Frequently Asked Questions

1. Question: I am visiting in the Prescott area. Can I hike with your group without joining the club?

Answer: Yes. If you are visiting for a short period of time you can hike with the club without joining. You may be asked to sign a waiver document before hiking.

2. Question: What is the cost to join the Prescott Hiking Club?

Answer: Membership dues are $5.00 per person, annually.

3. Question: What are your slow hikes like?

Answer: Our hikes are on dirt trails with uphill climbs and downhill portions. It is not like walking in the Mall. We go about 1.5 to 2 miles per hour. We always keep the group together and have stops for water and to let the slower hikers catch up.
For a description of all hike categories, click here to go to the Schedule Page .

4. Question: What kind of equipment do I need for hiking?

Answer: Boots and hiking socks are best, but you can hike in good tennis shoes in the Slow Group hikes. The other categories of hikes are better hiked in hiking boots. Bring water (and extra water in the summer), and for the longer hikes, some snacks to eat. A small pack is also useful for carrying items such as a jacket when no longer needed or your water and snack food. In the winter, crampons (such as Kahtoola, Microspikes, Yaktrax, Icetrekkers, etc.) can be quite useful if ice is on the trail. Hiking poles can also help on rugged trails to keep you steady or help with balance. Sunglasses and a hat are also recommended.

5. Question: Is there a cost for parking at the trailheads?

Answer: The Slow Group meets at trailheads in the Prescott National Forest where there is a parking fee ($5.00). If you have the Interagency Annual Pass or Interagency Senior and Access Pass, you can park for free by displaying the pass on the dashboard of your car. With the other hiking categories, the cost of parking is on a case by case basis depending on the trailhead location.

6. Question: Can I bring my dog on a hike?

Answer: No. Dogs are not permitted on the weekly hikes; however, they are permitted on certain club sponsored campouts.

7. Question: What about wearing scents?

Hikers should not wear perfume or other heavily scented personal products when they are hiking. Some members are allergic to or bothered by such scents, and it would be appreciated by all if these products are avoided during hikes. (Sun block products are excluded and are acceptable for wear.)

8. Question: What time do the hikes begin?

Answer: Slow group hikes always begin at the following times, based on the season:

June - August at 7 am
September - October at 8 am
November - March at 9 am
April – May at 8 am

Other hike categories generally follow these start times but may vary according to hike location or
current weather. The weekly email hike descriptions will list their specific start times.