GOLDEN VALLEY - The Bureau of Land Management and local mountain bike enthusiasts are inviting the public to come out and see the completed parts of the new Foothills Rim Trail near Coyote Pass.
The two organizations have completed the first two loops of the 10-mile trail and are hoping residents will take the chance to enjoy the new trail this weekend during National Trail Day.
"It's simply amazing that half of the new Foothills Rim Trail has been built in less than 90 days," said BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Len Marceau. "The project started as a grassroots effort among local mountain bike enthusiasts and grew from there."
Marceau added that local volunteers designed the trail, and it was approved by the BLM.
The first volunteer trail building day was March 12, and volunteers have been working ever since, including the Back Country Horsemen who have used their horses to pack water to the volunteers.
"We were fortunate to get some (stimulus) funding that was not used in other states," Marceau continued. "The funding allowed us to bring in the Coconino Rural Environment Corps trail building teams on three occasions, which helped continue the volunteers' work."
CREC is a youth organization based in Flagstaff. The Corps' trail crews consist of eight people ages 18-25 and a leader who travel to locations in the Southwest and build trails or other outdoor projects.
When completed, the Foothills Rim Trail will be approximately 10 miles long and will expand the non-motorized trails from 19 to 29 miles within the Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area.
The Camp Beale Loop, Badger and Castle Rock Trails are within the Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area. The trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrian riders.
The Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area is a joint effort between the City of Kingman, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and BLM.
Volunteers interested in hiking the new trail Saturday should meet at 8 a.m. at the Coyote Pass Trailhead, five miles northeast of Kingman.
Hikers, bikers, and horseback riders should bring water, lunch or snacks and wear a hat, long-sleeved shirt, long pants and proper footwear.
BLM staff will provide additional water.
For more information about the Trails Day hike at Foothills Rim Trail, contact Marceau at (928) 718-3724 or by email, Len_Marceau@blm.gov.