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SR 88 - Apache Trail

Post by AZLOT69 » Oct 21 2010 6:52 am

Wikipedia wrote:The Apache Trail in Arizona was a stagecoach trail that ran through the Superstition Mountains. It was named the Apache Trail after the Apache Indians who originally used this trail to move through the Superstition Mountains.

The current Apache Trail links Apache Junction (33.4152°N 111.5807°W) at the edge of the Greater Phoenix area with Theodore Roosevelt Lake (33.6725°N 111.1531°W), through the Superstition Mountains and the Tonto National Forest.

Today, the majority of Apache Trail remains unpaved, turning into a dirt road a few miles up from Tortilla Flat, and continuing as such for nearly the full remainder of its length. The section east of Apache Junction is known officially as State Route 88. It is also the main traffic corridor through Apache Junction, turning into Main Street as the road passes into Mesa, and regains the Apache name by becoming Apache Boulevard in Tempe, ending at Mill Avenue. Prior to the completion of the Superstition Freeway in 1992, the Apache Junction portion of the Apache Trail was part of US Highway 60, which was rerouted to the Superstition Freeway once it was completed.

The Trail winds steeply through 40 miles (64 km) of rugged desert mountains, past deep reservoir lakes like Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. The narrow, winding road is unpaved from just east of the town of Tortilla Flat to Roosevelt Dam; there are steep cliff drops and little in the way of safety barriers. The trail requires caution when driving and it is not recommended for large RVs, SUVs, or caravans. Some large RV rental companies in the US do not allow their vehicles to be taken on this route.
The Apache Trail will be closed for some major road repairs from November 15 - January 21, 2011. major delays will occur prior to and after those stated dates. Plan your outings accordingly.

See press release: http://www.azdot.gov/highways/projects/ ... 101510.pdf
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Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

Post by cactuscat » Jan 22 2017 12:46 pm

@SuperstitionGuy
I always noticed evidence of that "drill in and split" method on large boulders along Grand Canyon trails ... cool.
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Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

Post by garyc57 » Jan 22 2017 1:05 pm

lindaagm wrote:near milepost 226
According to AZMapper from ADEQ, milepost 226 is at:

Latitude: 33.5375352 (33° 32' 15.1269" N)
Longitude: -111.2784571 (111° 16' 42.4454" W )
Elevation: 2377 feet (724.5 meters)

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Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

Post by The_Eagle » Jan 22 2017 2:46 pm

Looks to be just SSW of Bronco Butte.

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Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

Post by big_load » Jan 22 2017 5:17 pm

@The_Eagle
That's a big rock.

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Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

Post by SuperstitionGuy » Jan 22 2017 7:02 pm

Near the bottom of Fish Creek shortly before the bridge. The concrete on the right side guides water down to a small culvert that takes it underneath the road and on down to Fish Creek. This is just before the larger walk through concrete culvert.

7;30 PM Sunday - ADOT says the Apache Trail is open all the way to Lake Roosevelt.
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Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

Post by Nighthiker » Jan 22 2017 8:49 pm

I guess the boulder is a bit much for a fulcrum and a lever, would be like lugging a stone for the Pharaoh.
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Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

Post by cw50must » Jan 23 2017 12:27 pm

So I never check things like this a head of time and it just so happens I headed out there yesterday and it for sure is closed right at tortilla flat. I went over to the guy who was stationed at the roadblock, I thought it was for the water at the creek, to assure him I could cross the water safely, but that's when he said it was closed for the boulder not the water crossing.

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Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

Post by SuperstitionGuy » Jan 23 2017 4:06 pm

cw50must wrote:but that's when he said it was closed for the boulder not the water crossing.
I just checked their website again and it still says:
---the Apache Trail is open all the way to Lake Roosevelt.

Maybe they do not think boulders are a problem?
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Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

Post by LindaAnn » Jan 23 2017 4:13 pm

@SuperstitionGuy I think it was reopened last night.

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Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

Post by big_load » Jan 23 2017 9:27 pm

lindaagm wrote:@SuperstitionGuy I think it was reopened last night.
Did they say whether they found a flat coyote under the boulder? Did he stretch back out like an unfolding accordion and pop back into three dimensions when it was removed?

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Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

Post by Mr_Squishy » Jan 30 2017 3:59 pm

The road closure must have been for boulder removal - the road was open at Tortilla Flat when I was there last Tuesday hiking to Geronimo Head.
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Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

Post by chumley » Jan 31 2017 8:15 am

News article with an update on the boulder. I think the road is open again.
http://www.pinalcentral.com/casa_grande ... 9f645.html

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Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

Post by SuperstitionGuy » Jan 31 2017 11:09 am

chumley wrote:News article with an update on the boulder. I think the road is open again.
Are we to assume they used LNT principals and just moved it back into place?
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Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

Post by SuperstitionGuy » Feb 01 2017 6:33 pm

February 1, 2017 The Apache Trail (SR88) from the end of the asphalt to beyond Fish Creek Hill has been graded and is in excellent shape. The El Coyote rock is also absent and unaccounted for.
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SR 88 - Apache Trail

Post by hikeaz » Aug 21 2017 4:15 pm

Apache Trail repairs/delays/closures....
The Arizona Department of Transportation is preparing to make emergency repairs to State Route 88 (Apache Trail) in the wake of damage caused by severe flooding in July. The highway was damaged in several locations between mileposts 196 and 220 (map link below) following heavy rain.
The affected stretch of SR 88 between Apache Junction and Canyon Lake is open, but motorists should drive with care and watch for traffic cones next to storm-damaged areas along the highway.

Emergency work is scheduled to begin in mid-August and last approximately two months. For information about traffic restrictions, click the Traffic Alerts tab on this web page. https://www.azdot.gov/projects/central- ... fic-alerts

The safety improvement and pavement preservation project already planned on SR 88 between mileposts 203 and 220 will begin after the emergency repairs are made.

Map link >> https://www.azdot.gov/docs/default-sour ... f?sfvrsn=2
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Re: Apache Trail repairs/delays/closures....

Post by joebartels » Aug 21 2017 4:54 pm

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Post by hikeaz » Aug 21 2017 5:02 pm

Many thanks for the map posts, Joe.

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Re: Apache Trail repairs/delays/closures....

Post by big_load » Aug 21 2017 8:53 pm

That's a pretty long stretch. I hope it's all done by Thanksgiving.

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Re: Apache Trail repairs/delays/closures....

Post by AZLumberjack » Aug 22 2017 6:33 am

big_load wrote:That's a pretty long stretch. I hope it's all done by Thanksgiving.
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Re: Apache Trail repairs/delays/closures....

Post by nonot » Aug 22 2017 9:50 pm

website says it will take 1 year
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