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Apache Trail / State Route 88, AZ

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Distance One Way 42.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,650 feet
Interest Historic, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
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5  2017-01-22 cw50must
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26  2008-03-10
Roosevelt Lake-Apache Trail
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author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Sun  6:14am - 6:23pm
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Technically the Apache Trail begins at Mill Avenue in Tempe, but the most scenic portion of road begins in Apache Junction at the intersection of Idaho Road, and continues approximately 40 miles east through the Superstition Mountains until ending at Roosevelt Dam and the junction with State Route 188.

The western half of the road is paved, but the pavement ends a few miles east of Canyon Lake. The dirt road is graded but washboards and ruts are common. The road is narrow and features numerous sharp curves and steep hills often with no safety barriers. Some creek crossings are subject to flooding during rain. The road is generally not recommended for RVs or vehicles towing trailers.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Apache Trail / State Route 88
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    I haven't posted in awhile. I wanted to share a recent trip. This is a unique rare site above Fish Creek Hill that I had the privilege to photograph while driving back from Apache Lake. It rained cats and dogs for a full thirty minutes prior to taking this photo. It was like draining a bucket. The rain stopped shortly after I pulled up. All four of the Fish Creek Hill high cliff waterfalls were running at full blast. It was an amazing site to behold. It was just perfect timing. I'm an Arizona native and I've never been able to time the conditions right to see that. I've only heard about it. Spray and mist was actually blocking the road at one of the waterfalls. The culvert just couldn't handle the flow. Two large boulders fell onto the road about half way up the hill that nearly kept me from getting home. My full sized truck barely fit between them. I thought for sure that Fish Creek Hill was going to wash out. I didn't know it could handle so much rain. It's been years since I've experienced such a storm.

    Apache Trail / State Route 88
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    Somewhere in the middle of prom on Saturday night (don't judge! [-X ) and with the influence of some of the liquor I had smuggled in, I decided to get up at 4:30 and go for a scenic drive. I did the paved part in the dark and thoroughly enjoyed the Apache Trail in early morning light.

    Saw a handful of cars along the way all headed east including only one-near collision with a boat-trailer. Didn't get caught behind another westbound car until reaching Goldfield, which is pretty much the best way to drive this road.

    I knew it had been graded recently (thanks to Mr Squishy and Toonces driving his Saturn Ion) and sure enough, it was high-speed all the way. Never hit 70, but had it in the 60s a few times. :GB: :A1:

    Hit the 100k rollover between Fish Creek and Canyon Lake. Nice milestone for a properly-used taco! :y:

    Despite numerous stops and photos along the way, the trip between First Water and Campaign was 5 minutes less coming back on the Apache Trail than it had been on the paved highway eastbound portion, meaning I flipped the google maps estimate by more than half an hour. Of course the googs probably knows that most of the time you'll be driving behind somebody who thinks the speed limit is 25. :roll:

    I was back in bed a little after 10, and woke up in time to catch the end of the Seattle game. Good Sunday! :)

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    Map Drive
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    To scenic drive
    Exit US 60 on Idaho Road in Apache Junction. Travel north for 2.25 miles and veer right onto Apache Trail (also marked as State Route 88).
    page created by chumley on Jan 18 2015 5:20 pm
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