New Bike Trail Opens at Lost Dutchman State Park

Volunteers Help Rehabilitate, Reroute Well-Used Trail

On Sunday, Feb. 11, Lost Dutchman State Park hosted a grand reopening of the mountain bike trail with an accompanying mountain biking skills clinic.

In attendance was Deputy Director of AZ State Parks, Jim Keegan, the Superstition Mountain Bikers trail builders, and 25 plus riders.

Mountain bikers are standing by. Photo Darch Osborn

The free clinic (headed by Darch Osborn) concentrated on balance, cornering, proper climbing and descending, and etiquette while on the trail; and a few tricks and skills that all mountain bikers can use while riding singletrack.

Due to heavy rains the last few summers, the trails were in desperate need of repair, and re-routing. The park rangers reached out to local volunteer trail builders – the Superstition Mountain Bikers – who volunteered their time to put the four miles of trail in prime condition.

It is a nice way for the State Park to improve its facilities; involving volunteers from the Apache Junction community, and plans are being discussed to lengthen and improve the trails in future if demand from Park users warrants

Afterwards, participants rode the  improved bike trail which can be found on the Trailforks App; AZ: Lost Dutchman.

Photo Above: Darch Osborn gives basic instructions for navigating the bike trail.  Photo courtesy Darch Osborn

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