Hike Leader Responsibilities

The dedicated and enthusiastic members who have volunteered to serve as Hike Leaders are the heart of the Sun City Hiking Club. Without the willingness of Hike Leaders to research and organize outdoor adventures, it would not be possible for the Hiking Club to safely conduct its numerous organized outings throughout the year.

All Hike Leaders have undergone training sessions offered by the Club’s Safety/Training Committee to prepare them for their duties. These sessions provide fundamental advice on determining the suitability of trails, the use of new technologies and equipment, strategies for establishing safety boundaries on the trail and the logistics of coordinating group hikes. Any member of the Hiking Club who wants to become a Hike Leader and serve on the Hikes Committee should contact the Hikes Committee Chair identified in the link below.

Hikes Committee

Each October, the Hikes Committee Chair appoints a small team of experienced Hike Leaders to select and schedule hikes for the following year. At the November Hike Leader meeting, these hikes are distributed to all active Hike Leaders through a lottery system. Hikes are assigned until all hikes have been selected.  Each leader is asked to lead at least two hikes per year. Leaders choose a hike when their name is drawn through the lottery process.

Hike Leaders are always welcome to propose new hike destinations. Many Hike Leaders also volunteer to plan and coordinate Multi-Day events to distant locations. The links below provide guidelines for leading hikes to repeat destinations and for proposing new destinations for either day or multi-day hikes.

Leading Hikes to Previously Hiked Destinations

Leading Hikes to New Destinations

Hike Description Form Template (click to download)

Hike Description Form Instructions:

  • Download the 2019 Hike Description Form (HDF) Template and save it to your computer.  It is a Word Document.

  • Fill in the applicable information for your hike, in the appropriate template section.  Delete the template comments and instructions as you go.

  • See the examples in the template if you have questions about how your finished form should look.  Delete all of those examples before saving the finished HDF for your hike.

  • Email your completed form to the Hikes Committee Chair for posting on our web site.  There is no need to copy the Club Communications Director or President.

  • When leading an out-of-town hike, make extra copies of the driving instructions section of your HDF to provide to your carpool drivers (with written directions to the trailhead and to any restaurant destinations) before leaving your meeting place.  Be sure to also include your cell phone number with those instructions.