Prescott, AZ 7th annual hiking spree starts Sept. 6 at Highlands Center

This year’s Hiking Spree enthusiasts will start their morning at the Highlands Center at 9:00 AM, September 6th with a free presentation by Sam Frank, Central Arizona Director for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition (AWC), in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. “This presentation will include inspiring photos, history of the AWC, take-home maps, and a Q&A session. As it is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Hiking Spree will have a special focus on wilderness trails, with six wilderness trails (two new and four previous trails), chosen for hikers to explore,” commented Dave Irvine, Executive Director. A Highlands Center naturalist will lead the first hike following the presentation.

“Participants hike at least eight of the 12 provided hikes and then can enter into a drawing for a $200 gift card to the Hike Shack. Trails consist of various skills but at least eight are fine for any participant,” Irvine added. Participants do not have to complete the hike to count it. Entry for the drawing will close on December 10th, and then within a week one participant will have a $200 gift certificate to the Hike Shack. Hikers can pick up forms at the kickoff event, or at the Highlands Center’s Benson Family Nature Store, Hike Shack, or the Prescott National Forest Offices on Cortez Street.

“Several of the hikes this year have been highlighted for families, and are a wonderful way for new and avid hikers alike to explore new trails and be invigorated for the upcoming winter holiday season. Trail maps will be provided highlighting interesting points along the way,” Irvine added. Pre-registration is required for the free bi-monthly guided hikes also available. Check highlandscenter.org for dates.

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