Hikers Climb Saddle Mountain
The odd-shaped mountain south of I-10 at Tonopah (with a large dip in the middle) is known as Saddle Mountain. On Jan. 7, a comfortable sunny day, seven “B” hikers headed west to tackle the challenging three-mile trail to the summit. Although the trail to the top was very steep and had lots of loose material on the surface, everyone completed the hike without incident. At the top, they were impressed to find a sign-in register and survey markers dating to 1947. They also enjoyed outstanding 360-degree views during a short lunch break, including impressive plumes from the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant. The hike to the top was challenging, but the hike down was equally difficult and everyone remained fully focused on the rocky trail to avoid a misstep. The club enjoys interesting and adventurous hikes such as this all around the valley, as well as occasional overnight trips to more distant areas. Visit the club’s website at pchikers.org for more information and pictures.
Hiker Hits Another Milestone
Have you hit your 10,000-step challenge today? Well for hiking club member Lynn Warren, 10,000 steps is just a warm-up. Nicknamed “The Robot” by fellow hikers, at age 77, Lynn is on the trail five days a week, often leading the way. Less than 10 years after joining the club, Lynn became only the second hiker to log 11,000 official club miles. Like many club members, Lynn is more than a hiker. While logging those 27,500,000 steps, he also served as club photographer and Friday B hike leader. Achieving such a milestone was worthy of two celebrations, and fellow hikers toasted Lynn on a 12-mile hike to IQ Arch in the Goldfield Mountains on Dec. 11 and again at Blackjack Peak in the Estrella Mountains. If you are interested in logging some trail miles, or trying to catch Lynn, visit the club’s website at pchikers.org for more information.