Tag: Hiking

Hiking in SaddleBrooke’s Backyard

The view from Picnic Rock (Photo courtesy of Kaori Hashimoto)

Marie Bienkowski You enjoy looking at the mountains around SaddleBrooke, but have you tried seeing them up close? Hiking into the mountains reveals that what looks like one uniform set of vegetation from your house or the golf course is really a wonderfully diverse desert flora. SaddleBrooke’s Hiking Club has trails up to Dome Rock…

Hikers Discover Mystery Gravestone

Gravestone of Grace Murray (Photo by Elisabeth Wheeler)

Elisabeth Wheeler Hiking guide Ruth Caldwell led a hike from Golder Ranch Road into the Coronado National Forest in early May. Participants were pleasantly surprised by the interesting terrain with diverse views of the desert and the Santa Catalinas. Just as the sun rose over the mountains, Ruth guided the group to a low mound.…

Hikers Detour to Honey Bee Canyon

The Catalinas on fire; smoke fills the air (Photo by Elissa Cochran)

Karen Gray On June 18, four SaddleBrooke hikers—Carol Burke, Elissa Cochran, Yvette Sibulsky, and hiking guide Karen Gray—set out for Honey Bee Canyon to hike the south trail, a path they had never before hiked. The scheduled hike for this day was to be the Nature, Canyon, and Birding loops in Catalina State Park. Unfortunately,…

Hiker’s Adventures: Mystery Flag Flies in the Foothills

Hikers Brian Hand, Bertie Litchfield, Elisabeth Wheeler, and Cheryl Werstler (Photo by Kaori Hashimoto)

Elisabeth Wheeler Hiking adventurers from SaddleBrooke trekked into the foothills of the Coronado State Forest. These hikes can lead to interesting discoveries. Brian Hand led several hikers to this prominent flag planted high above SaddleBrooke homes. It even has a solar element to keep it lighted at night. Who placed it here? It’s another mystery to…

An Inaugural Kickoff to the Rescue

Hikers pose by the Fire Lookout Cabin. (Photo by fire ranger Jeff)

Mary Kopp A much-needed surprise came on Sunday, May 17, just when hiking club members had grown weary of being stuck indoors. Over the previous week, SaddleBrooke had begun gradually opening services and club activities. To that end, nothing was more welcome than an email from the Hiking Club of SaddleBrooke. Yes! The time had…

Unstoppable SaddleBrooke Hikers Seana and Beth

Any place is a good place to stop and relax. (Photo by Linda Eglin)

Elisabeth Wheeler Seana Kobak and Beth Jones are unstoppable in their quest to complete the 800+ mile Arizona National Scenic Trail. Linda Eglin and I were privileged to join them in backpacking the Alamo Canyon and Gila River Canyon passages, which begin at Picket Post Mountain Trail and end thirty-eight miles to the southeast in Kearny. I…

Blackett’s Ridge is All About the Views

Back row: Norm Rechkemmer, Linda Eglin, Tom Stafford, Dianna Wilson, Kelly Wilson, and Steve Meyers; front row: Gayle Hosek Spies, Elisabeth Wheeler, Wendy Butler Berns, Missy Rodey, and David Streicher (Photo by Missy Rodey)

Elisabeth Wheeler Blackett’s Ridge Trail, which climbs a prominent ridge that cuts between Sabino and Bear Canyons, is a short, but challengingly steep hike in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Hikers who top the ridge win spectacular views for their efforts. Sights include the Rincon and Santa Rita Mountains to the south, the Tucson Mountains…

Hiking Club Puts Birding on the March Program Schedule

Jim Smith in the field. Photo by Bev Smith.

Bruce Hale The SaddleBrooke Hiking Club welcomes Dr. James “Jim” Smith, a seven-year club member, as the featured speaker at its monthly meeting and program on March 18, 2020. Dr. Smith’s presentation is titled “A Hiker’s Guide to Birding: SaddleBrooke, SE Arizona, and Beyond.” Alongside wildflower viewing, birding is an easy way for hikers to immerse…

Hikers Explore a Desert Sanctuary

SaddleBrooke hikers pose at Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary. Photo by Elisabeth Wheeler.

Elisabeth Wheeler Sixteen hikers from the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club strolled along 5.2 miles of well-developed trails in the Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary, a part of the Arthur Pack Regional Park west of Thornydale Road. Their efforts proved how much fun it is to discover and explore an easy hiking trail where one can view many…

January Trail Work Session

Elisabeth Wheeler Four-wheel drive vehicles provided fun rides for SaddleBrooke volunteers participating in the Arizona Trail Work Session on Jan. 15th at Oracle State Park. Gary Faulkenberry, Steve Meyers, Joe Maurizzi, Terry McCarthy, and Zach MacDonald transported workers down Kannally Wash to the Windmill area. Twenty-five volunteers split into three work crews to remove catclaw bushes and…