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Old 09-28-2010, 10:59 PM   #1
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Four Peaks and Apache Trail - Arizona

I got a KLR650 a few weeks ago, and I'm working my way up the adventure chain. I blew off work this morning and rode a loop from my home in Mesa, AZ that included over 50 miles of dirt.

The basic route is easy to follow:
1) Up the Beeline Hwy (Rt 87) from Mesa, about 30 miles
2) Right onto Four Peaks Rd (SR143)
3) Continue straight as possible for about 28 miles on dirt to Rt 188
4) Go south on Rt 188 about 11 miles to Roosevelt Dam
5) Take the Apache Trail (Rt 88) west, by way of Tortilla Flat, and back to Apache Junction, includes about 24 miles of dirt
6) Return to Mesa on any number of roads

I pulled off the Beeline Hwy onto Four Peaks Rd around 7:30AM

Along the way there were plenty of ruts from monsoon rains, but the road would be passable for any dual sport bike.

Near the saddle Four Peaks Rd becomes El Oso Rd, but no turns are required

I came across a couple of "quads" hoofing down the road. They hightailed it into the bush as I approached. (I also encountered a very startled rattlesnake on the road).

Just one shot from the Apache Trail, heading west into a lovely canyon. The road is in great shape, but watch for cars, as it is a popular route.

Back on pavement and a rest stop at Tortilla Flats - There were a few Harley riders and me on my weirdo dual sport


Overall, about 5 hours duration, and clocked about 130 miles.
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Old 09-29-2010, 12:21 AM   #2
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Hey! I know those roads. Nice ride indeed!
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Old 09-29-2010, 12:44 PM   #3
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Cool ride

Looks like a nice ride... did you go all the way over four peaks? If so how was the road condition down the back? I've been wanting to make that same ride... the weather is perfect right now for it..
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Old 09-29-2010, 01:44 PM   #4
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This picture is from the top of 4-Peaks. I was on the road Sunday. You can take a sportbike over it.
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:57 PM   #5
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I have enjoyed the same route, a nice one indeed.
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Old 09-29-2010, 06:37 PM   #6
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Lopezuas, I rode all the way across 4 Peaks a couple weeks ago and would agree with phoenixdoglover. Some of the ruts can sneak up on you so just watch your speed.
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Along the way there were plenty of ruts from monsoon rains, but the road would be passable for any dual sport bike.
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:29 PM   #7
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dandm95..."This picture is from the top of 4-Peaks. I was on the road Sunday. You can take a sportbike over it."

Enjoyed your report, too. Plenty of rocks, eh? Four Peaks Rd by comparison is a superhighway.
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Lopezuas, I rode all the way across 4 Peaks a couple weeks ago and would agree with phoenixdoglover. Some of the ruts can sneak up on you so just watch your speed.
Dave, I found your trip report on that Four Peaks ride, and all the ramblings after. You are a diehard romantic and a passable photographer !
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:32 PM   #9
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Important thing here is you blew off work to go riding!
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