The Superstition Mountains just east of Apache Junction have been a focal point for hikers and horseback riders for decades. Volunteers from the Superstition Area Land Trust have spent their time maintaining the Lost Goldmine Trail in the mountain range for all to use. This past fall and winter, the Pinal County Open Space and Trails Department partnered with SALT to improve the west portion of the trail, according to a press release. The improvements included construction of new trail and mitigation of the old trailhead.
“This is a great example of a public/private partnership,” said Pinal County Open Space and Trails Director Kent Taylor. “The volunteers provided 888 hours of labor and completed the entire 2-plus-mile realignment project in one trail build season.”
As a thank you, the volunteers were provided with new trail building tools and work gloves for next season. Some participants met April 14 at the county offices in Florence to mark the occasion. They are, front row from left, SALT volunteers Bonny Knowlton, Duane Dunning and Bill McKenzie; and, back row from left, Pinal County Open Space and Trails Advisory Commission members Carl Vogler Sr., Gina D’Abella, Cyndi Ruehl, Michael Carnes, Mary Johnson, Elizabeth Butler and Gordon Brown.