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Old 09-23-2013, 12:28 PM   #1
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Apache Trail... (Sort of...)

Alright, seriously... Am I the only one bothered by the middle part of the trail where it heads down the cliff face and turns into a one lane trail, usually void of any sort of guard rail or barrier, with super tight turns, steep downgrades and slippery gravel? I mean, I'm usually not bothered by heights when I'm riding or driving but I like to respect the situation around me. Furthermore I had a pillion and some luggage. I went all the way to the lookout right before it turns into one lane and decided to turn around. It just seemed a bit too dangerous.

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Old 09-23-2013, 12:59 PM   #2
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There are plenty of other dirt roads and trails in this state that will make that section of Apache Trail feel completely safe. I'm more bothered by the people who drive that road (anywhere along that road) on the wrong side or block the road or don't give room to pass. I don't like to ride that road anymore because of the amount of traffic it gets. That hill you're talking about is usually the most fun part of the whole thing.

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Old 09-23-2013, 01:21 PM   #3
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Alright, seriously... Am I the only one bothered.....?
I think so.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:59 PM   #4
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Zeid, This area is known as Fish Creek Hill. It is some of the best free amusement in Arizona. It is best enjoyed whilst sitting at the bottom off to the side with a cold beer in your hand on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. This is the time you will have the best chance to see one 30' motorhome towing a 20' boat and another of the same configuration going uphill. It even gets better when a group of squids get thrown into the mix. Watching the level of anger frustration and panic is just an experience that money can't buy!
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:43 PM   #5
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I think so.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:03 PM   #6
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yep.
Geez, thanks folks.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:06 PM   #7
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Zeid,

We are just funning with ya, no need to feel. Come join us on a few rides and before you know it you will be ready to tackle Black Bear pass in Colorado Well maybe not but you quickly get used to drop-offs like the one on Apache Trail.


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Old 09-24-2013, 09:17 AM   #8
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Apache Tr. is a super scenic roadway. If you make it down to Fish Creek, take a look around since it is one of the prettiest areas in the metro PHX area. Keep going down to Apache Lake and have lunch at the marina restaurant (it's now paved from Apache Tr to the Marina).

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Old 09-24-2013, 06:14 PM   #9
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Zeid,
When I lived in Phoenix I rode it more times that I can count. You just need a little more experience. Guys on Harley's do it. Before I rode it the first time a friend on mine on an 1150GSA told me, " I did it with my wife on the back. You'll be fine." So I rode it alone on a R1200GS. I was fine.

It's very scenic and easy. If I still lived there, I'd take you down it.

Here's some pics from the many times I rode it.

View from Fish Creek Hill:




View from Fish Creek Hill:



About half-way to Roosevelt Lake:




Just past the lookout.



At the bottom of Fish Creek Hill looking up:



About 2/3 of the way to Roosevelt Lake:










At the back of Roosevelt dam:









End of the road at Roosevelt Lake:
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:40 PM   #10
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Thanks for the replies guys :)

I know you're just giving me a hard time, thanks for the info and replies and for those amazing pictures! Those are beautiful. I would gladly go down it in a jeep, but on a bike I worry what would happen going down it if you hit a spot with some loose rocks at the wrong time. I just generally hate heights but can tolerate them at times. I probably would have gone through with it had I not had a pillion and had some proper knobbies on instead of my 80/20's.
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:02 PM   #11
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Don't be skeer'd. You'll laugh about it once you are at the bottom. It's a beautiful road.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:04 AM   #12
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Finally, a guy that hates downhills more than me....
This is such a scenic ride, next time you attempt this let us know, I would like to take this again.
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I was planning on doing this from Tucson in a couple of weeks once it cools down a little more. Sometime during the week to avoid the crowds.
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I was planning on doing this from Tucson in a couple of weeks once it cools down a little more. Sometime during the week to avoid the crowds.
You could always attack it from the bottom


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Old 09-26-2013, 12:08 PM   #15
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You could always attack it from the bottom
That's true I've ridden that road a couple of times including two-up but I've always started from the AJ side.
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