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Hiking Club plans are underway for winter season

Hikers enjoy a break on a sunny day.

Karin Hansen As fall makes its way to the Valley

with cooler temperatures and returning snowbirds, the Sun Lakes Hiking Club makes plans for the winter season. Membership in the hiking club is open to any physically capable resident or renter in any of the Sun Lakes communities. Information about the club, the schedule of past hikes and information about current hikes is available on the club website at sun-lakes-hiking-club. There is also great information on the website about hiking equipment, safety procedures and contact information. All hikers, new and returning, should keep up-to-date with information by visiting the website on a regular basis. Organized hikes will begin the fi rst week in November on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Generally, the Monday group is a faster-paced group with more elevation and longer distances. The Wednesday group is slightly slower and usually hikes less than eight miles. Do keep in mind, however, that the Wednesday group is a hiking group and not just a walk in the park. New hikers should be physically fi t and able to carry their own equipment and keep up with the group. Hikers usually gather at 7:45 a.m. for an 8:00 a.m. departure from Sun Lakes and return usually in the early afternoon. Some hikes, however will be a longer day if the driving or hiking distance is further. Begin reading the hike descriptions in the Splash or on the website next month to get an idea of the timeframe. There is not a weekly fee to participate in a hike. There is, however, a suggested amount to give to the drivers of the vehicles who provide transportation for the carpools. This amount is always posted in the Splash and on the website calendar descriptions. Annual dues for the club will be collected in December and January. More information about this will be available at a later date. During October there are several

opportunities to hike and to get to know fellow hikers. Each Monday morning a casual group gathers at 6:30 a.m. for a hike in the nearby South Mountain Park in Phoenix. Distance and elevation will vary each week depending on the number of hikers, the weather and other variables. If you are in the Sun Lakes community during October and wish to join a hike, contact Mike Kenny at 480-802-5886 for further information. The group meets in

the southeast corner of the Cottonwood Country Club near the HOA building, forms carpools

and determines where

they will be hiking. The group returns to Cottonwood before the hottest part of the day. Make sure to bring plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen. Sturdy hiking shoes are required even in the hot weather. There are also hiking opportunities presented by Maricopa County at San Tan Regional Park and Usury Mountain Recreation Area. Visit the individual websites for more information about opportunities to hike with a group ( Also during October, the associations

in each of the communities hold Open Houses. Members of the Sun Lakes Hiking Club will be present to chat with interested residents, share pictures from past hikes and distribute information about the upcoming season. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for an orientation hike if you wish to practice your hiking skills. The Open House at Cottonwood/Palo Verde will be on Saturday, October 12, from 9:00 a.m.-noon. An Open House will be held at the Oakwood Country Club on Saturday, October 19, from 10:00 a.m.-noon. Feel free to stop by on either of these dates to visit with members of the hiking club. The fi rst club meeting and Welcome

Picnic will be held on Friday, November 8, at noon at the Oasis Pool and Picnic area located on Trevino Drive in the Sun Lakes Country Club The club will provide plates, cutlery, soft drinks and water. Fried chicken from Fry’s grocery will be provided. Bring a side dish and serving utensils. Remember to label your belongings. The fi rst meeting of

the season will be held immediately

following the picnic. This event is open to all past and present members and residents who are interested in learning more about the hiking club. A hike leader fi eld trip will be held on

Friday, November 15, from 7:00-11:00 a.m. Anyone interested in learning what is involved in leading a hike should plan to attend. Meet at 6:45 a.m. in the southeast corner of the Cottonwood Country Club parking lot near the HOA maintenance building. Contact Marilyn Harkins at for more information and to sign up. For further information about the Sun

Lakes Hiking Club contact President Al Metz at 480-895-1868 or 313-717-7170. 

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