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Mark Friedrich, Apache Junction AZ: Lost Dutchman State Park
Mark Friedrich, Apache Junction AZ: Lost Dutchman State Park
Cliff Pearlburg, Phoenix AZ: Red Mountain, Flagstaff
Cliff Pearlburg, Phoenix AZ: Red Mountain, Flagstaff
Ellen Northrop, Desert Hills AZ: Watson Lake, Prescott
Ellen Northrop, Desert Hills AZ: Watson Lake, Prescott
Berlin Adkins, Florence AZ: Picacho Peak
Berlin Adkins, Florence AZ: Picacho Peak
Michael Santeusanio, Phoenix AZ: Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park
Michael Santeusanio, Phoenix AZ: Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park
Lorena Lewis, El Mirage AZ: Thunderbird Conservation Park, Glendale
Lorena Lewis, El Mirage AZ: Thunderbird Conservation Park, Glendale
Steve Horvat’s Hiking Journey

Steve Horvat’s Hiking Journey

September 2, 2020
When his daughter planned her June 2011 wedding to be held on the summit of Camelback Mountain, Peoria teacher Steve Horvat was devastated. Out of shape, overweight and dealing with blood pressure issues, Horvat knew he would miss the mountaintop nuptials. The couple as well as Horvat’s wife are voracious hikers, so it was no surprise that they would want to tie the knot at a place that was special to them. Yet, for Horvat,…
Moose the Shar-Pei’s Favorite Hiking Trails

Moose the Shar-Pei’s Favorite Hiking Trails

August 5, 2020
To those who don’t know him, Moose doesn’t immediately register as a great hiking dog. True to his Chinese Shar-Pei breed, the quirky 8-year-old sports a grows-on-you kind of handsomeness. His wrinkled skin, sandpapery coat (Shar-Pei means “sand coat”), large blocky muzzle and wary attitude are not exactly the standard-issue kit attributed to typical outdoor types like Labrador retrievers and Border collies. But with consistent socialization and specialized training, Moose has evolved into a fine…
Back on the Trail: Phoenix Hiker Toni Barker Shares Her Favorite Treks

Back on the Trail: Phoenix Hiker Toni Barker Shares Her Favorite Treks

July 8, 2020
Toni Barker of Phoenix does not like snow. A native of Guyana in South America, Barker arrived in Arizona by way of Kansas in 2013. “I’m accustomed to sunshine all year, so moving to Arizona was the perfect choice,” Barker says. “My company at that time was expanding in Arizona, so I applied and got the job. I packed up my car, rented an apartment online and drove over 15 hours to a state where…
Devil of a Destination

Devil of a Destination

May 4, 2020
Looking for a remote, rigorous hike? Check out Devil’s Chasm in Tonto National Forest.
Desert  Defenders

Desert Defenders

March 25, 2020
When you stand on the 4,890-foot high point of the Desert Mountain Trails System, you’re witnessing a miracle of sorts. “Look to the right and you’ll see 3 million people. Look to the left and you’ll see 3 million acres,” says Troy Gillenwater, Desert Mountain community resident and one of the founders of the private North Scottsdale trails. “It’s a buffer zone between civilization and wilderness,” adds co-founder Bob Borsch. As subdivisions and golf courses…
Ageless Adventurer

Ageless Adventurer

February 29, 2020
Dede Rand of Scottsdale sees hiking as an important part of her lifelong commitment to maintaining her physical and mental fortitude.
Maricopa Marathon

Maricopa Marathon

February 3, 2020
For Tim Hankins of Scottsdale, chasing aggressive hiking goals is a life priority. His plans for 2020 include hiking the entire 317-mile Maricopa Trail, along with some other impressive milestones. “I’m currently working on summiting the highest point in each state [he’s completed 42] and finishing a half-marathon in each state [he’s done 14],” Hankins says. “The Maricopa Trail occupies my local free time and keeps me in shape.” The main loop portion of the…
Doggone Distance Duo

Doggone Distance Duo

January 6, 2020
Larry Ayala regards the moment five years ago when he slipped and shattered his ankle while hiking in the Superstition Wilderness as a stroke of luck. Laid up at home recovering and killing time on the Internet, he spotted a photo of an Australian cattle dog/German shepherd mix sitting on a ragged sofa in a California backyard. The post stated that if nobody wanted to adopt the young male canine, he’d be sent to a…
No Barriers

No Barriers

November 4, 2019
Just Taylor doesn’t like to be told “You can’t.” After enduring two failed knee replacement surgeries and more than two years of mobility challenges and pain, the Phoenix hiker had to make a difficult decision. “My options were to fuse my leg straight, or do another revision and forever give up my active lifestyle, or elect amputation. I elected to amputate.” Last July, Taylor’s left leg was removed from above the knee. The process was…
Trail Therapy

Trail Therapy

October 2, 2019
Share your Arizona trail adventures on our monthly hiking page.
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