COVID PROTECTION MEASURESPer vote of its Board of Directors, the Sedona Westerners strongly recommend that Members be COVID vaccinated for all hiking and meetings for the 2021-2022 season. By joining, members agree that they have read and will abide by the current CDC guidelines. The Board’s specific recommendations for COVID protection are based on CDC guidance. For hiking, the recommended COVID protection measures can be found on the website by going to “Hiking,” then to “Hiking Rules.” COVID protection recommendations for Monthly Meetings, Picnics, and the Holiday Party will be posted on the website under “Events” for each listed event. The Board will adjust its COVID protection recommendations going forward in response to future changes in CDC recommendations
FLAGSTAFF ROAD STATUS
Please read the Forest Service Road Status
HIKING RELATED MEDICAL PROBLEMS
Hiking Related Medical Problems by Dr. Curt Kommer
From blisters to snake bites, learn how to be prepared to prevent and treat medical problems that can happen when you are hiking. The information shared by Dr. Curt Kommer can help you make quick decisions when faced with injuries of yourself, a fellow hiker, or someone you run into on the trails. Please read and download a copy to reference at the beginning of each Hiking Season.
NORTHERN ARIZONA FORESTS AND WILDFIRES
Wildfire Update — Please be aware of the updates for Kaibab National Forest Updates for Wildfires.
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- Red Rock News - January 14, 2022
The Rough Riders Hike the Sandys Canyon to Walnut Canyon Lollipop
Ten of us enthusiastic Westerner Rough Riders met at Posse Grounds, and we were all looking forward to another great hike. The hiking etiquette and safety rules completed, we drove up Oak Creek canyon and made our way to the outskirts of Flagstaff and the Sandys Canyon Trailhead which would ultimately lead us into the Walnut Canyon.
This hike, a particular favorite of our fearless hike leader Jay Mackey, was guaranteed to be filled with exhilarating views and some caves to explore. As I made my descent along the rocky path to the Sandys Canyon floor, I was preoccupied with the thought that this was all downhill and could only mean one thing…an uphill climb at the end of this 9-mile adventure. ...