After ten years of planning and construction, the Lost Goldmine Trail opened in 2002. The need for permanent public access to the Superstition Area Wilderness grew as subdivisions sprang up during the building boom of the early 1990s. Hikers, horsemen and bicyclists found themselves cut off to old trails by development, creating parking and sanitation problems for local residents.
In 1993, Pinal County approached SALT to co-sponsor a federal grant proposal that required support from local non-profit organizations. It took $350K to permanently lease the trail right-of-way from the Arizona State Land Department and another grant from AZ State Parks to erect signs and build parking lots. Through the combined efforts of county, state and federal governments, hundreds of volunteers from SALT, ADOBE, the Superstition Horsemen Association and homeowner groups, the Lost Goldmine Trail is here for the tens of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy each year.
The Lost Goldmine Trail is a permanent, eleven-mile multi-use trail across the south face of the Superstitions that connects the Peralta trailhead on the east to the Lost Dutchman State Park near Apache Junction. Over the years, additional grants from Arizona State Parks and private developers helped build three trailheads, two parking lots, and establish maintenance agreements for this trail which continues to be popular for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. SALT Trail Builder volunteers continue to expertly maintain the Lost Goldmine Trail for everyone to enjoy.