Ray Peale selected Co-steward of Oracle Passage of AZ Trail

Elisabeth Wheeler

Ray Peale of the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club is the new Co-Steward of the Oracle Passage of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Ray replaces Mary Croft who served for the past three years.

Ray brings excellent trail work experience to his new position. Since 1996 Ray has been active with the New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors. Each year Ray completed five to six weekend and full week trail work projects, primarily in the Pecos Wilderness of New Mexico. Ray led work projects in the Gila Wilderness, Bandelier National Park, Chaco National Historical Park and Carson National Forest.

Since moving to SaddleBrooke in 2012 Ray has volunteered with the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club on the Oracle Passage of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, leading and training many SaddleBrooke volunteers in trail building and maintenance.

Ray is also an avid backpacker and has backpacked many trails in the Grand Canyon, the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico, the Weminuche Wilderness in Colorado and Grand Gulch in Utah.

The next Arizona Trail work event will be Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. To volunteer to work on the Oracle Passage of the Arizona National Scenic Trail contact Elisabeth Wheeler at 520-818-1547 or hikerelisabeth@gmail.com.