Sedona Westerners in the Red Rock News

May 7, 2010

Westerners Hiking Season Comes to an End

 


by Linda Pallas

The 2009-2010 Hiking Season of the Sedona Westerners will officially end with the Annual Cook-Out to be held at Red Rock State Park on Thursday, May 13.The Westerners Hiking Club will not conduct organized hikes during the hot summer months. The schedule will resume when more favorable temperatures return in September.


Linda Pallas (left) and Judith Arni escape the hot temperatures of Sedona by hiking to the top of Humphrey's Peak in Flagstaff's high country. Photo by Tom Pallas.

Of course, the individual members of the Westerners are a hearty bunch and most of them will continue to hike individually through-out the summer. Favorite summer hiking spots include trails in the high country of Flagstaff, the Prescott Mountain area, and always the Red Rock Country of Sedona. Hikers heading to Flagstaff in May or June may actually encounter snow in unexpected places protected from intense sun. Given the large amount of snowfall this snowfall this season, trails in the higher elevations will like likely clear later than usual.

Hikers heading to Flagstaff in May or June may actually encounter snow in unexpected places protected from intense sun. Given the large amount of snowfall this season, trails in the higher elevations will likely clear later than usual.

For summer hiking in the Flagstaff area, some individual Westerners like to hike such trails as Kachina Trail #150, Oldham Trail #1, and Elden Lookout Trail #4.

In the Prescott Mountain area above Jerome, possible trails for individual Westerners summer hiking include the Woodchute Trail #102, and North Mingus Trail # 105.

Many individual Westerners will continue to hike the Sedona area but will start at sunrise to catch the cooler temperatures. Possible hikes selected by individual Westerners include West Fork Trail #108, Harding Spring Tail #51, and Sterling Pass Trail #46.

Please consider joining the Westerners next September. The Westerners always welcome new members! If you are interested in joining the club, log onto our website www.sedonawesterners.org and read "Everything You Need to Know About Hiking with the Sedona Westerners." If you still have questions, click on "Officers", and then click on either "Trail Boss" or "Prospector" to email your questions. You will receive a reply by email. You may also join by attending the next monthly meeting which will resume again in September. Check the website for schedules.