The Creaky Knees Guide Arizona is a hiking guidebook filled with kinder, gentler trails. Created for anyone who--regardless of age--can't or doesn't want to hike great distances over rough terrain to gain beautiful vistas and enjoy the wilderness. Here are 80 of the best easy-to-walk hikes throughout the state. Most are day hikes, but there are a handful of backpack trips worthy of the Creaky Knees stamp of approval.
Trails are divided into regions: Grand Canyon, Northeast Plateaus, San Francisco Peaks Area, Mogollon Rim Country, Central Highlands, White Mountains, Phoenix Area, Tucson Area, Southern Mountains, and Western Deserts.
In addition to a full-trip description, each hike includes:
Elevation gains, including a topographical map.
Clear, up-to-date driving directions.
Mileage and estimated hiking time, trail conditions, effort level, best season, map references, exploring options, access, permits required, and where to find more information.
Further directions to offshoot hikes, if you reach the end of the hike, but want to extend your workout.
A chart at the front of the book compiles the hikes per effort level required, overall hike rating, and best season(s) to hit the trails.
Written in a personal but informative tone by outdoors expert Bruce Grubbs, this Creaky Knees guidebook is a perfect resource anyone can use to explore the beauty of Arizona, without breaking too much of a sweat.
About the Author
The author has been hiking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing throughout the American West for several decades. He participated in the technical first ascents of the last major summits to be climbed in the Grand Canyon. Bruce has spent more than 400 days hiking in the Grand Canyon. He continues to enjoy long backpacking treks through remote sections of the Grand Canyon, as well as hiking and backpacking trips elsewhere in the American West. Outdoor writing and photography have always been part of Bruce's outdoor experiences. His first published article was in a local Arizona outdoor magazine, and he has since been published by Backpacker Magazine and several regional publications. Later, his writing focus expanded to include books, with the publication of Hiking Arizona with Stewart Aitchison. He has since written thirty more published books. Earlier, Bruce worked eleven seasons as a wildland fire fighter for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. His positions included fire lookout, engine foreman, helitack foreman, and fire station manager. He was part owner of an outdoor shop for eight years. More recently, he started and continues to run a successful computer consulting business, offering personal computer support and website design to individual clients and small businesses. Bruce has been a professional pilot for more than 25 years and has over 8,000 hours of flight time. Other interests include Amateur Radio, where he served for several years as the local Amateur Radio Emergency Coordinator. He also is a mountain biker, sea kayaker, and figure skater. He is currently president and webmaster of the local figure skating club.