ABOUT US





Dolan Springs Trail System - About Us
Sue "Itchy Foot" Baughman

 

In August 2008, BLM and Mohave County signed the lease agreement for the trails to be built.  The first trail planed was the Sue B. Loop, named after the founder of the local trail system, Sue Baughman.  The Sue B. Loop was started in February 2009, and completed by members of the Dolan Springs Trail System, Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona, the local Boy Scout troop, and prison labor.  Cate Bradley from the National Parks Conservation Assistance Program was our mentor and provided invaluable guidance.  Our second trail, the T & C Loop, was an Eagle Scout project. 

More trails were built, including the Cholla Loop, the Lost Mine trail, and the Mitten trail.  These trails were built by prison labor and volunteers from three American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacations.   Trail improvements followed.  An Eagle Scout project created the “history walk”.  A meditation circle and cactus garden complete with disabled access were added.  A “Welcome to Dolan Springs” sign was inscribed in rock.
 

ABOUT SUE:

Sue B. (Baughman), also known as “Itchy Foot”,  has energized this project and inspired many of the local people to get involved.  Here is a little bit of her story…

Sue has been a permanent resident of Dolan Springs since December 1980 when she retired from a challenging career in the Marines, where she worked in the transportation field.  Her parents had re-located in Dolan Springs, and Sue had purchased property here.  Upon her retirement, Sue, her husband, and her parents opened “The General Store” and established roots in the community.

Sue’s love of the outdoors and trail related projects go back many years.  She has been a hiker, an equestrian, and a community supporter since her retirement began.

After many years in Dolan Springs, she discovered that our community had a great resource in its own back yard.  She worked with local government and local groups to establish a system of trails on 480 acres of BLM land to which Mohave County has the right-of-way.  Many people have been inspired to volunteer and become involved by Sue.

We can now share a system of trails for hikers, equestrians, bicyclists, and nature lovers.  We have even been able to make our trails handicap accessible.  Please, come join us and share her legacy.

GEOCACHE:

For those people who are participating in the world wide treasure hunt, geocaching, there are two caches hidden in our trail system…

Sue B. Loop: N 35 36.4.57’  W114 15.518’
T & C Loop:  N 35 36.6841’  W 114 14.518’

There are many other geocaches in our area, that were not placed by our Trail System volunteers.
 

   

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