Hiking classes begin Feb. 20 at Gila Pueblo Campus

Courtesy photo Brenda Blaine

Globe - If you’d like to pick up some of the basics of hiking or hit a more advanced trail, the Gila Pueblo Campus of Eastern Arizona College has you covered, with classes starting again on Saturday, Feb. 20.

The college is also welcoming a new instructor, Brenda Blaine, to lead the classes. Blaine has taken part in the hiking classes since 2013, but said her experience goes back further than that. “I’ve been hiking most of my life. My parents owned a cabin in the Pinal Mountains, and we did a lot of hiking. I’m really excited about teaching the class. I’ve been hiking on weekends, trying to find some new trails. I’m not quite sure what my first hike is going to be, but I’ll be reaching out to people to let them know.”

The college offers two hiking classes, beginning and advanced, which alternate every other week on Saturdays. “The beginner’s class is more urban hiking; the trails aren’t quite as long. For the advanced, we can do a hike that could be nine or 10 miles long; it’s more out in the hills, climbing mountains. Most of the people who are in the classes actually do them both,” Blaine said.

If you are interested in registering for the hiking class, contact the Gila Pueblo Campus Administration Office at (928) 425-8481. Don’t forget about the 55+ senior waiver.

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