By Linda Bentley | october 21, 2015

Volunteers help build crucial one-mile trail link

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Photo by Scott Colbath
Approximately 60 volunteers came out on Saturday to help build the approximately one-mile long Cave Creek Gateway Trail, which Cave Creek Trails Coordinator Bambi Muller called a huge link that now connects to other trail systems and recreation areas.

CAVE CREEK – On Saturday, Oct. 17, approximately 60 volunteers came out to participate in the building of the Cave Creek Gateway Trail.

Matt Woodson and his crew from the Okanogan Trail Construction Company volunteered their time and equipment to perform the majority of heavy trail work defining where the trail went.
This allowed volunteers from Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association, Cactus Shadows High School Mountain Bike Team, Cave Creek Later Day Saints Church, REI, Councilman Thomas McGuire and other members of the community to work on clearing and cleaning the trail.

Gateway Trail begins at the town’s southern boundary at the bridge on Carefree Highway and the 38th Street alignment and heads northeast to Cave Creek Regional Park, crossing over the town’s Water Ranch property.

Cave Creek Trails Coordinator Bambi Muller said, “This trail is a huge piece of the town’s trail system … it now connects to the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, Cave Creek Regional Park, the town of Cave Creek’s trail system, Maricopa County Regional Trail, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area and Tonto National Forest.”

Thanking all the volunteers, Muller said it was a great turnout and the town is proud of their commitment and accomplishment.

She said, “By the number of volunteers that showed up and the smiles on their faces, it’s pretty clear that the town’s trails are very important to this community.”

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