Tag: HIking Club

Straddling the Equator and the Land of Khan

Mountain Gorilla, Uganda

Ed Melnick The SaddleBrooke Hiking Club’s March 15 presentation takes on an international flair when Ed Melnick shares his photographs captured while traveling to Uganda and Mongolia. Ed traveled with his wife, Judie Shyman, and friends Darlene and Lockwood Carlson to both countries and all are excited about sharing these experiences. The Ugandan show entitled,…

SaddleBrooke volunteers work the Arizona Trail

Back row: Stan Smith, Fred Norris, David Vermerris, Ray Peale, Dave Streicher, Frank Earnest, Norm Rechkemmer, Dave Corrigan, Bob Garner, Pam Wakefield, Lenore Henninger, Joe Maurizzi, Joyce Maurrizi, Lonnee Plattner, Dan Plattner; middle row: Suzanne Bassett, Heidi Klepacki, Mary Croft, Mile Wolters, Kathy Gish, Jeff Traft, Lynda Green, Alison Tyler; front row: Elisabeth Wheeler, Arlene Gerety, Melissa White, Marilynn Smith; photo by Zach MacDonald

Elisabeth Wheeler The Arizona National Scenic Trail from Mexico to Utah is a continual work in progress. The SaddleBrooke Hiking Club has adopted the Oracle Passage which goes along the east side of Oracle State Park. In January 27 hikers from SaddleBrooke improved a significant portion of the trail. Gary Faulkenberry of Oracle State Park…

Halloween hike

Halloween hikers are Michael Reale, Rainie Warner and Jan Springer; photo by Barbara Wilder

Barbara Wilder SaddleBrooke hikers enjoyed the first annual Halloween fun hike on the afternoon of October 31 at Catalina State Park. Everyone wore a silly hat and told jokes along the way, earning their treat which was a Hallow-weenie roast complete with potato salad, baked beans and desserts at the Gila Monster picnic site. This…

Arizona Trail Association recognizes Hiking Club

Arizona Trail Association recognizes Elisabeth Wheeler and Mary Croft from the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club.

Elisabeth Wheeler The Arizona Trail Association recently recognized the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club and Trail Stewards Elisabeth Wheeler and Mary Croft at the annual meeting of the Arizona Trail Association. Exciting things are happening on the Arizona National Scenic Trail and the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club is an important partner through our business membership and volunteer work…

Hiking Club takes on Finger Rock

From left: Prominent Point, Finger Rock and Finger Rock Guard; photo by Roy Carter

Roy Carter and Mike Wolters Finger Rock is a famous Tucson area landmark that rises several thousand feet above the valley floor along Pusch Ridge of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The striking rock formation resembles a finger set atop a closed fist that is flanked on the east by the Finger Rock Guard and on…

SaddleBrooke Hiking Club volunteers experience the wonder of Chaco Canyon

Volunteers at Chaco Cultural National Park: Kathy Gish, Kevin Balkier, Randy Park, Mary Croft, Ray Peale, Elisabeth Wheeler, Mike Wolters and Kent Naugle

Ray Peale Between AD 850 and 1250 Chaco Canyon served as a major urban center of ancestral Pueblo culture. Remarkable for its monumental public and ceremonial buildings, engineering projects, astronomy, artistic achievements and distinctive architecture, Chaco served as a hub of ceremony, trade and administration for the prehistoric Four Corners area for 400 years –…

SaddleBrooke Hikers explore Robles Pass Trails

Elisabeth Wheeler, Cathy Giesen, Allison Lehman, Marlene Olson, Arlene Gerety, Susan Hollis, Joyce and Joe Maurizzi, Ann Hammond, Fred Norris and Roland Horst; photo by Melissa White.

Elisabeth Wheeler Robles Pass trails are south of the Tucson Mountains and Ajo Way, once known as Robles Pass. Bernabe S. Robles was the son of a pioneer from Sonora who became a Tucson businessman, ran a stage coach line and at the height of his career controlled one million acres in southern Arizona. SaddleBrooke…

SaddleBrooke Hikers climb Picket Post Mountain

Standing: Roddy Wilder, Roy Carter, Ray Peale and Jeff Traft; seated are Neil Christensen and Elisabeth Wheeler; photo by Roy Carter.

Elisabeth Wheeler It’s an adventure to climb up 2100 feet in about two miles to find a red painted mailbox and a wrought iron bench, as well as a 360 degree view. That’s what six SaddleBrooke hikers discovered after a steep, slippery hike up Picket Post. Picket Post is a daunting angular shaped volcanic butte…

Hiking Club members improve the Oracle Passage

Ray Peale, Mary Croft, Joe and Joyce Maurizzi, Fred Norris, Mike Wolters, Stan Smith, Shawn Redfield and Garrett Ressing; front: George and Ellen Citron, Marilynn Smith; missing from photo Kathy Gish and Jeff Bridge. Photo by Elisabeth Wheeler.

Elisabeth Wheeler and Mary Croft On March 16 twelve SaddleBrooke Hiking Club members along with Shawn Redfield (Arizona Trail Director), Jeff Bridge (Regional Steward) and Gary Faulkenberry (Oracle State Park) did significant work on the Arizona National Scenic Trail at the number 77 underpass going into Oracle State Park. Shawn Redfield delivered a permanent water…