GHC Christmas 2019 holiday party
GHC Spring 2020 club trip – Chiricahua National Monument
Chiricahua Hiking Trip – April 28th – May 1st
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.
Willcox HI Express – The hotel is holding a block of 12 rooms (3 kings, 9 double queens) at a discounted rate of $100.61 per night (tax included). Check-in date is Tuesday, April 28th, with check-out on Friday, May 1st. Rate includes a complimentary breakfast.
When making your reservation, our members need to call 1-520-384-3333 and ask for the “Glendale Hiking Club” group rate, or mention group rate code GHC.
Reservations are fully refundable as long as you cancel your room reservation by 6pm April 27th (the day before arrival). Members should make their reservations now if they are at all considering going on this trip.
Bring – Food for 3 lunches to eat on the trails, food for 2 Happy Hours, sign up to bring something for the hamburger cookout, plenty of water for hiking
Contact – If you wish to attend, please contact Gail Harris . Please send me contact information and let me know if you will be driving or if you need a ride. Let me know if you can take passengers.
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.
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. Wilcox, AZ (1-520-384-3333)
Happy Hour & Dinner – to be determined
Visitor Center in Chiricahua National Monument – Directions: From Willcox take Highway 186 to Chiricahua Entrance
Hike – 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.
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 grill hamburgers. I (Gail) would be happy to provide the meat if everyone will sign up to bring other supplies and food. We had a really nice picnic the last time we hiked the Chiricahua trails.
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.
Happy Hour and Dinner – to be determined
Cochise Trail – Length – 6 miles round trip Difficulty – moderate Time – 4 hours Elevation: 4,900 to 6,000 feet Directions: (west of Willcox) 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.
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.
THATS A LOT OF HIKING, FRIENDSHIP AND HAPPY HOURS FOLKS!