Dedicated to the purpose of promoting hiking and related activities which further the appreciation, understanding, preservation and enjoyment of the Southern Arizona Hiking Club land, its plants and wildlife, and all natural things and objects.
The Southern Arizona Hiking Club was founded in 1958 by a small group of people and has evolved into a nonprofit volunteer club of about 500 members.
The club is committed to active, responsible and safe participation in the out-of-doors. The monthly club bulletin lists an average of 70 to 100 or more events led by volunteer members. New members are encouraged to become involved and to help with the organization of club activities.
The Monthly Program is held at 7:00 PM on the third Tuesday of each month currently at the Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation (TOMF) conference center, 3182 N. Swan Road and includes a narrated slide show on a wide variety of subjects ranging from local and international hiking to desert wildlife. An Information Meeting, for new members and anyone interested in finding out more about the Club, is held at 6:15 PM, preceding the Program.
The Club’s Board of Directors are volunteers elected from the membership. Board meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month and are open to all members and input is welcome.
A dozen lifetime hiking achievements awards have been developed ranging from the SAHC 25 (peaks), TRAIL SEGMENT AWARDS, URBAN TRAIL SEGMENTS, AZ TRAIL PASSAGES, CANYON HIKES, EMBLEM PEAKS, AND CORONADO HIGH PEAKS, to the SAHC 400 PEAK AWARD.
Activities cover a wide range of interests including
- Wilderness Kids Hikes
- Car camping
- Extended trips within US
- New Members Hikes
- Monthly slide show
- Social activities
- Trail Segment Program
- Trail maintenance
- Peaks Program
- Trails Access
- Club Store
- Office activities
- Educational programs
Annual achievement and lifetime contribution awards are presented at the “Winter Cookout” held in January, Monthly Programs, and the Spring Picnic held in May. "Guide” patches are earned by successfully leading ten hikes and “Trail Keeper” patches after participating in ten trail maintenance events.
A note about risk:
When you join the club, you will be asked to sign an ‘ASSUMPTION OF RISK’ agreement. You may wonder why it is required. We want to reinforce the fact that participation in the club’s activities can potentially be dangerous and that it is the responsibility of each participant to assess the risk involved, take full responsibility for the decisions they make and for controlling risks for themselves.
The waiver is also to protect the club from the threat of lawsuits from persons who do get injured while participating.
By signing the waiver, you agree to take responsibility for your own actions and decisions within the club.
SAHC is an organization of volunteers who share their skills and love for the wilderness with one another, IT IS NOT A GUIDE SERVICE.
SAHC By Laws