- The Southern Arizona Hiking Club
is a volunteer group that lead hikes nearly every day of the week. Hike
as a guest up to three times before joining the club, pick from their
monthly club bulletin, which lists an average of 70 to 100 events. http://www.sahcinfo.org/
- The Senior Trekkers Club (for those over 50). Contact Emory Westlake, the 72-year-old president and founder at 520/296-7795.
- Tucson Trail Guide web site is
created by Tucson hiker and Sierra Club trip leader Andy Flach. The
Tucson hiking site is a guide to some of the trails around Tucson with
descriptions and directions to the trailhead, pictures, detailed trail
directions and a summary information as total distance and elevation
Online meet up groups organize hikes around Tucson, have message boards, calendars and event listings:
- Tucson Hiking Meetup Group
has hikes of variable length & ability. Beginner hikes range from 2
to 4 miles, while advanced hikes may be up to 16 miles. http://www.meetup.com/tucsonhiking/
- The X Hiking Club was exclusively designed in 2008 so that Tucson humanoids a chance to explore places nobody has ever been. http://www.meetup.com/xhikingclub/
Tucson Hiking RSS
This news fee is from the Southern Arizona Hiking Club about special events, weather announcements and other news.
Tucson Hiking Books
There are several good books about
hiking around Tucson from amazon.com. These books serve as a good hiking
guide with trail information, maps and even GPS coordinates.
Betty Leavengood (Author). Hiking
guide to the Tucson, Rincon, Santa Catalina, and Santa Rita Mountains
completely revised. Betty Leavengood's third edition of her bestselling
Tucson Hiking Guide offers new routes and updated access information,
detailed maps, and clear descriptions to area trailheads. Includes: 37
hikes rated easy to difficult by mountain range; revised information on
precautions for desert hiking; historical notes, photographs, and
anecdotes; and detailed maps and descriptions with elevation/distance.
Paperback: 212 pages. Publisher: Pruett Publishing; 3rd edition
(September 1, 2004).
Look inside! Best Easy Day Hikes
Tucson includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for twenty
easy-to-follow hikes in and around Tucson, Arizona. Discover a region of
diverse scenery and natural splendors— including a beautiful cactus
forest; the Sendero Esperanza Trail, a classic example of the Sonoran
Desert’s lush vegetation; and the famous Seven Falls, a series of
seasonal cascades in Bear Canyon. Mile-by-mile directions and clear
trail maps. Trail Finder for best hikes with children, dogs, or great
views. GPS coordinates. Paperback: 96 pages. Publisher: Falcon;
First edition (October 14, 2009).
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