Planned Trips/Events

GHC Spring Picnic March 29


Where: White Tank Mountain Regional Park
             20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
             Waddell, AZ 85355

Ramada #3 (One of the first ramadas on the right after you enter the park)

When: Sunday, March 29th
Hiking: Starts at 9:00
Lunch: Starts at 11:00
Cost: $7.00 per car
For those joining the hike:  After dropping off your dishes at Ramada #3, hikers will drive on to the Ramada #4 parking lot.  From there we will hike the north side of Black Rock Loop to the Waterfall trail junction, then continue on to the Waterfall.  We will return to the junction and take the south side of Black Rock Loop back to Ramada #4 parking lot, and drive back to Ramada #3 in time for the potluck.  The hike is about 2.6 miles, 400 feet elevation gain, easy to moderate, with views of petroglyphs at the junction and possibly a running waterfall (or trickle!) at the turnaround point.

For the picnic potluck, the club will provide the main entree (Sloppy Joes!) (two choices – beef or turkey) along with water and coffee, cups, plates, napkins, and utensils.  The ramada has electrical outlets we can use for your hot dishes. 

Carpooling: For those who would like to hike, meet at the Safeway parking lot which is located at Olive Ave. and 107th Ave. at 8:30 AM. For those who would like to only attend the picnic, meet at the Safeway parking lot which is located at Olive Ave. and 107th Ave. at 10:15 AM.  No signups or RSVP required, just show up in time to join carpools and bring your potluck item.



GHC Fall 2020 club trip – Chiricahua National Monument

NOTE: This Fall trip has been limited to 10 members and sign-ups are now closed

Chiricahua Hiking Trip – Sept 29th – Oct 2nd

Update: The hike will be limited to 10 members so we can social distance. I’ve tried to go through the itinerary and make changes. Please feel free to wear masks whenever you wish. Following are some highlights.

The hotel will provide breakfast in grab and go bags. So we do not have to bring food for breakfast unless you want to do so.

All visitor centers are closed, but not the trails. I believe that most bathrooms will be open.

There will be no scheduled Happy Hours. However, we can get together after hikes at the picnic areas and distance ourselves. You may want to bring folding chairs so we can sit at a safe distance from one another. We will not be sharing food, but feel free to bring whatever you want to munch on!

Chiricahua Hiking Trip

Hello Glendale Hikers,

Due to Covid-19 the hiking trip to the Chiricahua Mountains is being moved to September 29th to October 2nd. The itinerary is listed below with the change on September 30th which added another hike option. If you signed up for the trip and has made reservations at the hotel, please call to change the dates of your reservation. I talked to Dainaly and she just moved my reservation date. See the phone number below. Please let me know if you are still planning on hiking with this new date.

Thank you,



Chiricahua Hiking Trip – September 29th – October 2nd

For those of us who hiked the Chiricahua area a few years ago, the following trails are similar, but have changed somewhat. Of course, the most famous attractions are still included.

Hotel Reservations

Willcox HI Express – The hotel is holding a block of 8 rooms (2 kings, 6 double queens) at a discounted rate of $100.61 per night (tax included). Check-in date is September 29th, with check-out on Friday, October 2nd. Rate includes a complimentary breakfast. Breakfast is a grab and go and will not be served in the usual cafeteria. 

Reservations are fully refundable as long as you cancel your room reservation by 6pm September 28th (the day before arrival). Members should make their reservations now if they are at all considering going on this trip.

Bring – Food for 3 to 4 lunches to eat on the trails. Decide what you want to do for dinner. Below are the names of restaurants in Wilcox, but I’m not sure if they are doing take-out at this time. There is a grocery store in town.

Contact – If you wish to attend, please contact Gail 


September 29th

We will leave the valley at 9:00 AM and meet up and eat lunch at Highway 90 and I-10 (south west corner) where there are some fast food restaurants – Benson. Park by the Taco Bell. You may want to eat you own lunch here.

Fort Bowie National Historic Site Hike – The club will then head to Fort Bowie for an interesting and easy 3 mile round trip hike.

Directions: I-10 to Highway 186 to Apache Pass Road – 6 to 8 miles on a good gravel road. Bathrooms are at the trailhead.

We will hike to the visitor center and the ruins of Fort Bowie. For more than 20 years Fort Bowie and Apache Pass were focal points of military operations by the U.S. Army who fought against the Chiricahua Apaches for control of the region. This bitter struggle ended in 1886 with the surrender of Geronimo.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites – 1251 N. Virginia Ave. Willcox, AZ (1-520-384-3333)


September 30th

Visitor Center in Chiricahua National Monument – Directions: From Willcox take Highway 186 to Chiricahua Entrance

Hike #1- Echo Canyon, Heart of Rocks Loop to Visitor Center   

Length: 7.3 miles     

Access: Echo Canyon    Parking Lot    

Trails: Use the Ed Riggs, Mushroom, Rock, Big Balanced Rock, Heart of Rocks Loop, Sarah Deming and Lower Rhyolite Canyon Trails.     

Elevation: Mainly downhill     

We will be viewing the spectacular rock formations in the Heart of the Rocks (the must see attraction). If you choose not to rock scramble through the Heart of the Rocks, there is the choice to wait on the trail for the more adventurous members. We will then continue down to the visitor center through the Lower Rhyolite Trail with its riparian oak forest. 


Hike #2- Echo Canyon to Visitor Center  

Length: 4.2 miles 

Access: Echo Canyon parking lot Trails: Use the Echo Canyon Trail to Upper Rhyolite Trail to Lower Rhyolite Trail.

Elevation: Mainly downhill for about 1,000 feet 

This path takes you through the formations of Echo Canyon and through the woods to a riparian oak forest. 

Explore the Faraway Ranch and Picnic Area – We can take a short walk around the Faraway Ranch which shows how one family lived on the land which they settled on in 1888. At the picnic grounds we could bring our own food for a picnic. Because of the virus, we won’t be sharing food dishes. You could still grill hamburgers, but everyone will have to bring all their own individual food.


October 1st  

Visitor Center in Chiricahua National Monument – Directions: From Willcox take Highway 186 to Chiricahua Entrance.

Hike #1 – Echo Canyon Loop – Length: 3.3 miles     

Access: Echo Canyon Trailhead     

Trails: Echo Canyon, Hailstone, and Ed Riggs Trails.  

Most people prefer to hike the loop counterclockwise. The route winds through spectacular rock formations including the Grottoes and Wallstreet to the densely wooded Echo Park. 2 hours


Hike #2 – Sugarloaf Mountain Trail – Length: 1.8 miles round trip    

Access: Sugarloaf Mountain Trailhead     

Trail: Rising above the surrounding canyons, the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain (7,310 feet) is one of the highest points in the monument. The hike is an in and out.


October 2nd  

Cochise Trail –     Length – 6 miles round trip     

Difficulty – moderate     Time – 4 hours    

Elevation: 4,900 to 6,000 feet     

Directions: (west of Wilcox) I-10 to Highway 191 to Sun Sites, turn west at the sign for Cochise Stronghold – 9 miles on a graded gravel road.  Trailhead is located in the Stronghold Campground.

There may be a charge per vehicle. The Cochise Trail begins at the end of a short nature trail.  The trail is named for the famed Apache chief. This wilderness of rock provided a safe haven for Cochise during the twelve years that he and his warriors fought the U.S. Army. He was buried somewhere among the rocks of the Stronghold by friends, although to this day no one is sure where. The trail is located on the east side of the Dragoon Mountains.

Lunch at the campground picnic area.

Return home.


Alternate Hikes for the Chiricahua Mountains – The Bonita Creek Trail and Silver Spur Meadow Trail are 2 trails near the visitor center that equal to less than 3 miles total and are rated easy.

Hiking Groups – Because we will be a small hiking group, we might decide to stay together when hiking the trails.

Please provide the following information. The cell numbers will be shared with the hiking group. I will keep the emergency names and numbers in case they are needed, hopefully not!

Cell Number –

Emergency Contact Name and Number –


Top 4 Restaurants in Wilcox

La Unica Tortilleria u Tacqueria – 142 N. Haskell Ave.    1-520-384-0010

Big Tex BBQ Restaurant – 130 E. Maley St.    1-520-384-4423

Isabel’s South of the Border – 135 E. Maley St.    1-520-766-0859

Double Steakhouse – 1201 W. Rex Allen Dr.    1-520-766-3800


Past Club Hiking Trips

Silver City NM., Grand Canyon, Chiricahuas, Picacho Peak, Paria Canyon, Page (Horseshoe Bend, Upper & Lower Antelope Canyon, the Mushrooms,  Sedona (West Fork/Secret Canyon & others), Flagstaff (Kendrick Peak, Mt. Humphreys, Inner Basin), Lassen Volcanic National Park, Bryce & Zion, Glacier National Park, Death Valley,  Joshua Tree National Park, Canyonlands & Natural Bridges,Ut,  Las Vegas (Red Rock, Mt Charleston),  Aravaipa,  Lee’s Ferry to Diamond Point (float trip),  Havasupai, Hualapai Mtn Park (Kingman), Joshua Tree National Park, Muleshoe Conservancy (Wilcox),  Buckskin & Hackberry Canyon in southern UT, Paria Canyon, Payson, Ramsey Canyon,  Tucson, White Mts. of Eastern AZ, Williams, Cottonwood (Parson’s Springs),   Jerome (Yeager Trail), Strawberry (Fossil Springs Trail),  Buckskin & Hackberry Canyon, UT, Pinetop – Lakeside, Ramsey Canyon – Sierra Vista, AZ, Page, AZ, Canyon De Chelly, Tubac, AZ., Moab – Arches/Canyon Lands, Monument Valley – AZ and Utah, Jacob Lake and Grand Canyon North Rim.