Since Marty worked all week we didn't get to play tourist until the weekend. We took a drive on Saturday (3/15/14) on the Apache Trail (Rte 88) which starts in the town of Apache Junction about 20 miles southwest of where we are staying in Mesa. It was originally a stagecoach trail and it runs through the Superstition Mountains. It was an amazing drive! The road twists and turns, climbs hills and drops through winding canyons. Once you pass the tiny town of Tortilla Flat (Population of 6), the road becomes very interesting. Vehicles over 40' are prohibited past Tortilla Flat.
For about 20 miles the road is unpaved, steep and mostly single lane. The descent down Fish Creek Hill drops 900 feet within a mile into Fish Creek Canyon - a 10% grade! It was scary but beautiful; we took it very slow and easy and enjoyed the drive. As we continued on we rode along Apache Lake (17 miles long with a depth of 266 feet).
|Hiking near the Apache Trail|
|Can you see that car way down there on the one lane road?|
|At the bottom of the canyon|
The pavement resumed just before we reached Roosevelt Dam. When this dam was completed in 1911 it was the world's largest masonry dam, its stone blocks rising to a height of 280' - pretty impressive