Beaver Creek Trails Coalition to hold first ‘second Saturday’ hike of year

For Saturday, Feb. 3, the Beaver Creek Trails Coalition is looking for additional volunteers for maintenance work on two trails in the Wickiup Mesa Trail System. Volunteers will meet at the Forestglen Trailhead, located off Forest Glen Road and Redrock Drive in Lake Montezuma. (Photo by Bill Helm)

For Saturday, Feb. 3, the Beaver Creek Trails Coalition is looking for additional volunteers for maintenance work on two trails in the Wickiup Mesa Trail System. Volunteers will meet at the Forestglen Trailhead, located off Forest Glen Road and Redrock Drive in Lake Montezuma. (Photo by Bill Helm)

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From 9 a.m. until about 3 p.m. Feb. 3, volunteers will put “finishing touches” on the Sunset Loop and Elmore Wash trails, according to Stan Mish, president of the Beaver Creek Trails Coalition’s board of directors. (Courtesy Beaver Creek Trails Coalition)

CAMP VERDE – When the Beaver Creek Trails Coalition isn’t constructing, maintaining or thinking up new ways to improve the seven trails that comprise the Wikiup Mesa Trail System, what do they do?

They take a hike.

At 10 a.m. Feb. 10, the Beaver Creek Trails Coalition – and anyone who would like to join them – will meet at the Forestglen Trailhead to hike two trails – the Cedar Knoll and the Golden Gulch trails.

Says Kenn Trout, vice president of the Coalition’s board of directors, the two-trailer will be the first of a few hikes scheduled for the second Saturday of each month.

“Though we may not go all the way on the Golden Gulch Trail,” Trout says.

Though Cedar Knoll is considered easy by hiking standards, Golden Gulch is more of a “moderate” hike, Trout says.

Quite a network of trails

Says Trout, there’s “quite a network of informal trails out there.”

He’s right. The Coalition has worked hard the past year to prepare the trails for public consumption, says Coalition President Stan Mish.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring food, water, appropriate clothing and appropriate shoes, as well as sunscreen, Trout says.

Speaking of sunscreen, Trout says that after April, the coalition will postpone its monthly hikes until fall – because of the heat.

“We take summers off,” Trout says. “And we’ll start again in either September or October.”

The Forestglen Trailhead is located off I-17 at the McGuireville exit (293).

The Forestglen Trailhead is located at the intersection of E. Redrock Dr. and Forestglen Road.

For more information, contact Stan Mish with the Beaver Creek Trails Coalition at 928-606-2925 or email stanmish@beavercreektrails.org.

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