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Join a Tucson hiking club or group online

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 changes. http://arizona.sierraclub.org/trail_guide/

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/

The best Tucson hiking books from amazon

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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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