There are two season’s for Sportsman’s Club hiking:  Snowbird Season from October 1st to April 30 and Firebird Season from May 1 to September 30.

During Snowbird Season there is a C hike every other Thursday alternating with a B hike every other Thursday. When there is a B hike on Thursday, there is a C hike some other day that week, usually Monday or Friday, but occasionally Wednesday.

During Firebird Season there is a hike every Thursday with departs from Sun City West at 6 AM to try to beat the heat.  To get pre-hike emails for the Firebird Season (Summer Hikes), send an email to hike leader Hugh at

Hikes are classified according to the degree of difficulty, and each individual must gauge his/her ability and stamina for each event. Numerous hikes are scheduled each month for all levels of ability.

To allow you to determine which hikes are within your ability, the following general descriptions of hikes will be used:

C-Hike – Easy to moderate (some inclines), 3 to 5 miles.

B-Hike – Moderate (some steep/challenging terrain), 5 to 8 miles


Hiking during the Covid-19 Quarantine

Due to the recommended closures of places where people congregate as one way to limit the spread of Covid-19 illness, we hikers need to make some changes in our usual methods.

  1. Do not hike if you are not well or have been ill within the last two weeks.
  2. Carpooling will, as of March 18, 2021, be an option again. If you are not comfortable with carpooling, meeting at the trailhead is better.
  3. Once arriving at the trailhead, avoid mingling with hikers from other carpools.
  4. Avoid hand shaking and other similar forms of contact.
  5. Wear a face cover (mask, bandana, or neck gaiter) for the hike.
  6. Do not hike with a group if you live with, or have frequent contact with, a person who may be vulnerable for serious illness from contracting this viral disease, i.e., if that person has chronic lung or heart disease, has diabetes, or has an immunity problem (such as being on chemotherapy or having an auto-immune disease such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc.
  7. Forego after hike refreshments as a group.
  8. Avoid group photographs.
  9. There will be no sign-in for Sportsman’s Club hikes (no passing around of a pen and clipboard for everyone to handle). The leader can sign everyone in with the knowledge that everyone knows the liability disclaimer:

 The undersigned, who are participating in the above event, recognize and acknowledge that there will be hazards and dangers involved by participating in the event, do hereby stipulate that there is full recognition of the same, but still choose to participate; and in doing so, hold the Sportman’s Club, its officers, members and leaders blameless and without liability of any kind should there be any injury or damage sustained while participating in this event.

If in doubt, take the safe course and stay home. Consider doing the hikes in small groups on your own schedule and pace.

B Hikes

Hiking is great exercise. Join us! Remember to always think of hiking safety; boots, poles and plenty of water. For “B” hikes contact Hugh at or call 623-208-0675.


 C Hikes 

Upcoming C hikes:  Notice- Hike details are subject to change due to weather and other unforeseen situations. The C hike leader will notify those hikers on the C Hike email list of such changes, when necessary. Also, more details about the hike will be sent to the C Hike email list a few days before each hike. 

If anyone wants to be on the “C” Hiker email list, send an email to Hugh at or call 623-208-0675.  

For other local hiking information, go to

 C hikes for October 2021

7:30 AM Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 – Leave Sun City West to go to Lake Pleasant Park to hike the Yavapai Point Trail. This hike will be 3.1 miles with 440 feet of elevation change and 625 feet of gain. Repeat of Sept. 15, 2021, hike.

C Hikes for November 2021

8 AM Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021-Leave Sun City West to go to Marcus Landslide Trail. This very informative hike about the geology of the area will be 4.7 miles with 330 feet of elevation change and 550 feet of gain.

8 AM Monday, Nov. 8, 2021-Repeat of Marcus Landslide Trail hike Nov. 3, 2021.

8 AM Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021-Leave Sun City West to go to Spur Cross Ranch Park to hike along Cave Creek to the Tonto National Forest. It will be 5.4 miles with 125 feet of elevation change and 385 feet of gain.

8 AM Wednesday November 24, 2021– Repeat of Spur Cross Ranch Park hike of Nov. 18, 2021.

 B hikes for October 2021

7 AM Wednesday, Oct.27, 2021-Leave Sun City West to go to the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve-Desert Vista Trailhead to hike to the top of Union Peak. It will be about 8.2 miles with 690 feet of elevation change and 1465 feet of gain.

B Hikes for November 2021

7:30 AM Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021-Leave Sun City West to go to Skyline Park to hike Mountain Wash to Lost Creek to Crest Summit, to Javelina Summit to Quartz Mine Trails. It will be 7.5 miles with 925 feet of elevation change and 2065 feet of gain.

7:30 AM Friday, Nov. 26, 2021-Leave Sun City West to go to McDowell Sonoran Preserve to hike to Coyote Canyon. It will be 8 miles with 280 feet of elevation change and 375 feet of gain.


2020 Hikes

C Hikers Marcus Landslide

B Hikers atop Union Peak

C Hikers Skyline Park

C Hikers Marcus Landslide

B Hikers Yavapai Point

B Hikers Willow Spring

B Hikers cross Cave Creek

C Hikers Cave Creek Park

C Hikers Black Canyon Trail

B Hikers at Granite Mt. Hotshots Memorial

C Hikers Aqua Fria

B Hikers Elephant Mountain

C Hikers Cottonwood Creek

C Hikers Black Canyon Trail

C Hikers Black Canyon Trail

2019 Hikes

B Hikers at Arrowhead Point

C Hikers on Walkin’ Jim Trail

C Hikers crossing the Agua Fria

Hikers on the Agua Fria

C Hikers on Dixie Mountain

C Hikers at Balanced Rock

B Hikers at Phoenix Sonoran Preserve

Hikers at Lake Pleasant

B Hikers at Spur Cross Ranch

Hikers on Walkin’ Jim Tail

Hikers at Lake Pleasant