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July 2024 Newsletter


Sunday hikes start at 2:30 pm, go approx. 5 miles, last 1 1⁄2 – 2 hrs.

Tuesday hikes start at 07:00 pm, go approx. 3 miles, last about 1 hour.

The SPHC walks at a moderate speed of 2.5 -3.5 mph. (17-24 min. mile)

Hikers are expected to maintain that pace. Hikes start on time. 

Blueberries are incredibly healthy and often called a “Super-food”. This small and mighty berry is loaded with nutrients. They help lower blood pressure, prevent heart disease, improve memory, aid in exercise recovery and more...

Eat blueberries!!

Don't forget to add strawberries and whip cream for red, white and blue for the 4th of July.


7/10 Vic Fickling, 7/14 Dave Baker, 7/14 Viv Fickling, 7/18 Marlys Donaldson, 7/19 Bob Tholkes, 7/25 Wendy Chen, 7/28 Lyle Mowery, 7/30 Patty Peterson


Brenda Ludwig.

HIKERS in the lead – thru May 2024:

Rose Nelson 130, Sharon Heaton 129, Brock Herlick 128, Vic Fickling 124, Sandy Herlick 122, Viv Fickling 121, Judy Nelson 110, Patty Peterson 107, Vicky Beutel 104, Bernie Wildes 103, Don Crawford 101, Sue Crawford 101, Jane Boyer 90, Shirley Lee 89, Wendy Warner 86, Bev Lee 79, Bob Tholkes 76, Bry Garcia 72, Rick Nelson 68, Bonnie Wold 68.

Total SPHC mileage hiked through February 2024 = 1094 (Members – 1075, Guests – 19)

Farthest East starting point for a hike was Judy Nelson’s hike from downtown Prescott on May 12. This was also the warmest hike at 82F.

Farthest West starting point for a hike was Bob Tholkes’ hike from the Exchange Food And Drink in New Brighton on February 6.


ANNUAL POTLUCK PICNIC...will be held Sunday, July 14th 1:00 PM at Keller Regional Park Shelter #3.

The shelter is just north of Roselawn off Hwy 61. From Hwy 36 go South on 61 to the 3rd (last) driveway on the West side of the highway and left to the shelter. Bring food to share. Beverages, paper plates, napkins and utensils will be provided. Picnic begins at 1pm, hike to follow at 2:30. Contact: Sharon 612.581.4638.

Stats from mileage director, Rick Nelson:

Total mileage hiked with the SPHC through May 2024 is 2763 miles!!
Members: 2690, Guests: 73
This mileage is roughly the distance from Seattle to Miami in a straight line.

23 people have led or co-led a hike thru May 3 hikes had 27 participants (most so far)

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