Dolan Springs Hike & Ride
December 18 & 19 2010
By Sue Baughman
The Dolan Springs weekend adventure considering the crappy weather and it was the week prior to Christmas, it went well.
I got a call from Glen Shaw in Blue Diamond, NV inquiring about the weekend. But the weather changed his mind.
On Saturday, For the hike we had 5 brave souls show up at the 13th trail head: Bob & Andree Duncan (they needed a relaxing hike after her son's wedding), Chet Beavers, Jim Brown and myself Sue B from Dolan Springs. We walked a portion of the Sue B trail, then connected with the T & Carl Schroder Trail, picked up the southern portion of the Cholla Trail to the newly built Lost Mine Trail which brought us back to the 13th Trail head. It was a brisk 2-hour walk.
Sunday the weather was still crappy but we still had 6 adventuresome souls in 3 rigs show up at the B7B restaurant at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast. We departed about 9:45 a.m. for the trail heading up Pierce Ferry Road to the Diamond Bar Road to the road just before the Reservation gate. We turned left then drove to the old Dude Ranch and followed the road until we came to a split. The split took us to the main road. Well we followed a different road and came out by the Indian Reservation fence line back tracked and continued north where we came to the National Park boundary. This time we drove through the gate and followed the road up a steep limestone trail until we lost sight of the road. We got out walked around and decided that if there was a road we didn't care to pursue in the cold nasty weather. On the way back Buck saw what looked like caves above some corrals and he said that he wanted to check the caves out (I knew it would be quite a walk up) but I said go for it and he did. He found out that he was a little out of shape for the climb. Since the weather was crappy we didn't go up to the overlook and saved that next time.
The following were on the trip Sue Baughman, Leader; Buck & Karol Buckler; Al & Evelyn Tobin and Marie Hedirck.