By Julianne G. Crane
‘First Day Hikes’ offer a great way to get outside, exercise, take in nature and welcome the new year with friends and family. These free, guided hikes take place on New Year’s Eve, 12/31 and New Year’s Day.
This amazing program of First Day Hikes at state parks are part of a national initiative led by American Hiking Society to get people outdoors.There are hundreds of hikes scheduled in all 50 states. “Both kids and adults will have fun getting their hearts pumping, taking in the beauty of America’s state parks.”It is a perfect opportunity to jump in the family RV and head to your nearest state park or discover a brand new location. Click here for an interactive map …
Visit your favorite state park’s website for details on First Day Hikes near you.
Three hikes, your choice at Arizona’s Lost Dutchman
If you are snowbirding in Arizona, consider heading toward the Lost Dutchman State Park near the Apache Junction/Phoenix area.
8 a.m. & 11 a.m. – Ranger Lead Hikes “Start the year off right with a moderate hike up Treasure Loop trail. Be ready for rocky terrain with 500 ft elevation gain over 2.4 miles. Bring your water bottle, sturdy shoes, and cameras! A guiding ranger will answer questions you’ve always wanted to ask about the landscape around you! Meet at Saguaro,” according to park information.
11 a.m. – Beginner’s Hike up Treasure Loop trail. “This hike is a little easier, a 1-mile loop with only 75 ft elevation gain. Bring your water bottle, sturdy shoes, and cameras. A guiding ranger will answer questions you’ve always wanted to ask about the landscape around you.
Notes: Pets are not allowed on these guided hikes. Make sure you have good shoes, water, and are conditioned/prepared for the hike you will be taking so you can keep up with the group. Call in advance to reserve your space at Lost Dutchman (480) 982-4485.