Welcome to Hiking Class!

This semester will include several new routes to explore.  We’ll be visiting a variety of areas around Sedona, and hiking on different types of surfaces and terrain.  So even if you’ve taken the class before you won’t get bored!  Welcome back to our “frequent hikers,” and a hearty welcome to our newcomers.  It’s always great fun to welcome folks of all levels of ability and experience.

Use the links across the top to explore the course syllabus & itinerary.  You may want to consider printing the itinerary for easy reference, as it contains information on where to meet, and directions to the trail heads; each class will convene at a different location, so make sure you know where you need to go!

Use menus on the left to access assignments, resources and information (tablet/smartphone displays will vary; top menu may display as icon, sidebar menu may display at bottom).  Please complete each hike’s assignment(s) prior to meeting.  For those of you who have taken the class and read the information before, be aware that I’m continually updating and adding new information, links & videos I run across that will be of interest.  Also, be aware that you are welcomed & encouraged to comment and post on this site.  You might begin by posting an introduction of yourself.  Just click on “Leave a Comment” link above.

I hope you find this class web site helpful, and will use it as a reference tool frequently!  Feel free to share the link with your friends.

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Jan. 17!  Until then…..happy trails.



Balanced Rock Fun Hike

I’ve heard from a few of you regarding interest (or lack of) in doing the Balanced Rock hike for fun some time during the week of 1/4-1/11.  I realize that many of you have been busy with holiday activities, so if you’re interested but haven’t yet let me know, please do so by 1/1, so that I can nail down a date.  Thanks.

Here’s a  rerun of the description: The Balanced Rock hike begins at the new parking area on FR152.  It starts with a scramble up to the prominent balanced rock feature (http://randycrewse.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Balance-Rock-e1331668422580.jpg) that is visible from the parking lot (great photo ops), then goes around to Devil’s Bridge (more photo ops:-}).  From there, we’ll continue on back into the far reaches of Devil’s Canyon, where we’ll visit some caves.  Then we drop down into the bottom of the canyon and follow it back to FR152.  The trip is almost all social trail, and requires scrambling, ledge walking, bushwhacking, boulder hopping, route finding, and even a squeeze through a crack.  In other words, it’s really fun (but not for doggies)!  It will probably take about 5-6 hours.  It’s a little over 6 miles, and entails about 1800′ CEG.

Spring Preview

In case you’d like to get a sneak peek at what’s in store for spring semester, I’ve updated the class web site with a TENTATIVE itinerary for spring.  Please be aware that I’m still working on it, so nothing is written in stone (or red rock) as of yet.  It’s not too late to submit a request for a favorite hike!  I’m continuing to scout new routes, so the FINAL itinerary will be ready by the start of spring semester.  Happy trails, and see you soon!