Apache Trail

Apache Junction, Arizona 85119

Apache Trail

Apache Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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)."

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7/14/2018
This is a fun drive that showcases a lot of what Arizona has to offer. You’ll see some old mines and lots of cliffs and some areas with water. Bring a camera and pack a lunch so you can take your time to enjoy all of the scenery. The road is a bit bumpy so you may want to do this in a 4x4 but it’s really not necessary.
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9/3/2016
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.
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11/1/2008
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.
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6/22/2008
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.
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5/17/2008
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!
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10/21/2007
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.
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9/22/2007
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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12/31/2006
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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3/6/2006
A great drive. Although part of the road is dirt, it is packed tight and easty to drive. Scenary is beutiful. The drive back to Apache Junction is quite long so you really need a full day.
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11/18/2004
We spent a very enjoyable day on this trail. If you want to see the Tonto cliff dwellings be sure to get there before 4:00. We spent too much time before we got that far and it was too late to climb up to them.
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Trail Information

Apache Junction
Nearby City
38.5
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Easy
Difficulty
3.5 hours
Duration
Year-round, best October to May
Season
1,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,000 feet
Top Elevation
Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Goldfield, Mormon Flat Dam, Horse Mesa Dam, Pinyon Mt., Theodore Roosevelt Dam, Mesa, Theodore Roosevelt Lake; BLM Mesa, Theodore Roosevelt Lake
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Dec 2018