Four Peaks and Apache Trail - Arizona

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by phoenixdoglover, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. phoenixdoglover

    phoenixdoglover Where to next?

    Joined:
    May 23, 2010
    Oddometer:
    155
    Location:
    Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
    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
    [​IMG]
    Along the way there were plenty of ruts from monsoon rains, but the road would be passable for any dual sport bike.
    [​IMG]
    Near the saddle Four Peaks Rd becomes El Oso Rd, but no turns are required
    [​IMG]
    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).
    [​IMG]
    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.
    [​IMG]
    Back on pavement and a rest stop at Tortilla Flats - There were a few Harley riders and me on my weirdo dual sport :evil
    [​IMG]

    Overall, about 5 hours duration, and clocked about 130 miles.
    #1
  2. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,704
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Hey! I know those roads. Nice ride indeed!
    #2
  3. Lopezuas

    Lopezuas lopeaz

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2010
    Oddometer:
    18
    Location:
    Southern Arizona
    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.. :D
    #3
  4. Vitamin_D

    Vitamin_D Mixing The Kool-Aid

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2007
    Oddometer:
    176
    Location:
    Arizona
    #4
  5. Gizmo

    Gizmo Hermes

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,668
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have enjoyed the same route, a nice one indeed.
    #5
  6. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,704
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
    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.
    #6
  7. phoenixdoglover

    phoenixdoglover Where to next?

    Joined:
    May 23, 2010
    Oddometer:
    155
    Location:
    Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
    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.
    #7
  8. phoenixdoglover

    phoenixdoglover Where to next?

    Joined:
    May 23, 2010
    Oddometer:
    155
    Location:
    Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
    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 ! :clap
    #8
  9. AZ_ADV_RIDER

    AZ_ADV_RIDER Demons In My Helmet

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2010
    Oddometer:
    849
    Location:
    Land of Sun, Sand and Thorns
    Important thing here is you blew off work to go riding! :thumb
    #9