This trail—one of Arizona’s classic scenic drives—is high on the must-do lists of most people, locals and tourists alike. The drive passes by lakes, canyons, old mining towns, and cliff dwellings. The drive starts northwest of Apache Junction at the entrance to the Lost Dutchman State Park. The first 18 miles of the route are paved, but it is nevertheless an extremely scenic drive as it passes beside the first of the three lakes along the trail, Canyon Lake. The Superstition Mountains rise up to the south of the trail; these spectacular mountains were formed about 29 million years ago during the Tertiary Period and are mainly composed of volcanic ash and basalt.
Special Attractions: Beautiful trail skirting the southern edge of the Superstition Mountains; Panoramic views south from Montana Mountain; Moderately challenging trail with shelf road and interesting climbs. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any).
Apache Junction, AZ - Mountain Biking,Off-Highway Drives,Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 38.5