About GHC – A Phoenix Area Hiking Club


Our club is part of the larger community, and it is critical for each of us to do our part to slow the spread of coronavirus across that larger community.  To that end we are suspending all club-sponsored activities (hikes and picnic) until further notice.  This is in line with the latest social distancing and isolation guidance from health and government authorities, and is instrumental in protecting the most vulnerable in our population as well as respecting the personal sacrifice of the health care workers who will be increasingly bearing the brunt of the pandemic.

Maintaining fitness and overall physical and emotional health is as important as ever, so we encourage all to continue getting outdoors and hiking with one or a few friends while observing the guidance for social distancing and protection against transmission of the virus.  To support this, we can “keep” the Thursday and Sunday hike tradition, at fixed locations, with no sign-ups or carpooling, and no sign-ins or club mileage tracking, but still providing an opportunity for exercising our legs and lungs.  Whoever wants to show up at 5:30 AM at Rio Vista Park on Thursdays, or at 6:00 AM at Thunderbird Park on Sundays, can hike while maintaining appropriate social-distancing norms.  There will be no designated leaders, as these are not club-sponsored hikes.  Additionally, individual members can always contact each other via the membership list on our website as desired to plan personal outings.


The Glendale Hiking Club was founded in 1982 with a core group of members from the City of Glendale.  The club currently has members throughout North Phoenix and surrounding communities.

The Club offers organized hikes and an opportunity to socialize with others who enjoy the great outdoors.

On club outings, reasonable consideration is given to accommodate participation according to skill level from the new to the experienced hiker.  We rely on Club members to lead our activities.

The Club has hikes on  Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Hikes start in the early morning, and end with a social gathering for coffee and snacks, or for lunch when appropriate.   

We take two to three major trips each year to distant parks in Arizona and the nearby states. These trips are typically for 3 to 4 days.

Our current membership is about seventy members of mostly retired people, but includes some members who arrange hiking around their work schedule.

Though we don’t have regular meetings, we do gather for a picnic twice a year and for a December holiday party and a fun gift exchange.