Tag: Hiking

Catalina Hills cleanup

Walt Shields Catalina Hills Drive is beautiful again as a result of volunteer efforts of members of the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club. The club has participated in the Pinal County Adopt-A-Highway program for eight years to maintain 2.5 miles of Catalina Hills Drive from SaddleBrooke Boulevard to its entrance into the Preserve. Many thanks to the…

Catalina State Park hike

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Going for a hike before the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club’s Spring Picnic at Catalina State Park is very popular! Twenty-three hikers explored the Ridgeline/50 Year Loop from the Equestrian Center in the park. Along the four mile trail hikers had fun discovering 29 different wildflowers including anemones, blue dicks, bladderpods, California suncups, white Easter bonnets and…

David Yetman Trail hike

Left to right, Sandra Sowell, Jeanne Reale, Don Colen, Maureen Spence, Al Bolty, Kathryn Madore, Rita Bolty, Dee Neeley, Rosanne Beraznik, Phil McNamee, Mary Hanley, Roland Horst, Walt Shields, Ed Kammermayer, Bernie Nagy, Elaine Ellingham, Gretchen Downey and Jeanine Stoors; not pictured: Michael Reale

Michael Reale On Ground Hog Day, Michael Reale and Walt Shields led 17 SaddleBrooke hikers on a search for Punxsutawney Phil along the David Yetman Trail in Saguaro Park West. Although we weren’t successful in locating the furry critter (it might have had something to do with being in the wrong state), we agreed that…

Hiking the Superstitions

Left to right: Dave Corrigan, Pam Corrigan, Susan Hollis, Randy Park, Jeff Traft and Ray Peale; photo by Dave Corrigan

On February 14 SaddleBrooke Hiking Club members did a key exchange hike in the Superstition Mountains. One group started at the First Water Trailhead and the other group started at the Peralta Trailhead. The hike offers fabulous views of Weaver’s Needle. The Peralta Trail intersects with the Dutchman’s Trail to the First Water Trailhead.

SaddleBrooke Hikers begin the Arizona Trail

SaddleBrooke hikers at the Parker Canyon Lake Trailhead are (left to right) Fred Norris, Aaron Schoenberg, Donna Cano, and Pete Canon; photo by Frank Earnest.

Frank Earnest The SaddleBrooke Hiking Club has formed a group of members who are interested in hiking the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT). The AZT is 840 miles that extends from the Mexican border near Sierra Vista to the Utah border just west of the Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. The trail traverses all of the…

Hiking in a Saguaro Forest

Back row: Jason Noffsinger, Gretchen Downey, Michael Hovan, Dave Streicher, Joe Maurizzi, Joyce Maurizzi, Leonore Henninger, Randy Richard; front row: Bernie Nagy, Maureen Spence, Clare Collins, Arlene Gerety, Mary Hlushko, Jan Springer; photo by Elisabeth Wheeler

Elisabeth Wheeler A premier place to enjoy the beauty of a saguaro forest is Sweetwater Preserve, an 800 acre preserve located in the eastern foothills of the Tucson Mountains. An hour’s drive from SaddleBrooke, the preserve provides about 13 miles of trail, arranged in loops. SaddleBrooke hikers explored over seven miles of trail that featured…