When you hit the trail with Fife Symington IV, expect the unexpected. “I always warn people who hike with me about that,” says the Valley native and founding CEO of Copperstate Farms, an Arizona cannabis business. “My hikes might be faster, slower, longer or shorter than planned. But that’s part of the fun, and it’s why my wife calls them ‘Adventures with Fife.’”
A lifelong hiker, Symington (son of former Arizona governor Fife Symington III) along with his dog Ozzie are regulars on the loopy trails of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve around Piestewa Peak, but it’s the endless possibilities of long-distance trails that interest them most. “I discovered the Arizona National Scenic Trail several years ago while hiking in the Superstition Wilderness and have been hooked on it ever since,” Symington says of the 800-plus-mile non-motorized route that runs from the Mexico border to Utah.
After completing the entire trail in both directions, Symington decided to develop a legacy partnership with the Arizona Trail Association (ATA), the nonprofit that sustains the world-class route. In 2022, Copperstate Farms donated $20,000 for the support of new trail construction and maintenance.
“I love this state, and hiking the AZT is one of the best ways to enjoy its beauty. As a wellness company, [Copperstate’s] partnership with the ATA is a natural fit. We want to encourage people to get out and experience the physical and mental benefits of being active in the outdoors. We’re excited about being part of keeping this Arizona treasure protected and accessible to all.”
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