Passage 13 – Oracle

It’s fun to build new trail, especially when recent rains have softened the desert floor! Nineteen SaddleBrooke hikers braved 30-40 degree temperatures to develop a more user friendly re-route of the Oracle Passage of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Teams dug out shrubs and smoothed the trail tread for a better hiking, biking and equestrian experience. SaddleBrooke hikers cheered a thru hiker from Las Vegas, “The Fonz”, who was enjoying our newly created trail on his way from Mexico to Utah. Refreshments were provided by Kneaders Bakery and Pam Wakefield. Kneaders Bakery bakes an extra 10% of bakery goods each day to donate to non-profits for distribution to needy people and worthy causes. The SaddleBrooke Hiking Club is appreciative and supportive of the food donation program of Kneaders to our wider community.

Volunteer opportunities are available March 18 and March 21 to work on the Arizona Trail. REI is sponsoring the March 18 work event 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch provided. The SaddleBrooke Hiking Club is sponsoring the March 21 work session from 7 a.m. to noon with lunch provided. To register for these volunteer events contact Elisabeth Wheeler 520-818-1547 or