Volunteers respond to call for work on the AZ Scenic Trail

Elisabeth Wheeler

When an extra work event was scheduled on the Arizona National Scenic Trail in December, eight SaddleBrooke hikers responded to the call. Led by Zach McDonald of the Arizona Trail Association and Gary Faulkenberry of Oracle State Park the work teams cleared the trail of grasses and overgrowth south of Oracle State Park. Extra effort was made to dig out the ferocious catclaw that harasses hikers, bikers and equestrian riders. The trail was being improved for the second annual AZT Oracle Rumble January 27 near the beautiful, historic town of Oracle, Arizona. The running event is mostly single track through Oracle State Park (OSP) and follows magnificent and remote sections of the Arizona Trail with rewarding views that are breathtaking!

SaddleBrooke hikers worked on the Arizona Trail on January 17 and will return to work on Wednesday, February 21, departing SaddleBrooke at 7:30 a.m. Call or email Elisabeth Wheeler 520-818-1547, [email protected] or Ray Peale 520-818-6285, [email protected] for more information and to sign up. It’s fun to join other volunteers to work about three hours on the rolling hills of the Oracle Passage of the Arizona Trail.