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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
Park Ranger Samantha Nickel: Lifeguard of the Desert

Park Ranger Samantha Nickel: Lifeguard of the Desert

May 26, 2021
City of Phoenix park ranger Samantha Nickel is uniquely qualified for taking on the crowds at some of the city’s hiking hubs. Nickel draws upon her experience in corrections, caregiving and airline bag wrangling for her current position in the city’s East Park district, which includes Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, Dreamy Draw and Papago Park. Being able to work diplomatically with diverse populations in busy, physically demanding outdoor conditions comes naturally to the native Arizonan…
Be Aware of Fire Restrictions and Prescribed Burns This Summer

Be Aware of Fire Restrictions and Prescribed Burns This Summer

May 21, 2021
Be safe and responsible while outdoor recreating this summer by respecting fire restrictions in the forests.
Volunteers Rebuild Part of Maricopa Trail Damaged by Wildfire

Volunteers Rebuild Part of Maricopa Trail Damaged by Wildfire

April 19, 2021
The stories of the volunteer groups who repaired fire-damaged trails will restore your hope for America’s youth.
OB-GYN Dr. Tamar Gottfried Believes Hiking is the Perfect Way for Pregnant Women to Optimize Their Health

OB-GYN Dr. Tamar Gottfried Believes Hiking is the Perfect Way for Pregnant Women to Optimize Their Health

April 13, 2021
Dr. Tamar Gottfried expects a bit of a baby boom in 2021. While the Mesa-based OB-GYN (obgynmesa.com) has seen a decrease in routine screenings and consultations due to the coronavirus pandemic, she has also witnessed an uptick in new pregnancies. Whether that’s a byproduct of quarantine is a subject for historians, but even in these virus-cloistered times, expectant moms need exercise and fresh air. Gottfried, who leads hikes for the Arizona Trailblazers hiking club (azhikers.org),…
Hiking Guide to Black Canyon National Recreational Trail: Drinking Snake Segment    

Hiking Guide to Black Canyon National Recreational Trail: Drinking Snake Segment   

March 12, 2021
Explore the Arizona Outback less than an hour’s drive outside of the Valley.
Hiking Guide to Camp Creek Falls – Blue Wash Trail near Cave Creek

Hiking Guide to Camp Creek Falls – Blue Wash Trail near Cave Creek

February 19, 2021
Navigate the boulders, create your own adventure and discover a desert waterfall in the northeast part of the Valley.
Hiker Tom Rodriguez Learns Risk Management in the Remote Blue Range Primitive Area

Hiker Tom Rodriguez Learns Risk Management in the Remote Blue Range Primitive Area

February 5, 2021
Huddled in a rain poncho, drenched, shivering, dehydrated and lost, Tom Rodriguez wished he had packed the right charging cord for his cell phone. His August 2019 day trip in the remote Blue Range Primitive Area in eastern Arizona illustrates how even the most experienced hikers can end up in life-threatening situations. A former Eagle Scout, Rodriguez was no amateur. Alongside hiking pal and fellow Valley resident Michael Houseknecht, he familiarized himself with the area,…
A Hiker’s Guide to Kiwanis Trail at South Mountain Park

A Hiker’s Guide to Kiwanis Trail at South Mountain Park

January 22, 2021
Phoenix’s preeminent hiking guru Mare Czinar guides us on a hike of Kiwanis Trail in Phoenix.
Raising Arizona Hikers

Raising Arizona Hikers

December 11, 2020
For the Twaddell family of Cave Creek, hiking is a family affair. Their patriarch, Graham, an environmental consultant, has been hitting the trails with 10-year-old son Enler and 6-year-old daughter Neala since before they could walk. While the sport comes naturally to them, Twaddell says that getting his kids started in hiking took planning and patience. “I found planning the hike during the week, looking at trail maps together, preparing our equipment and generally talking…
Tips for Hiking Flatiron in the Superstition Mountains

Tips for Hiking Flatiron in the Superstition Mountains

November 3, 2020
For many Valley hikers, climbing Flatiron is an essential adventure. Getting to the top of the landform that juts out 2,500 feet above Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction is challenging – it does not give up its bragging rights easily. The climb is rugged, vertical and difficult to follow. Many give up. Everyone could use a bit of coaching. So it’s wise to take some from a guy who has hiked it more…
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