Ambler hikes are offered on Thursday and are designed to traverse 4-5 miles through the red rock terrain in and around the city of Sedona. The hikes generally last approximately 5 hours and are regarded as easy to moderate. They are led at a leisurely pace, with frequent pauses to identify iconic local landmarks and to note the history of the area. New members often join this group to test their skills before trying more difficult hiking.
These hikes, every Saturday morning, are usually 3 - 6 miles long and are generally rated easy to moderate although could include steep climbs, rock scrambling and ledges. The goal of the Rustlers is to provide a half day experience and will include one break. Completion of a Rustler hike will generally be in the range of three to four hours.
These hikes, on every Sunday, are usually 3-5 miles long. Generally, they are rated as moderate or easy, although in some instances they include steep climbs, rock-scrambling, and small ledges. They nearly always have as their objective either interesting view-points or natural features. The pace is adjusted to fit the group.
These hikes, on every Tuesday, last 6 hours or so and are significantly more challenging and variable than the Amblers. They are generally about 5-8 miles in distance; they usually are rated as moderate to difficult; they often require steep climbs and rock-scrambling, and occasionally follow exposed ledges. The pace, while faster than the Amblers, is designed to be comfortable for reasonably-conditioned members, with periodic stops for rest and scenic viewing.
These hikes, also on every Thursday, offer more physically challenging hikes featuring great scenic beauty. Varying in their degree of difficulty, the majority of Mustang hikes will be in the 7-9 mile range and will often have an elevation change of 1000-2000 feet, sometimes more. Most hikes will move along at a moderate to slightly above moderate pace.
These hikes, offered every Saturday, are usually but not always difficult and challenging. The distance is most often in the 8-10 mile range, hence the pace is generally faster. There are fewer stops, but these are done if required by the group. Significant elevation changes are the rule, and often rock-scrambling and ledge-walking is a part of the hike. It is intended that these hikes be attractive to our more experienced and well-conditioned members.
These are special interest hikes established in 2005. They are held on selective Wednesdays and include archeology, botany, ethnobotany, geology and photography. Some of the Tracker hikes can be described as field trips, while others will be hikes or rock scrambles.