On Nov. 10, 2011, the Green Valley Hiking Club will help honor one of the longest trails in the country through the Arizona Trail Centennial Adventure or ATCA.
The Arizona Trail Association, which helps maintain, protect and promote the trail, has encouraged groups including cyclists, equestrians, runners and hikers to participate this fall by choosing from among 43 passages along the scenic route that stretches more than 800 miles from Mexico to Utah.
Begun in 1988, the route was the dream of Flagstaff teacher Dale Shewalter. Businesses and individuals have donated time and money over the years to make it a reality. It’s nearly complete and encompasses local ranges like the Santa Ritas, Huachucas, Rincons and Catalinas.
With about 450 members, the club has hiked all of them and many more in their storied history here.
They have gathered each Thursday morning for nearly 30 years to car pool to trail heads in 25 mountain ranges all over Southern Arizona.
They have nine hikes set for the celebration at various locations along the Arizona Trail. According to Hikemaster Dan Schroeder, most of them are on the east side of the Santa Ritas and some are in the Catalinas, Rincons and Canelo Hills.
Schroeder said, “It’s our way of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the state.”
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