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Bicycle Travel => Routes => Topic started by: MrBent on June 25, 2011, 02:30:03 pm

 
Title: Southern Tier: Apache Trail vs. through Superior?
Post by: MrBent on June 25, 2011, 02:30:03 pm
Ahoy, Arizona bike tourists:  Doing some thinking about our big tour next year.  What do you think about taking Apache Trail?  I know it's dirt.  I've only driven it once many years ago.  I assume NO water?  How good/bad is the road?  I remember it was exceedingly beautiful.  We'd be riding east to west in November.

Thanks.

Scott
Title: Re: Southern Tier: Apache Trail vs. through Superior?
Post by: hem on June 25, 2011, 06:09:13 pm
try a search on crazyguyonabike and you'll pick up some hits. here is one http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1r4vFb6&page_id=180586&v=Lv#pic_876838 (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1r4vFb6&page_id=180586&v=Lv#pic_876838)
Title: Re: Southern Tier: Apache Trail vs. through Superior?
Post by: MrBent on June 26, 2011, 12:49:14 pm
Thanks, Hem!  That looks fantastic.  We will definitely be on the north side of the Superstitions!

Scott
Title: Re: Southern Tier: Apache Trail vs. through Superior?
Post by: hem on June 26, 2011, 02:23:15 pm
It can be real dusty with traffic and some deep sandy places. I would plan on hitting it mid-week to try and miss the weekend traffic. Awesome views.
Title: Re: Southern Tier: Apache Trail vs. through Superior?
Post by: Simplygib on June 28, 2011, 11:21:26 pm
I rode the Apache Trail 16 years ago and it was incredible.  Highly recommended.  The dirt portion is 22 miles and it was hard packed and very smooth, from what I remember.  I drove the route a couple of years ago and it didn't seem to have changed other than more traffic.  I think there was water at Tortilla Flat and Roosevelt Lake.  There is a creek or two along the dirt portion of the trail as well, if you have a filter, but we found plenty of water without having to filter.   Regarding traffic, I remember most of it being snowbirds so there could be a lot of it even midweek.  Probably still better than the weekend though.  The Anasazi ruins (cliff dwellings) are pretty cool too.

My journal from that trip:  http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/lazylewis1995

The route:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/169095
Title: Re: Southern Tier: Apache Trail vs. through Superior?
Post by: hem on June 29, 2011, 11:04:24 am
...  Regarding traffic, I remember most of it being snowbirds so there could be a lot of it even midweek.
My journal from that trip:  http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/lazylewis1995

The route:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/169095
Actually most of the traffic seems to be lake traffic with a lot of campers and boats. And good luck on that "hard pack" too unless we get some monsoon rains soon. Still it is a great route.