Tag: Hiking

Mt. Lemmon lookout hike

Karen Schickedanz Sure you can hike in Tucson in the summer—at least if you’re doing it atop Mt. Lemmon where it’s 25 degrees cooler than the valley below. Enjoying a hike in mid-July on the Mt. Lemmon Ski Lift Loop are (from left): Ralph Taylor, Karen Schickedanz, Bob Garner, Kathy and Paul Volpe and hiking…

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 –…

2016 annual hiking trip to Las Vegas

SaddleBrooke Hikers at Valley of Fire State Park, Las Vegas

Dave Sorenson Some 65 members of the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club and a few guests traveled to Las Vegas in April for the 2016 annual hiking trip. They encountered a variety of hiking conditions from two feet of snow in the mountains to beautiful desert trails around gorgeous red rock formations. Anyone who thought the Las…

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…

A surprise worth mentioning

Photo by Lissa White

Mary Kopp It started off like any other hike, a group of 16 enthusiastic hikers setting off to explore the scenic sites that surrounded the Catalina State Park. The six mile Deer Camp site begins as the Fifty-Year Trailhead proceeds along the Baby Jesus and Samaniego Ridge Trails, ending at a camp site situated westward…