Apache Trail

Apache Junction, Arizona

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The road weaves along mountainsides above the Salt River Valley then drops precipitously into the valley at Fish Creek Hill. Along the way you’re treated to gorgeous views of Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. Both man-made reservoirs offer a full array of water sports including boating, water skiing and fishing. The trail can get quite congested on weekends and holidays. South of Apache Trail is the vast Superstition Wilderness with an extensive network of hiking trails and backpacking opportunities. The road skirts the edge the Salt River before climbing out of the valley at Theodore Roosevelt Dam which forms Roosevelt Lake. When full, the lake’s shoreline measures 112 miles. This vast recreation area has just about everything for the outdoor enthusiast. The road starts out paved then changes to well-maintained dirt suitable for passengers cars. Blind curves and tight switchbacks near cliff edges require utmost driver attention. The road is well-marked and easy to follow. Carry plenty of drinking water.
Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)

The road weaves along mountainsides above the Salt River Valley then drops precipitously into the valley at Fish Creek Hill. Along the way you’re treated to gorgeous views of Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. Both man-made reservoirs offer a full array of water sports including boating, water skiing and fishing. The trail can get quite congested on weekends and holidays. South of Apache Trail is the vast Superstition Wilderness with an extensive network of hiking trails and backpacking opportunities. The road skirts the edge the Salt River before climbing out of the valley at Theodore Roosevelt Dam which forms Roosevelt Lake. When full, the lake’s shoreline measures 112 miles.

This vast recreation area has just about everything for the outdoor enthusiast. The road starts out paved then changes to well-maintained dirt suitable for passengers cars. Blind curves and tight switchbacks near cliff edges require utmost driver attention. The road is well-marked and easy to follow. Carry plenty of drinking water.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 39
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 3 hours to a full day
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: Arizona Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Mesa; Tonto National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Apache Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/3/2016
0

Very easy but scenic trail. I use this as a return route to the Valley after driving the mostly easy 4-Peaks trail that ends about 10 minutes from the dam where Apache Trail starts.


6/22/2008
0

I would rate this trail very easy. This was a fun trail, but I was expecting a little more adventure. However, it is very scenic and we saw some wildlife. We also encountered another jeep trail called Reavis Trailhead and headed up that as well. Anyway, this is a good trail for those that are just looking for something easy.


5/17/2008
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The Apache trail is very scenic/historic and great fun for the family. If you go during the hot summer months, just leave very early so you hit the dirt part of the trail at 5:00 AM so you can finish the Apache Trail before it gets hot. For a great bonus, you can easily combine the nearby Four Peaks Mine trail into your adventure for a fantastic off-road day!


10/21/2007
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beautiful trail, saw a mountain lion, and lots of birds. accidentily wandered off trail around the back side of a mountain and found a indian pueblo, didnt bring our camera with us and so we are going to have to go back. Very scenic, stock suv would be fine, no boulder climbing involved, no shelf roads, just a relaxing trip with a couple steep gravel inclines. Gravel im guessing is brought out by the miners who originally were in the area 50 years ago.


9/22/2007
0

Easy Trail!! We took my stock SUV on this drive... But what a beautiful drive it is!! Very relaxing, great views, quaint towns along the way. I would totally recommend it!



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