Apache Trail


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coolrogue1
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Apache Trail

Post by coolrogue1 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:48 pm



For anyone living in the Phoenix Metro area and has ridden the Apache Trail to Canyon Lake and experienced the extremely rough road take heart. ADOT has announced that Arizona Hwy 88 the Apache Trail will be resurfaced soon from near Apache Junction to the present end of the blacktop pavement. So that means our ride to Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flat will soon be a much smoother one....Just hope they don't straighten out any of those lovely twisties along the route.


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Re: Apache Trail

Post by landisr » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:12 pm

Wow. Yes, that is good news. The rough stuff up there reminds me of Michigan roads. :lol:

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Re: Apache Trail

Post by AZGOLD » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:48 pm

Do you guys make an out-n-back to Teddy Roosevelt Lake or loop over to HWY 60?

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Re: Apache Trail

Post by landisr » Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:03 pm

We have ridden up the Beeline (87) to 188 then down past Roosevelt to Globe and back. And also ran that loop the other way. Apache Trail pavement is rough, but the dirt section is no place for a Wing, in my book. I don't have a problem with 'normal' gravel roads, but the beautiful dirt ride needs a dual purpose bike.

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Re: Apache Trail

Post by coolrogue1 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:38 pm

AZGOLD wrote:Do you guys make an out-n-back to Teddy Roosevelt Lake or loop over to HWY 60?
I have only done the dirt part of Hwy 88 (The Apache Trail) in an SUV...I won't take the wing on that kind of road. What I have done on the wing is go from Apache Junction (where I live) to Globe on Hwy 60 then up Hwy 188 to Roosevelt Lake and on through Pumpkin Center, till Hwy 188 connects to Hwy 87 (The Beeline Highway) the back to Phoenix area.
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Re: Apache Trail

Post by AZGOLD » Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:57 pm

Thanks for the replies ... I'll have to check that ride out this next Fall coming down through Strawberry and Payson.

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Re: Apache Trail

Post by coolrogue1 » Fri May 12, 2017 10:54 pm

AZGOLD wrote:Thanks for the replies ... I'll have to check that ride out this next Fall coming down through Strawberry and Payson.
You live along one of my favorite routes in AZ. I ride from Apache Junction to Payson, then up through Pine and Strawberry and on over to Camp Verde. From there it's up over Mingus Mountain through Jerome and on over to Prescott Valley. I then have the choice of taking US 69 back down to I-17 then the Phoenix area or I can go on up through Prescott and over to Yarnell and down through Wickenburg to the Phoenix area.

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Re: Apache Trail

Post by AZGOLD » Wed May 17, 2017 10:24 am

Sam ... those are some great roads! :)

Next time you're coming out of Camp Verde, head north to the Lake Montezuma / Cornville Road and take that over to the 89A ... nice extra piece of road.

Also, if you have time to give me a heads-up, I could join you for that second leg!

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Re: Apache Trail

Post by dnehasert » Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:46 pm

About 2 years ago I took the road from Roosevelt Dam to Tortilla Flats. I have a 1982 Goldwing with a Monaco sidecar. Challenging it was, washboard road in stretches I could do 20 mph. Would smooth out for a short while and could do 30 until the next washboard section. At times I thought the sidecar was going to break loose from the frame but had no damage ! one time is enough..

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Re: Apache Trail

Post by DarthJ » Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:18 pm

I ran it in my pickup in May, was gorgeous, though the washboard was pretty rough at times. Told my gal that if I took her, she'd need a sports bra to keep the twins in place. :lol: :lol: :lol:


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