Apache Trail

Apache Junction, Arizona

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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).
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

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).

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 38.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best October to May
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: 3,000 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Goldfield, Mormon Flat Dam, Horse Mesa Dam, Pinyon Mt., Theodore Roosevelt Dam, Mesa, Theodore Roosevelt Lake; BLM Mesa, Theodore Roosevelt Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Apache Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

11/1/2008
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This trail was very easy to drive. I am a new owner of an FJ Cruiser and it handled it with no problems. The views are very nice, except many of the creeks were dried up. Be cautios around the corners as there were many drivers out. Otherwise a nice drive and a good start to my off-road experience.


12/31/2006
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Nice drive. I wouldn't really call the "offroad" portion offroad though. It was a paved road, just covered in some spots with a little dirt, but wasn't offroad or unpaved.



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