The Club is informally structured; the only officer is the club treasurer.
1) Never leave a hiker behind.
2) Leaders wait for others at trail junctions.
3) Members should hike with the group appropriate for their abilities.
The Prescott Hiking Club has always had an “unofficial policy” of not
discussing politics and religion on hikes. We recognize that these two
subjects create intense personal feelings and convictions, but no one
should be forced to listen to several hours of conflicting viewpoints on
the trail. Therefore, please limit your comments about these two
subjects to a few minutes. Preferably, choose other subjects to discuss.
Hike Responsibility: The designated leader is responsible for the route and progress of the hike. For the safety and convenience of all, hikers should not scatter or go off on their own.
And, we should make sure that we are custodians of the forests; we pick up trash, but leave everything else for future hikers.
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PHC Club Hikes
The Prescott Hiking Club has three levels of hikes: Slow, Moderate, and Strenuous. Please refer to the Schedule Page for more information about the levels, meeting places, etc.
Hiking Food: Depending on the hike start time. Snacks for early starts, lunch for late starts. Call the hike leader if you have questions.
For more information about Club Hikes, please call:
Slow Hikes: Tom Swinford on 775-6808
Moderate / Strenuous Hikes: Lynda Jerome on 772-1340
Rates for riders are:
For prices of less than $2.50 per gallon, each rider will pay the driver 5 cents per mile.
For prices between $2.50 per gallon, and $3.00 per gallon, each rider will pay the driver 7 cents per mile.
For prices greater than $3.00 per gallon, each rider will pay the driver 10 cents per mile.
Each driver will be responsible for recording the trip distance.
These rates apply primarily to the Moderate and Strenuous hikes; Slow and hikers usually drive their own cars to the trailheads.
Note: Because prices vary somewhat among stations, the Costco regular gas price is the benchmark.
The Prescott Hiking Club has campouts several times a year.
They typically are within a day's drive of Prescott, and once in a while, a little further afield.
Some members have camping trailers, RVs, or tents. Others stay in cabins or motels depending upon location.
A typical day on a campout is:
Breakfast on your own.
Gather and start a hike or drive to a trailhead, usually around 9. Lunches are carried in your pack and we stop for lunch on the trail.
In the afternoon, relax, get cleaned up, go to local towns.
Late afternoon (time varies with the season), gather for a happy hour. Bring an hors d'oeuvre to share, and bring your own beverage.
Dinner is on your own.
After dinner, some campers gather for a campfire, rehash old hikes, and generally tell tall tails about each other.
Most campouts are Monday through Friday; Mondays and Fridays are travel days; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are hiking days.
It is also common for non-hiking spouses to attend and do their own thing in the daytime.
The club has several social events during the year:
- May or June: a potluck picnic local to Prescott.
- September: another potluck picnic.
- December: a Holiday party in a local hall, with optional gift exchange.
- January 1: Souperbowl, a short morning hike followed by a potluck soup lunch.
... and sometimes other impromptu gatherings, such as for St. Patrick's Day.
Moderate / Strenuous hikes and campouts are planned three times a year:
Each planning meeting will decide activities for the following four month period. Members are encouraged to attend and volunteer to be hike leaders.
The Prescott Hiking Club collects aluminum cans and redeems them for club funds. This both keeps the forests clean of litter, and enables us to avoid raising club dues.
We encourage members to save cans they use at home and turn them in to the club for our redemption program.