The surest way to a disastrous first experience with a hiking club is to sign up for a hike beyond your capabilities. It cannot be emphasized enough – start small and work your way up to the longer and more difficult hikes. Remember, many hikes in this area have significant elevation gain. So if you are not accustomed to hiking in mountainous terrain, start with the easy hikes with little elevation gain. With regular hiking you will soon find yourself on the more difficult trails.
If hiking is a social activity for you, sign up for the leisurely paced trips. These are normally led at a pace which fosters socializing among the participants with ample time for photography. If hiking is your way of getting a workout, try the faster paced hikes. But remember, these hikes do not normally slow down on steep trails. Be prepared and do not overestimate your ability or underestimate the terrain.
Hike levels defined:
Five factors determine the difficulty of a hike:
Terrain can range from good trails, to bush whacking (crossing country with no trail), to rock scrambling. A short hike is not necessarily an easy hike. We refer to Hike Arizona.com for trail ratings.
|Short||2 - 4 miles, on trail with less than 500 feet in elevation gain, rated "1" by Hike Arizona.|
|Casual Intermediate||An Intermediate hike, done on a more leisurely pace.|
|Intermediate||4 – 8 miles, on trail, less than 1,200’ elevation gain, rated 1-2 by Hike Arizona. At times, the club may offer an intermediate hike at a leisurely pace and one at a more energetic pace on the same day.|
|Upper Intermediate||6 – 12 miles, mostly on trail, less than 2,000’ elevation gain, rated 1-3 by Hike Arizona.|
|Advanced||6 – 14 miles, on and off trail, with possible bushwhacking, 2,500’ or less elevation gain, rated 2-3 by Hike Arizona.|
How to sign up for weekly hikes:
The Club organizes regular hikes each Wednesday. These hikes are led by volunteers that are familiar with the trail. Please sign up for a hike in advance, to provide the hike leaders time to pull the hike participant list and ensure that there is sufficient transportation and so forth.
Each hike listed on the calendar will have a “Sign Up For Hike” button. Click that button, fill out the form and voila! You are signed up for the hike.
If you’d like more detailed instructions on signing up for a hike, click HERE.