General Information About These Hikes And This
- Who is this site for: This is my personal website.
I maintain it to help me remember and enjoy the hikes that I
do in the general area centered around Benson, AZ. I
also use this site to help others that hike with me (or
without me) to get an idea of what a given hike entails before
they leave the comfort of their home. I believe the
information to be accurate, but I offer no guarantees.
Anyone who uses the information in this site is doing so at
their own risk.
- Meeting Place: Group hikes usually begin by gathering
at the designated site. At this time an effort will be made to
come up with appropriate transportation for all interested
hikers. However, there is no guarantee that there will be room
for hikers who don't provide their own transportation. Many of
the hikes require significant travel distances and parking or
entrance fees. Thus, it is best to car pool as much as
possible to minimize the travel expenses. Participants
bringing vehicles should park along the far southern edge of
the parking lot so that other Club House users will have
closer access to the building.
- Meeting Time: Meeting times will vary depending on
travel time. Normally, hikers gather at 8:30 or 9 a.m. More
distant hikes may require meeting as early as 7 a.m. Hikers
should check Channel 5 for the specific time associated with a
specific hike on a specific day.
- Hiking Leader: Each hike should have a "hiking
leader". The "hiking leader" should be responsible
leading the group of hikers to the trailhead, leading the hike
on the trail and returning to the trailhead. Once all hikers
have been returned to the trailhead and return transportation
for all hikers has been arranged, the hiking leader's
responsibilities should be over. This is because returning
vehicles often go by different routes or stop at different
places for refreshment.
- Vehicles: For each hike, vehicles will be needed to
transport hikers to the hiking areas. Usually, travel will be
over paved roads and any vehicle can provide the needed
transportation. Some hikes require travel over unimproved
roads and vehicles with 4 wheel drive and higher clearance are
needed. Hikers should refer to the specific hike on a specific
day to determine whether their vehicle would be appropriate.
- Clothing: Hikers must be responsible for determining
what clothing will be necessary for a given hike. Hikers must
consider current weather reports, the time of year and the
altitude change associated with any specific hike and bring
- Footgear: Appropriate footware is critically
important for a comfortable hike. Hikers should remember that
trails can be rough and much of the vegetation along the
trails has thorns or spines that can penetrate footgear.
- Preparation: Hikers should read the information on
Channel 5 and should also review the information available on
this website that is associated with the specific hike of
interest. Information on distance to the trailhead, trail
"ruggedness", altitude and toilet facilities is available as
- Food and Water: Normally hikers have a lunch stop at
about the half way point of the hike. Hikers are responsible
for bringing their own food and snacks. Hikers must bring
plenty of their own water. Even though many of the hikes are
in the mountains where it is cool, hikers must remember that
they lose water with every breath that is exhaled and that
they will need to drink plenty of water along the hike to
remain hydrated and comfortable.
- Courtesies: Passengers riding in the vehicles of
others should remember that driving a vehicle is expensive due
to the cost of the fuel as well as the wear and tear and
insurance on the vehicle. Thus, each rider should help defray
the cost of transportation by offering the vehicle owner an
appropriate reimbursement depending on the distance traveled.
The driver should not need to ask for this reimbursement. Some
of the hikes are in state or federal parks where entrance or
parking fees are charged. Riders should not expect the driver
to be solely responsible for these costs. Rather, these costs
should be considered in determining the relative cost of a
given hike. Once hiking, hikers should make every effort to
stay together during the hikes. If hikers wish proceed ahead
or lag behind they should make sure that the hiking leader is
informed. Lagging can be a particular problem since no one can
leave the parking area until everyone is accounted for.
Proceeding ahead can be a problem if those proceeding ahead
take a wrong turn and do not get to the same exit point in a
- Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on some of the hikes. Dogs
must be leashed on some of the hikes. Sometimes dogs can be
allowed to run free. Hikers wishing to bring dogs need to
determine whether or not dogs are allowed on a given
hike. Sometimes that information is available on this
website, although I can not guarantee the accuracy of my
information. As a courtesy to all other hikers, dog owners
should maintain control over their dogs at all times such that
other hikers are not inconvenienced by the dogs of others.