Apache Trail... (Sort of...)

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Zeid, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. Zeid

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    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.

    A video of what I'm talking about...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWVeJTKUqN8
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  2. Yardstick

    Yardstick Hydrophobic

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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. :lol3 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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  3. swimmer

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    I think so.
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  4. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    yep.
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  5. Zeid

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    Geez, thanks folks. :cry
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  6. IBRiding

    IBRiding Been here awhile

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    Zeid,

    We are just funning with ya, no need to feel:cry. Come join us on a few rides and before you know it you will be ready to tackle Black Bear pass in Colorado:eek1 Well maybe not but you quickly get used to drop-offs like the one on Apache Trail.


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  7. fuggy

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  8. DangerMoney

    DangerMoney Loud Helmets Save Lives

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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:
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    View from Fish Creek Hill:
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    About half-way to Roosevelt Lake:
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    Just past the lookout.
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    At the bottom of Fish Creek Hill looking up:
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    About 2/3 of the way to Roosevelt Lake:
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    At the back of Roosevelt dam:
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    End of the road at Roosevelt Lake:
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  9. Zeid

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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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  10. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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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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  11. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    Finally, a guy that hates downhills more than me....:clap
    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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  12. swimmer

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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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  13. cyberdos

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    You could always attack it from the bottom :deal

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  14. swimmer

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    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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  15. bhorocks

    bhorocks Been here awhile

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    Make a loop of it by returning over four peaks. Or go out four peaks and return via apache trail. Then u can go up the hill instead of down.

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  16. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    +1 ^
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  17. Zeid

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    Good idea guys. I'll try it some time going up the trail. :)
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