Wayne and I spent an afternoon on the Apache Trail Scenic Drive while we were in Arizona. It was fairly close to Tempe where we were staying, and the sunny warm afternoon made for a great time to be outdoors. The road called Apache Trail starts in the town of Apache Junction. It travels through high desert with lots of cactus, including the impressive branching saguaro.
The route was originally used by the Apache to get through the Superstition Mountains. It later became a stagecoach trail before an automobile road with grades and switchbacks. It must really been something to experience back in the day.
We found a trailhead near the top of the pass with an old cattle pen. This time of year there's quite a bit of grass on the desert floor, so I guess you could run cattle in these mountains. But it would take a lot of land to sustain just one.
We passed Canyon Lake with boats waiting for the season to start. Today sure felt like the right season to me. And the campgrounds and picnic areas in the Tonto National Forest weren't crowded.
You can make this trip in half a day, or take longer depending on how many attractions you want to see along the way. We opted for the low key version. -- Margy