Originally Published: September 1, 2014 6 a.m.
This year's Hiking Spree enthusiasts will start their morning at the Highlands Center at 9 a.m., Sept. 6, 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. 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. Participants do not have to complete the hike to count it. Entry for the drawing will close on Dec. 10, 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.
Trail maps will be provided highlighting interesting points along the way. Pre-registration is required for the free bi-monthly guided hikes also available. Check highlandscenter.org for dates.