Tag: Hiking

Hikers Complete All 800 Miles of the Arizona Trail

Seana Kobak and Beth Jones celebrate completing the 800-mile Arizona Trail (Photo by Elisabeth Wheeler)

Elisabeth Wheeler SaddleBrooke Hiking Club members Seana Kobak and Beth Jones met each other on a hike with the club. An adventure hike to Mt. Lemmon cemented their friendship. They then traveled and hiked together on the club’s fall trip to Durango last year and continued from there for their first backpack in the Canyonlands…

Hiking Club Diary

SaddleBrooke Hiking Club road warriors (Photo by Walt Shields)

Who Are Those Masked Men (and Gals)? Walt Shields They are the diligent SaddleBrooke Hiking Club work crew that participated in the Catalina Hills Drive Road Cleanup on Nov. 4, as a part of the Arizona Adopt-A-Highway program. The Hiking Club has provided volunteers for this project for around 12 years and is pleased to…

Huachuca Peak Circular

Jones and Hashimoto at Huachuca Peak Summit (Photo by Aaron Schoenberg)

Aaron Schoenberg I guided the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club on a hike that provided challenges and exploratory opportunities, spectacular scenery, and amazing discoveries. We approached the scenic summit of Huachuca Peak on the Fort Huachuca Reservation from the west via a myriad of trails. It was an all-day adventure. We watched the sunrise as we drove…

AZ Trail in a Day 2020

Hikers departing High Jinks Ranch: Elisabeth Wheeler and Mary and Ken Riemersma (Photo by Serena Dufault)

Elisabeth Wheeler “AZT in a Day” is a 24-hour statewide challenge to cover almost 800 miles of the Arizona National Scenic Trail in one day. Regrettably, this year, some burned sections of the trail were inaccessible. Six SaddleBrooke hikers joined other hikers, bike riders, and equestrian riders in this annual quest. Ray Peale, Susan Hollis,…

Madera Canyon Nature Trail

Hikers pose in Madera Canyon (Photo by Ruth Caldwell)

Ruth Caldwell The heat continued into October! Our go-to spot to escape the heat has always been Mt. Lemmon which is still off limits after the Big Horn Fire. So, on Oct. 6, eight hikers from SaddleBrooke Hiking Club drove down to Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita range where they enjoyed the beautiful nature…

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…