Tag: SaddleBrooke Hiking Club

SaddleBrooke Hikers summit Panther Peak

Left to right: Tom Conrad, Roland Horst, Ellen Citron, Paul Volpe, Roddy Wilder, Kaori Hashimoto, Lynda Green, Tim Butler, Phil Doyle, Norm Rechkemmer, Seth Basker, Jeff Traft; not pictured Walt Shields, photographer

Walt Shields Thirteen members of the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club completed the strenuous ascent up Panther Peak on April 5. The total hike length is less than six miles but it involves a vertical section up a steep gulley in which over a thousand feet is gained in less than one mile. The summit affords stunning…

Wildflower hike

Howie Fagan, Cathy Beauchamp, Elaine Fagan, Elisabeth Wheeler (front), Denis Greenland, Arlene Gerety, Chuck and Shirley Kaltenback, Judy DeAmbrosio, Billie Draves, Shirley Barrett, Tim Butler; photo by Barb Wilder

Elisabeth Wheeler When wildflowers bloom SaddleBrooke hikers take to the hills of Catalina State Park to find over 40 varieties of flowers. The fields of Mexican gold poppies were highlighted with white chicory, pink owl clover, purple scorpion weed, yellow janusia and purple desert lupine. It was delightful to discover an early blooming mariposa lily…

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…

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.

Final SaddleBrooke Hiking Club hike of 2016

Left to right: Kathryn Madore, Jan Springer, Suzanne Bassett, Marv Rossof, Jim Smith, Karen Gray (guide) and Kay Clauson; photo by Barbara Wilder

Karen Gray Eight hikers, watching a very cloudy sky, left the MountainView parking lot headed for Catalina State Park on December 29. We were all a bit worried about the rain coming in earlier than predicted. As the morning went on, the sky was still overcast but not threatening. The air temperature and the light…